She had a point, and I knew it. She was summer, I was spring – we just could not wear each other’s colours without looking like ghosts.
Spring is everything you think it is – warm, vibrant, like the fresh green grass and the first bright colours shooting forth from the trees! Spring colours (and autumn colours) are warm and the metal is gold. The style is flowery, romantic; think Laura Ashley.
Summer is really too hot to do anything much. The colours are more washed out than spring, a little more white content than spring. Summer colours are cool, blue-tinged, and go with the metal silver (as does winter). The style is sporty, uncluttered.
Autumn has more muted, deeper, darker tones than spring. Like spring it contains all the warm colours, you can almost smell the deep colour of the fallen leaves. Metal is gold, but can be a tricolor of gold/bronze/silver, just like the trees. Style is classic; (lady of the manor).
Oh to be winter – you are the only one who can wear black and actually look good in it! This style can be modern, outrageous and still look great. Winter can also wear white (summer may get away with a little bit of white). The metal colour is silver.
The images here are from the book “Colour Me Beautiful” by Carol Jackson. She has also published the book “Colour for Men”, which I found really helpful when I had to dress in suits for corporate wear.
It was years ago that I had my colours done at a local beauty parlour. It cost a fair penny then, but it was really worth it. Sitting in front of a mirror and getting shawls of coloured fabric draped over me one after the other, I could tell which one looked good on me and which did not. For a while after some cosmetic companies informed their customers which colours where cold or warm. I still use it as a guide when shopping for clothes, and yes, also when making jewellery