Friday, January 27, 2012

My Color Story and the Shirt that Started the Journey

This is the picture that changed the way I think about my wardrobe and myself forever. We recently went on a trip to Disney. I packed my usual brown, olive and  tan wardrobe. I actually am not that 'into' clothes. Most of my wardrobe is made up of gifts people give me, and things I find on the sale rack. I'll usually shop if I need something for a special occasion, picking up a few other things while I'm in the store. This shirt was an impulse buy. Something about it really pleased me, though I didn't know why.

When we downloaded our pictures from the trip, I was very disappointed with the way I looked. I seemed tired, drawn and a little sick. Except for this picture. I look healthy, happy and...bright! Could it be the color of the shirt? It may not be my best color, or my best picture, but something good was happening that I couldn't put my finger on.

'Color Me Beautiful' was practically my Bible in the 80's. I tortured my friends and family with unsolicited color advice. I spent time living as an autumn, then a winter, and finally forgot about color analysis altogether. Now I decided to find out which season bright coral fell into. Through online research, I learned that color analysis had evolved into 12 seasons. I discovered a wonderful community of color-minded people on Facebook. I read everything I could find on the subject. However, after looking at all of the palettes and trying some drapes at home, I was more confused than ever.

The insightful Christine ScamanCertified Sci\ART Analyst in Canada and owner of 12 Blueprints Color Analysis, saw a picture of me, and said that I could be a Bright. Most likely Bright Winter, but she told me not to discount Bright Spring.