A few months ago, I ordered a beautiful orange jumper from an online boutique. I came over home from work and the much anticipated parcel was waiting for me, I ran up the stairs in eager anticipation, but as soon as I opened the package, my heart sank, I didn't even have to take it out of the cellophane packaging as it was simply the wrong colour!! It was orange, but not the right shade, some have called me fussy, I agree with that statement, but I just instinctively know colours work on me. Recently, I was catching up with some fabulous instagram ladies April @spanishaprilx and Michelle @styledbymrsmint and we have become friends when it dawned on me that we all know what suits us. April was wearing a floral blouse paired with black jacket and skirt. My simple description doesn't highlight the details. So here are the details, she paired the outfit with a red bag and wore red lippie as there were red flowers in the blouse, to break up the blackness she wore a faux leather skirt and the different textures albeit the same colour make the outfit more interesting. April is fair skinned and blonde, so I am surprised that these colours actually suit her, but they do. Michelle was wearing a maxi dress in with a bold floral print, and the print had splashes of terracotta, so she highlighted this colour by wearing earrings in the hue. Michelle is a trained hair stylist, so as part of her job she needs to know what tones and hues compliment everyone's skin.
However, for those of us who aren't trained you can seek help from a professional stylist, or you can try and find what suits you from some useful online tools. After some determined googling I found that this web page Teal Inspiration. Below is a diagram of what they take into account as its based on your skin tone, eye colours and hair (even of coloured).
From the chart below I am a 'Winter' and thats so true as I love wearing these shades.
Couple of examples of me wearing colours that suit me.
By wearing colours that suit me, it can have a psychological effect. When, I look at certain colours it triggers neurological responses in the brain, and causes the hypothalamus gland to release hormones. So by looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine — known as the “feel-good hormone” — immediately lifts my mood and makes me feel more confident.