I have to admit up-front that I am very hesitant to write this post because I respect so many people who are part of the Seasonal Colour Analysis Community. However, I feel that I need to express my ideas on this topic as I have struggled with Colour Analysis now for 'years' and I keep coming back to the same conclusion: Colour Analysis is subjective! I have been told that I'm a Cool Winter, Soft Summer, Soft Autumn, True Autumn, Warm Autumn and Soft Winter Deep (all by different analysts). Here are some the main issues with Colour Analysis:
1) There are different 'systems' of colour analysis: Sci/Art, Pretty Your World, Unique to You, Personalized palettes by various analysts and systems etc etc. The fact that there are so many and people see and understand colour so differently, shows that Colour Analysis is 'very' subjective. I've seen and heard of people being draped as a Cool Summer in one system and Warm Autumn in another system. How this even possible? I don't think either one system was 'wrong' in their personalized analysis - I think Colour Analysis itself is flawed.
2) Time and Energy - I can't explain in words how bothered I am by this. When I look back on this blog, all the experiments, all the time that I devoted to colour analysis, seems wasted. Actually, I take that back - I have learned a lot about myself in the process, but I feel frustrated just the same. One of the key slogans of colour analysis is that it will save you time and especially money once you have discovered your best season. I have to admit that the truth is quite the opposite. I have ended up spending a lot of money, time and energy every time I thought I belonged to a particular 'seasonal category'.
3) Seasonal Analysis is a business first and foremost. Just like any business, colour analysis exists to sell you a 'product' - in this case, "your best colours". We all have our own perception about colour and we already know what looks good on us (which is 100% true - we all have an intuitive connection to what looks good on us. In fact, this is how seasonal colour analysis was born). So why are we putting that intuitive knowing into the hands of someone else who is determined to sell you a palette? We are not meant to be boxed into colour categories, which leads me to the next point..................
4) Colour is energy. Imagine is someone told you, "here is a musical scale and you should listen only to this particular music scale all your life". How would you feel? Constricted, bound to one way of being. This is so wrong and unnatural. Energy is movement. It changes, it flows, is expands. The same is true for how we use and wear colour. We are constantly changing and growing. We have the right to listen to whatever music makes us feel great, alive, confident. The same should be true for colour palettes. If you're analysed as a 'soft autumn', but you're having a 'bright red' kind of day, wear the bright red. Something in you that knows better is asking for the bright red, so go with it, move with the energy of it.
5) Finally - let's look at the obvious: If a colour really doesn't suit us or is horrible and causes shadows, lines, discolouration etc etc, why would we even want to wear it? It's almost like those in the 'colour business' use this to put you in a state of fear. You start to think to yourself "yes, I need to know my best colours, I don't want to look ill and tired". Don't you think you 'already' know??? I think there needs to be a sense of inner trust, inner strength, inner value and inner confidence to know what looks good and what doesn't. If I put on a colour that looks horrible, I'm going to think 'yuck' - I'm going to know it's horrible. I don't need a colour analyst to tell me. It's like if you eat food that tastes horrible, you don't need someone else to confirm that it tastes horrible, you'll know as soon as you eat it. Would you pay someone to send you a list of foods that taste horrible? Or will you use common sense and past experience to know that you may not like olives or spicy food or something too sweat??? You know yourself better than anyone, so give yourself the credit and authority to choose what is best for you!
I know that this post may seen harsh to those who have devoted time and energy to colour analysis. I don't intend for it to come across that way. It's just my current realization of what I've come to understand about myself and where my personal journey needs to go in the future!