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Summer Colors-White

Nothing quite evokes a summery feel than crisp, cool, white.

If you are a Summer, then there is no limit to how and how much you can wear white this summer. This is your time to shine! Tops, bottoms, dresses, swimsuits, whatever you want to do (that isn’t dated and tacky), GO FOR IT!

If you are not a Summer, white can still work in different doses. We all know that white looks great against a summer tan or naturally darker skin for contrast purposes, but that does not necessarily mean you will glow. Just ask me, an Autumn, who looks a bit like Death in white. Mm-hmm. Listen to her. Me.

If you are a Winter, you can wear white much like Summers, but it may be a bit too much contrast to wear as a top for you darker-featured cool beauties. Instead of wearing all white like Summers, mix white with a bold, cool, jewel tone color to give you maximum glow.

If you are a Spring or Autumn, stay away from white as a shirt, blouse, button-down, dress, pattern-background, anything too close to your face. If you simply must wear white, try a white skirt or shorts with a warm, bright top. Yellow or orange work, so does navy and some of the warmer purples. Always warm it up with gold-toned jewelry.

Or, bring white into your home with linens and flowers. So serene.

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

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Golden Globes 2012

Hi guys, I’m back! I’m here with the Right and Wrong from this year’s Golden Globes. Some women hit it right on target, color-wise, some were dead wrong, and some were right AND wrong. Let’s jump in.

Right


Nicole Kidman is pitch-perfect here. For those who don’t know, Nicole was a natural red-head as a child, then her hair naturally lightened to blonde as she got older. Nicole Kidman is a Spring, and she has everything in place here. Light hair (even if it’s dyed, it’s still light and warm), ivory gown with golden accents…homegirl is straight winning here.


Rooney Mara is a Winter. Although her hair is not naturally this dark (it is a rich brunette color), it works on her. Only Winters can get away with and glow going black like this. This combined with the all-black sleek gown is a winner for Rooney.


Though Dianna Argon is a blonde, it is a dark & dirty blonde which along with her coloring, makes her an Autumn. She is wearing an almost perfect shade of red for warmer skin tones. The lacy cutout designs throughout the gown show her skin and give the dress an even warmer effect. Gone head, boo. We see you.


Viola Davis is an Autumn, and Autumns stun in deeper shades of red to burgundy. Viola’s chocolate skin is radiant here.


Mary J. Blige is an Autumn; more specifically a Soft Autumn (meaning she can share some of the colors that Springs should normally wear). Even though the styling of this dress isn’t quite executed as nicely as I would have hoped (toward the bottom, the gown looks like murdered and bleached fry kids), the rose-gold color is still lovely on her golden bronze skin. I would have loved it if she went with gold jewelry and toned down the harsh highlights, but luckily it did not detract from her overall look.

Wrong


First things first. Emma Stone is a natural blonde. Further, Emma Stone is a Summer. That means everything about this ensemble is wrong for her (for glow purposes). She needs something lighter and cooler-toned. This dress is too “heavy” for her. Now, the overall picture is pleasing to our eyes because we are looking at the actual colors contrasting from her hair and the dress and that DOES provide a pleasing effect. However, if we look at her face (notice how you’re not drawn to her face, mainly the COLORS of her hair and dress), you can see that she looks way too pale and faded in this dress.


Red is a tricky color for blondes. Generally, reds look best on the “darker” seasons of Autumn and Winter. Reds work for blondes when the blonde is a Spring, and then it has to be precisely the right red (red accents are stunning on Springs). Reese Witherspoon, however, is a Summer. Summers do not glow in any shade of red whatsoever. Reese does not look bad, but this gorgeous red dress is just sitting on her, being a leech. With a powerful color like red, you have to wear the red and not the other way around (which happens way too often).


Sarah Michelle Gellar is an Autumn. Everything about this is wrong. She sure looks happy about wearing it though. Moving on.


Charlize Theron’s darker coloring and naturally dark-blonde hair make her an Autumn. The dyed hair (highlights) she has here are too cool for her tone. The dress is both too light and too cool for her skin, and the styling just generally gives off a look of hot mess.


Natalie Portman is an Autumn, so this screaming fuchsia dress is an instant NO. She’d have been better off with the entire gown in that deep red (the accent color at the top of the gown) and having the accent fuchsia.

Right and Wrong


Angelina rarely gets it completely right with her colors. She usually looks washed out to hell for red carpets. Angelina is an Autumn, which means the cream dress is kind of right. But though some Autumns can wear cream beautifully, for other Autumns cream is just too light to sufficiently warm them up. Angelina is still looking like an ice queen here. Now, she doesn’t look bad to me. I love the look and the contrast; it is just that these colors do not warm her up and bring out her glow at all. If the dress had more of a golden tone, and the red was either a bit warmer or deeper, she’d have had that glow.


Lea Michele is a Winter, so she has the color right. I think the sheer cutout of the top of the dress is making the whole effect “warmer” than it should be, so she is not glowing as she should with a metallic silver. I also think she should have worn her hair down and gotten better make-up done; particularly her lip color which is reading way too warm for her.


Zooey Deschanel is a Winter, so overall, she looks good here. I have issues with her bangs and makeup, but whatevs. The main negative here is though the lemon-lime green at the top of her dress is a striking contrast, it is too light and too warm for her skin, so it ends up almost overshadowing the black and washing her out a bit.


Michelle Williams is not a natural blonde, in case you didn’t know. Her natural hair color is brown, and she is an Autumn. Technically, the color is just about right. Navy looks wonderful on Autumns here. I think there are a few things detracting from her overall look: Her hair color is a bit too light for such a dark blue (though it has golden tones which Autumns should aim for when coloring their hair), and the style of the dress is in frumpy frock territory (I’m sure the velvet doesn’t help the cut of the dress at all either).


Madonna’s natural hair color is a rich brunette and she is an Autumn. This is…an interesting dress. The midnight emerald shimmer of the bottom of the gown is perfect for an Autumn. The silver up top, not so much. It does make for a striking contrast though. If it was a subdued gold color instead of silver, this would have really brought out her glow (along with her darker hair color).


Paula Patton is an autumn, which usually clears the way for yellow to come glow it up. However, this yellow is more of the electric-yellow that Springs wear and glow in. So close though.

That wraps up this year’s Golden Globes red carpet review at Glowing Color. If I missed your favorite celebrity, let me know in the comments!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Emmy’s 2011 Right and Wrong

Today I’m going to feature the women of the Emmy’s and see who got it right, and who got it wrong, color-wise.

Right


Kristen Wiig is an Autumn and looks stunning here. See how the hair, face, dress, everything flow? She looks gorgeous here. This is how you do style + color that fits your season.


Katie Holmes definitely got it right in color. Does she look like she rolled out of bed after possibly sleeping in this dress? Yes. But the color is right for her. Katie’s a Winter.


I originally had Kerry Washington under Autumn a while back, but I used the wrong photo to judge her because homegirl is definitely a Winter. This true, classic red is perfect for her.


Elisabeth Moss is an Autumn. I would prefer to see her in a deeper shade, but she has the tone right. It’s a bit too pale for her, but good nonetheless.

Wrong


Kate Winslet’s dress fit like a glove and she is stunting in it style-wise. Color wise, it’s off. Kate is a Spring. Springs can wear red, it just needs to be a more muted, earthy red. Or if she wanted to go bright, a warmer tomato red would have killed.


Right dress, wrong color for Evan Rachel Wood. She’s a Spring and black is too strong and harsh for her.


Amy Poehler is a spring who is bleached to high hell. The dress is all wrong for her.


Not only does Taraji P. Henson look like she came to the Emmy’s in her answer-the-doorbell-for-the-cute-mailman nightgown, but it’s the wrong color. Taraji is an Autumn so should avoid silvery shapeless frocks.


Rashida Jones is an Autumn. The pale pink of the gown washes her out. A shame, because it is a really pretty gown, Rashida’s hair and makeup look nice, but it does not flow. If it were a muted rose-gold in the same style? She would have killed.


Padma, if you remember, is a Winter. She looks dreadful in this color. Awful.

Right and Wrong


Christina Hendricks got the color right. If you remember, Christina is a natural blonde and a Spring. The darker red hair color and heavier/deeper colored makeup is all wrong for her.


Heidi is a natural brunette, and an Autumn. So she got the warm tone right, but the hair color and paleness wrong. Even the paleness isn’t THAT wrong, but she definitely would have looked better in a deeper shade.


Julia Stiles is a Winter (not a natural light blonde). So the dress is correct in tone, but it could be a little deeper in color. That along with her eschewing the golden blonde hair would have stepped her game up.

That concludes the color analysis of the 2011 Emmy’s! What did you think of the fashion? Let me know in the comments!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Pantone Fall 2011 Color Report

Every season Pantone releases the colors that will be popular in fashion, interiors, everything. Below is the fall color report.

Autumns: Make sure you look out for items in bamboo, deep teal, emberglow, coffee liqueur, nougat, and phlox this fall.
Springs: Look for items in bamboo, emberglow, nougat, and cedar this fall.
Summers and Winters: Keep an eye out for items in honeysuckle, orchid hush, and quarry this fall.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

Autumn Plaid

Today I will share an example of what to look for in patterns depending on your season. Plaid has always been a hot pattern for fall/winter. Something about it just invokes coziness.

Autumn Plaid

Marc by Marc Jacobs green plaid dress
£220 – vanmildert.com

See by chloe dress
£187 – theoutnet.com

SUNO New York knit top
$115 – barneys.com

Burberry Prorsum plaid wool coat
£2,395 – net-a-porter.com

Opening Ceremony wool blend coat
£740 – brownsfashion.com

Cape poncho
$111 – anthropologie.com

By Malene birger
£80 – theoutnet.com

Long Sleeve Aqua Plaid Shirt
$22 – aeropostale.com

Long Sleeve Blue & Purple Plaid Shirt
$22 – aeropostale.com

The 5 plaid items at the top are what Springs and Autumns should look for, color-wise. The main color in these items are either yellow, tan, olive green, or ivory. If you are a Spring or Autumn, you should always make sure that the dominating color (for plaid it’s usually going to be the background color) is warm. Springs look best in the lighter warms like the tans and ivories while Autumns look best in the yellows and olive greens. Also, notice that the coat at the top is yellow and black plaid. Black is not an autumn color. However, the yellow sufficiently overpowers the black in this pattern to where it will read as ‘warm’ when it is worn.

The 5 plaid items at the bottom are what Summers and Winters should look for, color-wise. The main color in these items are either blue, pink, red, or turquoise. If you are a Summer or Winter, you should always make sure that the dominating color (for plaid it’s usually going to be the background color) is cool. Summers look best in the lighter cools like the paler pinks and turquoises while Winters look best in the reds and more vibrant blues (though you can also pull off turquoise effectively).

Mustard Dress from Ruche

Hi guys! I’m still working on the Giveaway packages for the winners; they should be sent out this week for the ones who have responded.

This is not a style blog. I focus on colors and you can feel free to do your own style. But, if I see something that I think is cute for myself or others, I’ll start posting here. If you don’t like the style, hopefully you can at least take something away from the color featured.

I ordered this dress from Shop Ruche a few weeks ago. It fits beautifully and the color is gorgeous! This color (and/or dress) would be a perfect spring/summer/late summer dress for Autumns and Springs. It’s the perfect shade of yellow to make warmer-toned skin glow; not too garish and not too pastel.

QQ in Stripes

Just a quick drive-by post to show how to do patterns in your season.

QQ, you may remember, is an Autumn. Here she is in a cream top with brown, orange, and peachy stripes and has accented with gold jewelry. This pattern is classic warm since every color featured is warm. This top would work for Autumns AND Springs since it has a mix of lighter and darker warm colors.

Thanks QQ!