Scheming Colors, Part 2

color wheel

color wheel

In my previous post, I talked about how the hardest part of selecting knitted accessories for my outfits is matching or complementing the colors. I discussed how to use the color wheel, the addition of neutral colors, and the consideration of hue, tone, tint, and shade. I described contrast and monochromatic color schemes. The angles I’ll discuss in this post include: seasonal colors, colors for your skin tone, your body shape, whether it’s casual or formal, and more.

Seasonal Colors. I had a lot of difficulty finding information on this—not because it’s not out there, but because there are a lot of resources for determining how to select colors to your skin tone and your skin tone is defined as “Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn,” or “Winter.” Nevertheless, generally speaking, colors that you see in nature in the spring (greens, blues, yellows—bright colors) are “Spring” colors; those you see in nature in the summer (spring colors and khaki [think sandy beaches], etc.) plus all lighter colors and white (which keep you cool) are “Summer” colors; those you see in nature in the autumn (orange, yellow, red, brown, etc.) are “Autumn” colors; and those you see in nature in the winter (white, blue, gray or silver, etc.) plus all darker colors and black (which keep you warm) are “Winter” colors. If you’re wearing dark brown, orange, red, and yellow (colors of autumn leaves) in May, it looks out of place.

Skin Tone Colors. With the right colors for your skin tone, your eyes, skin, and hair glow; imperfections are reduced; and you appear bright and alert. With the wrong colors for your skin tone, your eyes, skin, and hair look drained; imperfections are highlighted; and your face fades into the background. Generally, skin tones are divided into four categories (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), but the updated typology is based on twelve skin types instead of four To find your skin tone and what colors you can wear, go here for a quick analysis or here for a full analysis.

Body Shape. Dark colors recede, thereby making you look thinner. Light colors project, thereby bulking you up.

Formality. Generally speaking, darker colors are more formal than lighter colors.

Warm and Cool. Warm colors include red, orange, and yellow. Cool colors include green, blue, and violet. Analogous colors are groups of colors that are all warm or all cool. Designers often combine analogous and contrasting colors, such as one cool and two warm or two cool and one warm.

I hope this helped you. It sure helped me!





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