For years now, I’ve been living in True Winter colors. I “had my colors done” several times and was always told my season was True/Cool Winter. I had a couple of color fans to help with purchasing decisions and life was pretty easy.
|After PCA, with Bright Winter luxury drapes.|
Except…. there was a part of me that didn’t quite find a home in those colors. The spunky child who loved lime green, who always claimed the “pretty” green crayon first, and didn’t consider a picture complete unless there was plenty of lime green in it, where was she in those colors? How could I, drawn to any bright yellow-green display like a moth to a flame, not have that color in my palette?
Recently, I had a chance to train with Christine Scaman of 12 Blueprints. Part of that training involved being draped (also known as Personal Color Analysis or PCA). Expecting to come out a True Winter like so many times before, I wanted to *see* for myself why this was the case. I didn’t want to just be told. Deep inside, I was hoping for a season that included “my” green but figured that it was unlikely. So imagine my surprise and joy when it turned out that Bright Winter colors suit me best. And yes, they do include lime green.
I love the Bright Winter colors. Even so, it will take a little bit of time to adjust to them. They are similar to True Winter but with a few drops of sunshine yellow added. Think snowdrops instead of fresh snow. Color intensity goes to maximum so the colors are brighter, and coolness is dialed down a bit so colors are more neutral.
Personal color analysis is only the beginning of the color journey. It will take me some time to figure out what works best, which colors, which combinations, and in what proportions. Then there will be body and face shape, line, bone structure, silhouette, and other fun things to consider. I plan to use Polyvore to explore these concepts before cutting into fabric but there will still be misses and near-misses. It may be a year before I find my holy grail but the journey should be quite interesting. Will you join me?