Monday, July 25, 2011

We Have a Winner! The Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Eleven

The Winner: Soft Autumn...

I finally sent Lora a picture with the high resolution she needed to complete my seasonal color analysis, to determine whether I was a soft autumn or warm autumn. She already knew that I was warm, that my eyes were warm, and that I was an autumn. But she needed a clearer look at my skin to add to the impressions she already had. I uploaded this one and she said soft autumn...

To be honest, I was expecting her to decide I was a soft autumn, instead of a warm autumn, but I love all the autumn colors, and I guess a part of me hoped she'd give me permission to wear even richer colors than the ones in the soft autumn color palette.

Still, I love the soft autumn colors, too, so I think the soft autumn palette & I will be very happy together :)

And it's such a relief to know, for sure, once & for all.

Soft Autumn Color Palette...

(photo credit: Jane Rekas, Expressing Your Truth)

What interests me about being a soft autumn is that it doesn't conflict, really, with what I know about being a dressing your truth type 2. It just makes the playground a bit bigger.

I think I am still learning what it means for a dressing your truth type 2 to wear soft colors. And to wear color combinations that have low to medium contrast.

And it has been this deep dive into exploring seasonal color analysis that helped me understand it more. I actually understand the boundaries & the freedom within those boundaries even more now.

If I think of the saturation or the intensity of color as a continuum, mine needs to be at about the halfway point, at medium. And my colors will play much more nicely together if they are not that different.

For example, what not to do, from today's first try: too much contrast...

Creating a Soft Autumn Summer Capsule Wardrobe...

So it works much better for me to wear one or two shades darker and one or two shades lighter than very dark plus very light, even if they are both soft colors. And I get to wear colors like coral and pink, a combination I have been playing with a lot lately, as long as they are both soft and are at about the same level of intensity.

I do believe that women of color may need colors that are a little more rich than women who aren’t. So in any given season and no matter what their dressing your truth type, they may need more intensity even if what they need is soft and muted.

So my summer capsule wardrobe is changing a bit. It's getting warmer!! And I am using this soft autumn challenge to add and play with color in new ways.

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...

What about you? Have you thought about color intensity or contrast? What works for you?

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  1. Everything looks really good. Then, when you add the scarf, it kicks the entire look up a notch! Your theory about women of colour needing a little more intensity makes sense. Nevertheless the delicate grey of this scarf is dynamite.

  2. Hi Barbara! Thanks so much!! I'm glad the scarf works. I like it, too.

  3. I love the finished outfit, esp. when you add the scarf and jewelry.

  4. Oh good, Jane! Glad you think it works. Thanks!!


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