WELCOME TO YOUR RICH PALETTE
Your palette is WARM, DEEP and CLEAR.
The richness of your palette is pure and warm. By trying to cool or soften your appearance you will lose the trademark fire that is true to your colouring. You are lucky you can wear this beautiful display of rich colours and to ignore them would be to miss out on the opportunity to wear the strong, vivid colours of your inherent colour group.
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 Rich & Dramatic mini swatches to ascertain whether a colour or pattern sits better in your warm Rich palette or the cool Dramatic palette. If it’s Dramatic, avoid it as it won’t work well with your Rich colours or your natural colouring.
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.
WEARING YOUR COLOURS
Neutrals – Warm chocolate, olive, tan, camel, khaki, marine navy, cream
Interests – Rich tomato red, red-violet, orange, mustard, warm teal, lime green, warm bright 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.
Medium-dark warmer 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 light 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
Black is not a flattering colour for you as it is cool and you are warm. Ideally only wear it at night, in fabrics that have a softened sheen such as silk, or fabrics that show some skin through such as lace or mesh. Keep black away from your face so as not to create unflattering shadows. Even if you wear it on your lower half, it will still draw attention to itself as it is unrelated to your palette. Black is not necessarily slimming in itself - the darker colour you wear will be the more slimming colour whereas the lighter colour will pull focus.
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 – wear 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, navy with violet, yellow with orange. 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, yellow and blue, green and orange. 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.