If you had your colours analysed some time ago, the chances are it was under the seasonal system and you will have been categorized as Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. If you’re lucky, most of the colours you were given in your wallet look good on you. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. There are some people for whom the seasonal system simply doesn’t work very well. Let me explain.
When it comes to colour analysis, we assess your colouring taking into account three key factors:
- Hue (undertone) – warmth or coolness
- Value (depth) – lightness to darkness
- Chroma (clarity) – vibrancy to softness
Under the seasonal system classifications are as follows:
- Spring – warm (hue) light (value), clear (chroma)
- Summer – cool, light, soft
- Autumn – warm, soft deep
- Winter – cool, deep, clear
What does this mean in practice? Well, if for example you are light/cool/soft, you are Summer, but if you are light/warm/soft you don’t fit neatly into a single category and may be given Summer (which is cool) or Spring (which is warm, but also bright) or even Autumn (which is warm and soft but deep). You will experience the same shortcomings if you are warm/deep/clear or cool/light/clear or cool/deep/soft . I have come across people who have had several different analyses in the past and never been totally happy with any of them.
It’s because of these limitations that Colour Me Beautiful moved away from the seasonal system to a more flexible tonal one which allows us to accurately analyse a wider range of colouring types. This tonal system provides 24 different colour palettes each containing 42 colours! So, I could colour analyse 24 people and they could each have a slightly different combination of colours in their palette.
If you’ve been analysed under the seasonal system and still feel good in your colours, that’s great. Keep on wearing them and keep enjoying the compliments. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel the colours you were given are quite doing you justice these days (and bear in mind our colouring can change over time), why not come along for a colour review? I will re-analyse your colours from scratch and you can then decide whether it’s worthwhile investing in a new tonal colour wallet or you’re happy to stick with your current one. In either case, I will be able to advise you on which colours are most flattering to you nowadays and how to wear them.