Having Your Colours Done

Happy Monday beauties. Today’s post is a different slant on fashion and it’s all about having your colours done. If you’ve never heard of this I will explain. First off a little science :). You can’t tell what colours look good on yourself simply by looking at yourself in the mirror. We all have these cells deep in our skin that are either blue toned or yellow toned. These cells determine not only the colours but the shades that look best on us. If you think about the colour wheel, you will see that colours are either blue toned or yellow toned. For the purpose of colour analysis they are divided into seasons; winter, spring, autumn and summer.

Why have your colours done?

You may be wondering why would you even bother having your colours done. Have you ever worn an outfit where you felt confident? You received lots of compliments? You skin looked vibrant? Well that’s pretty much what it helps you to achieve consistently. Plus we human beings are very visual creatures. Yes the inside of a person is important but, we unconsciously form opinions of a person before we even say hello. If you don’t believe me, when you’re next in an environment to observe people be aware of your thoughts. What are you actually thinking about this person? Do you think they’re competent based upon their appearance? Do you dismiss the woman in your office because she doesn’t wear make-up, even though she’s wearing a suit? Appearance says a lot about a person and we base our first impressions on it.

What happens

I had my session with the lovely Ali Westmoreland from House of Colour, who explained what will take place and how it works. She also said that us girlies have a hard time sitting in front of the mirror. Some clients can’t look themselves in the eye and inevitably we always criticise ourselves, which is not allowed during the session.

I was covered with a white apron and my hair was covered as I had colour in my hair. Ali explained that this was to neutralise all the other colours. She then started draping different colours and shades of fabrics on me to see what difference, if any, they made. At first it was very subtle, until I started to see a difference.Turns out I was a winter and a sultry winter at that. I was hoping for summer since it’s my favourite season but, the winter colours are pretty vibrant and I like them 🙂

having your colours done fabric swatches

Next Steps

Once your colours have been selected, they are rated to see which ones you can wear head to toe, or just as a bottom piece, or accessories. Or if the colour looks formal or casual. There’s a lot of information at the 2.5 hours session and at the end I was given a booklet on how to combine colours, my colour ratings and a swatch wallet that I can take with me when shopping. The key is not to match the colours exactly in the shop instead, the colours need to compliment each other.

A follow up email with instructions on how to slowly transition my wardrobe was sent. It takes about 2.5 years for a full transition to take place. Which is a relief because the thought of throwing out half my wardrobe is daunting.

Having your colours done makeup by House of Colour

Finally

Soon I will be going through my wardrobe with my swatch wallet and seeing if I have any sultry winter colours. So watch this space! It was such a worthwhile experience and I think everyone can benefit from a session. Knowing that you’re wearing colours that compliment and enhance your skin tone adds to your confidence. She also told me what colour lipsticks are best suited for me and provided tips on how to do a 90 second makeover. Handy!

I would love to know if you’ve ever had your colours done and how has it helped you. Or would you consider getting them done? Let me know in the comments below.

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To find out more click here or you can contact Ali here .Prices are – £130 for colour analysis, £175 for style, £55 for make-up, or a discounted price of £330 for all three classes.

 

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16 thoughts on “Having Your Colours Done

  1. aliwestmoreland

    Hi, this is Ali, the colour consultant from the blog. It’s great to see so much interest in colour in all of your comments! I just wanted to mention that House of Colour is international, so if you’re not based in London (where I am), there may be a consultant near you. You can find out on our website: https://www.houseofcolour.co.uk/find-a-stylist?location. I’m always happy to chat about what we do, so feel free to contact me with any questions at ali.westmoreland@houseofcolour.co.uk.

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  2. momentsbycharlieblog

    I’ve always wondered about this process. I definitely like the concept, but then what happens afterwards, like is it easy to find the particular shades of color in clothing? Or do you have to like start sewing things for yourself?

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    1. majeang

      Great question. After the session you take the swatch wallet that you receive and use it when you’re clearing out your closet. You also take it when you’re shopping, if you see an item you like you hold it up against the wallet and see if the colours complement each other. If they do then it’s in your season. Hope that helps?

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      1. aliwestmoreland

        Hi, this is Ali, the colour consultant from the blog. It’s a great question so I just wanted to add to Majean’s answer. Some people think having their colours done will be limiting, but it actually gives you a lot more options for colours that you wouldn’t have thought of before – each season represents a quarter of the colours in the world. So you should always be able to find some of your colours in the shops. They won’t all be available all of the time, as colours in the shops change with fashion. To help our clients with this, we provide a colour trend report every six month, explaining which colours are in fashion and likely to be in the shops. There’s one for each season, or if you haven’t had your colours analysed yet, you can download a general colour guide for free from our website: https://www.houseofcolour.co.uk/free-colour-guide. I hope that helps.

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  3. Nae

    So very interesting! To be honest I did not know a thing about this but it does make a lot of sense and I’d definitely look into it.

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    1. majeang

      It’s like some hidden secret 😊. Thanks for stopping by

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  4. Soraya @ Hello Raya

    Wow this sounds so interesting. I would have never thought to get my colours done! Over the years I find some colours work better than others, but I think it’s such a great idea to do this session.

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    1. majeang

      I know! Such a simple yet worthwhile thing to do for ourselves:)

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  5. htgerman

    I can definitely see why it’s a good idea. Definitely agree that we can’t see it ourselves. Yep, I’d be up for checking it out

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    1. majeang

      Good luck if you decide to get them done. Enjoy it!

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  6. Anita Mckaney

    I have heard of this. I definitely have “a color scheme” that gets compliments every time. It’s good to know to present your best look to the world. Great post!

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    1. majeang

      Yes very good to know! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  7. Sybil

    great, thanks for sharing!

    Have a great day!
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  8. Mara

    So interesting! Thank you so much for sharing. I need to check this out! Can’t wait to have my colors done.

    Mara
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    1. majeang

      You’re very welcome! Have fun and let me know how it goes! 😊

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