I have a past in art and know that certain colors convey certain "messages" to those who see them. For example, most of you have heard of the red "power" tie. Red is a bold color, but it can be blue red or orange red. It can be dark red, clear red or light red. Can you successfully wear red? Specialists in color theory say yes--if it's the right red. I like a cherry red, but usually only in accessories. It's not usually a color I choose for a sweater or sweatshirt--even though it's my alma mater's color--Cardinal Red! (Ball State University.)I also love an orange-red. Maybe my love of autumn.But when I do wear it, I feel empowered.
That's just one color example. Tell me the color you most likely will pick to wear in say, a blouse, sweater, sweatshirt? I do think that is a bit telling about you. Many times we're drawn to colors that do suit us. For example, as I type this, I'm wearing a periwinkle blue sweatshirt. I also have a purple sweatshirt that I never fail to get compliments on even though I bought it probably 20 years ago in Seattle! I adore another sweatshirt that is a yellow green moss color that I go to when I need comfort. (It's from Mackinac.) There are times that I will throw one outfit after another into a pile and it just seems so wasteful! If I can't decide what to wear, I pick black to appear neutral and fade into the wall. I wish to pick colors that just make me look slimmer and healthier. :)
Let's Look at Winters
According to Lora Alexander, winters are cool, dark, deep, clear. That means that you are looking at icy, deep(saturated) and cool (blue undertones) like fuchsia, icy pink, burgundy, magenta, pine green, royal blue, pure white, royal purple, true red, black, hot turquoise...can you see it?
N.J. Lindquist, an author and writing teacher, is someone I've known online for years. She always looks so put-together at events and on her web page, but I've never met her in person. When I look at her photos, to me, it seems obvious that she is a winter. Her writing even seems to go with her coloring and how she presents herself. (She writes novels--mystery.) I interviewed her on When I Was Just a Kid and you can see that here. Even her web site reflects her best colors and she just looks so polished. If you are a professional speaker, teacher, writer like she is, you can see how her audience will trust her in giving information or telling stories because she knows who she is.
|Author N.J. Lindquist looks stunning in black--a color for winters|
|Colleen Coble looks beautiful and brilliant in her winter's red|
|Candy is bold and beautiful in her blue that sparkles on winters|
You can see how wearing the right colors can enhance the message you are bringing. Even though each of these women are writers, they need to make public appearances often. They need to be perceived as approachable, but also authoritative in their field. Your accessories and earrings, even your shoes and purse can pull your look together--but what colors should you be wearing?
My good friend, Jude Urbanski, soon will have her website up, is publishing her first fiction book, is past treasurer of the Indiana Chapter of ACFW and is current president of the Indiana PEN Women. She is beautiful and she needs to wear the jewel colors of winter. Her figure is petite and beautiful, and she always has vibrant accessories. What do you think? I think she's a winter for sure.The yellow background may throw you off, but I do know her and she sparkles in jewel colors.
Are you a winter? Go to my poll and check what you think your season might be or check the links below first to determine your best colors. And be sure to stop by Lora Alexander's web site to take her quiz if you're not sure. If you still are not sure, you can always purchase Lora's book or hire her to do an evaluation that she offers for purchase on the site. (She has a couple options.) Lora breaks the four seasons into more refined palettes, making 12 seasons, which helps to narrow down your best colors, even within your season. She has Cool Winter, Clear Winter and Deep Winter. I appreciate her art work (all the drawings are her own) to give you a better idea of the coloring of each season.
What's your favorite color to wear? What color that you wear gives you the most compliments or even gives you comments of "you look great!" What color do you wear that you always get an "are you feeling ok?"
One more comment for writers--if you are describing your heroine or hero in the story, be sure you look over the eye color/hair color and the signature color that person wears. Even if you put that character in a hideous color for her, it can be important to your story. Can you imagine any of these authors in mustard yellow? (I don't think so. And they'd probably tell you they wouldn't be caught in that color, too.)