Thursday, August 23, 2012

Does Color Analysis Work for Women of Color?

Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

Does seasonal color analysis work for women of color?

That's a strange question to ask, coming from someone who is both a color analyst and a woman of color, right? But it was with that question that I first began to explore color analysis, determined to figure out why it is that women of color sometimes find themselves trying to cope with a color palette that doesn't quite fit.

So I made that my specialty, this business of figuring out what doesn't work and why, and I am still learning about it through observation & experience, because there was so little info available when I was trained.

Recently, a fellow color aficionado asked me this very question and what follows is our written conversation about it, slightly paraphrased...

Are there women of color who have trouble finding themselves within the 12 seasons?

Well, I don't fit within the 12-season system and I suspect that that is likely to be the case with many women of color. Even if they land somewhere, they may need the deeper or warmer colors within that palette.

For instance, I think I would be a SciArt bright spring. But I am actually a bright autumn, so I would need the warmest/deepest bright spring colors. I am warm and deep and clear, which is an unusual combo. I know there are others like me, who don't quite fit.

I figured out that I was brighter than warm autumn but that those were the colors I needed, because bright spring wasn't quite deep enough. Deep autumn wasn't bright enough.

So I explored 16-season systems and found bright autumn. Perfect! Kind of like Goldilocks. :)

Really, so it wasn't until you tried 16-seasons that it worked for you?

That's right! I tried everything else first. Only 16 seasons allows for the possibility of warm and clear and deep.

What about other ethnicities?

I think the same thing is true for other ethnicities. I color analyzed an Asian woman with black hair and dark eyes but the only 12-season place she fit was light spring, so that's what I told her she was. Now that I know about the 16 seasons, I know she is a deep spring.

(By the way, I have color analyzed several Asian women, but if you are reading this, and you think you might be the one, please contact me about the deep (or vivid) spring color palette.)

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By the way, if you are still interested in training, remind me to talk to you about Color Alliance at some point. That system offers personalized palettes (I think the possibilities number into the thousands), but their basic system is the 16-season system. In that system, I am a vivid rich autumn.

At that point, I removed myself from the computer so my son and I could watch a movie!

So there you have it, folks. Yes, I think that women of color can have difficulties squeezing into the 12-season system, but I believe there's plenty of room within the 16-season model!

Are you a woman of color who has had difficulty finding your season?

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  1. Interesting. I had not heard of the 16 season analysis. My eldest daughter laughs that if you put a scarf over our head, we would fit in most countries. Yes, we have had difficulties finding colors that don't white us out.

    From the 31 day challenge.

    1. Hi Michelle! Good to see you here! Thanks for coming to visit. LOL about fitting in with most countries. That's interesting about having colors that white you out. Probably those colors are muted and you need richer or brighter ones.


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