Saturday, 24 November 2012

Colour Me Kat!

I was soooooo excited to 'have my colours done' today. I've been patiently awaiting my appointment with Kerry at Style Savvy for a while now! My aims were to be more confident in my fabric choices, and to check that I wasn't wildly off with my current opinions.

Colour consultancy has definitely become less naff than in Bridget Jones. Frankly, even if it was naff - who doesn't want to wear their optimal colours? There's no shame in wanting to improve! Most countries and major cities will have Colour Me Beautiful consultants.

Kerry and I had a great morning - coffee, fabric draping, hilarity... a wonderful way to start the weekend.

Oddly, I was a bit hard to categorise. My colouring comes from my father. We've researched our family tree back to the 18th century - nothing but England and Scotland (with a little Germany and France), as far as the eye can see. So my colouring is a mystery... Kerry had never before seen a cool/deep who wasn't a Pacific Islander! We did have a conversation about whether I tinted my eyebrows. This is a thing?? Anyway, no.

Thanks to my unlikely colouring, I can actually wear some warm (think yellowish) as well as cool colours. Cool blue tones are more of a sure bet, though. I'm just never allowed to wear orange (too bad about the hi-vis, huh?)!

'Deep' refers to my dark hair and strong features and contrast. As my eyes are dark with very white whites, and I have relatively pale skin with ash brown hair, I can wear high contrast combinations. In my case, this could mean a black suit with a fuchsia shirt, or black and white patterns.

This blog explains 'cool and deep' better than I do. Essentially, I'm exactly like Eva Longoria. Or, to explain it another way, this type of purple is good:


This type is not:




All this is brilliant news to me, because that's not too far off my current wardrobe. I was surprised that I can wear almost any kind of white (but not cream). And I'm thrilled that black and dark grey are not just lazy options for me, they are genuinely good choices.

I do need to dye my hair back to brown though. I'm not surprised or offended by that - I've always been somebody who experiments with hair colour.

This was a really great investment for me, and will mean that I'm less likely to buy/make clothes that don't look quite right. Have you been to a colour consultant? Are you thinking about it? What are your thoughts?

9 comments:

  1. I'm kind of thinking about it now! Except my practically broke self will have to wait until at least the middle of next year to do so. Oh well. I'll just continue (potentially) looking like a train wreck until then!! ;)

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    1. Duuuuuude... you don't look like a train wreck. We'd tell you, I promise!

      Maybe you could hint to the parentals/bro for Christmas ;-)

      I forgot to mention, you also get a purse-sized set of swatches to carry with you when you go shopping! Should make life easier.

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  2. Awesome :) Glad your happy with it - I love my appointment. Would love a picture of your colour wheel when you get the chance :)

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    1. Your company uses orange hi vis? Maybe you could petition for the neon yellow version - I note there's a bright buttercup yellow in the link to the 'Deep' article ;)

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    2. She had to actually order in the colour wheel! I'm so unusual, hahaha. I should get it early next week. Then there will be further blog discussion!

      Orange hi-vis is mandated here. Only the traffic management supervisor is allowed to wear yellow. Though I could plead a special case ("please let me wear yellow, NZTA, I don't want to look less attractive") - lol!

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  3. I've never been to a colour consultant (or even heard of one before!). It sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. I really enjoyed it! I'd heard of them when we briefly had one speak to us at university (because engineers need to wear the right colours to their interviews, too). It was worth it to me, to give me more confidence in the clothes that I choose to sew.

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  4. Were you ever attracted to colours in your colour wheel before you had your consultation done?
    I have 3 books on colours, I know that I look horrible in black which works well for me as I love navy, which is my black. I'm thinking about getting my colours done but I'm not sure it will be worth it as I know 40-50% of the colours that look good on me.

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    1. A lot of the colours were ones that I already wore/loved... and I mostly knew which ones looked bad on me. I wouldn't say there were a lot of surprises, but it was good for my confidence to have somebody else confirm it. If you are already confident in your choices, you might not need it :-)

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