Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wear Yourself, Zyla Style: Some Examples

On my TV, her coloring looked both deeper and richer than this, so I tried to alter it to make it match what I saw and it's still not quite right. But can you see how the jacket is a match for her hair color?

There are even highlights in both!

Here I am trying to match hair, eyes or both...

Many of us who are women of color have hair color in the espresso, brown-black, chestnut brown range. Here are some outfit ideas that Rachel Maddow can use, as well (I added the sunglasses just for her), for supporting our hair color in what we wear...

Espresso Outfit Ideas

I have gotten very specific with the David Zyla book, but what you are basically doing is wearing the colors you find in your eyes, hair, and skin. Dark brown is my favorite, but I also love what happens when I wear rust, which is more of a skin undertone color.

Do you try to wear colors that match your hair or eyes or skin?

"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. A makeover for Rachel Maddow -- I love it. Maybe you could be her stylist for a few weeks. She is great but she always looks exactly the same every day.

    1. I would love it, because I would put her in warmer colors than she typically wears. But I could kiss whoever discovered that jacket for her! She's worn it several times, or ones similar, and they are perfect for her.

  2. This is a cool post.

    So I have similar color eyes(brown with a cool cast) I have gray hair and my skin color is cinnamon brown.
    Now would you wear all the body colors at the same time in my case?

    Most times I wear the cooler colors; but I like this idea of wearing hair, skin and eyes on some days. How would I figure out in what percentage?

    How did you figure out how much to wear of your eye and hair color in this example?
    By the way you look great!

    1. Thanks, Sandra!! To be honest, I just experimented with it. I noticed that I can repeat the darker colors, hair and eye, anywhere, even right under my face. But my eye color is needs to be paired with a contrast color because it is close to the color of my skin.

      Sandra, are you sure your eyes are cool? If they are similar to mine or Rachel's, then they are warm. And cinnamon brown sounds warm, too. I'm just wondering.

      Sometimes what feels like our best energy match in other systems isn't the same as what our coloring would indicate. I suggested slate brown in the other comment, but I don't really know if that would be appropriate or not, since I haven't seen you or done your color analysis.

  3. Interesting you should bring this up. I had my colors done so many times and in one of the analysis I was told that I have both warm and cool coloring: A crossover. For example I can wear "shiny" silver or "shiny" gold.

    My harmony was about 80% striking with bright undertones and rich coloring as well in smaller amounts. Unfortunately I felt in order to save money I would choose to stick with one striking in most of my choices otherwise my colors would be all over the place.

    I'm going to think on this some more; my type in energy is 4-1 which is striking and bright also.

    I'll keep you posted on what I decide...I get so obsessive about this stuff.

    1. You and me both! My favorite obsession. :)

      Okay, so it sounds like you are a blend. And the cool thing about blends is that you can probably wear any Zyla color you find. You just have to play with how much of you can be covered with it.

      If you are more warm than cool, then slate brown would need to be an accent. If not, then the reverse is true.

      Let me know what you decide. I love to find out where people land!


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