it comes to clothing. I’ve written about it here before, because it’s probably even more relevant to vintage as it is to modern
fashion. Back in the 40s and 50s, designers (and the people
wearing the garments) were so much braver about colour, which many don’t realise due to the fact photos are so often in black and white. In reality, ladies fashion was a riot of colour – you only need to look at vintage feedsack fabric and pattern packets to see. Every few
years a modern magazine or label will extol the virtues of ‘colour
blocking’ (or, wearing two bright contrasting shades together) like
it’s a brand new phenomenon. But really it’s just because it’s long
been the norm in mainstream style to pair a bright colour with a dark or neutral one to avoid looking ‘over the top’. I’m
even guilty of it myself sometimes (though not often. More is more, after all).
with my style choices is not something I’ve ever struggled with personally; from my grungy teenage years to my vintaged twenties and
thirties, I’ve never shied away from pairing coral and turquoise
together, yellow and blue or emerald green and fuchsia. I’ve also
never not bought a vintage dress because I wasn’t sure if the colour
suited me. Unless it was beige – I’m a bit of a beigist. But dark
brown, mustard tones or grey – all these muted shades have a place,
albeit dressed up with a brighter tone elsewhere in the outfit. I’ve never been afraid of colour, or of wearing certain shades.
I had chatted about with a good friend, who’d herself had an
assessment a number of years before, it wasn’t something I had
ever considered doing myself. Not seriously enough to actually take the plunge, anyway. So, when said friend gave me a surprise birthday voucher for a consultation of my own with a company called Colour Me Beautiful, I was very intrigued
and went along with an open mind (despite my vow to still wear
colours that apparently ‘don’t suit me’ if they’re part of my beloved
and pale skin makes me someone with ‘Deep and Cool’ colouring. I’m told I
should be wearing jewel tones, lots of greens, blues, purples and
blue-based reds/pinks. I shouldn’t be wearing pastel tones next to my
face without something darker to offset it, like a cardigan in navy or charcoal grey. I watched Anita place swatches of different
coloured cloth under my face as she showed me my ideal shades, and I nodded knowingly whilst not really being able to tell the difference. Well, that’s not strictly true – it’s obvious when shades really suited me, but less obvious that the paler ones didn’t… if that makes any sense. After we finished the colour profiling, she put a little bit of makeup on me, just so I could see some shades that I perhaps wouldn’t wear myself. She didn’t do a hard sell, for which I was grateful, though the makeup was lovely and seemed good value. But I’m definitely happy with my current slap supply!
to let you, dear readers, be the judges. Actually, it was just an
excuse to get out some of the frocks I hadn’t yet been able to wear
over the summer.
colouring, so it’s a shame I own so many of them!
Is darker really better?
best, and perhaps they do. The evidence follows…
quite right to my eyes!
dress of mine has all the colours that apparently suit me best! I’ve been subconsciously doing this right for years. 😉
similarly to me, here are your best colours! They are the ones I gravitate towards, naturally.
What say you, readers? Do you think I should stick to the darker shades, or try to make pastels work for me with strong lipstick and accessories? And have you ever had your colours done?
If anyone would be interested, I’ll do a post summing up the different ‘types’ and what is meant to suit each, so do let me know if you’d like to read something along those lines!
And until next time, have a lovely week.