Do you have problems identifying the best Neutrals for your SPRING coloring?
It's easy to get excited about a Color Swatch and, certainly, the Spring shades are some of the most glorious shades around. But until you clarify your basic (almost boring) neutral shades, it's impossible to begin any kind of 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 right, are the vivid and vibrant colors of the Spring, they're all LIGHT, WARM and BRIGHT, they're fabulous, but unless you have some basic items it's difficult to know how to start using them.
What you need first are what we call your Wardrobe Essentials. These are the items you start with every morning - a pair of trousers, a skirt, a jacket or coat etc. 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.
Once you've identified the neutrals for Spring coloring, then you can start to link them together to make outfits. That's where all your beautiful array of colors comes in and you've found the formula that will allow your beautiful coloring to shine!
Winter coats for Spring coloring will help you prepare for the cooler weather.
Unless you see how the colors work it's very difficult to get it into perspective. What you need are the best neutrals for Spring coloring so that you have a base for the brilliant brights.
Even though the Spring fabric swatch is gorgeous, and there's lots of information about how to use the neutrals, it doesn't actually show how they look.
It's impossible to match a color exactly and it's not necessary. Use your fabric swatch as a 'blending tool'.
Find a shade close to one of these neutrals, hold the swatch over it and see if the colors look good together. You're forming a backdrop for your brilliant brights.
The lightest color that looks good with your coloring and is perfect next to your face is called your 'best white'.
Ivory has a warm / yellow undertone the same as all the colors in your Color Family. Pure white is far too clinical for your golden coloring.
This is your go-to color for staple 'link' items - tops, tanks, shirts and blouses; underwear and nightwear too. Ivory will link together neutrals and bright shades.
Although navy blue is a 'universal' color - that means it suits more or less everyone - your best navy is brighter than most.
You can wear a slightly deeper shade and it will always look good but, given a choice, go for the brightest navy as it will enhance your other bright shades and your vivid natural coloring.
GOLDEN TAN or CAMEL
A rich gingery brown or camel will provide more contrast and can be used for tops and link items but it's also a useful color to use when you need heavier fabrics.
This is a beautiful rich neutral to use as a wool fabric for cardigans, jackets, or a winter coat. A warm wool coat is a wardrobe staple that will last for many years.
STONE or LIGHT BEIGE
This can be your go-to color for any wardrobe basic - use your color swatch to blend so that you maintain some warmth to harmonize with your pretty shades.
You don't have to match this exactly, there are thousands of shades you can use. Just check that it harmonizes with your brights for essentials such as pants, cardigan, jacket, trench coat etc.
LIGHT WARM GREY
This is your best grey - Light and Warm - it has a slightly yellow undertone which underpins all the other warm shades. You can also wear a cooler grey but it will bring a sharper note to your outfit.
It can be difficult to distinguish between a Warm or Cool grey - take a look at the different Shades of Grey to get the idea.
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