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Being able to find your style season is an important part of looking your best. Fashion foibles may not always begin and end with fit, style, and cut. You could have the right dress, shoes and clutch, but if you are out of your season, your ensemble could be less than stellar.
Each of us has a style season, and to find it, you just have to follow a few basic rules. But first, let’s examine what a season represents in fashion and why it can make or break an outfit.
Just as the year is divided into four seasons, so is a style palette. Spring, summer, fall, and winter represent the range of colors on a continuum.
As the wheel is moved into winter, colors become cooler and undertones crisper. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Taylor are perfect examples of the winter season people. They have dark hair, dark eyes, and have cool undertones to their skin. They look awesome when they wear cooler weather colors such as black, rich greens, pure reds, or navy blues.
As we move into spring and summer, you see soft and bright colors like creams, tans, buttercup yellow and baby blues. Stars like Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Nicole Kidman are spring people. They have warm undertones and hair colors that are warm and muted with honey blond or brown highlights.
Summer celebs include Reese Witherspoon and Jodie Foster, who have light hair and eyes, pinkish undertones and blonde or ashy highlights, and look amazing in colors like metallic gray, sky blue, or periwinkle.
Autumn colors are often warm and crisp, just like the season itself. You’ll see browns, burnt orange, rich burgundy, and terracotta looking quite fabulous on celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman and Aishwarya Rai. Autumns tend to have hair colors that range from dark brown to red, to nearly black with red or brown highlights. Eye colors are usually dark green, dark brown, or hazel.
You don’t have to box yourself into to just one style season. Though each season is distinct, there is often overlap between them. You can be a winter person and flow into spring, or autumn and flow into summer.
The best rule to follow is to look at your individual characteristics. Is your hair light or dark? Is your complexion golden brown or pale alabaster? What color are your eyes? Are they a lighter shade of brown or a bright green? All of these are important factors in considering your season.
For example, Denise Vasi of “Single Ladies” and “All My Children” fame, may seem like spring or summer since she has a similar complexion and dark hair with some blonde and brown highlights like Beyonce. However, with her light grey eyes and slightly muted undertones, she’s a shoe in for summer.
This may seem overwhelming, but don’t fret! If you’re unsure how to find your style season, try the drape test. Take a few outfits that are the similar and hold them up to you. You could have a friend take a pic or snap one yourself. (Since the camera never lies.)
If you look washed out in white, but great in orange or brown, you may be an autumn.
Try to experiment with different colors. And if a color you like just isn’t your season, it is still quite possible to look great in it. Try pairing it with colors that look fabulous on you and accessorize!
Remember, fashion is all about trying different things and finding what works for you.
Go forth and be fashionable, dahlings!