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Beyond the Palette: Universal Colours for Every Wardrobe

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Primary Blog/Beyond the Palette: Universal Colours for Every Wardrobe

Have you ever found yourself frustrated by the limited colour options in stores, feeling like you're stuck with the same old choices season after season?
The struggle is real, and it turns out that even clothes designers and manufacturers face challenges in achieving the desired colours for their garments.
Unveiling the secrets behind shopping for colours that suit you goes beyond the conventional approach of having your colours professionally done.
In this exploration, we delve into the fascinating world of colours, understanding the science and art behind choosing hues that complement your unique features.



The Challenge of Dyeing:

As we venture into the realm of colour, it's intriguing to discover that even professionals encounter obstacles when trying to achieve specific hues. For instance, the ice and jewel colours of the 'Winter' palette are notorious for being particularly challenging to dye. This struggle sheds light on why we often encounter a recurring set of colours in stores, making it difficult for us to find the ideal shades that resonate with our personal style.



The Science and Art of Colour Harmony:

Choosing colours that suit you involves a delicate balance of science and art. The hues that complement your skin, eyes, and natural hair colour are likely to be within the same colour palette. Imagine a vast spectrum of thousands of colours tailored to enhance your unique features. Learning the science behind colour harmony empowers you to navigate the array of choices available while shopping. Is the colour warm or cool? Is it light, bright, deep, or muted? Perhaps it's a delightful combination of two or more categories. While this may seem overwhelming at first, most women can quickly grasp this skill after having their colours done professionally.



Tips for the Uninitiated Shopper:

If you haven't had the chance to explore the world of personalised colour analysis, fear not. There are ways to enhance your success in finding colours that suit you while shopping. Consider these tips:


1. Opt for Universally Flattering Colours:

Universal colours in the context of colour analysis refer to shades that have broad appeal and complement a wide range of skin tones, regardless of individual characteristics. These colours possess a versatility that makes them suitable for various people, making them foundational choices for a well-rounded wardrobe. Examples of universal colours often include winter white (off white), ivory (not cream), mid-grey, stone, taupe, mid-purple, mid-green, medium teal, and pewter. When individuals are uncertain about their specific colour palette or have not undergone professional colour analysis, opting for these universally flattering hues can serve as a safe and stylish choice. These colours are designed to enhance and harmonize with a diverse array of skin tones, making them a reliable option for those who want to look effortlessly put together without delving into personalized colour assessments. These colours are also the perfect choice for uniforms as they will flatter most skintones.

Figure: Universally Flattering Colours

2. Focus on Face-Framing Colours:

The colours you wear near your face play a pivotal role in enhancing your features. While the lower half of your outfit matters, pay extra attention to the shades that illuminate your face. If you're concerned about extra pounds below the waist, consider darker neutral colours for bottoms to create a flattering effect.


3. Experiment in the Changing Room:

Shopping for colours that suit you involves a bit of trial and error. When faced with multiple colour options for a garment, take one in each colour into the changing room and try them all on. Ask yourself, which one would you wear home? This simple question narrows down your choices, guiding you toward the colour that makes you feel good and complements your unique features.


Embracing the art of shopping for colours that suit you is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. By understanding the science and art behind colour harmony, even those who haven't had their colours professionally done can navigate the world of fashion with confidence. So, the next time you step into a store, armed with these tips, let the adventure of finding your perfect colours begin!

Need some help in defining and choosing the colours that work best for you, then I highly recommend a professional colour analysis consultation. Pop me an email @aileen@laneimageconsulting.com and I can recommend a qualified colour consultant need you.
Want to train as a colour analysis consultant , then check out my Certified Online Colour Expert Program here.

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Hi, I'm Aileen Lane AICI CIP

6-FigureĀ  Mentor To Personal Stylists

I empower Personal Stylists to transition from treating their styling ventures as hobbies to establishing lucrative 6-figure income through my high-impact program 'The 6 Figure Stylist'