The Wardrobe Architect Week 5: Color Theory

Thursday, February 27, 2014
This week's post from the Wardrobe Architect was all about exploring your color story. Since color can elicit an emotional response, it's important to figure out what colors make you feel best when wearing them.

A System of Seasons

I started this exploration by taking a look at several color analysis blog posts to try to get a better idea of what colors work well for me and do not.

I have dark brown hair that used to have a reddish tint to it (now it varies from my home color kits), I have olive skin with a yellow tone and blue eyes that are nearly grey. I used to think that this made me a Deep Autumn type, but I never looked good in the recommended colors with deep yellow or golden undertones as they always tended to wash me out.

According to a Deep Winter's best colors are black, white, dark charcoal, and true shades such as true red, green, or blue, burgundy, hot pink and brown/black. Deep Winter's should avoid warm colors like golden orange, brown, peach and light beige (no problem). Most pastels might wash out a Deep Winter, but icy pink will look great. Plus I prefer deep colors, so I think I'm more of a Deep Winter type.

Deep Winter Color Palette 

For make-up, it is recommended that Deep Winter's stick to deep browns and purples on the eyes and true reds, ruby's and burgundy on the lips (which I've found to be most flattering on me anyways).

Some websites I looked at are:

The Exercises

First we were asked to review the words we came up to inspire out wardrobes and pick out color words that we associate with these words and review our style mood-boards.

easy- grey

timeless- black, white, red, blue, emerald green


quirky- prints, polka-dots

modern- pantones color of the year, radiant orchid, ice blue

Next we were asked to review the colors and patterns we have in our closet and fabric stashes and add those colors to our list of colors to form our ultimate palette. Here's what I came up with:

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