WELCOME TO YOUR OPULENT PALETTE
Your palette is DEEP, WARM and CLEAR.
You are one of the lucky few warm palettes who can successfully wear black, even though you should wear the darkest of brown for true harmony. When looking for garments for yourself keep in mind that the colours you need should be deep and warm and rich. Cool and light colours will look out of place and not sit easily on you.
USING YOUR COLOUR SWATCH
Rather than throwing out your entire wardrobe out (don’t do that!) from here on in, try to make sure that everything you buy harmonises with the colours in your colour swatch. Longer term, this will ensure that your wardrobe mixes and matches and you’ll know everything suits you too.
To know if a colour is right, place your swatch onto the colour/s or patterns you are looking at. If the colours are similar in intensity and undertone, there is a natural feeling that these colours are from the same colour family and blend. If your swatch stands off or doesn’t harmonise, then the colour you are looking at is not a good match for your swatch. You can also use your Opulent & Mysterious mini swatches to ascertain whether a colour or pattern sits better in your warm Opulent palette or the cool Mysterious palette. If it’s Mysterious, it eventually won’t blend with the rest of your wardrobe.
There are a multitude of colours available to you. Your swatch is just a snapshot guide to the kinds of colours you are looking for. Think of your swatch as an executive summary - there are around 50 000 colours you can happily wear - this is just a small sample to show you the kinds of colours you are looking for. You don't need to match colours exactly, they just need to belong to the same ‘family’ - the swatch almost sinks in to the right colours. .
WEARING YOUR COLOURS
Neutrals – Warm chocolate, deep olive, warm deep charcoal, khaki, marine navy
Interests – Rich tomato red, orange, mustard, warm teal, olive green, warm coral
Investment buys are the items that you want to remain in your wardrobe for as long as possible, as opposed to the tops and sandals that you are happy to wear for a season or two. Investments buys are most likely to be coats, jackets and trousers or suits but could be a fabulous dress, cashmere jumper or handbag. Choose your best neutrals for investment buys. These neutral colours don’t date as quickly as fashion colours.
Darker indigo or black denim, yellow stitching
Gold, rose gold, bronze, copper, brass
Best Glasses Frames and Lenses
Choose frame colours that are from your metals range – gold, rose gold, bronze, copper or brass, or a metal frame in a warm colour such as orange, tomato red, or even olive or turquoise. If choosing plastic frames try tortoise-shell or another yellow based colour. The colour of the lens for sunglasses must be warm – yellows, browns, bronzes – avoid blues, grays and black.
Shoes, Belts, Coats and Accessories
The best colour for shoes, bags, coats and belts is one that is similar or tones in with your hair colour or is one of your signature colours. This is because you are always wearing your hair and because these items are worn over many other colours and with many outfits, your hair colour is the most versatile colour.
Universal Shoe Colour
When in doubt, and when not toning shoes to the hem of your trousers or matching your tights, choose a shoe in a similar tone to your hair colour to create a pleasing visual loop from face to feet and back to your face. If you want to wear a coloured shoe unrelated to your hair colour, ensure that you repeat the colour in a top or accessory near your face to draw create a pleasing visual grouping effect.
HOW TO WEAR BLACK
Opulents can wear black as they have enough depth and intensity in their colouring to take the brightness of black, it’s not an ideal colour because it’s cool, therefore team it with one of your other great neutrals or colours to reduce its impact. You can always get away with it at night when lights are low, or in a fabric that is sheer and lets your skin show through.
How to Wear Colours that Don’t Fit into Your Colour Palette
If you follow these set of rules you will always look great.
Keep it as far as possible from your face
Wear another colour between it and your skin
Keep the less than perfect colour to only 10 -20% of your entire outfit
Wear it below your waist
Any colour of the same intensity and value as your colouring is easier to wear than one that is markedly different
Use your ideal level of contrast and ideal value in the outfit you are wearing to lessen the impact
Wear a lower neckline
Wear more makeup
Wearing Your Colours Your Way
Not all the colours in your palette may work well worn as a single colour above the waist, so you may need to wear additional colours or garments to add greater interest. For example, whilst your palette may contain light neutrals, these may not look the best in a block of colour on your upper body, however, if teamed with a scarf, necklace, or additional interest colours from your palette, it may work well.
Using the Colour Wheel to Create Colour Combinations
1. Neutral Plus – one or two neutrals with a colour.
2. Monochromatic – colours in the same shade but different lightness or darkness e.g. a variety of blues together.
3. Analogous – 2-3 colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel, such as green with blue or navy with violet. Mix back with a neutral from your palette.
4. Triad – take 2 corners of a triad (see colour wheel), such as red and blue, and wear with a neutral to create a great colour combination that is easy on the eye. Great options include violet and green or yellow and blue. If you feel really adventurous you can add in the third colour of the triad.
5. Complementary – take two colours that are opposite on the colour wheel such as pink and green and team with a neutral for a bold look.
Always make sure when mixing colours that they are not combined in equal ratios, but instead try the 60/30/10 rule.
Easy Colour Combinations
Here are just a few possible colour combinations to consider when dressing – this list is by no means comprehensive, but may help you think outside your normal colour combining when dressing.
Camel– mixes with lots of different colours - red is traditional, blue is peaceful, navy is authoritative, orange is fun and playful, green is refreshing and yellow is cheerful.
Olive - Another great warm neutral, the darker it is the more businesslike, the lighter the shade the more casual it becomes. Olive teams beautifully with coral pink, peach, turquoise blue and yellow. For a more creative look wear olive greens with orange or red-violet.
Warm Green Grey – looks great with a pop of colour to brighten it up. You can also mix it with other neutrals like camel and beige, cream and marine navy. It also works well with colours from violet through to yellow. Grey mixed with a light pink is seen as sociable, lilac is amicable, blue is conservative and with red it is energetic.
Brown - mixes well with beige for a relaxed look, red for a dynamic appearance, greens to be restful, blue for calmness and looks great with peach and coral pink.
Navy – mix it with red and white for an understated look, mauve or violet work well and are a more creative mix Pink looks preppy, a mid blue will create animation, whilst blue stripes are upbeat.
When colouring your hair – for a natural look choose any of the following, or a combination from this list:
Deep warm chocolate
Disguise any grey with highlights in warm colours to such as in deep copper, caramel or gold-copper. Avoid adding any ash or cool colour to your hair, be it a highlight in ash or cool platinum. Stay right away from the synthetic grey tones.
When you are deciding on hair colour, hold a swatch of the colour up to your skin to see if the colour is flattering for your particular skin tone.
Foundation: match to skin
Blush: Peach or coral (avoid anything pink or rose)
Eye Shadow: Base- beige, copper, nude
Contour: soft warm mauve, warm browns, olive green
Highlight: gold, peach
Eyeliner: Deep brown, aubergine, marine navy, teal, olive
Mascara: Black, black brown, brown
Lipstick: Coral, brick wine, tangerine, copper, tomato red, browns