December 5, 2011

What's Your Season?

by Tara Zucker

This Isn't Your Grandmother's Color Analysis: Can You Name The Twelve Seasons? What if you had to choose between these two beach outfits:

which would you pick? Tough choice, right? It might be a lot easier if you knew what season you were.

 

If you just had a bad flashback to the 80s, you probably remember the old system of personal color analysis (PCA) that was supposed to help you find the exact colors you looked best in. According to skin tone and hair, everyone was put into one of four categories based on the seasons.

 

 

 

The problem was many women didn't fit neatly into these four limited categories.

 

Well, 80s fashion might be back, but personal color analysis (PCA) has definitely moved on. Most systems now include additional mixed - or "neutral" seasons - that are a blend of warm and cool (you can read more about that here.) Since it's estimated that 75% of us fall into these neutral seasons, no wonder the old method didn't work for most women!

 

In the new systems, anyone can be analyzed, regardless of coloring, and the results can be fascinating.

Think all redheads are Autumn? #1, Reba McEntire, is a Warm Spring. Think all blondes are Summer? #2, Faith Hill, is but this real life blonde is a True Winter. You might guess that #3 is a Dark Winter, but #4 has me totally stumped. The only real way to learn a person's season is through the draping process. (But here's a good test to try at home to get you pointed in the right direction.)

 

What's the advantage of knowing your season? "It's about discovering what already exists inside you - literally, inside your skin," says PCA expert Christine Scaman. "We care enormously about how we look, beyond just for vanity's sake. It is the story we tell others about who we are. We picked this shirt, not that one, for a reason."

Others, like style consultant Imogen Lamport, take a more practical approach. "The colors that suit you make you look more vibrant and alive, healthier and younger," she says. "Why wouldn't you want that?" Sure, you can wear any color you want, but check out this woman's journey to see what a difference the right makeup colors make.

What about you? Would you ever "get your colors done?

Tara Zucker's humor about collectibles, fashion, and home decor have been featured on a variety of online portals. She also creates content for clients ranging from rock bands to authors at Post Haste Media. "Growing up, I always had some off-brand fashion doll. Now that I write about the real thing, I've proved it's never too late to have a happy childhood!"

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