We at The Style Duo are often asked, “What colors would look best on me?” We also often hear clients say “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that color!” Now most of you might remember the original color analysis system, “Color Me Beautiful” that was originated in the 1980′s. The system created a color scheme for people to use when shopping and dressing based on their skin tones and hair and eye color. But a little while after many color analysts began to realize that certain people were not being well represented with just 4 seasons and they created a 12-16 season program! And suddenly everything got very confusing!!

We here at The Style Duo want to simplify it all for you by saying there are no rules anymore! Below is a good guideline to START with but DONT be afraid to experiment. The point is there are NO absolute rules when it comes to color anymore as long as you feel confident and beautiful. As the saying goes, “Elegance is good taste, plus a dash of daring.” So read our “50 Shades of Color” below and then go ahead and break your own style rules…..

SPRING -Your coloring is bright and sunny. Choose bright shades like turquoise, teal and coral.

SUMMER -Summer is the serenity palette. You look fabulous in pastel shades. Try rosy hues, lavendar and pale yellow.

AUTUMN – Your natural coloring is earthy, golden and natural. You look fabulous in fiery colors like the autumn or the fall foliage.

WINTER – Your coloring is crisp and Winters have rich hair and eye color. Jewel tones, black, white and red look amazing. Try a bold red lip for instant wow!

BREAKING THE RULES: For example there is no reason a blonde and summery girl can’t wear jewel tones even though it is not on her “chart”. But it may be best to keep it simple like an accessory or colored skinny jean. However, even a jewel-toned dress can work on a beachy blonde with sleek simple hair and toned-down bronzer (like Gwyneth).

Or an autum girl can try a springy coral but choose a coral that is slightly darker; resembling light fall leaves and add a little spray tan! (like JLO)

****Come see us at The West Nyack Library on March 6th when we present “Our 50 Shades of Color” seminar.

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