What is a personal colour analysis?

Have you ever wondered what a professional colour analysis is? Simmy Wong, Personal Colour Stylist and owner of Colour Soup, answers key questions about colour analysis and how we can harness the power of colour to look and feel our best.

What is colour analysis?

Colour Analysis is the process of observing the effect of different colours (usually in the form of coloured drapes) on your skin to determine your natural colour tone.  It’s a process to help us understand why certain colours look beautiful on some people, but unflattering on others.

So why do some colours look better on some people?

The scientific term for this is simultaneous contrast meaning that colours can change the way they look when they are placed next to other colours.

In the diagram below, the grey rings are the same shade of grey, but the ring on the orange square appears more greenish than the grey ring on the green square (which looks more reddish). Similarly, the orange rings are the same colour, but on the pink square it looks brighter than on the green square.

colour analysis, colour stylist, personal stylistColour analysis works because it explores the optical effects and illusions of different colours on your key features. In particular, the clothing colours you wear affect how your skin tone, hair and eye colours appear.

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5 Ways to Get Out The Door Faster Each Morning

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If you feel rushed off your feet each morning getting yourself (and others) ready for the day, here are five tips to streamline your morning routine so you get out the door faster.

I did an experiment this week and was startled by the results: being disorganised adds 23 minutes to my morning routine -time I’d rather spend in bed. I timed myself with a stopwatch over four days to see how long my morning routine was and to identify time wasting activities.  My goal was to create a routine that was efficient and calming (after all I’m getting psyched up for the day).

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What’s your personal fashion style?

I was recently admiring the Archibald Prize entries at the Art Gallery of New South Wales when I overhead two art enthusiasts talk about the portraits. I heard “tautology of choice….dichotomy of subject matter”, but didn’t have a clue what they meant.   I don’t know much about what I like in art, but I recognise what I like when I see it.  I suppose this is similar to how some of my clients feel when I ask them to describe their fashion style.

Every woman has inborn style and an eye for what she likes though she may not have the words to describe her preferences.  Once she develops a small vocabulary about clothes, not only will she be able to describe what she likes, she’ll be able to judge if something suits her or not.

Here are five criteria commonly used to describe clothes. They come in really handy when you’re editing your wardrobe or going shopping.  Once you know how these five words apply to you, you’ll only buy things you love that suit your personality and style.

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Create the impression you want

I’ve worked in Asia and the US and in comparison, the workplace dress code in Australia is relaxed and casual.  Unless you work in a major city in “professional” industries where a suit is still the norm, getting dressed for work each day can be a headache.  How can you create an outfit that is professional, appropriate, comfortable yet injected with your personality?

A good place to start is to understand the impression you want to create on your clients, your colleagues and your boss.  What’s more important to you ? Projecting credibility, authority and generating respect for your expertise?  Or do you prefer to come across as approachable, friendly, collegiate?  To understand how to project your “brand” you need to know what your brand is first.  Clothing, body language and interpersonal skills  are merely tools to communicate what’s inside outside.

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Find your personal fashion style

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How would you describe your personal fashion style?  Classic, romantic, sporty, bohemian?  Or a cross between one or two of those categories with your unique spin?  In this digital age, there is plenty of  fashion inspiration to help you put together your look.

When I was sixteen, I used to wait impatiently for my monthly edition of Seventeen to arrive (a month out of date by the time I received it by sea-mail).  My friends and I used to drool over the clothes, dog earring the pages to replicate cool outfits.   Fast forward a few years and I’m proud to realise I’ve changed and maybe grown up a bit.  I don’t buy fashion magazines anymore (just when I can write them off as work expenses) because high fashion just doesn’t jive with my practical, busy lifestyle.  I can’t connect with those perfect models who’ve spent hours in makeup and hair only to emerge like plastic mannequins wearing stilettos on the beach.  I can’t connect with them because while they look chic and well put together, their clothes are devoid of any of their personality.

What rocks my fashion boat now is blogs.  I love getting inspired by street fashion photos and by blogs written by women all around the world who love expressing themselves through their clothes.  That’s what I connect with.  Not the idealistic perfection and professional styling, but with the personality, energy, spontaneity and sense of fun that comes through what they wear as they go about their lives.  Even though I work as a professional personal stylist, I remind myself and some of my clients that it’s wonderful to be able to show off your personality and creativity through clothes; at the end of the day however, we’re here to enjoy life not to obsess how to dress for it.

And that’s why I chose this beautiful photo from www.simplylulustyle.com  for this blog. I don’t know LuLu at all, but  came across her photo in pinterest and it struck a cord with me.    She looks so content, relaxed and carefree.  I noticed that in her first, before her outfit (which by the way is simple and amazingly chic).  And that’s what clothes should do for: they communicate and enhance what we have inside, outside.

Feel attractive and feminine

photo by Margaret Clemmer

Last week I enjoyed meeting up with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen for a year.  As we caught up on each other’s lives, our conversation inevitably turned to husbands and children.  In particular, I was struck by how she described her seven year-old daughter as a girly girl who loved everything pink, dresses, hairclips, dolls and four-legged animals.

My friend, a self-professed tomboy growing up and a highly capable IT project manager, was amazed (and frustrated) at how their different outlooks lead to frequent arguments.  What was going to happen when her daughter became a teenager?

This led me to the question:  Why do some women (or girls) feel and behave more feminine than others?  If you don’t feel feminine but want to, what can you do?

My research yielded this excellent article by Life Coach, Carol Chanel.  And I particularly like the following points

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