Matching Clothes to Your Skin, Hair and Eye Color
There have been a lot of ways to decide how to catagorize skin type and decide on colors when matching clothes. The most popular (and I think the most useful) I have found is the seasonal categorisation. But before you run out and get a tan and highlights because you dream of being ‘Summer’, think again. The use of the Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring categories are just a poetic guideline. In fact as you will discover ‘Summer’ doesn’t naturally mean blond and tanned. In fact it has been said before that a Summer’s paradox is how impossible they find it to get that warm Summer glow!
OK so now we know the seasons lets find out which you are.
Summer’s will usually have grey to blue eyes, or even green. Their skin ranges from very pale to pink and beige and their hair sits between pale/ash blond to what is commonly referred to as ‘mousy’ brown. Summers do not suit bold colors. So when color matching stick to more subtle shades. Think cool greens, soft reds and pinks and the lighter, softer shades of blue and grey. The lighter a Summer the more pinks and grey blues they should gear towards in their outfits, but the darker a Summer gets the more aquas, greens and purples are a go.
Autumn’s eye color has a wide range. The most prominent colors are warm browns (hazel and light brown) greens, clear blue and even black. The skin tones vary from Ivory to beige (from light to golden) to olive and golden brown. As for the Autumn’s hair it ranges from blond to deep brown but characteristically has red undertones. Think Strawberry blond to auburn. Color matching with an Autumn depends on which end of the spectrum you sit on. Autumn’s with darker eyes and skin suit those natural Autumn colors with a bit of boldness. Think cool greens, warm reds, yellows and browns, medium blues and soft purple. If you are at the lighter end of the spectrum (hazel eyes with warm beige for example) you will suit much more soft and earthy colours. Aqua, natural shades of green, soft purples, peach, terracotta and salmon.
Winter’s eyes start with blacks and dark browns and include the cooler shades of blue and green. A winter;s skin tone ranges from black, deep to cool brown and then moves to medium beige and milky white. The common definer is that Winter’s skin tones generally lack a pinky or peachy hue. As you may have already surmised a winter’s hair starts with jet black and moves through the cooler colors of brown and even grey. Now before you winter’s out there begin to curse the wind that your general hue is ‘cold’ think again. This coloration means you have your pick of some truly varied and bold colors. The darker winter’s can get create great outfits using black, browns and reds, soft yellows, turquoise, royal blue and a range of the brighter pinks and purples suit the paler shades of winter.
Spring’s eye colors are the warmer lighter shades. Blues, Hazels, greens and turquoise. Their skin has a large range from Ivory, medium brown, golden brown and bronze. Some Spring’s will also have freckles. Basically Springs have a more peachy complexion. As with their skin Spring’s hair has red warm colors. Think deep to medium brown, golden blond and red. Light toned springs can explore warm browns and oranges, (be careful with hair color however) paler blue and violet, grey browns, and light yellows. As Springs become darker the colors can become more vivid, with bolder blues, deeper greens, greys, peaches and pinks.
Now bear in mind this is a guide only. It is here to help you explore the right color matching you should be aiming towards. Just hop out with some friends after taking note and try some things on and ask their opinion. You could even take the guide along and help them out! Good luck matching clothes to your season.
Andrew M Duvall has worked in the fashion industry for over ten years and is passionate about creating new looks and advising people on how to go about matching clothes and color coordinating.
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