Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wear Yourself, Zyla Style: Casual Capsule

Casual Capsule...

(1) One cardi and pants outfit in your formal color, your version of black.

“You can use this color to blend into the group, but you can also use it to provide a high-contrast backdrop to one of the other colors in your palette.” ~David Zyla, The Color of Style

(2) One cardigan and one pair of pants in your version of brown.

Great color to wear for a more relaxed day. No important client meetings, no need to impress. In fact, your version of brown helps you communicate support.

(3) One top and/or pair of pants in your version of khaki.

This color can provide a great backdrop for your accent colors and is great for casual outings or get-togethers. A bold scarf or statement piece of jewelry are perfect in combination with this neutral.
You also can add in a more intense energy color (the deepest color in your eyes).

(4) Accent pieces in one or two of the five true colors.

These pieces can be tops, cardis, accessories, etc. Your version of red might be one of these accent colors. 

And my belief is that we can use a range of colors that are similar to the colors we have identified, so we can create a range of colors to choose from that support us in this way. 

For my own Zyla colors, I created a Pinterest board and for each one, I chose a range of possible colors. Check it out if you want to see examples of what I’m talking about here. This pic is a collage of my energy colors.

What I like about Zyla’s recommendations is that he makes the point that you can create a capsule wardrobe with only 8-10 pieces and still create a variety of outfits that allow for creative self-expression. And each of these colors can be found in your actual coloring.

If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it!

When I first read the book, my concern was that the combinations he suggested might be boring. But when I considered them specifically with my own colors, I realized the potential to create some great outfits.

What do you think? Would this basic formula, created around neutrals, work for you?

"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. I like the Zyla system and it makes sense; but here is my issue. (Perhaps you can help)
    When I use the Zyla system along with other systems(energetic systems--won't name particular names but I think you're familiar) the colors are not in harmony.

    What did you do as far as integrating Zyla's system with other color or energetic systems? Or are you using Zyla's on your own? It maybe that you don't have these issues because I noticed that your color palette is in the Autumnal colors in most systems.

    Anyway, anything you can offer can help. By the way I'm in the striking energetics but my eyes are brown.

    1. Hi Sandra! I have heard people say that even when just using one system, that their hair or eyes are oddly discordant with the rest of their coloring.

      I don't think that's actually true, although I know it can seem to be true. I would say that when that seems to be happening, then your color palette is too "small," or limiting.

      However, even someone who is both cool and bold/striking can use cool brown as a neutral (a slate brown, maybe?) and pair it with a fully saturated color under the face. If that's your eye color.

      I really do believe we can repeat our colors, but it may be better to do it in smaller amounts (our eyes are pretty small, after all).

      I do use Zyla, but for instance, I have decided to use my eye color as an accent rather than as a main feature. If I don't, I won't create enough contrast because it's too close to my skin color.

      Hope this helps! Let me know.

    2. Yes this makes sense.

      I remember when I had eyeglasses which blended with my eye color(cooler tones of brown) for some reason I was amazed that they glasses worked with my striking colors. Now I know why.

      Maybe I won't have to get rid of all of my cooler tone dark brown accessories after all.

      Thanks for the clarification.

    3. You're welcome, Sandra! Glad to help!!


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