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How to Wear Any Color You Want How to Wear Any Color You Want

Posted on by Valora Abbett

How to really combine or wear the colors for your seasonal color type is something that is often skipped over or only briefly discussed in color analysis. In fact, it was barely even covered in the training I originally did. The main focus tends to be on finding your seasonal color type which is all well and good but for me personally, I felt like I was kind of left hanging and that my clients were also as far as how to best utilize all of the lovely colors we now had at our fingertips. I plan to remedy this so that moving forward no one is left not knowing how to use these tools.

How to Wear Any Color or Color Scheme You Want

If you have ever had the misconception that you can't wear certain colors or pull off a certain look because they are "not your season" let me tell you that this is not true. Color is not meant to be limiting. There seem to be these false ideas floating around that if you are a Spring you have to always dress like a Spring which translates to bright cheerful colors 24-7. Or that if you are a Summer you should only be wearing blue and pink and lots of pastels or that Autumns only wear earth tones and orange.

While these colors do exist and can be worn by these seasonal color types it does not mean that you have to or that you even should wear these stereotypical colors on a regular basis. If you like these colors then go for it. But if you want to be more creative and have more variety then just sticking to the typical look for your season can get very boring very quickly. I myself like to switch things up and dress according to the time of year or season that I am in.

For example, if someone is an Autumn color type but one of their favorite times of year is winter. Does this mean that they cannot dress like a winter or have a "wintery" look when that time of year rolls around? No, it does not. If they are not a Winter color type how do they do this? By wearing the deepest, coolest, and brightest colors in their palette. This will give them that "jewel-toned" look.

The key to wearing any color or color scheme you desire is to observe the main colors in that color scheme and then find those colors in your own color palette.

Is the main color green, blue, red, etc? What other colors are included? This may sound too simple but that is really all there is to it. You have the full range of colors from the color wheel at your disposal they just vary in value (lightness or darkness) and chroma (brightness or softness) depending on your seasonal color type.

How to Dress Like a Different Season

How to Dress Like a Different Season

Are you a Winter that wants to have a Spring or Summer look? You can achieve this by wearing the lightest and brightest colors in your palette. Are you a Summer who prefers a dark dramatic or even gothic look? Wearing the darkest colors in your palette will give you this look.

Don't be fooled by the fact that these colors are not as dark as the colors from the Winter palette which is what normally comes to mind when one thinks of dark, dramatic, and gothic.

The darkest Summer colors will look deep and dramatic on you since they are the exact right value and chroma for your natural coloring. As I have said before and will continue to repeat - color is relative. For example, the colors that look super duper bright on a Spring actually look less bright on a Winter because they lack the depth that Winters need and naturally have. Again, this can all be observed in and is derived from nature.

Instead of telling yourself or thinking that you can't wear certain colors or dress a certain way because it's "not your season" the real questions are - what is my version of these colors? Are they dark or light? Bright or soft? Cool or warm? What is the mood of the color or color scheme (i.e. cool and calming, bright and cheerful, dramatic or passionate)? Another thing you can look at is texture. Is it shiny or matte? Rough or smooth? Hard or soft?

These are all things that a designer or stylist takes into consideration when putting together the perfect outfit. You too can learn to think along these lines. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for and putting it into practice. Before you realize it, it just becomes second nature. This is my goal and what most personal color analysts strive to communicate and teach their clients.

So, can you dress like a different seasonal color type? Yes! The trick is to just observe the qualities of the seasonal color type that you want to mimic and dress according to those principles using the colors in your seasonal color palette as I have pointed out above. Let's take a look at this outfit below... How can this color scheme work for any seasonal color type?

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This outfit is comprised of classic colors from the Autumn palette, but what if you are a Summer and you want to wear this? First, let's determine the main colors in this look.

  • Medium Orange
  • Medium Golden Yellow
  • Teal Blue
  • Medium Neutral Brown

You can achieve a very similar look by wearing a jacket, belt, and boots in cantaloupe, a top in corn yellow, skirt in soft teal blue, and handbag in brown sand from the Summer palette as shown here...

Summer Color Palette 

See how easy that was? There are no limitations on color - period. Let's look at another example... 

Kit Harrington - Winter

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In the above photo, British actor Kit Harrington is wearing a plum purple sweater, soft black or charcoal jeans, and boots, and is carrying a brown leather bag. The brown bag is actually a Spring brown. A cherrywood color would have been a better choice for him.

The texture of the sweater is a little too matte as well which tones down the color a bit. Since Kit is a Winter overall this color combination looks fantastic on him even though it is not 100% perfect. That's okay it doesn't have to be.

But what if you are a different season? If you are a Spring, for example, you can put together a very similar outfit by wearing a sweater in Purple Tulip, Black jeans, and boots, with a golden brown leather bag from the Spring Palette as shown below.

Spring Color Scheme 

Each season goes through a natural transition or arc where it starts out dark, gets lighter and brighter, then begins to fade and get deeper again as it transitions into the next season. These natural transitions are reflected in your color palette since each color was taken directly from nature.

You can follow these natural transitions by dressing according to the time of year if you want to. And I mean truly following the seasons. You can also have fun wearing whatever colors are the colors of the year or what the fashion mags are saying are the current "in" colors.

If you think seasons like Spring can't pull off a deep look they actually can within their own palettes. The colors in their palette are still warm and clear enough that they won't tone down the natural brilliance of the person's coloring, while still giving the dark intense look they want. Yes, even if you are a very lighter-haired and fair-skinned Spring you can still wear these colors and they will look fantastic on you!

Don't believe me? Just look at this photo of actress Jessica Chastain wearing a rhubarb red lipstick and clear navy dress...

Jessica Chastain

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She looks just as stunning as ever. These colors are in the Spring palette and therefore they totally work and don't wash out or tone down her naturally bright coloring despite being on the dark end of the spectrum. This is what I mean when I say "your version" of a color or color scheme.

Here is a photo of Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson looking very handsome in the Autumn marine navy. As you can see he looks great in this deep color even though he is a lighter Autumn, his coloring can take it.

Domnhall Gleeson

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Your natural coloring will always be in harmony with all of the colors contained within your season from the lightest to the darkest. There is always a combination of light and dark, warm and cool, bright and soft in varying degrees in nature just as they exist in you. :)

How to really combine or wear the colors for your seasonal color type is something that is often skipped over or only briefly discussed in color analysis. In fact, it was barely even covered in the training I originally did. The main focus tends to be on finding your seasonal color type which is all well and good but for me personally, I felt like I was kind of left hanging and that my clients were also as far as how to best utilize all of the lovely colors we now had at our fingertips. I plan to remedy this so that moving forward no one is left not knowing how to use these tools.

How to Wear Any Color or Color Scheme You Want

If you have ever had the misconception that you can't wear certain colors or pull off a certain look because they are "not your season" let me tell you that this is not true. Color is not meant to be limiting. There seem to be these false ideas floating around that if you are a Spring you have to always dress like a Spring which translates to bright cheerful colors 24-7. Or that if you are a Summer you should only be wearing blue and pink and lots of pastels or that Autumns only wear earth tones and orange.

While these colors do exist and can be worn by these seasonal color types it does not mean that you have to or that you even should wear these stereotypical colors on a regular basis. If you like these colors then go for it. But if you want to be more creative and have more variety then just sticking to the typical look for your season can get very boring very quickly. I myself like to switch things up and dress according to the time of year or season that I am in.

For example, if someone is an Autumn color type but one of their favorite times of year is winter. Does this mean that they cannot dress like a winter or have a "wintery" look when that time of year rolls around? No, it does not. If they are not a Winter color type how do they do this? By wearing the deepest, coolest, and brightest colors in their palette. This will give them that "jewel-toned" look.

The key to wearing any color or color scheme you desire is to observe the main colors in that color scheme and then find those colors in your own color palette.

Is the main color green, blue, red, etc? What other colors are included? This may sound too simple but that is really all there is to it. You have the full range of colors from the color wheel at your disposal they just vary in value (lightness or darkness) and chroma (brightness or softness) depending on your seasonal color type.

How to Dress Like a Different Season

How to Dress Like a Different Season

Are you a Winter that wants to have a Spring or Summer look? You can achieve this by wearing the lightest and brightest colors in your palette. Are you a Summer who prefers a dark dramatic or even gothic look? Wearing the darkest colors in your palette will give you this look.

Don't be fooled by the fact that these colors are not as dark as the colors from the Winter palette which is what normally comes to mind when one thinks of dark, dramatic, and gothic.

The darkest Summer colors will look deep and dramatic on you since they are the exact right value and chroma for your natural coloring. As I have said before and will continue to repeat - color is relative. For example, the colors that look super duper bright on a Spring actually look less bright on a Winter because they lack the depth that Winters need and naturally have. Again, this can all be observed in and is derived from nature.

Instead of telling yourself or thinking that you can't wear certain colors or dress a certain way because it's "not your season" the real questions are - what is my version of these colors? Are they dark or light? Bright or soft? Cool or warm? What is the mood of the color or color scheme (i.e. cool and calming, bright and cheerful, dramatic or passionate)? Another thing you can look at is texture. Is it shiny or matte? Rough or smooth? Hard or soft?

These are all things that a designer or stylist takes into consideration when putting together the perfect outfit. You too can learn to think along these lines. It's just a matter of knowing what to look for and putting it into practice. Before you realize it, it just becomes second nature. This is my goal and what most personal color analysts strive to communicate and teach their clients.

So, can you dress like a different seasonal color type? Yes! The trick is to just observe the qualities of the seasonal color type that you want to mimic and dress according to those principles using the colors in your seasonal color palette as I have pointed out above. Let's take a look at this outfit below... How can this color scheme work for any seasonal color type?

Image Source 

This outfit is comprised of classic colors from the Autumn palette, but what if you are a Summer and you want to wear this? First, let's determine the main colors in this look.

  • Medium Orange
  • Medium Golden Yellow
  • Teal Blue
  • Medium Neutral Brown

You can achieve a very similar look by wearing a jacket, belt, and boots in cantaloupe, a top in corn yellow, skirt in soft teal blue, and handbag in brown sand from the Summer palette as shown here...

Summer Color Palette 

See how easy that was? There are no limitations on color - period. Let's look at another example... 

Kit Harrington - Winter

Image Source 

In the above photo, British actor Kit Harrington is wearing a plum purple sweater, soft black or charcoal jeans, and boots, and is carrying a brown leather bag. The brown bag is actually a Spring brown. A cherrywood color would have been a better choice for him.

The texture of the sweater is a little too matte as well which tones down the color a bit. Since Kit is a Winter overall this color combination looks fantastic on him even though it is not 100% perfect. That's okay it doesn't have to be.

But what if you are a different season? If you are a Spring, for example, you can put together a very similar outfit by wearing a sweater in Purple Tulip, Black jeans, and boots, with a golden brown leather bag from the Spring Palette as shown below.

Spring Color Scheme 

Each season goes through a natural transition or arc where it starts out dark, gets lighter and brighter, then begins to fade and get deeper again as it transitions into the next season. These natural transitions are reflected in your color palette since each color was taken directly from nature.

You can follow these natural transitions by dressing according to the time of year if you want to. And I mean truly following the seasons. You can also have fun wearing whatever colors are the colors of the year or what the fashion mags are saying are the current "in" colors.

If you think seasons like Spring can't pull off a deep look they actually can within their own palettes. The colors in their palette are still warm and clear enough that they won't tone down the natural brilliance of the person's coloring, while still giving the dark intense look they want. Yes, even if you are a very lighter-haired and fair-skinned Spring you can still wear these colors and they will look fantastic on you!

Don't believe me? Just look at this photo of actress Jessica Chastain wearing a rhubarb red lipstick and clear navy dress...

Jessica Chastain

Image Source 

She looks just as stunning as ever. These colors are in the Spring palette and therefore they totally work and don't wash out or tone down her naturally bright coloring despite being on the dark end of the spectrum. This is what I mean when I say "your version" of a color or color scheme.

Here is a photo of Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson looking very handsome in the Autumn marine navy. As you can see he looks great in this deep color even though he is a lighter Autumn, his coloring can take it.

Domnhall Gleeson

Image Source 

Your natural coloring will always be in harmony with all of the colors contained within your season from the lightest to the darkest. There is always a combination of light and dark, warm and cool, bright and soft in varying degrees in nature just as they exist in you. :)