Summer ladies thrive on gentle, cool colours, slightly muted, from pastel to deep. Avoid golden tones, orange, black, stark white, and extremely bright, clear colours. Although the Summer palette is by its nature soft, you can still go bold. If you would like to experiment a little further, a splash of vibrant raspberry red can really lift an outfit, especially paired with a harmonious lipstick. Contrasted with navy and icy grey it can create a professional look which packs a punch, or paired with ivory white it looks fabulously tropical in the summer heat. And don't forget those more unusual shades - a dash of light jade green can completely change the look of your outfit, making it more casual and playful.
Summer lends itself to floral prints very well - easy blends of the tonal shades of your palette. Think how well Monet's paintings swirl from one shade to another and you'll see how effortlessly Summer colours go together in print. But what if you're looking at a print and some 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 Summer though, it will look best if you try to avoid the most jarring colours for your palette in prints - deep warm Autumn mustards, lime greens and stark black can all dull your skin tone and detract from a pulled together look, whereas a splash of a blue that's a bit more turquoise or a pink that falls on the warm 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 scarves carefully selected for your season type) can be a great way of incorporating your wow colours into your outfit near your face. Once you've got your confidence you can upgrade to a bolder coloured scarf and from there the world is your oyster.
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 pretty pink top looks unflattering next to black trousers. Just gradually replace clothes with better colours as they wear out.
1 Note your neutrals (swatches marked 'N' in your season palette)– start to switch your basic items over to these colours
2 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)
3 Don’t fear lipstick! A pretty rose pink will add a little brightness and polish (see Shop Online for appropriate cosmetic shades for your season type)
4 Prints – experiment with prints if single blocks of colour feel too much
5 Don’t lose your style – use colour to enhance your personal style, not diminish it
(Extracts taken from Kettlewell Colours)
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