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Hi!

I've been lurking for a long time on this forum and more recently I have started to pay more attention to polishing one's image and trying bits and pieces as well as educating myself. "Color for Men" is amongst the books I'm looking at now and am I'm finding it hard to determine what season I'm in even after looking at many other resources.


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I have troubles assessing my hair color/skin undertones/eye color, and it doesn't help that I get different answers from different friends.

Regarding the eyes: my passport says they're blue, depending on the lighting they can look green (as I've been told quite a few times) but can also have a gray-ish look. Hair color is also a debated topic, since some people were surprised when I told them I have blonde hair... ?! I'd say I have a fair complexion, but the undertone eludes me.

Which one do I fall under: summer or spring - and why?


Your help is much appreciated! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif


Thanks!
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Hi!
I've been lurking for a long time on this forum and more recently I have started to pay more attention to polishing one's image and trying bits and pieces as well as educating myself. "Color for Men" is amongst the books I'm looking at now and am I'm finding it hard to determine what season I'm in even after looking at many other resources.

(click to see high-res)
I have troubles assessing my hair color/skin undertones/eye color, and it doesn't help that I get different answers from different friends.
Regarding the eyes: my passport says they're blue, depending on the lighting they can look green (as I've been told quite a few times) but can also have a gray-ish look. Hair color is also a debated topic, since some people were surprised when I told them I have blonde hair... ?! I'd say I have a fair complexion, but the undertone eludes me.
Which one do I fall under: summer or spring - and why?
Your help is much appreciated! icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
Thanks!

Judging by your picture, you have ash blonde hair and ivory skin with rosiness in the skin, geo88.

Two years ago, I discovered that the winter, spring, summer and fall complexion thing is highly unreliable.

I now simply go by a person's natural hair and skin colors (natural eye colors don't play a role as to what colors people look bad in and should avoid and what colors people look good in and should wear). Many people that are designated as a particular season actually look good in a lot of colors that people of that particular season supposedly look bad in and bad in a lot of colors that people of that particular season supposedly look good in.

Dark skinned people (where the natural hair colors are black, black and gray, gray, gray and silver and silver with the natural skin colors being dark brown, light brown, medium brown and tan with no freckles and no rosiness in the skin) look bad in and should avoid all shades of beige (except all shades of ivory), brown (except all shades of black-brown), olive, orange, peach (except all shades of ice peach) and tan. Naturally black hair naturally changes color (black 1/3 of the time, black-brown 1/3 of the time and midnight blue 1/3 of the time)

Brunettes (where the natural hair colors are auburn, dark brown, dark brown and gray, light brown, light brown and gray, medium brown and medium brown and gray with the natural skin colors being beige and ivory with freckles, rosiness, freckles and rosiness or no freckles and no rosiness in the skin; all auburn haired brunettes have freckles and rosiness in the skin) and gray and white haired light skinned people (whose natural hair colors are gray, gray and silver, silver, silver and white and white with the natural skin colors being beige and ivory with no freckles and no rosiness in the skin) look bad in and should avoid all shades of beige (except all shades of ivory), light and light medium olive and peach (except all shades of ice peach). Naturally white hair also naturally changes color (ice blue 1/3 of the time, ice gray 1/3 of the time and white 1/3 of the time).

Blondes with strawberry blonde hair have freckles and rosiness in their skin. Blondes with ash blonde (also known as dirty blonde) hair (which is tan) and blondes with sand blonde hair (which is beige; beige is, of course, lighter than tan) have rosiness but no freckles in their skin. Blondes with gold blonde hair (gold is, of course, a darker shade of tan and lighter than light brown) have freckles but no rosiness in their skin. Beige and ivory are the natural skin colors for blondes.

Colors that blondes look bad in and should avoid are black (excluding formal wear), white (excluding formal wear) and all shades of the following colors: midnight blue (excluding formal wear), ivory (excluding formal wear), black-brown, blackberry, midnight green, midnight purple, ice blue, ice gray, ice green, ice teal, ice pink, ice violet, beige, peach, yellow, turquoise, dark and dark medium shades of gray, dark, dark medium, light and light medium shades of olive, mustard, dark and dark medium shades of aubergine, mauve, taupe, brick red, blue gray and gray green, dark brown and medium brown.

Redheads (where the natural skin color is ivory with freckles and rosiness in the skin; red hair also naturally changes color-bright red 1/3 of the time, burgundy 1/3 of the time and medium red 1/3 of the time) look bad in and should avoid the following colors: black (excluding formal wear), white (excluding formal wear) and all shades of the following colors: midnight blue (excluding formal wear), ivory (excluding formal wear), black-brown, midnight gray (which is darker than charcoal), midnight green, midnight turquoise, ice green, ice peach, pink, yellow, light and light medium shades of gray, red (except all shades of burgundy and maroon), purple (except all shades of amethyst), aubergine (except all shades that are a mixture of amethyst and charcoal), brick red (except all shades that are a mixture of burgundy and charcoal and charcoal and maroon; maroon, of course, is darker than burgundy), blue (except all shades of navy), light and light medium shades of gray green and taupe, teal, blue gray (except all shades that are mixture of charcoal and navy) and mauve (except all shades that are a mixture of amethyst and dark brown).

I hope this helps. And, the best of luck in choosing the right color accessories and clothes for your natural hair and skin colors, geo88.
Edited by OxxfordSJLINY - 11/18/12 at 10:56am
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Ignore the colour-season thing, it's just designed to sell books and image consultancy.

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Thanks for taking the time to write that reply OxxfordSJLINY.

For some reason, I thought ash blonde and dirty blonde are different hair colors - since I wasn't sure between the two which one I have (since in the summer in different lighting it does look a bit more golden), I guess that's one thing less I need to worry about.

The colors listed there should prove a good starting point for myself in what to try and see how it fits or not, now I just need to see what those colors actually look like in real life, since I've never heard of some smile.gif. One would be amazed of how many black clothes I have, not that I'd consider that they particularly put me in a good light, but wasn't really aware of some of these things when I got them (and/or didn't care too much).

I see that the color-seasons can be as useful as one of those "psychological personality tests" that you can find a dime a dozen of on the Internet. I guess the takeaway from the book is to at least focus on colors that match each other and building a wardrobe of clothes that have some versatility in different combinations and most of all, try to see what fits.

One question still remains: is there any other system you'd recommend that can help one's ascension on the path of color-matching, fit & understanding that is somewhat more time effective and less costly that going through many stores and purchasing things that you only later realize don't flatter you?

Thanks!
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Thanks for taking the time to write that reply OxxfordSJLINY.
For some reason, I thought ash blonde and dirty blonde are different hair colors - since I wasn't sure between the two which one I have (since in the summer in different lighting it does look a bit more golden), I guess that's one thing less I need to worry about.
The colors listed there should prove a good starting point for myself in what to try and see how it fits or not, now I just need to see what those colors actually look like in real life, since I've never heard of some smile.gif. One would be amazed of how many black clothes I have, not that I'd consider that they particularly put me in a good light, but wasn't really aware of some of these things when I got them (and/or didn't care too much).
I see that the color-seasons can be as useful as one of those "psychological personality tests" that you can find a dime a dozen of on the Internet. I guess the takeaway from the book is to at least focus on colors that match each other and building a wardrobe of clothes that have some versatility in different combinations and most of all, try to see what fits.
One question still remains: is there any other system you'd recommend that can help one's ascension on the path of color-matching, fit & understanding that is somewhat more time effective and less costly that going through many stores and purchasing things that you only later realize don't flatter you?
Thanks!

You're welcome, geo88. Like I said, just ignore the color seasons and go by natural hair and skin colors to determine what colors should be avoided and what colors should be worn. When you can, just look to my reply message from this afternoon. Sorry that it is a bit long.
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Judging by your picture, you have ash blonde hair and ivory skin with rosiness in the skin, geo88.
Two years ago, I discovered that the winter, spring, summer and fall complexion thing is highly unreliable.
I now simply go by a person's natural hair and skin colors (natural eye colors don't play a role as to what colors people look bad in and should avoid and what colors people look good in and should wear). Many people that are designated as a particular season actually look good in a lot of colors that people of that particular season supposedly look bad in and bad in a lot of colors that people of that particular season supposedly look good in.
Dark skinned people (where the natural hair colors are black, black and gray, gray, gray and silver and silver with the natural skin colors being dark brown, light brown, medium brown and tan with no freckles and no rosiness in the skin) look bad in and should avoid all shades of beige (except all shades of ivory), brown (except all shades of black-brown), olive, orange, peach (except all shades of ice peach) and tan. Naturally black hair naturally changes color (black 1/3 of the time, black-brown 1/3 of the time and midnight blue 1/3 of the time)
Brunettes (where the natural hair colors are auburn, dark brown, dark brown and gray, light brown, light brown and gray, medium brown and medium brown and gray with the natural skin colors being beige and ivory with freckles, rosiness, freckles and rosiness or no freckles and no rosiness in the skin; all auburn haired brunettes have freckles and rosiness in the skin) and gray and white haired light skinned people (whose natural hair colors are gray, gray and silver, silver, silver and white and white with the natural skin colors being beige and ivory with no freckles and no rosiness in the skin) look bad in and should avoid all shades of beige (except all shades of ivory), light and light medium olive and peach (except all shades of ice peach). Naturally white hair also naturally changes color (ice blue 1/3 of the time, ice gray 1/3 of the time and white 1/3 of the time).
Blondes with strawberry blonde hair have freckles and rosiness in their skin. Blondes with ash blonde (also known as dirty blonde) hair (which is tan) and blondes with sand blonde hair (which is beige; beige is, of course, lighter than tan) have rosiness but no freckles in their skin. Blondes with gold blonde hair (gold is, of course, a darker shade of tan and lighter than light brown) have freckles but no rosiness in their skin. Beige and ivory are the natural skin colors for blondes.
Colors that blondes look bad in and should avoid are black (excluding formal wear), white (excluding formal wear) and all shades of the following colors: midnight blue (excluding formal wear), ivory (excluding formal wear), black-brown, blackberry, midnight green, midnight purple, ice blue, ice gray, ice green, ice teal, ice pink, ice violet, beige, peach, yellow, turquoise, dark and dark medium shades of gray, dark, dark medium, light and light medium shades of olive, mustard, dark and dark medium shades of aubergine, mauve, taupe, brick red, blue gray and gray green, dark brown and medium brown.
Redheads (where the natural skin color is ivory with freckles and rosiness in the skin; red hair also naturally changes color-bright red 1/3 of the time, burgundy 1/3 of the time and medium red 1/3 of the time) look bad in and should avoid the following colors: black (excluding formal wear), white (excluding formal wear) and all shades of the following colors: midnight blue (excluding formal wear), ivory (excluding formal wear), black-brown, midnight gray (which is darker than charcoal), midnight green, midnight turquoise, ice green, ice peach, pink, yellow, light and light medium shades of gray, red (except all shades of burgundy and maroon), purple (except all shades of amethyst), aubergine (except all shades that are a mixture of amethyst and charcoal), brick red (except all shades that are a mixture of burgundy and charcoal and charcoal and maroon; maroon, of course, is darker than burgundy), blue (except all shades of navy), light and light medium shades of gray green and taupe, teal, blue gray (except all shades that are mixture of charcoal and navy) and mauve (except all shades that are a mixture of amethyst and dark brown).
I hope this helps. And, the best of luck in choosing the right color accessories and clothes for your natural hair and skin colors, geo88.

This is a really great post. fing02[1].gif
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