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Colour analysis: thread for autumns

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AngieAir Tue 11-Jun-13 14:04:29

I had my colours done last month and I'm a HOC autumn leaf (not sure how that translates to other schemes). I've done a search on here and not found much as you all seem to be winters!

I've bought a top and a camisole from Kettlewell as a birthday present which look lovely and now I'm stuck. Most of my clothes are the wrong colours (white, purple and blue) but I can't afford to replace them immediately, just over time. I really saw the difference in the drapes so don't want to go to work every day looking ghastly either.

Does anyone have any tips for how to "improve" my existing clothes? I've had a look on pinterest but felt overwhelmed.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 14:20:44

I self diagnosed myself yesterday as a soft autumn via a few different websites, I'm not sure what the differences between soft and leaf are.
Did your consultant give you your two 'star' colours? If so I would get scarves in that colour and maybe follow whatever hair and makeup colours suit you best.
That would give you a good start.
Then maybe keep an eye on ebay for things in your size/colours?

MelanieCheeks Tue 11-Jun-13 14:59:14

I'm another Autumn, and I've just started to be more rigourous when buying new clothes. Its really the colours that are nearest your face that matter most - as terra suggests, a scarf or 2 might be a quick way of dealing with that. Can you dye any of your white tops or shirts? Add earrings - I have a pair of soft grey pearl studs which seem to go with everything.

AngieAir Tue 11-Jun-13 16:24:09

Like the idea of scarves Terra & Mel, and the two I own are the right colours though not the two star ones. But I can't wear scarves at work. Will look into dyeing the white tops, they're old and cheap so wont be total disaster if it goes wrong. do I just get a dylon dye?

Will have to invest in a pair of gold earrings, all my jewellery is silver but will keep wearing the rest.

Melanie - what do you mean by more rigorous? I think I might go on the style day for extra help. Seem to have lost my sense style over the last few years and still regret throwing out some clothes that used to be my staples. And they were in the right colours.

What I probably need is one of those capsule wardrobes.

MelanieCheeks Tue 11-Jun-13 16:34:12

Mel's More Rigorous Shopping Rules:

1. Does it fit right? Not, do you like the numbers on the label, but does the zip do up comfortably, does it gape under the arms, are the buttons straining, is the length right?

2. Is it the style right? Which spice girl are you - is it sporty enough? quirky? Sophisticated?

3. Is the Colour right? Does it fit into an Autumn pallette? Some black is usually unavoidable, but will it go with other items in your wardrobe? Do you have shoes/bags/accessories that would work?

4. Is the material right? How easy is it to care for - does it need dry cleaning, ironing? Is it made from itchy wool that will have you sneezing by mid-morning?

5. Is the price right? Do you REALLY need it? When are you going to wear it? How often will you be able to wear it?

HilaryM Tue 11-Jun-13 16:37:46

'gold' costume jewellery and autumn coloured summer-weight scarf will convert neutral outfits into something a bit more autumny.

Also, i LOVE LOVE LOVE this pinterest board

Hopefully Tue 11-Jun-13 16:48:06

Yay, an Autumn thread!

Dylon is great for making things right, I use it a lot. My top tip is to not change the colour too much though, as the stitching never dyes (normally made from polyester thread), so will stand out if you dye a white t-shirt dark brown, for instance. I would stick to dyeing white to cream/apricot/light olive/camel.

Angie the style day was amazing for me, just as life changing as colour (although I'm an image consultant myself, so obviously I'd say that grin)

Jemster Tue 11-Jun-13 17:43:18

Hi I'm really interested in this too as believe I'm an autumn but am rubbish at finding the right colours. Also interested in what make up colours would be best for Autumns?

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 18:39:29

I've been scouting polyvore and pinterest ALL day, I'm becoming obsessed.
I'm 98% certain I'm a soft autumn and a lot of the clothes in my wardrobe 'fall' (see what I did there smile ) into the right colourscheme.

So I have a huge cull planned at the weekend. smile

The rule of thumb I'm sticking to with makeup is........find a pic of Drew Barrymore, If she looks great in it, copy her hair and makeup


As opposed to this

MelanieCheeks Tue 11-Jun-13 19:43:00

I find for earrings and jewellery, I don't really like gold - but going for colours is easy.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 20:55:34

Would rose gold suit us? I quite like a rose gold and smoky quartz necklace I've seen.

MelanieCheeks Tue 11-Jun-13 20:58:15

Oooh that sounds perfect! Where was that?

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 21:00:20

Think it was Stella & off checking my browsing history, will link if I find it.

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 21:15:54

That's the one I thought would be quite autumny on stella & dot.

Can't find the smoky quartz one, so of course I really want it now. smile

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 11-Jun-13 21:16:52

lovepigeon Tue 11-Jun-13 23:29:05

Hi AngieAir I'm an autumn leaf too, got my colours done a couple of weeks ago. I was given loads of ** colours - around 10 so I'm not sure if my consultant went a little over the top with that, I'd find it easier if I had less in a way. I'm struggling to match colours though, I know in theory all the colours are meant to match but I keep trying combinations that look wrong. What are your best colours? I find it hard to incoporate greens into my wardrobe which I should wear lots as they work best with my colouring (auburn hair).

AngieAir Wed 12-Jun-13 08:24:13

Ooh please give links to pinterest.

Pigeon, my two star colours are chestnut, rust, apple jade, and moss green at 100%. I have none of those colours in my wardrobe and don't even know if they're in the shops as its summer. I do have lots of grass green tops and a dark olive cardi so they will stay too.

My two stars at 75% beige, khaki, light olive, yellow ochre and heliotrope. again don't have anything in those. I do have some dark brown tops and a cardi, ** at 50%. will need to have a thorough wardrobe inspection at the weekend.

I saw a link to a useful looking list of recommended make up colours, will post it after work.

frenchfancy Wed 12-Jun-13 10:22:47

Another self-diagnosed soft autumn. (Did it yesterday after reading this thread). It matches most of my wardrobe so it isn't a great surprise. The 2 thing that were is that I should wear olive green (I don't normally do green) and I shouldn't wear black shock so what should I do with the 3 new black tops (well new to me - e-bay purchases) in my wardrobe??

For pinterest I found this board

TerraNotSoFirma Wed 12-Jun-13 12:46:57

In the same boat frenchfancy am planning selling all my 'wrong' colours on the local Facebook selling page, and using the funds to buy the right colours. smile

TerraNotSoFirma Wed 12-Jun-13 12:54:32

Here OP...what do you think of this? Good colour and pretty cheap.

TerraNotSoFirma Wed 12-Jun-13 12:56:41

Just bought these......

TerraNotSoFirma Wed 12-Jun-13 13:01:50

OP have been looking for scarves for you on ebay, there are heaps of pashminas in rusty colours....about £2.99 so I don't think they'd be too heavy for this weather smile
Also heaps of gold and rose gold costume jewellery.

SofaCanary Wed 12-Jun-13 13:13:12

Those pinterest thingies are bloody gorgeous!

Is there an overlap between soft autumn (reckon I'm one) and spring, cause I like to think those colours suit me too confused

Redbug Wed 12-Jun-13 15:41:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

shopafrolic Wed 12-Jun-13 16:57:04

Waves to all the fellow Autumns. I was HoC diagnosed so can't quite compare but I am a Warm Deep Autumn so the darker colours in the range. The biggest change I made was losing any white clothes in my wardrobe and replacing with cream / ivory. I do still wear some black - I think warm deep Autumns overlap slightly into Winter territory as some of the green jewel tones work okay on me.
My Pinterest boards are here if they help?
I wear a lot of rose gold now that I'm avoiding silver as it feels more modern somehow!

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