I got so many comments on social media when I posted this dress that I have to talk about how important color is. Particularly as we age, color can truly be our best friend.
Studies show that women tend to go more toward neutrals as they get older, which honestly is the opposite of what is most flattering. The "right colors" can refresh the vibrance our skin and hair loses.
If you, like me, had your "colors done" ages ago, how is the time to get that color chart out and pay attention to it! I'm a "spring" which is why this vibrant warm pink worked so well.
If you don't know which colors flatter you, how do you find out? "Color Me Beautiful", the original color analysis, is making a comeback. If you search Instagram #colormebeautiful you'll find lots of posts from color consultants.
And here are a couple of guidelines to start with:
1. Identify your Undertone: Determining your undertone is crucial in finding colors that flatter you. You can determine your undertone by observing the color of your veins. If your veins appear bluish, you likely have a cool undertone. If your veins look greenish, you probably have a warm undertone.
2. Identify Your Dominant Color Characteristic: This guideline focuses on identifying the dominant characteristics of your overall appearance, which can help determine the colors that work best for you. For example, if you have warm-toned features such as golden or reddish hair, freckles, and warm eye colors like hazel or brown, earthy and warm colors like terracotta, camel, or peach may complement you. If you have cool-toned characteristics like ash-brown or platinum hair, cool eye colors like blue or gray, and fair skin with pink undertones, cooler colors such as icy blues, soft pastels, or jewel tones may suit you better.
3. Experiment with Color Draping: This is what the pros do, but you can try it yourself using items from your closet. Color draping involves holding different colored fabrics near your face to observe their effect on your complexion. Look for colors that enhance your natural features, such as making your skin appear brighter and healthier, your eyes more vibrant, and minimizing imperfections. For example, if warm earthy tones like rust, olive green, or mustard yellow make you glow, you likely have a warm color palette. On the other hand, if cool jewel tones like emerald green, sapphire blue, or royal purple make you look more radiant, you may have a cool color palette. Experimenting with different colors will give you a better understanding of what suits you best.
I think we all know the colors that make us happy when we wear them and that's a good place to start.
The bottom line is the older we get, the more of a friend color can be!