Spring ladies look best in warm, clear colours, ranging from pastel to medium bright. Avoid dark, harsh colours, as well as blue-based pinks, reds and greys. When choosing items for your wardrobe, remember the colours of springtime - lush greens, the fresh yellow of daffodils and the rich colours of Spring flowers! The Spring palette is warm toned, which means every colour has a yellow undertone. Your pinks are all slightly peach or coral toned, your greens are leaf and lime, your blues have an aqua hue and even your greys have the brightness of a dove rather than being a cold stoney shade. At first glance your swatches can be a little alarming.... a sea of red, yellow, green, turquoise and pink, with apparently not one single sensible colour in it! Yours is the lightest and brightest of the four palettes, and in many ways can be a little daunting when you first start out. But before you panic too much, slow down and have a thorough look at it. Rather than looking at the whole wallet at once, look at one colour at a time and I'll bet you find a few favourites in there - perhaps the colour of a T shirt or a jumper which always gets you compliments. Just think... now you have a whole palette of colours that look that good on you!
If you're feeling a little nervous, the simplest way to start with your Spring palette is to think 'dark neutral, light neutral, splash of colour.' Three colours is where the colours in your palette really work their magic, and contrast (between light and dark and neutral and bright) is your new best friend, so starting in a really simple way with, say, bright navy, cream and a splash of red in a patterned scarf or camisole is a really easy starting place which can be as classic or daring as you choose to make it, based on your own personal style. Once you want to upgrade, try pairing two brights with one neutral for slightly more impact. Remember that for you the magic isn't in piling on colour after colour after colour.
Don't be afraid of wearing your brightest colours top to toe - just don't wear too many of them at once. A bold bright coral party dress can really bring out your sparkle, or bright blue shorts with a turquoise top for a tropics-inspired beach look. The important thing to remember is that whether your look is classic, sporty, girly, outdoorsy or romantic, you can achieve any look you want to, whatever your palette.
Beginning with a print rather than big blocks of colour can be a less intimidating way of getting away with wearing a more than one bright colour at a time. But what if you're looking at a print and some of the colours aren't in your palette? As a rule of thumb, as long as at least half of the print is within your palette, it will be ok, but might not be an absolute wow - if the style is perfect, and you love it though, half is plenty. Once you get over two thirds of the print falling within your palette, no one will even notice the 'wrong' colours, as the whole look will tie together. As a Spring though, it will look best if you try to avoid the most jarring colours for your palette in prints - black, sludge green and mauvey pinks can all look a bit dull and dreary on you and detract from a pulled together look, whereas a splash of a grey that's a bit too deep or a pink that falls onto the cool side isn't going to detract from a great print.
Of course, you will always feel confident with Kettlewell’s* prints, all of which have been carefully selected to fit entirely with your palette. Accessories are your friend. They can add another layer of texture and colour, which bring that lovely glow to your skin tone. Statement necklaces and scarves (see Shop Online for a range of scarves carefully selected for your season type) can be a great way of incorporating your wow colours into your outfit near your face. Accessories are your friend. They can add a hint of sparkle and shine, which also brings Spring brightness to your skin tone, and statement necklaces can add a great splash of one of your wow colours. If you're still feeling alarmed about all this colour, go for something like a necklace to add some colour on a neutral background of jeans and a cream top. Once you've got your confidence you can upgrade to a bold coloured scarf and from there the world is your oyster.
Opt for your neutrals - coffee/camel, bright navy, cream, palest shell pink - in beautiful fabrics which reflect the light and add instant sophistication - a merino or cashmere sweater for instance, or a cream silk shirt. If you want to keep your outfit 100% neutral, don't underestimate the power of adding a bright lipstick or nail polish to add a splash of colour without sacrificing your elegant look.
It’s important not to get so fixated on the colour of a garment that you forget to look beyond that. Does it fit well? Does it reflect your personal style? Don’t compromise these things in your excitement at finally finding something in the perfect shade you’ve been hunting for. The aim of colour analysis is to add the power of colour into your own unique personal style, not turn you into a colour clone.
If you want your face to look good, your eyes to sparkle and your skin to glow, then by all means worry only about your t-shirts, scarves, jumpers, dresses, jackets… But if you want to maximise the other amazing benefit of colour analysis – that of a wardrobe where everything goes, and makes you look effortlessly put together without trying – you’ll need to make the leap and start to move your entire wardrobe over to one that sits fully within your palette. If that sounds a little daunting, just think how wonderful it would be to pull out a top and a bottom and know that they will look great together, or to be able to mix and match your clothes for a completely new look without having to face that ‘ugh’ moment when that apple green top looks unflattering next to black trousers. Just gradually replace clothes with better colours as they wear out.
Note your neutrals (swatches marked 'N' in your palette) - start to switch your basic items over to these colours
Add a splash - however you do it, get into the habit of adding a splash of colour to your outfit (swatches marked 'B' in your palette)
Don't fear lipstick! A warm peachy nude will add a little brightness and polish, but take the plunge with a coral too (see Shop Online for cosmetic shades perfect for your season type)
Prints charming - experiment with prints if single blocks of colour feel too much
Don't lose your style - use colour to enhance your personal style, not diminish it
(Extracts taken from Kettlewell Colours)
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