HoC opinions?

(54 Posts)
elspethmcgillicuddy Sat 02-Nov-13 06:47:47

Not a thread about a thread but inspired by another thread!

I'm thinking of getting my colours and style done but it's a lot of money. Someone on another thread said that virtually everyone who has it done us really glad they did. Is this true? Has anyone had it and thought it was a bit meh?

I've lost a fair amount of weight recently and need some new clothes. Don't have a big budget but wondering if I should ask for this for Xmas.

QueenCadbury Sat 02-Nov-13 07:05:23

As you've seen on the other thread HOC is really devisive. Some people are good at knowing what suits whereas other people need a little help.

I had my colours done 6 months ago as I felt as I was getting older I needed all the help I could get to look good grin. I knew that greens and blues pretty much suited me and that yellows/browns/orange didn't but was kind of stuck with the reds/pinks/purples. I also tended to stick to muted colours.

I found having my colours done a revelation (yes, I sound like a cult leader grin) but it opened up a whole new world of colour for me. I'm a winter so instead of wearing muted I should be wearing brights. I have so much more confidence because of it and everything in my wardrobe tones together and everything I've bought since I have loved.

schmalex Sat 02-Nov-13 07:06:32

I did the colour analysis day and loved it! I'd always thought that bright, jewel colours suited me as I'm pale and dark haired. But I found out I'm an autumn and those colours look so much better on me. It makes shopping easier in a way as I don't suit black so I can ignore a lot of clothes and just focus on the things that suit me.

Haven't done the style day yet as I'm a misshapen pregnant blob.

elspethmcgillicuddy Sat 02-Nov-13 07:08:20

I think my worry is that while I am not stylish in the slightest and often look a mess, I am drawn to quite bright colours and would never try on anything muted as I know it wouldn't suit. I guess I worry that I would spend the money and just be told stuff I already know. But I don't have the confidence to know this for sure!

I had mine done a couple of weeks ago and came out a jewel winter, like QueenCadbury I knew that certain colours (camel/beiges) made me look dead and also have a lot of muted colours.
I'm a sahm, so spending $99 (sorry no pound sign on my phone, at least not that I can find hmm) may seem like crazy money, but it means that what I do buy should all go together, meaning that what I do spend will be well spent.
I've also recently turned 40 so wanted to be sure to get it right! grin

KosherBacon Sat 02-Nov-13 07:43:09

I had mine done and loved it. It's not just about the colours, it's refocused my mind about not buying clothes that will "just do" and go for clothes that I love. It cost £100 but I have easily saved that by not buying crap that makes me look like a dog and sits unworn in my cupboard.

IMO a good investment. Makes shopping so much easier and helps you look much better.

This must be a good thing.

peasypeeler Sat 02-Nov-13 08:27:17

I had mine done a couple of weeks ago after reading about it on MN. I was very dubious as I'd thrown money at this before and got two different answers. I decided that since I was changing my wardrobe anyway (lost a stone and everything looked meh) I would blow £99 on a style day. I had mine done in Huntingdon and it was a fabulous experience. It lasted pretty much all day as we were all so fired up and chatty.

The very best part was the fact that when the other two ladies were being 'done' I could actually see with my very own eyes that 'their' colours suited them. One of the ladies was a 'Spring' and until they put the colours under her chin I had no idea what she was. She came alive right in front of me!

It also made me realise where I had been going wrong. My first colour analysis - done when I was in my 20's put me as a bright winter. I didn't feel that good in bright colours though so took it with a pinch of salt. My second session - given as a gift so thought I'd better use it - was a muted Autumn. I spent years in browns and beige feeling rather bleugh but the muted tones suited my personality better and I still wore navy and black anyway. confused

Fast-forward to my recent experience and I mentioned that I had been analysed before and my consultant asked me not to tell her which. This consultation was done in natural light with my hair covered (I have golden brown (dyed) hair with very dark eyes and pale olive skin) and I'm a sure-fire sultry Winter. In fact, when the lady put the really dark pine green next to my face I was shocked. My actual comment was 'oh wow, you can see into my soul!'

It really was a fantastic experience for me personally, the lady could see why I thought I was an autumn but I left in no doubt that I'm a sultry winter.

What has changed? I wear navy and black with confidence, I've added a sprinkle of bright pink tops to my wardrobe, a cobalt jumper and a charcoal cardigan which makes me feel a million dollars. I've also invested in brighter lipsticks which I'm struggling with a bit but that's because of my wallflower personality that I hid behing a brown autumn instead of a sultry Winter.

I'm getting there!

Hope that helps you decide either way smile

peasypeeler Sat 02-Nov-13 08:28:24

SORRY! I don't mean a style day! I mean a colour day!!! blush

Casmama Sat 02-Nov-13 10:49:45

I found it really worthwhile. I knew I suited pinks and blues but never wore red and often settled on black.
I am a deep summer and some of my best odours are amethyst, cherry red and a deep rose so I now have far more colours available to me that I didn't have the confidence to wear. It also showed me once and for all that black drains me so I now never buy it and only occasionally wear old items.

It has absolutely been worth the money for me and shopping is much faster and more satisfying- I rarely buy things then don't wear them.

Hopasholic Sat 02-Nov-13 11:10:59

I loved it! I've always been an impulsive shopper and frequently had things sat in my wardrobe which remained unworn because I didn't have anything to go with them.

Knowing which palette to purchase from means always having something in my wardrobe which will match, rather than a load of random stuff.

Initially I was really disappointed to be an Autumn. I wanted to be a winter as they're my preferred colours. But! I love my autumn colours now.

I don't always stick to it religiously of course as I still have many clothes from pre analysis, but I try to make sure any new purchases are right for me.

I might do the style day next year. Go for it, it is well worth the £99.

mrskittyfantistico Sat 02-Nov-13 12:45:59

Another convert here! Anyone who knows me in real life would be amazed to know I've done this (which is why I'll probably never tell!) and I was ridiculously embarrassed telling my husband I was going, but I'm so pleased I did it. The (virtual) world seems to be divided into people who 'know' what suits them and delight in asking the rest of us why we can't just put something on and look in the mirror. Well, yes I'd love to be able to do that but, despite my best efforts, I have never had the ability. I'm actually quite good at some things but have a blind spot when it comes to clothes. So, having reached my mid forties feeling out of my depth with a wardrobe full of mistakes, ebay 'bargains' and hand-me-downs and with the crappy feeling that I always look a bit rubbish, I trotted along to a colour day and found out I'm a sultry winter. Best money I've spent in a long time and I would most definitely recommend it.

Hopefully Sat 02-Nov-13 13:45:02

Was going to come on here and say how marvellous it all is, but have been rather pipped to the post by lots of others! Which is good, as I'm a consultant and it always sounds like a sales pitch (if you knew how bad I am at sales you'd know this isn't possible grin)

ItsNotUnusualToBe Sat 02-Nov-13 13:51:15

I've had the colour and style day and they were brilliant.

Mumelie Sat 02-Nov-13 15:02:03

Amazing brilliant best thing I've ever done grin !

timidviper Sat 02-Nov-13 15:05:07

Has anyone had this done in the NorthWest? you've almost convinced me and I'm wondering if any consultants are better or worse in this area

Scarletohello Sat 02-Nov-13 15:13:49

Had it done ten years ago and it's saved me loads of time and money. All my clothes match and I look fab..! smile

Just do it!!

KosherBacon Sat 02-Nov-13 16:59:17

Viper- I had it done in the north west by Catherine. She was great, young and fashionable. Ingrid is winding down so if you book in as a new client you will see Catherine.

Hopefully Sat 02-Nov-13 17:22:57

I've met Catherine (am a consultant, but SW), she's lovely and v stylish.

mrskittyfantistico Sat 02-Nov-13 17:27:06

Oh, oh- I'm in the North West too! I went to Penny who was lovely- really friendly and took the time to explain everything so I could 'see' exactly why my colours are right for me. www.houseofcolour.co.uk/pennyelger/
(This is m first go at linking so sorry if it doesn't work!)

Can anyone advise on a good consultant that would suit a sceptical 65 year old?

Would like to buy this for my mum possibly.

elspethmcgillicuddy Sat 02-Nov-13 18:04:51

Wow thanks for the replies. Think I may treat myself when I get to my eventual goal weight. Thank you!

Hopefully Sat 02-Nov-13 18:06:38

Starlight whereabouts are you? I am obviously awesome, but am in Devon and have a vague feeling you are SE?

SorrelForbes Sat 02-Nov-13 18:29:39

I had my colours done yesterday (also SW) and loved it! I'm a Jewell Winter which is a relief as I have quite a few dresses in bright red, green and purple. Most of my smart casual/day time stuff is wrong though so I'm going to have to work on that. My work dresses are all navy, black and charcoal so that was spot on.

The only thing I'm a bit confused about is lipstick. The carmine shade was nice but I recently did an red lipstick trying marathon and tried about 35 blue-red lipsticks and hated them all (my friend and the shop assistants all agreed that they weren't good). I ended up with Chanel Incandescent which is an orange-red.

Gillybobs Sat 02-Nov-13 19:30:49

Ah, so glad to see this thread after the cult chat yesterday....

Its a brilliant experience, hugely useful, use the info how it suits you, makes shopping easier and all your clothes work much better together. I have absolutley NO idea why people who havent tried it feel the need to rubbish it. There seems to be a misconception thats it limiting and youll be told to wear three colours for all eternity...thats just nonsense. Do it : )

timidviper Sun 03-Nov-13 00:35:17

Thanks for the recommendations folks. Penny shows as being the nearest consultant to me, I might have a look

opalmum Sun 03-Nov-13 06:57:53

I would wholeheartedly recommend a colour and style day. I went 3 years ago, after reading about it on MN (natch!) and was quite surprised when I discovered that Spring colours really suit me. Saves you money - on buying colours and styles that just don't help you look the way you would wish to present yourself. And saves you time - you can bypass entire racks of "wrong for you" colours and styles. I can see why you might be hesitant - HOC does have a bit of a frumpy image , plus it is a lot of money - but, honestly, it really is brilliant.

frumpypigskin Sun 03-Nov-13 07:02:23

Can anyone recommend someone in the SE area? I would love to get this as a gift but it's a lot of money so would prefer to go with a recommendation if poss.

Jemster Sun 03-Nov-13 07:49:19

I would like a recommendation for SE too please.

WhoNickedMyName Sun 03-Nov-13 10:04:58

I'm thinking of taking my mum, for both of us to have our colours done as a Christmas gift.

Do you go to the consultation without make up on? What about if you dye your hair? I change my hair colour every 6 months or so... Does that affect what colours you are?

Pufflemum Sun 03-Nov-13 10:14:11


I went three weeks ago for the first time! to Maud in Englefield Green, near Ascot/ Egham. She was brilliant and has really changed the way I look for clothes. I am a sultry winter and enjoying trying out the new, bold colours and scaring my children with the lipsticks!

Hopefully Sun 03-Nov-13 10:38:57

Whereabouts in SE? I had mine done with Alex in Brighton, who is amazing.

whonicked you go with no make up on, and your consultant will cover your hair if it's coloured.changing colour won't affect your result, and your consultant should be able to suggest lots of colours that you can still go that will complement your season rather than fight against it - we won't tell you to only stick to one colour forever more.

Theoldhag Sun 03-Nov-13 11:13:22

I have heard of good things about Alex in Brighton too, a couple of friends went to see her. She really does know her stuff by all accounts and is so very approachable (well worth seeing if anyone is in West Sussex). Have heard of good things about the lady in Devon (I am guessing that is you Hopefully?)

SorrelForbes Sun 03-Nov-13 11:30:10

Hopefully Whereabouts in the SW are you? The lady I saw this week is Plymouth and West Devon.

mrskittyfantistico Sun 03-Nov-13 12:40:45

timidviper- hope you love the day as much as I did if you do go with Penny! Let us know how you get on.

Hopefully Sun 03-Nov-13 13:38:32

Sorrel I'm in Exeter. Jan in Plymouth is fabulous, so kind and really knows her stuff.

RockMummy Sun 03-Nov-13 18:21:10

Another client of Alex in Brighton and Hove too.It was such a good experience.

nickEcave Sun 03-Nov-13 19:03:26

I had my colours done last year at a group Colour Me Beautiful session. It was quite good value as there were 6 of us and we only paid about £15 each. I came out as a warm and soft which I think is the same as a soft Autumn in the HOC scheme. It obviously wasn't as thorough as a HOC session but it gave me a pretty good idea of which colours suit me best (I think I am pretty easy to diagnose as I have brown hair with reddish tones, quite yellow skin and green/blue/grey eyes with yellow around the pupil and it's really obvious that strong colours overwhelm me). I quite fancy doing the style day with HOC but is there any way I can do that without paying £100 for the colours analysis?

timidviper Sun 03-Nov-13 19:39:06

I've just looked on their website and, although Penny Elger shows as my nearest consultant her classes are all run over the far end of her territory from me and there is a lady called Paula Davies who seems to run events much closer to us. Has anyone tried her?

There seem to be Colour Me Beautiful consultants even nearer but I find their webpage doesn't give much detail about them so I'm a bit apprehensive

SorrelForbes Sun 03-Nov-13 19:40:10

Hopefully Yes, it was Jan, and yes she's lovely. I really enjoyed my session and agreed with everything really! I mentioned my interest in bras while I was there and we had a good chat about that too.

Hopefully Sun 03-Nov-13 19:56:30

Timid Paula is very tall and very gorgeous and elegant! Super stylish. And very lovely and competent too.

Sorrel I was chatting to her about bra fitting recently (as you do) and was talking about all the mn threads on the subject.

Did someone say consultants in the South East? grin I'm in Chichester.

I won't say anything about CMB except that I trained with HoC having done a fair bit of research.

Theoldhag Wed 06-Nov-13 09:07:20

Out of interest Travelin what would you say are the main differences between HoC and CMB?

Thelovecats Wed 06-Nov-13 09:19:55

I haven't had a consultation with CMB but my mil did and her swatch is quite confusing. She has so many colours on it and little guidance on how to wear colours together. I couldn't tell by looking at the swatches what season she actually would be. I am very happy with HOC (I am a summer). Actually going for style day next week so hope it's good!

MissScatterbrain Wed 06-Nov-13 10:18:12

A friend went to CMB - her swatch book is very confusing, loads more colours compared with HoC and none of these were rated (e,g how much of each colour to wear and which are your very best colours). She wasn't told how to use these colours and as a result she still struggles when she goes shopping.

It's been said - shorter consultation, no ratings of colours, less explanation of how to use the swatch book. The swatch book is very different - there is an overlap between the seasons in the CMB method. Also a different system of analysis.

Enjoy your style day lovecats! It's a long day, but really fun.

ElizabethBathory Wed 06-Nov-13 12:02:42

Totally recommend HOC colours day, it's brilliant. I'd never have gone if a friend hadn't randomly asked me to go with her, but it's been a revelation (and yes, when said friend and I get together we often end up talking about it and sound like we're in a cult grin). It's getting so much easier to put outfits together now that my wardrobe is mostly in my colours, and I feel a lot more pulled together.

I'm a sultry winter and knew roughly what suited me, except I would sometimes go for muted colours which did me no favours and made me look dull and drab - which made me FEEL dull and drab, although I didn't realise it was the colours doing it.

Don't know much about CMB but fwiw my aunt had her colours done with them years ago and I reckon they diagnosed her correctly as some kind of autumn - she looks great in her colours.

Theoldhag Thu 07-Nov-13 16:28:42

Thank you lovelies thanks for the explanations very helpful smile.
I have looked up (out of interest) the HoC team and I gave to say they all look so lovely and really walk the talk! I love seeing people dressed in colours!

Theoldhag Thu 07-Nov-13 16:35:56

Have not gave!

LonelyGoatherd Thu 07-Nov-13 18:20:43

For those in the SE, I heartily recommend travelin (posted upthread), the Chichester consultant. Straight-talking, confidence-boosting, and just supremely helpful.


totallylost Sat 09-Nov-13 14:19:07

Have booked an appointment for Tuesday week. Ummed and aarhhed for ages, googled lots, tried to work out what season I am but haven't got a clue. Have a horrible feeling I am going to be a season I currently have no clothes for. Hoping I am winter.

MissScatterbrain Sat 09-Nov-13 15:32:06

Any recommendations for Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire please?

Hi MissScatterbrain I don't know any of the consultants in that area, but we all have the same training and CPD, and follow the same format. Best thing is to go with the one it's easiest to get to, or if happy to travel, give a few of them a call for a chat.

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