Online Colour Analysis – Does it even work?

I must admit this was my first thought when I heard about it. How could colour analysis possibly work if I don’t see the person in person??

I had spent 10+ years doing colour analysis the good old fashioned way with drapes when I first heard of online colour analysis so I was rather fixated on the idea that you needed the drapes (cloth fabric swatches that a colour consultant uses near the clients face).

I was sceptical about being able to do colours online because I know that colour analysis is a science and an art. It requires technical skills and an experienced eye to determine a clients colours. I have yet to see a computer program able to do this, though technology is improving everyday.

When I provide online colour analysis it requires that I meet you on video and spend time talking with you.

Colour analysis is not as simple as putting you into one of 4, 12 or even 16 boxes. It requires taking the whole person into consideration – Your natural colouring, your personality, your style personality, your lifestyle and your preferences. All this cannot possibly be deciphered by a computer program or even from a picture.

To do online colour analysis, I need to see and work with the full living, breathing human being. Certainly, I spend time building my knowledge and getting to know you before I meet you through pictures and questionnaires but the meeting online step is critical to fit all the pieces together.

What questions do you have about online colour analysis?

Book an online colour analysis here.

How to shop for colours that suit you? ( Even if you have never had your colours done…)

Did you know that clothes designers and manufacturers often have trouble getting the colours they want in the garments they design and produce. Just this week, I was reading that the ice and jewel colours of the ‘Winter’ palette are particularly challenging to dye.

I never really thought about this before but this is perhaps why we see the same old colours in the shops season in, season out. This can make it difficult to find the colours that we want as our choices are limited.

Another difficulty with finding the colours that suit us is actually understanding why some hues suit us and other don’t. There is a science and an art behind it. The colours that suit you are in the same colour palette as the colour of your skin, eyes and natural hair colour. When you extend out this colour range there are thousands of colours that work for you.

Understanding the science behind the colours that suit you will really help you when are shopping as you can review the garment colours available and make a choice. Is the colour warm, cool, light, bright, deep or muted? Or is it a combination of two or more of these categories? That’s it. Most women can quickly learn how to do this for themselves after they have had their colours done.

If you haven’t had your colours done yet, then here are some ways to improve you success in finding colours that suit you when shopping:

  • Choose colours that are universally flattering. These colours pretty much suit everyone -Winter white (off white, not brilliant white),
    Ivory (not cream), Mid Grey, Stone, Taupe, Mid Purple, Mid Green, Medium Teal, Pewter . undefined
  • The colours you wear up near your face are the most important – Don’t worry too much about colours below the waist (though can I suggest that a darker neutral colour is more flattering here if this is where you pack on the lbs)
  • Most garments come in several different colours; take one in each colour into the changing room and try them all on. Which one would you wear home? I always ask this question to my clients when I go shopping with them. It focuses you in on what makes you feel good and it is usually the best colour for you out of the selection.

And if you are still struggling, come on in and see me for a colour analysis or book your online colour analysis here.

5 Day Break – What to pack?

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Photo by Elias Ehmann on Unsplash

I am off to Ireland today and I can’t wait. Ireland is home for me even though I’ve lived overseas for 20+ years.

To me, its still home after all these years. I always love seeing the first sight of the coast and the green fields. It stirs a deep sense of belonging. I see the same in my two boys even though they weren’t born in Ireland; somehow it has become home for them too.

Anyways, back to the packing. What am I going to bring with me?

When I think about what to pack, I list down what I will be doing and of course take the weather into consideration. Ireland is pretty predictable and rain is almost guaranteed so I will need to pack a rain coat.

So what will I be doing….. Lots of walking outside, some shopping, a double christening and hanging out with my parents. Not too exciting but exactly where I want to be for a few days.

Packing is really unbelievably easy when you have clothes that are the right colours for you, the right shape for you, are right for your style personality and work for the lifestyle you have now.

So here is what I will pack:

Christening: Floral navy wrap dress, Nude Heels and my feather earrings which go with the dress.

Day to day at home: 2 pairs of jeans, 4 light layering tops, denim shirt, 2 pullovers

Walking: Raincoat, runners.

I will wear one of the pairs of jeans to travel, one of the tops and my leather jacket as well as a pair of spanking brand new trainers that are still shiny white and dying for an outing.

I will also bring lots of accessories as they take so little space and really make the most of my travel wardrobe. 2 scarves in complimentary colours and several pairs of dangly earrings.

Did I forget anything? What else would you bring beside the pjs and underwear?

Is your classic style killing your career?

Many of my clients have an element of classic in their style personality, probably because I have a classic style personality at the core and as a result, practical and efficient ladies are attracted to my classic outlook.

The classic style is fantastic in a traditional professional environment because it portrays credibility, conservatism, practicality and trustworthiness.

Classics look smart, whatever activities they undertake. Their appearance is usually neat and tidy. They veer toward a formal look and even casual clothes will have a ‘tailored’ appearance. Jeans may even be ironed – Go on… Fess up! Hair will be neat and tidy and they will wear a small amount of make-up. Jewellery will often be ‘understated’ including pearl earrings and necklaces along with small items of costume jewellery.

The problem with this style personality (and they all have issues!) is that it can go to boring and unimaginative very quickly. It can also look dated so this look is not ideal if you are looking to give the impression that you are dynamic and have moved with the times.

So what can you do to keep your style from veering toward ‘greige’ (A mix between grey and beige and very boring on its own)?

Use colour. A pop of colour will immediately add interest and movement to your outfit. Navy is usually a favourite of the classic lady. Check out this video for ideas of what to pair navy with.

Try adding a signature. This could be a statement lipstick (I love plum), a striking pair of glasses or a contemporary necklace. Read more on signature style here.

Give a current trend a go. This might be a print in a scarf or a trending colour e.g. Colour tailored clothes are huge at the moment. Give a coloured tailored jacket a go and your classic soul will still sing.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and rock your classic style 😉

How to use colour to express your personality

I adore colour. Always have and probably always will. I go around figuring out people’s colours in my head. I especially love when someone doesn’t fall exactly into a colour category and I have to come up with a unique solution. I can happily ponder their ‘colour conundrum* for hours.

You see to me,

A successful colour analysis cannot just consider the characteristics of the skin, hair and eyes; it also has to address a person’s personality. You cannot separate the physical and the psychological outlook of a person. They go hand and hand and both must be considered when ‘getting your colours done’.

So how can you go about using colour to express your personality? Here are some thoughts to ponder.

I love to wear tints, tones and shades of the colours that suit me. It makes me feel calm and collected. Other people do not feel threatened and I am often told that I am friendly and approachable. I am not sure which came first, the colours I love or my personality. I think one reflects the other and that it could be no other way.

Some people love to wear red. Often dramatic or romantic types love a good red. Reds are fiery and show personality traits of daring and fieriness.

Nature loving people often gravitate toward browns and greens. These colours show gravity, earthiness and stability. Think all the shades of brown from beige to the darkest chocolate browns and all the greens from forest green to the palest mint.

Creative personality types love to mix unusual colours to express their unconventional style personality and their artistic mind. Think of Vivienne Westwood. Unexpected is to be expected.

Fun loving extroverts often wear lots of brightly contrasting colour with lots of movement in the print. This again shows how their mind works. They are out-going, fun loving and social in most cases. It would be unusual to see an introverted person who loves to stay home wearing these colours.

There is no doubt in my mind that the colours we choose to wear reflect what is going on inside for us.

How do the colours you wear reflect how you think and feel? Do you go for bright unusual combinations or quieter softer tones? Do you avoid colour altogether? Do you like lower contrast or higher contrast?

When I conduct a colour analysis consultation, I consider personality as well as colouring so don’t be surprised when one of the first things I ask you to do is fill out a personality quiz. Colour analysis becomes truly fascinating when personality is taken into consideration and in time, you too will find that personality and the colours you choose to wear become inseparable.

Reply by email if you have any questions about colour analysis or about the services I provide. I am happy to chat by mail, messenger or by telephone.

*Colour Conundrum is a word made up by me for people with unusual colouring or colouring that is hard to categorise into conventional colour groupings.