Can you identify the best Neutrals for Cool coloring?
It's easy to get excited about a Color Swatch and, certainly, the Cool color palette is very wide.
But until you clarify your basic (almost boring) neutral shades, it's impossible to begin any kind of color co-ordination.
In fact, this is the time when many people start to panic. You've got a delicious color swatch in your hand but have absolutely no idea where to start.
In the color circle to the right, you can see all the vivid and vibrant bright and light shades of the COOL color family. They all have a Blue undertone.
are what we call your Wardrobe Essentials.
These are the items you reach for every day - a pair of trousers, a skirt, a jacket or coat. They form the backbone of your wardrobe and need to be in neutral colors so that you can mix and match them into lots of different outfits.
More importantly, they need to be COOL neutral colors so that there is complete co-ordination between the neutrals and the brights.
Now you're ready to link them together to make outfits - and co-ordination begins!
it's difficult to visualize co-ordination.
The COOL fabric swatch includes your best version of all the neutral tones - as well as the beautiful bright shades that will bring you to life.
If your natural coloring is gentle you may prefer to wear the softer shades; if your coloring is stronger you might like the bolder colors.
You can't match a color exactly and it's not necessary. You'll quickly learn to use your color swatch as a 'blending tool'. Your colors are never limited as there are literally thousands of shades between each one just like an artist's palette.
White is a great color for you - off white, soft white, bright ivory and pure white. It's the perfect choice for tops, tanks, shirts and blouses.
Worn close to the face it creates a brilliant contrast against all the bright Cool toned colors and the other neutrals.
If your skin is extremely fair you might find that Pure White drains you a little so stay with Soft White.
This is your best shade of Beige - almost a unbleached linen tone - and is your go-to beige for wardrobe basics particularly in the warmer months.
Avoid any beige with a yellow undertone as it's not good against your complexion. anything with a yellow undertone - many beiges can be quite gingery. So aim for this almost grey tone - or 'Greige'.
Navy blue is a 'universal' color - that means there is a version to suit everyone.
You have a palette of blue undertones and navy blue is the perfect neutral to support all your colors.
This is a light and sophisticated color with a crisp blue undertone which will bring an elegance to the Cool colors. A Warm grey would 'fight' against the blue undertone.
It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between a Warm or Cool grey initially - take a look at the different Shades of Grey to get the idea.
This is quite a professional looking shade of grey and would make an excellent base for a working capsule wardrobe.
You can dress it up and ring the changes very easily with your brighter colors and accessories.
Charcoal grey is the deepest grey. If you find black too heavy then charcoal will make an excellent base neutral for the colder months.
This color lends itself perfectly to a warm wool flannel for a skirt, trousers or winter coat.
You will often read that Cools should not wear black - but let's apply some common sense here. Don't wear Black next to your face if your skin is fair, but let's apply common sense here! Black is something we all have in the wardrobe and it works well with all the Cool shades.
This shows very simply how to introduce your brightest shades into the neutrals for cool coloring. Take what you have in the closet and slot some color in between...
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