Choosing your clothes colors according to the "season charts."

United States
August 2, 2009 2:04pm CST
I remember when choosing clothing colors and which looked best with your skin tones, etc., was based on which "season" you were: spring, summer, fall, winter. Autumn and summer would include redheads, those with yellow under tones in their skin coloring, etc. Softer muted shades of brown, green, yellow-red, etc. were supposed to be most flattering to these people. Spring and winter would include blonds and those with black or very dark hair, and bluish undertones to their skin shade. Clear, bright, vivid colors, and blue-reds were supposed to look good on these people. Have you ever heard of this system or do you remember it? Did you ever discover your season and dress in colors accordingly?
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• India
18 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, This concept never emerged in my mind. We do prefer to use cloths as per season. In our country, we have all seasons (I mean natural seasons as Winter, summer, Rainy), we change our cloths accordingly, we find snowing on hills and temperature getting reduced even upto 'Zero' and some times even less than that. We cover ourselves to safe guard us and our summer is at times more than 45-50 degrees centigrade and we prefer to remain bare-body. But I have never come acroos where we maintain cloths chart linking with skin. May God bless you and have a graet time.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
Hello dear friend. We in the US dress for the weather, whether warm or cold, too, of course. The color chart theory was based on another "seasonal" thing altogether. It was a "fad" some years ago which helped one know which colors looked best on them, given their skin tones, eye and hair color, and such. Enjoy your day! Karen
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• India
22 Aug 09
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, So nice of you for up-dating me on dress-chart. But in my case, I have never followed and even never knew about this. I never had such a luxry in my life time. I covered and dressed myself to save myself from nature and remain social. May god bless you and have a great time.
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• United States
8 Sep 09
You are a very wise woman!
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
3 Aug 09
It is so funny that you mention this! I was just with someone who sells spa products and her company (Beauti Control) was the one that started all that! She said they are in the process of bringing it back.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Hi Canellita. How interesting that this company is thinking of bringing back the season color charts idea. I thought it was quite enlightening back when it was first popular, so perhaps it will catch on yet again with a whole new generation. Karen
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
4 Aug 09
To be honest, I wear what I like. The colors they were choosing when my friend held up the fabric over my shoulder and near my face were based on their opinions only. Any color can go with any complexion it all depends on what you like and how much of a color you are using. I like neutrals, earth tones, jewel tones and what the scrapbook companies call "heritage" colors. I am not big on wearing Easter egg pastels because those colors just do not appeal to me. I choose color on a given day based on my mood for the most part.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
A good dose of common sense and wearing what you love will always beat any color chart, I must agree :) Karen
• United States
5 Aug 09
I found this websight it has some of the info you are looking for. I have used the charts for years I pulled it out of a magazing in the 70s i still have it put away in my sewing supplies. www.style-makeover-hq.com/seasonal-color-analysis.html
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• United States
14 Aug 09
Hi Wy. I found that chart, perhaps the same one, to be very useful. Using it and holding things up to one's face in a mirror and natural light really do show what is most flattering with our coloring. Thank you for posting the web site. I'm going to take a peek at it Karen
@tutor19us (455)
• India
3 Aug 09
Yes, it is best to see the season before choosing clothes. I wear darker shades in winter and lighter colors in the summer months.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Hello Tutor. This is a good way to help us decide on color. For some reason, perhaps since dark absorbs heat and pales reflect it, many of us tend to choose using the way you've described. Thank you for the input! Karen
@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
2 Aug 09
lol I think the whole "You can't wear white after Labor Day" stuff goes out of the window when a woman gets married after Labor Day. It would look quite depressing if the bride (according to American custom--other cultures have their own marriage traditions) showed up in black for her wedding. I personally couldn't give a whit about this color chart stuff. I wear white shoes and clothes after Labor Day; so what? I'm not about to be a slave to the fashion world.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Hi Coolcoder. Even in the states, many now wear white after labor day, but for shoes. But yes, for a bride, white dresses and shoes are always right, no matter the time of year. Good for you for not being a fashion slave. That has come more easily to me over the years, too, but it is interesting for those of us who have trouble choosing when presented with a whole array of colors. Karen
@savypat (20246)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I had this done many years ago and at that time I was a Spring, one thing it did do for me is make me aware of which colors to stay away from.
• United States
3 Aug 09
Hi Pat. Spring is great to be. I loved those pastels anyway :) And yes, it really helped me to know which colors to stay away from, especially in what I wore next to the face. Karen
@vijayanths (7878)
• India
2 Aug 09
Yes, peacewoman, you can choose dresses according to the weather conditions. Black is not for summer. It absorbs heat easily. So black will suit winter season. similarly each color has relation with season.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Hi Vijay. Yes, you are right about choosing according to heat levels and seasons, and again, right when you say certain colors just seem to go with the landscape of each individual season...spring yellows and greens, summer garden and flower colors, fall reds, browns, and oranges, and winter reds, dark greens, blacks, etc. Thank you for adding your take to the discussion :) Karen
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I remember when they used to say that you can't wear white after Labor Day .... or, was it before? I think, these days, anything goes. In fact, sometimes I think that skin is in (no matter what color). Just show a lot of skin :)
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Hi Jalucia. LOL, skin is always in, for sure. But at my age, you have to be selective as to when, where, what, and how much skin you show. The legs are still fine and so are the lower 3/4 of my arms. And of course, whatever age does to it, in America we always show our face. And yes, whites are now acceptable even after labor day, well unless it is white shoes. Thank you for your input! Karen