Along the way to create my personal uniform, I met a discipline that fills blogs and splits the fashion lovers: colour analysis. If you put these two words in your favourite search engine, an entire world will explode on your screen. Here a brief definition of what this discipline is from the site www.colorenalysis.com:
“Personal colour analysis, or skin tone colour matching, is the process of determining colours of clothing and makeup to match your skin complexion, eye colour, and hair colour and is used to help with wardrobe planning and style consulting”.
Personally, my interest was finding a way to get rid of the colour black. For more than twenty years black has been my main Linus’ blanket. Sometimes I wore black as a choice, sometimes it was the easiest way to put together an outfit, all the times it was the best solution to pass unnoticed. Everybody wears black all the day, in Milan. I think people in Milan complains about the ugly and often deformed dark pigeons that live in the city because they look a lot like its human inhabitants and we don’t want to be aware of it.
With this in mind, I chose to be analysed by an Italian colour expert who uses the 16 seasons system and she designed me as what in Englis is called toned winter or deep soft winter. If I understand well the theory, it means that in the vast ocean of colour, my natural shades are exalted by cool deep colours with a medium contrast and a medium chroma. In simple terms, blue navy suits me. I also look well in every cool shade of grey. Yes, any of the fifty. I could still wear bleak, though I can’t stand it anymore. I can use neutrals as stone, taupe, mauve and the pinkish shades of beige. I can dose the right tones of yellow and wear every kind of deep bluish red. All very interesting, but what counts more for me is that I suddenly embraced the idea of changing my basic colour from black to blue and grey. I felt relieved.
At the present, I am trying to get rid of everything in my wardrobe that is not contemplated in my season palette or, more generally, everything that does not give me a sense of calm and relief. I am also trying to make amend with black because it can be a useful tool to create an outfit.
And you? Did you hear about personal colour analysis? Do you use it to create your outfit? Do you dress in a colourful way or do you prefer a single colour block? How colours make you feel? Please, let me know. In the meanwhile, thank you for your precious time.