Monday, November 5, 2012

Spicy Autumn, Revisited

David Zyla's Color Your Style

Early this year, I expanded my study of David Zyla's book, Color Your Style,  to try to determine which of the 6 autumn archetypes fit me best. Because I love his system, I explored it in several posts.

Which Autumn Archetype?

In reading the book, you start by finding all 8 of your essence colors. I created a visual representation of my 8 essence colors here on Pinterest. Well, after finding those eight colors, the book helps you determine which of the four seasons fits best, and then, for each season gives 6 archetypes.

Spicy Autumn Archetype

"As you observe the rich colors hanging in her closet, you can almost smell the saffron, ginger and cayenne." ~David Zyla

Though I considered spicy autumn before, I don't think I gave it my complete attention. And just didn't understand at the time how good a fit it is for me.

For each archetype, Zyla describes the color palette, the style and the personality, and for me, what finally helped to make all the descriptions become more clear, was to create visual representations of what was being described. Once I did that, by creating collages, I could see that spicy autumn was the best fit.

Not every single description fits, but overall, it does, so I know this is my archetype.

For instance, the secret superpower is "bringing diverse elements into a harmonious whole." Well, that part I agree with, but his examples include putting together the perfect party and coordinating a team at work. I would never volunteer for either. So the trick is to ignore what doesn't fit as long as enough of it does to make the archetype, in general, make sense.

"She gets the most bang for her buck out of muted colors made mysterious and dramatic through the mix of patterns and textures, which create a brooding, sultry quality that can be quite enticing." ~David Zyla

Sounds great, doesn't it? Although as a bright/deep autumn, barely muted works best.

Spicy Autumn Outfit

So if you read the book this year, and then wondered why I had recommended it, because finding your archetype was harder than you thought, try it again. And create something visual...

Spicy Autumn outfit

That is exactly the kind of outfit I would love to wear!

Have you read the book yet? I highly recommend it. I go back to it again and again.

I am linking up today to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I plan to link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, and to Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday.

"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


  1. Sounds like a fun read. The earrings from the Spicy outfit are totally gorgeous! thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and have a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks, Patti!! Aren't they amazing? Wish I could afford them!

  2. I tend to gravitate toward those colors in my wardrobe and home! So warm and inviting. I too love those earrings and pants. This is my kind of outfit!


    1. Hi Alison! Thanks!! I bet I would love your home.

  3. You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award here

  4. I like the paintings you chose in your autumn collage, Jeanine. Thanks for comments on Project Minima, too.

    1. Thanks!! Me, too. Glad to have discovered your blog, as well.

  5. Love that look that you´ve created and I need that brown scarf! ;) Visiting from WiWW.

  6. It's my first time visiting your blog - it's really interesting. I haven't really thought about the colours that match my skin for a while but this got me interested. Great outfit inspiration too!

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