I remember the first time I ever heard of the book Color Me Beautiful.
The whole thing came originally via a snippet from one of my favorite books of all time, Bridget Jones Diary, where Bridget’s mother keeps nagging her to “get her colors done.” I had no idea what that meant, so went to go look it up, and eventually I came across Carole Jackson’s book. Funnily enough, I know that I read it front to back at the time – but when I rediscovered this book in my wardrobe, I couldn’t remember a thing. What season was I again? Color personality, wha…?
I tried to give the book another go, since the idea of “coloring myself beautiful” was too tempting to resist. I think we all can remember wearing something and being told “that looks great on you.” And more recently, while trying on a lace trimmed cream Dior dress, I was informed by my blunt friend (the best kind to take with you shopping), “you look blotchy and ill.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just wear those colors all the time, that made us look “so great…” and avoid those that make us look terrible? When I re-discovered the book, it had been more than a decade since I first read it, and I still had no clue as to what colors looked better on me. And unfortunately, after giving Color Me Beautiful another try and scouring internet articles and YouTube videos, I still don’t really know. I held up different metals to my face to see which made me “glow”. I looked at what color my veins were underneath my skin, to see if I was “cool” or “warm”. I tried to figure out what was really my color – gray or taupe or graphite? And did I really want to find out what my colors were? I already had quite a lot invested in my closet….in an existing set of colors.
If I sound doubtful of color theory, that would be wrong. I’ve seen on other people how colors can light up their face – and my ongoing US Magazine subscription has provided ample opportunity to see how color theory in action on celebrities. Lupita on the left looks wonderful in strong green – while Kate looks beautiful in a sunny pastel yellow.
It seems like the best way then, for me at least, to find out my “colors” may be to just look at old photos. But currently I lack high resolution, full body length photos of myself in gowns in various colors of the rainbow. That will be my very slow, plodding battle plan…and I hope I can report back!
Okay – now I’d really love to hear how all of you out there manage to find your best “colors”. Do you have certain hues that just look better on you, and do you avoid others? How did you find them?