Virtual Color Draping

Here’s my subject’s base picture:

bethsis

and here she is with her virtual color drapes…Bethsis

A sample color-only commentary looks like this:

Your Season:  Spring

Springs have very delicate coloring that is reflected in the translucent, bright colors of flowers and leaves in their first growth.   Brightness, warmth and clarity are Spring watchwords.  Even the darkest or most neutral colors must have life to be Spring color.  “Golden” and “Pink” are the two most important Spring undertones, and one or both will be found in nearly all of her colors.    Her colors are usually blends, from greenish blues to pinkish reds to golden greens.    If you want to wrap up Spring in one word, it’s “vitality”.  If you wanted create Spring as a piece of art, you would use colored pencils.

Springs can be found with any hair color except black.  Most blondes are Springs or Summers.   If Springs have red hair, it’s auburn or strawberry blonde.  Brunette Springs are likely to have had blonde hair as a child, and blonde highlights look well on Springs.  “Ash” is not a Spring tone – “golden” is.  Your hair is a beautiful natural rusty red.  (This hair color is either Spring or Autumn).

A Spring’s skin will always be pinkish or golden or both.  Yes, there are plenty of women of color who are Springs.   Many mixed-race women, in particular, find that Spring colors suit them perfectly.   You are looking for a certain translucent quality to the complexion, that clear golden shine, the flush that often shows on her cheeks.  Your skin is absolutely gorgeous – we call this complexion “peaches and cream”, and it is more translucent and brighter than an Autumn’s complexion.  Your pink cheeks are an especially good tell that you’re a Spring rather than an Autumn.

Yes – strawberry red, midnight blue, peachy-pinks, golden-khaki, blue-greens, ivory.    Gold and ivory pearls are all yours.

No – black, white, jewel-tones, muted colors (whether brown or grey).

Because of the golden glow to your skin, I would encourage you to try some buttercup yellow – whether you wear that in a whole garment or in an accessory or print, it’s going to reflect gold up onto your skin.  Your soft green eyes mean you look best in your green shades rather than blue, though there are a few great shades for you.  Your “black” is a charcoal grey, and your white is ivory, in which you look particularly splendid.  Please stay away from harsh colors, they will age you – you want to make sure you have lots of life in your season.  If you want to wear neutrals, kitten grey and *very warm, very bright* khaki are good colors.  You look particularly lovely in geranium red, coral, and most peach.

Trying to weigh down a Spring’s coloring with colors that are too heavy makes her look tired and/or muddy.  And although Springs wear some of the brightest colors around, if you put them in the jewel toned vivids of a Winter, those colors will steal all of the Spring’s vitality.  Springs, more than any season, really need to nail their exact colors.   Because of the subtle balances in color, there can be a very small difference between perfect and terrible.  If you don’t see color well, stick to your swatches!

Contrast

Contrast isn’t about color, it’s about how dark or light the item is, and how much difference between the two looks best on you.  This plays into your personality and height as much as it does your coloring.  High contrast looks very strongly differentiate areas of your body – so if you’re wearing a light shirt/dark skirt, you are very much in two pieces, whereas if your shirt and skirt are about the same color saturation, you won’t have as much of a break.  As always, you want to make sure that you are the center of attention, not your outfit.

You wear medium-to-low contrast colors best.  If you need to dress to impress, I would recommend an outfit in shades of ivory with warm touches of leather rather than the tradition black suit/white blouse (please don’t wear that – terrible colors for you).

You have a very high color intensity, as someone with naturally ruddy cheeks, more color is better than less.  (I have naturally ruddy cheeks myself – it might be counterintuitive, but this works).   If your life allows, I would encourage you to incorporate more of your bright colors into your wardrobe in large pieces, such as blouses and dresses.  If you start with good neutrals (khaki, ivory, kitten grey – and you may treat forest green as a neutral color), you will be able to mix and match with aplomb.  (Note the color combination of light peach and kitten grey on your virtual swatch … this would be excellent on you).

Texture

Try nubby textures rather than smooth weaves – you will find them more flattering.

And her custom pinboard is here: