My favorite local stylist Wendy Wright is here guest posting to teach us about choosing flattering color. This is a new series I’ll be presenting, each post covering a different color palette. So without further ado, here’s Wendy!
This month is deep muted.
Jen Snyder asked me to do a series of blogs on color. Since she asked, I thought it would be fun to start with Jen as the test subject. So let’s get to it. Why does clothing or accessory color matter? Honestly, it may not to some people, but if you’re open to the magic that color can bestow, you may want to follow this series.
If you want to wear colors that complement your own natural coloring, it helps to know your color characteristics. Jen’s are mentioned below.
* Dominant Color Temperature: Cool
* Skin Tone: Ivory
* Hair Color: Medium Brown
* Eye Color: Grey-Blue
*Coloring Contrast Level: Medium-High
(Jen has light skin, medium eye color and medium-dark hair. Clothing with a medium – high contrast level would work on Jen, especially when she’s feeling playful. )
* Personality: low-key, calm, mysterious, playful
* Color Resonance as it relates to personality: Muted
Resonance is the visual impression of a hue in relation to the pure pigment. It is the result of how a pigment is lightened or darkened. The 5 resonance qualities are:
Washed = pure pigment + thinned with water , colors appear clear, pretty and crisp
Tinted = pure pigment + white, colors appear light hearted, sweet and innocent
Shaded = pure pigment + black, colors appear serious, profound and mysterious
Toasted = pure pigment + brown, colors appear warm, mellow and luscious
Muted = pure pigment + complement color, colors appear soft, gentle and subtle
Jen is what I consider a mash-up of True Muted (Summer in Color Me Beautiful terms) and Deep Muted (higher contrast Summer). She has medium brown hair, light skin and cool-blue eyes. Jen’s personality is calm, low key and yet she has a sharp wit and playful side. She looks great in cool-ish, subtle and muted colors because they work in harmony with her coloring and personality. But if she’s feeling particularly playful, she can wear the brighter colors in her palette to convey this (see bottom left collage pic).
Notice how these color palette hues from Design Seeds are subtle and relaxed…like Jen.
**Color Resonance Reference – The Triumph of Individual Style by Carla Mathis and Helen Villa Connor**