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Color Guidelines

Make the Most of Your Colors

Understand Your Coloring

Understanding your own personal coloring will help a great deal when using your swatch book or evaluating colors. Understanding your main color quality (warm, cool, deep, light, clear, soft) will help you select colors that harmonize with your coloring. For instance, if you are a 'clear', then you know that it is important that your colors are saturated or pure, because intense colors will flatter your color type.

Using Your Swatch Book

The 48 colors in your swatch book represent your range of colors. Since there are thousands of colors in the visible spectrum, you can see that these colors are representative colors of your particular range. That is, when you use your swatch book you do not have to match each color swatch's hue, depth, and intensity exactly, but rather use them as guides. The color you are evaluating should blend with the target swatch and approximate the swatch's color qualities.

Accent VS Neutral Colors

Your color range contains neutral and accent colors. Neutral colors can best be thought of as 'non-memorable' colors: these colors include: gray, white, black, brown, taupe and so on. It is an effective wardrobe strategy to purchase often worn clothing in neutral colors. Shoes, bags, suits, jackets, coats make excellent candidates for neutral colors.

Accent colors, on the other hand, are colorful and therefore memorable. These are colors that you would not wear as frequently lest you run the risk of wearing the same thing every day. Accent colors are excellent when worn around the face. Tops make excellent candidates for accent colors. Other choices for accent colors are accessories such as jewelry. Of course, important clothing items such as coats or shoes work in accent colors. Just remember that you won't be able to wear the item as frequently as if it was in a neutral color.

Selecting Neutrals

When building a wardrobe, try to select two or three neutral colors and create your wardrobe around those colors. Nearly all of the accent colors will work with all the neutrals in your range, but some work better than others so take a look at your favorite accent colors and make sure they work very well with the neutrals you've selected. And keep in mind that some neutrals are easier to find in stores than others. If it's too overwhelming, then select one neutral and start there.

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