What Are ‘Your’ Colours?

Do you have a colour that you call yours? What are ‘your’ colours?

As I get more selective with the fabrics I pick, I want to focus on wearing colours that I truly love. Colours I feel fantastic in. Colours that make people say ‘you look great today!’

Here’s what I would call my colours:

Turquoise and teal, all shades of greeny blue from bright to subtle. If it resembles a tropical ocean, I’m guaranteed to love it!

My car is this colour. My other bike is this colour. My family laughs whenever I point to something turquoise and say that I love the colour – of course I do!

I love all shades of blue-green, all the way to this deep, rich teal. Warmer, darker shades are more dramatic, and suitable for winter! (No, I haven’t made any progress on this dress, if you remember where this photo came from, which is a shame because it would be lovely for wearing this winter…)

Golden yellow! Yellows make me happy. I feel cheerful in yellow, I feel bright and happy. It’s impossible for me to feel sad in a bright, golden yellow scarf or dress!

Yellow’s one of those colours that can go from flattering to not-so-flattering if you pick the wrong shade. I favour golden yellows as opposed to cool yellows. It’s also an attention-getting colour, so I have to be prepared to stand out if I wear it!

Coral. I’ve started to love coral as a colour on me because it’s pretty and feminine, plus it’s a more flattering alternative to sugary pink. And it looks great on me! That sounds incredibly conceited, but I think as we are selecting colours to wear and work with, we should be aware of the ones that make our skin glow. Just as it’s smart to know which ones make you look washed-out and cause people to ask if you’re feeling ill.

These three shades are my version of the primary colours. My red is a coral, my blue is a turquoise, my yellow is a warm and golden one.

Now I’m not likely to wear a coral skirt with a yellow top. These colours are gorgeous, but a bit intense if that’s all I was to wear. So to help round out the palette, I love browns and earthy neutrals. Olive green is a good complement to coral. Warm taupe is lovely with turquoise. Chocolate brown works with yellows. Black isn’t the best option, as it looks too harsh with such warm and pretty colours, but it works if I want to look more…hard. Serious. A coral blouse looks less fussy with solid black dress trousers.

(this taupey-brown tweed would be gorgeous with coral, golden yellow, or teal!)

Or, I can choose prints that go well with these colours. If I find a floral with a hint of turquoise, or a graphic print that looks great with yellow, I know there’s going to be plenty of things in my wardrobe to match.

(looks great with coral!)

(looks great with yellow!)

If I focus on sewing with these colours, and working them into my wardrobe, two things will happen.

One, I’ll have a closet of clothes I feel amazing in! And two, everything will coordinate well together. I think in women’s wardrobes, it’s hard to keep things simple. I love colour, even the colours I don’t look great in. I love clothing and silhouettes and various themes, even the ones that don’t suit my body. But if I can focus only on the colours I love, silhouettes that flatter, and styles that feel the most like me, then my closet becomes more functional, and getting dressed becomes simpler and easier.

Ok! Your turn. What are ‘your’ colours? How did you determine these were the best colours for you? Was it the compliments you received? The colours your parents dressed you in as a child? Colours that you chose to flatter your hair colour and skin? And how do ‘your’ colours play a role in your sewing projects?

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58 Responses to What Are ‘Your’ Colours?

  1. Tessa November 12, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    I love those 3 colors, as well! I also drool over jewel tones like emerald green, rich blue-purples, and intense colors. I remember watching “What Not To Wear” years ago, and the host, Stacy London, said to a girl that Coral is everyone’s color. Coral looks good on all shapes, sizes, skin tones, hair colors, and eye colors. It just works. I am a pale, blue-eyed, redhead and I love the way I look in coral. I think she was right because I’ve never seen someone not be able to pull it off.

    • Mary November 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Almost laughed aloud at your comment about coral suiting everyone. That is the one shade where people will inform me that I’m sick. I can wear almost any colour, but not pink, not dusty rose, and absolutely never coral, or any orangey shade of red.

      • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:50 am #

        Funny, and here I was nodding along with Tessa! Isn’t that the worst when people constantly ask if you’re not feeling well? Whenever I have a day like that I think hard about what I did differently that day to try and improve – was it the colour of my shirt? Lack of makeup? Lack of sleep?
        Dusty rose is a hard one too – it can look so sophisticated on the right person (and in the right fabrication!)

  2. Lindsey November 12, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    I tend to be drawn to a combination of jewel tones (teal, emerald, berry, maroon, and eggplant) as well as earthy-neutrals (brown, olive, grey). Even though blue-greens are my favorite, shades of green always look the best on me. Having brown hair and green eyes really makes it my color!

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      I’ve always been envious of people with green or blue eyes, who can make their eyes ‘pop’ by wearing the same colour. It’s such a beautiful, natural look!

  3. woodscolt79 November 12, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Ooh, nice question. I have blue eyes and red hair and also love the turquoise/teal/blue-green spectrum. My other good colours are all shades of green, and purples going as far as a very deep burgundy red. I like clear, saturated jewel colours – my grandma is always buying me soft, autumnal dusty coloured things in browney, olivey, khaki colours, and they suit me, but I feel more like ‘me’ in a colour with a bit of zing!

    As neutrals I like navy (I also like all the deep toned blues if they’re not too hard – royal blue overwhelms me), greys tending to the blue spectrum, and black, but I mostly wear black on its own, not with other colours.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:54 am #

      I absolutely agree with feeling most like me in colours with zing! (I even use the word ‘zing’ a lot, too.)
      I like navy as a neutral but I’m not sure if I like it on me, or just on other people. It can look very classy and timeless! Especially with saturated jewel tones, like a navy coat with magenta gloves. Very sharp!

  4. Jennifer S November 12, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    I absolutely will pick up anything if it’s an emerald green. It’s always been my favorite color and makes my green eyes pop, and for some reasons, makes my husband’s eyes pop too, just in a different way. I’m drawn to corals and turquoises as well and have been dropping oranges in more often lately too. I’m getting into grey as a neutral, as I have been using black way too much. I try to use brown as well, but for the days I feel lazy and haven’t been sewing as much as my fabric hoarding habits might suggest, I tend to shop in clothing stores that choose odd shades of grey and brown. I need to find a pants pattern to make into my TNT – they are the reason I started sewing in the first place – for a long long time, it was REALLY hard to find slacks or jeans in anything but a 28″ inseam and I need a good 32″ at least.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Emerald green with green eyes is gorgeous! Very Scarlett O’Hara.

      I’m the opposite, I always find pants are at least four inches too long for me! (Short legs, long torso.)

      And I definitely have more fabric than clothes! Absolutely. If only all of my fabric pieces could be instantly turned into clothing!

  5. Seraphinalina November 12, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I am always going to reach for purples (red or blue shades), darker blue-reds (not orange reds) and to a lesser extent blues. I like pinks but unlike yourself, I don’t like the pinks that are heading toward orange and coral falls into that group.

    Warmer colours like greens, orange, and darker yellows they just don’t feel like me. I don’t think they particularly suit my colouring but it is also about just not feeling happy. Mind you, being allergic to mustard has an ick feeling just thinking of yellow as mustard.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Interesting, your feelings towards mustard as a colour and as an allergy! It’s sometimes all in the wording, the appeal of a colour. Purple is an okay sounding colour, but rich plum, aubergine, lilac, all sound more romantic and interesting. Bright orange sounds more exciting as tangerine, even though neither is a good colour on me!

  6. Joanna November 12, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    My colors are quite opposite to yours – deep fuchsia, electric blue and black. I’m wintery type, so all warm colors make me look ill. Pity, because if I see such warm-looking sweater like your golden one, I feel like reaching for it instantly. The same with the turquise – love it but don’t look good with a big amount of it near my face. I love vivid, juicy colors in general, but recently I realised that I love gray (and it has nothing to do with the famous book ;-) ) I use it as my base color.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      It is a warm and appealing golden colour, isn’t it? I like hot pink as a colour, but know it looks terrible on me. Deep fuschia is probably the worst colour I can wear. And yet, it’s so much fun! There are ways to enjoy these colours anyways, in a print as an accent colour, or in a shoe, or as a handbag. I used to have a bright yellow purse I thought was pretty awesome! (Although, it didn’t go with everything, so there’s that to consider..)
      Gray is a wonderfully sophisticated neutral to pair with electric blue and fuchsia!

  7. Sam November 12, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    They’re lovely colours!

    I’m definitely drawn to certain colours. My favourites are deep teal and shades of deep pink/aubergine/purple. I also like certain other blues. My neutral of choice these days would be grey – pretty much any shade from very pale through to charcoal.

  8. Sarah November 12, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    My colours are definitely jewel tones: ruby, plum, teal, and sapphire. :) You look just lovely in your colours. I have really started liking coral, too. It’s so rich and warm.

  9. Katherine November 12, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    It’s funny, I was just on Sunni’s blog and she’s talking about personal style and finding a defined aesthetic. And I think the colours we choose to wear really help cement out personal styles – defined palettes really help define a style. I guess that’s why a lot of couture houses have specific colours for their different shows, to unite the different pieces into a cohesive whole (Captain Obvious, at work here. . .)

    As someone who’s had art training (though, sadly I’ve been very lax about keeping up my drawing skills :( ), colour is a huge part of my personal style. I find I definitely gravitate to very strong colours – deep teals, eggplant, mustards/deep yellows, turquoise, deep roses, coral, brick red. And I like to play strong colours off each other, as well as mix them with dark greys, warm browns, and softer versions of those favourite colours. It’s also a lot of fun bringing in patterns to play off the colours I love.

    I used to be very conscious of what colours “look good” on me, but now I’m finding that those self-imposed rules aren’t necessarily true, and if I love a colour (and I do indeed get obsessed with colours. teal, especially – I see something teal, I automatically try it out) it won’t matter if it’s the “best” colour for me, since loving the clothes I’m wearing makes me feel so much more confident. Which makes me “look good”. I think that self-consciousness I had made me limit myself a lot, and helped to make me feel a lot less confident. Creating a feedback loop of bad. I’m glad I got out of that, for sure!

  10. Hearthrose November 12, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I like the old seasonal colors, but there are definitely colors within the season that have a special place in my heart and in my closet. (I’m a Spring).

    My favorites are:any shade of turquoise or jade green (not teal, I will let you steal all of that), clear-light navy (not dark navy – “my” navy is very blue) and/or midnight blue, geranium red and/or coral. I haven’t worn buttercup since I was a child, it’s not a color that looks good on me anymore.

    I wear mostly ivory and denim for neutrals, with the occasional shot of light clear camel/natural linen.

  11. Sarah Connell November 12, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I Gravitate toward all shades of pink, from blush to magenta, deep teal/aqua/blue, gold/silver, and purple. I avoid dusty blue, pale yellow (washes me out!)and emerald green. It’s interesting how we naturally turn toward colors that flatter us- over time some of the shades have changed, but not the base colors i love!

  12. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) November 12, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    You picked my two favorites. Agua/turquoise and coral. I have so many aqua items in my wardrobe – getting a little silly. Also most any shade of blue. I love jewel tones and brights.
    Acid green is the one color I don’t like, doesn’t seem to look good on anyone. And banish the beige – that is my motto.

    • Tasia November 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      I love this – banish the beige! So often I think I’ve chosen a elegant neutral, but end up with wash-me-out beige. I am going to think about this every time I think .. wouldn’t a beige jacket be lovely and go with everything? No, no it will not!

      I love turquoise but don’t think I own nearly enough clothing in that colour! Things yes, even random things like my dining table placemats, but not a lot of clothes.

  13. Katitarian November 12, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I prefer dark colors – I dislike pastels and bold colors. I like black and earthy tones. For color I like greens and purples… occasionally I will go with red. I like yellow, but rarely look good in it, so I have two outrageous yellow items in my closet. Like yours, they’re statement items. I avoid white – I hate looking washed out and will only wear white if it’s pair with something dark – for instance I’ll do a white long-sleeved tee with a black or green cardigan and jeans or black pants…. it might be plain, but it’s comfortable physically and mentally.

  14. Bri November 12, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’m big on jewel tone colours, they just seem to really work for me! I always wish I could wear more yellow though, but it seems to make me look sallow with a lot of the yellow shades!

    I love the print you showed with the teal/blue in it, so fabulous.

  15. Sew Little Time November 12, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    i always choose bright colours – steph at 3 hours past was doing a colour series where she looked at saturated colours being right if you have a high contrast between your skin and hair (i have dark brown hair, very pale skin and blue/grey eyes). i love all blues especially teal, turquoise and cobalt, purples, reds. i never wear green or yellow and rarely wear pastels. for neutrals, i love black, navy and charcoal grey, and also white. i would never choose brown/ olive/ khaki/ autumnal colours. they are just not me.

  16. Heide November 12, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Color is always a fasinating subject! It is amazing what it can do for a girl!! You can feel happy and perky, strong and in control or sad and sleepy all by changing the color of your blouse.
    My sisters and I have always had “our” colors while growing up. It helped simplify things. Of course, they have changed a bit over the years. My color has always been Pink. The older I get the more shades I find! Lol! I would say about half of my wardrobe is made up of pink. I try to balance it out with with blue, brown and white with a few purples thrown in for spice. You are so right about it making wardrobe desision easier. You can just about pull out any items and feel confident they will work together.
    It always makes me laugh when I go shopping with my sisters, I will gush about a lovely pink item and they will look at me with confusion and say we didn’t see that?? Where was it?? Lol! Of course the reverse is also true…. I don’t notice yellows and greens as much either…

  17. Amy November 12, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    For me, it has to be the sunshine colours! Red, yellow and orange. They just make me feel happy and warm. When you feel great in the colour you are wearing you tend to look great!

  18. Caroline November 12, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Interesting question. I’ve found that in the last ten years, this has changed alot (I’m 39). I think my coloring has changed as life has gone on – my hair is definitely darker and I think my skin has changed too. In my late 20′s / early 30′s I loved blue, and my neutrals were black and white. I didn’t wear tons of color. Now I love burgundy, and teal, and orange, and the brown neutrals and dark grey and cream. And purple! Everything from a rich dark almost “royal” purple to a lighter lavender, but not leaning too much to red. I don’t think my closet has quite made the transition so I have quite the hodge-podge as I do have many clothes from 10 years ago. Sewing with a color scheme in mind is such a great idea.

  19. Sabs November 12, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    My colour is definitely brown! Yes, drab, dreary brown. Everyone laughs at me but I just love it – you can team it with any other colour and it’s apropriate pretty much any time of the year. And it suits me! I also love burnt oranges, reds, corals, teals – all of which I wear with brown, hee hee! I was just saying to my husband yesterday that colour wise, autumn is most definitely my favourite season. He replied, “well it’s you, isn’t it?”…

  20. Helen Made November 12, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Oh your colours are lovely! I have to say I tend to be drawn to blues, but I’m trying to be a little more adventurous with my colours now. I also love golden / mustard yellow – such a sunny lovely colour!

  21. Rachelle November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I’m another teal person, I like turquoise right through to peacock, my other main colours are purple and burgundy. I really like a blue based true red as well. My basic colours tend to be navy, black and grey and it all seems to work for me. I’m starting to branch out a bit though, knitting a chartreuse shawl at the moment which won’t go with the teals of course, but will look amazing with the reds and purples.

  22. sarah November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    bright warm colours are my thing especially orange and shades of it, my prom dress was orange and my room is orange too.towards winter i tend to go for more jewel tones of purples and reds

    I also have a yearly colour, it’s not something i pick out as such it just happens, this year was aqua and I think last year was yellow.

  23. CGCouture November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    LOL! I’m a sucker for teals/greens/blues too. As for “my colors”, jewel tones seem to work best for me; ruby red, emerald green, royal purple, any rich shade of blue, turquoise, etc., they all suit my taste and my skin tones. I love black, but I’m aware that it’s probably not my best color. However, all of the darker greys work well for me if they have a blue-ish undertone (vs. a brown-ish undertone). I love white/cream, especially if it’s mixed with other colors, but I’m too chicken to make anything with a significant amount of white/cream because I’ll get it dirty–it’s just a question of when.

    As for colors that I know I don’t like or won’t work? I hate brown in any of it’s varying shades. And because of that, I don’t care whether they would work for me or not, I avoid them (most don’t though, so that makes it easy). Every yellow I’ve ever tried makes me look like I’ve got one foot in the grave (gold is the same way), and orange hasn’t been a color I’m drawn to, so I don’t know if it would work or not. Though given my pallor with yellows, I’d suspect that there would be very few if any shades of orange that I could pull off. And I’m not a lover of pink, so it’s not something I would ever reach for either.

  24. Becky November 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I think I have multiple color personality disorder. I’ve always looooooved those oceany colors–any shade of blue or green, from aqua to cobalt to emerald to (especially) teal, I’m pretty much guaranteed to jump on it. But I’ve also found myself increasingly drawn to warm autumny colors over the last decade or so, like olive and rust and warm chocolatey brown. I’ve got the brown eyes/auburn hair/pale skin thing going, so those definitely suit me. As far as neutrals go, I tend to go for deep browns, cream/ivory, and black. (Being a musician makes the latter necessary, plus those really make the blues and greens pop!)

    Of course, the unfortunate side effect of this is that I also tend to have a wardrobe that isn’t so mixable. But it seems that I gravitate more towards the ocean colors in the warmer months, and the warmer colors in the cooler months, so that helps some.

  25. Amanda November 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Gah- this is something I so struggle with! My crazy obsession with prints is to compensate for the fact I am still not certain what my colours are. I know my eye is drawn to blush pinks, dove greys, golden yellows and softer purples at the moment so I’ll go with that… I totally need to get my colours done like they reference in Bridget Jones’ Diary :)

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      I wish that was still a thing! I’d totally do it, and then come back here and report on it. :)
      I wonder if my love of prints has anything to do with that, too? A print can be distracting and interesting enough on its own so we never compare it to our skin colour to see if it goes. I usually think I look drained in black, but will happily wear prints with a black base and not notice if it’s flattering or not.. something to think about for sure!

  26. Beverly November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    My primary colors fall into the autumn palette I love brunt orange, orange yellows, chocolate brown, burgundy, olive green. The darker greens are best for me. When I go lighter I look for fern, sage, etc. I stay away from reds as they usually have a tint of blue which does go with my complexion. I am fair with reddish brown hair (my dad called it a light auburn). When I’m wearing my colors, I feel energized, happy and motivated.

    Great post. It certainly got great responses.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      I love this part of your comment – “When I’m wearing my colors, I feel energized, happy and motivated.”
      Exactly! That’s the point of it all, to wear colours you feel great in. Chances are, if you’re feeling that good, you’re radiating confidence and positive energy too!

  27. Heartofstone November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I am drawn to deep reds, just not orange-y reds. I also love deep blues and purples. I used to have a mostly black wardrobe so I’ve made a conscious effort to add more color. I actually have a PINK blouse and dress now!!! Hehe
    I too am drawn to turquoise/teal but mostly for home decor. I like the color of coral as well, it’s a refreshing and cheery color, but just don’t think I could pull it off.

  28. Neeno - Sew Me Love November 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I don’t know what “are” my colors… but I know which ones “aren’t” my colors!
    No good colors: beige, olive, mustard yellow, some shades of green, brown…

    I’m still trying to suss out my “good” colors apart from black!

    I love red, burnt orange, green, navy, but only some shades suit me :(

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      I think that’s half the battle – if you know what you don’t look great in, you at least know what to avoid. There are probably colours that fall in the middle – not amazing, not horrible – that are safe picks.
      I would guess that maybe the opposite of the bad colours is worth a try? If not olive, then maybe a red? If not mustard yellow, maybe a pinky-purple? A lot of this is ‘guess and test’ to find out what we like and what works! (Or photos. A terrible or amazing photograph of yourself is a great way to determine which colours look bad on you, and vice versa.)

  29. Claire November 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    That’s funny, this morning I woke up thinking about the clothes I sew/knit that I could wear on an everyday basis and I didn’t think about color, which is very important. So your post complete the topic!
    After a quick look in my wardrobe, I can say for sure that my colors are light gray and light purple for pullover/cardigans. I like red jackets. I try to wear some green. Except for red, I never tried to wear any bright color, I am not sure this would fit my very white skin.

  30. Shona November 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Those are the same colors I gravitate towards too! I don’t like purples on myself for some reason, though I think it looks good on others. Pretty much everything in my closet is some shade of teal, mustard, or coral. Rust tones tend to look good with my red hair as well. I need to work on getting more neutrals other than basic white/black though.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      I love that you love the same colours as me!
      I have a love-hate relationship with purple. It’s pretty on others, but it feels boring on me. I feel like it’s a good complementary shade to mustard yellow or brighter teals, but for some reason it’s not my favourite.

  31. Sarah November 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I love jewel tones, mostly for how saturated they are, and partly because they go well with my pale-ish skin and dark hair. (I still think of it as “my dark hair”, even though it’s been various colours of kool-aid for almost a year now and likely to stay that way, haha). Anything in a rich red or deep purple is perfect as far as I’m concerned, especially with lots of black to set it off. And then, awkwardly, I also adore hot pink and a blueish turquoise. Purple and turquoise is pretty. Hot pink is fun with black. Any other combination is dreadful, so I do end up with a number of pieces that will never be worn together, but that’s ok so long as I keep up with the laundry. The only problems come about when I’ve just made a bunch of red clothing, and then I dye my hair pink and can’t wear it for 6 weeks!

  32. Nikki November 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    I have an olive skin tone, so anything with a yellow base is out. I am drawn to purples,blues, aubergine and blue based reds. I also like blue based pinks and greens. Over here I find it hard to get fabrics in purples or blue based reds, most of my fabrics are are prints incorporating colours I am drawn to, I like black, grey and Navy when making solid coloured skirts.

  33. Tasha November 13, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    I have some very similar colors to you! I adore robin’s egg blue, and variants of that including turquoise and sometimes baby blue. But that kind of pale teal-y blue is my favorite. It’s the one color I’m always drawn to and swoon over things in… I swear I even want to paint every room in our house blue. lol I also love red, and though I don’t have nearly as much of it in my wardrobe, I still consider it my favorite color. Yellow too has become a real staple for me, I think I’ve now knit 3 sweaters in various shades of yellow…! I think of it as a neutral, almost– goes with anything! And while it’s similar to yellow, I also love chartreuse. Not lime green, but that green with a hint of yellow… adore it. But like you I see the need to balance my favorite (bright!) colors, which I also love in patterns, with some neutrals like grays, navy (can you call this a neutral? lol) and browns, which have been a favorite for me lately.

    Two downfalls that relate to color: First, liking vintage clothes, where I’m sometimes (often) thwarted by a totally random colors because I like the item anyway. I need to stop doing that. Second, it’s very easy to find colors I love in yarn to incorporate something knitted into my wardrobe but this is NOT easy for me with fabric. I wish there were more fabric inspiration posts out there in the world, because I swear when I shop for fabric in person or online, I just can’t ‘see’ it, and thus I’m always waffling and complaining about not finding fun fabric to sew with!

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      I agree! I think this post idea came from knitting mostly, as when I was investing significant cash in yarn for big projects, I wanted the colours to be amazing! It’s so easy to find the right blue or that perfect tomato-red in yarn. In fabric, not as much.

      Sometimes I get lost between finding fabric I like, and turning into a garment I like. When I’m having a hard time determining whether a fabric is a good choice for a pattern, I look to clothing for inspiration. Magazines, the internet, online clothing boutiques – I sort of compare what I was thinking to real-world examples. I look for the scale of the print if it’s a printed garment, the base colour, and see if I can find fabric that has the same ‘vibe’. It’s easy for me to love all kinds of fabrics, which makes it almost harder when it comes to narrowing down the right choice for my wardrobe. (I think that got a bit rambly but hopefully it makes sense!)

  34. Lisette November 13, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    I liked this so much, I made my own palette in a post on my blog today.

  35. Rachel November 13, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    All my friends/family know “my” colours – they say I’m extremely easy to shop for because they always see thing that shout Rachel. My favourites are orange, purple, and lime green, and yes, I do wear those in combination with each other. Apparently I really gravitate toward secondary colours rather than primary. I don’t know that they’re necessarily the colours that look best on me, but they’re the colours that make me the happiest when I look at them.

    • Tasia November 13, 2012 at 10:35 am #

      It’s an interesting thought, do we choose the colours that look best on us, or the colours we enjoy looking at most? I’m not sure that all shades of teal and turquoise look best on me but I do love them. Maybe it’s a combination of both – some colours we love as colours, some we love on our skin.

  36. Rachel M November 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I tend to wear neutral colors like, tan, brown, cream, navy, black. I do like a pop of color especially in accessories. I like the jewel tones and darker colors. I don’t look good in pastel colors at all. I think I most like to wear a deep purple or navy blue.

  37. Gillian November 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    LOL – Last night I bought yarn in teal, mustard, and coral! Get out of my brain, lady! ;) They are great colours!

    • Tasia November 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Ha! Awesome! I bet you have a gorgeous looking yarn stash. :)

  38. Kristen November 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    I tend to go through phases of liking a certain color; one time I accidentally purchased a twinset because I bought a tank top one day, and about a month later chose the matching cardigan – didn’t realize till I was home that they matched. I’m drawn to purple over and over – as long as it’s not too pinky-purple or bright. I absolutely love deep plummy purple. Overall, I’m trying to bring in more subtle, dusty tones to my wardrobe, as I think that’s what looks best on me, as well as neutrals that aren’t black. I’m trying to incorporate more navy, charcoal, taupe… I love bright saturated colors in the world, but when I put them on they overwhelm me and make me look washed out, just wrong.

    I have green eyes, but not bright green. In the right tones, soft humming whispery blue-greens for example, they stand out SO much more than the wrong tones. It’s sort of un-popular to turn away from those bright colors, but I don’t do it because I’m afraid of them or in favor of all-black (or the dreaded beige! haha). I was reading a lot about different color systems for a while and tried to figure out what “season” I am. I certainly think there’s wiggle room in those ideas, and that people should just wear what they like if that’s what makes them feel best, but I also think there are a lot of valid ideas in there too. It’s all about finding what works for you. And like you said, when you fill your wardrobe with colors that work for you, it becomes cohesive. More things go together, it all makes you feel good – yay for that!

  39. Nadia Lewis November 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    I like the Colour Me Beautiful way of analyzing colour — I wear the “cool winter” palette in their system. They break it into three factors: cool/warm (blue undertones versus yellow undertones), muted/clear (how much grey is present), dark/light (how much white is present).

    For me personally, I wear cool and clear colours, ranging from dark to light. For example, the kind of green I favour is emerald green — bright, clear, with a bluish undertone. But I also love mint green — bright, clear, bluish and pale.

    I think the kind of green people favour is the rosetta stone for the rest of their palette. Conversely, the kind of green they hate says a lot — I would never wear a muted, yellowy mid-tone pea soup green.

  40. grenouille78 November 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Color theory is so much fun! I have green eyes, medium-brown hair, and somewhat pale skin with red undertones. I abhor anything in the “warm” color family — reds, oranges, yellows. It’s like an allergy almost! I don’t care for them as colors that much and on me, they tend to bring out the red in my skin. I don’t look ill — just perpetually flushed, like I’ve got a rash or I’ve been out running all morning. :-P

    My favorite color is green and I do like to wear most greens, although I avoid olive or spring green; too much yellow in them, I guess. So aside from those, the whole spectrum of greens into blues are what you’ll find in my closet. If I stay in that family, my eyes often take on the color of whatever I’m wearing. I was beginning to feel as though I was really restricting myself, though, so I took a big step into… purple. haha I have to be careful which purples I choose, though — they have to be blue-based. Chocolate browns are good for me and I got into the habit of wearing black when I lived in Paris. I’m not sure that it is necessarily the best for me (haven’t really paid that close attention to be honest). White… I don’t know about that, either. I have exactly one item of white clothing and it’s a silly t-shirt, so it’s hard to make much of a judgment based on that.

    Someone else mentioned wearing colors that make you feel comfy. For me, that is gray. I don’t think it does me any favors appearance-wise, but wearing gray makes me feel all warm and snuggly. Who knows why that is!

    I like the idea of trying to make sure that different sewing/crocheting/knitting projects coordinate. Who was it that talked about intentional sewing awhile back? Was that you, Tasia?

  41. diane November 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I need help in the color department.
    i have brown hair and brown eyes and my skin is on the sallow olive side.

    Yellow and green make me look ill.
    pink is good and black

    help me!

  42. Stephanie November 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Have you read “The Color of Style” by David Zyla? It’s basically about choosing the right colors for you based on your skin tones, your hair color, your eyes, and the colors of your veins. I revamped my wardrobe after reading it and honestly, I’ve never loved getting dressed like I do now! Hehe. (By the way, I’m all about mustard and turquoise, too!)

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