I’m back with another scintillating edition of my color palette. There’s been a lot of active talk in the sewing community Instagram on colors and working within a palette. My friend Jasika has really transformed her wardrobe and sewing plans. I wanted to point out two resources I found helpful as a deep-toned black woman and where I am now in my palette journey.
To recap: I’m doing this because my wardrobe doesn’t feel cohesive and I’ve struggled the last two years with having the right outfit for the right event. Part of that is a change in job and lifestyle, so I don’t know what to buy or make. It’s also a changing body on my part and clothes I had don’t fit me anymore – or in a way I like. My goal is to have a ‘curated closet’, possibly even minimalist. Mostly, I just don’t want to feel like I don’t have the right thing to wear. In this post I kind of rehash and shared the original ideas I had about my streamlined palette. This palette doesn’t preclude me from wearing other colors, but it does give me an initial structure to work within.
I never found the ‘seasons’ book to work for me when I went through it in the 80s and 90s. Black women were automatically autumn or winters and I found I disliked many of the colors shown. On top of that, there weren’t many examples OF black women, so I couldn’t get a sense of how the colors would look on me.
I contemplated getting my colors done locally, but there wasn’t anyone who looked like me doing colors and I feared the same results. With that in mind, I used two resources that worked very well for me. “The Triumph of Individual Style” and the“Your Color Style” systemby Jen Thoden. Both focus on the characteristics of your coloring and features instead of JUST your skin tone and hair color. In both, I learned that I look best in high contrast colors, clear colors (vs JUST jewel tones) and that I lean cool. Both of these were figured out without looking at my veins (which you can’t really see on my wrist). I like “Triumph of Individual Style” for helping me understand proportions, scale and what looks I prefer for me in a very nonjudgemental, fatist or ageist way.
Jen Thoden has a great series on YouTube and a quiz on her website. After studying some videos with pleeeenty of black women with my deep complexion included as examples, I arrived at being a Bright, Cool, Deep. What does that mean?
This color palette is ideal for people with cool undertones and who can wear clear colors (muted colors drain them). In the seasons, the bright, cool and deep color palette is ideal for bright winter, cool winter and deep winter
That was totally me. So, I paid for $10 Bright and Cool color palette and saw that except for some too pink colors that I’ve never liked to wear (hot pink, watermelon) everything else was spot on.
I used that tool to revise my palette and I’m super happy with what I’ve come up with. I will say I avoided adding the white because I didn’t want to seem as though I’m dressed like a flag. But, the colors speak to me and so I guess idgaf :-). I decided to treat myself and did order the color fan with all my colors. I’m going to use this to weed through my stash and help make sure I’m working with cooler colors, to help better coordinate my wardrobe.
So that’s where I am! Definitely one step closer to a cohesive wardrobe where I like everything in it.