The Three Colors You Should Never Wear

The Three Colors You Should Never Wear

Color and the ones we wear are on my mind more than ever these days for many reasons. I know it to be a tonic for our moods and have found my own wardrobe sadly lacking lately, just when I need it to cheer me up. I’ve been digging back into my color theory books and chatting with color consultants who all have varying ways to determine a woman’s best personal colors.

Let me start by saying there is no right or wrong way to type a person’s colors and the variety of ways seems endless. Part of my training to be an image consultant included color and how to determine a person’s most flattering colors. The system I learned was based on the teachings of Suzanne Caygill. Your personality and essence was an important feature in determining what colors and styles harmonized with you.

I am getting several color analyses done (virtually) and will keep you posted. I’m not sure color typing translates that well online because of lighting and variations in monitors but we shall see.

While I put more of my thoughts together about our colors, I thought I would share the 3 colors every woman should avoid. It doesn’t matter what season or color type you’ve been slotted into, these are universal and just a good idea.

Also – Personal Color Analysis: Is It For You?

Here are the three colors you should never wear:

A Color You Really Dislike

I suspect many of us have looked at the fabric or paper fan of colors we’ve been told are flattering for us, and see colors we don’t like. I certainly have. Don’t wear them. Wearing a color that you instinctively dislike is like taking bitter medicine. Research shows that the colors you wear affect your mood so if you dislike a color, wearing it won’t make you feel confident.

My color fan is too old to be of any benefit to me and contains many colors I would never wear. Those colors may have flattered my coloring, back in the day, but I disliked them so I never bought anything in them.

A Color That Drains You

The color that leaches life from your face and makes you look and feel older than you are. For many women, that’s black but it could also be a heavily saturated or bright color that’s too vibrant for your personal coloring. I like to say it enters the room before you do and so you feel overpowered by it. It could also be too pale for your complexion which makes you look and feel washed out.

Any Color With Bad Memories

Life is certainly too short for this. If you had to wear a certain colored uniform to school and it still gives you the heebie-jeebies, don’t wear it. If a certain color reminds you of a sad, traumatic, or tragic experience, I suggest you give it a pass. Our clothes should excite us and bring us joy.


  • I love red but I never wear it because it feels overpowering.
  • I never wear orange because it makes my skin look sallow.

I don’t have a color with bad memories, do you?

What color do you avoid at all costs?

Be well, be kind, and wear what makes you feel confident.



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  1. Julie Traxler
    September 3, 2020 / 7:36 am

    I had my colors done in the 80’s by “Color Me Beautiful”. I was cast as a vibrant summer. I really don”t like those colors…. I like Spring colors. So often I find myself going into the brighter colors . I think it has to do with my personality. I REALLY want to have my colors redone. Too bad we can’t see the colors of clothes and touch them at this point in time.

    • Jennifer
      September 3, 2020 / 8:00 am

      Bingo!! I believe the same thing. I think you’ll find the final two analyses I have done very interesting.

  2. Susan
    June 27, 2020 / 11:36 am

    Im a natural redhead now blonde… look horrible on anything beige but White is great . Beige tones wash me out . I tend to stick to thr colors that don’t make me look older or washed out .black ,white , red coral burgundy , tones of blue , teal, aqua , green or dark brown.
    Have no idea what color chart consultant would say but I’d love to know …

  3. Nancy
    May 15, 2020 / 10:08 pm

    Bad memories – I graduated as a nurse years ago. People stayed in the hospital so long in those days, they would bring their own PJs. Young women having babies would bring all kinds of adorable nighties. But green!!! Pale green pajamas, hospital room colors, fluorescent lighting and post surgery paleness, all combined make people look so awful it made me feel ill and continues to this day. And mustard causes the same feeling of illness. Personally, I love coral and teal. But then, I have read these colors look good on nearly everyone.

  4. Adrienne C Kushner
    May 15, 2020 / 9:17 am

    My colors were done about 30 years ago and I was an Autumn. I still gravitate to those colors even though there is a lot of grey/white in my dark blonde hair and my complexion is lighter. They are the colors that just feel right to me.

  5. kate
    May 13, 2020 / 7:19 pm

    I had my colors done with Color Me Beautiful years and years ago and they typed me as a summer. About 10 years ago I had my colors done by Kerry Jones of Indigo Tones. She was amazing. She draped me and took skin tones into account and found I was a Soft Autumn. She also factored in my style and helped me determine the type of dresser I am. As a result it helped clarify what really looks great on me. Shopping is SO much easier and all the things in my closet ‘go’ with each other….no more orphans.

    • kate
      May 13, 2020 / 7:35 pm

      I’m so excited Jennifer that you’re exploring your colors. I think the whole subject is fascinating!

  6. Thelma Dyer
    May 13, 2020 / 12:41 pm

    Suzann Caygill did my colors many years ago. Although I am now gray they still seem to work. I do avoid the brown…have switched to taup. Do some black and white. I am one of her summers. Colors for the most part are grayed or muted. Still wear pinks, peachy pinks, pure to blue grays. Would love any update available.

  7. Patty F
    May 13, 2020 / 10:18 am

    I don’t wear greens too much… wore green scrubs every day in the operating room for 38 years, so don’t tend to choose it in my at home wardrobe.

  8. Eileen
    May 13, 2020 / 6:45 am

    My least favorite colors are neon, super bright intense colors, then beige, black, brown, and earth tones. I am a summer. When I was on a trip to Italy, every time I took a pic of myself ( pale, pink skinned) near the earth toned walls ( which are beautiful) I looked awful! My husband who is Italian skinned looked marvelous! I found one white wall, and finally felt “ right”. The colors were making me sad, so I do think colors have a huge impact on us. If I had a color I didn’t like in my consultation, really look good on me, I would try to make friends with the color somehow. I realize it’s only my mind, that keeps limits on me, not the reality.

  9. Janey
    May 12, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    I used to wear red a lot as it suited my dark hair at the time. But I had several traumatic life events happen when I was wearing red and, irrational I know, I never wear red now.
    I would be interested in getting an online color analysis done, as my hair is lighter these days.

    • Jennifer
      May 13, 2020 / 8:09 am

      It’s interesting that you noticed the connection between red and those experiences. I will share who I use and my thoughts about the process soon.

  10. Jen
    May 12, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    I never wear brown. When I was young, I attended the newest of a bunch of Toronto private schools and the board members wanted a unique look so we had to wear a brown and beige uniform. When the school launched, we had to sing a song called Children of the Brown and Beige (I’m serious!) For years, I could wear nothing in those tones and have only recently considered camel because I love the Max Mara coats so much. I tell you, it scarred me for life! lol Xx

    • Jennifer
      May 13, 2020 / 8:07 am

      I find colors can carry as many memories as scent. Xx

  11. Nancy
    May 12, 2020 / 6:10 pm

    I love color! I had my colors “done” many years ago. I went to an excellent color analyst who draped me with various colors. It was a wonderful experience and I have used the colors in my “Spring” palette to great advantage since. It was well worth the time and money. The analyst was experienced and charming. Through the years I have used this knowledge to create outfits that I love. It has given me great confidence in my clothing choices. I highly recommend it!

  12. Martha Edmundson
    May 12, 2020 / 5:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this post, Jennifer. I always learn so much from your expertise. I also like reading the the replies with your responses.

    I, like many of you, was color typed by Color Me Beautiful in the 80s. I was a summer. I remember not liking the colors so much (don’t really remember what they were). I looked at the charts and tried to make myself fit some of the other color types (dumb, I know). I love the autumn colors but they don’t do anything for me. I wear lots of black and try to add color or sparkles with a tank or jewelry. Definitely need to have colors done again. I will be interested to see what you learn.

  13. Janet
    May 12, 2020 / 3:53 pm

    I did the brown, beige and rust thing in the ’80s. May I never see these colours again! Wrong colours for my colouring (I’m cool/bright colors) and I shiver when they are in the vicinity…

  14. Deborah
    May 12, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    I avoid pastels in general and white because they wash me out, and I really dislike “baby” pink and “baby” blue because they feel infantilizing on me. I prefer a coral pink or even a “dirty” (greyed?) pink, and greyed blues or deeper blue shades. Also kelly green looks awful on me and I’m not a fan of burgundy. I was typed as a Strawberry Spring many, many years ago. I hope to make it to Red Leopard for an update within the next year.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 5:46 pm

      They are doing virtual typing because of the lockdown.

      • Ruth
        May 12, 2020 / 7:12 pm

        I would be interested also. I don’t know where to start.

        • Jennifer
          May 13, 2020 / 8:05 am

          I will share the ones I try

  15. Brigid Hendrickson
    May 12, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    Green! My school uniform from age 4 to 16. We even had regulation green knickers!! I am the product of a convent boarding school in England. Terrific education, but all that green finished me off for life:)

  16. Catherine
    May 12, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    Fascinating! I had my colours done back in the 80s. I was in my 20s and had only ever wore blue shades because my mother loved them in me. I wanted to have more colour in my life so off I went for an analysis. At the time I was Called a pure summer. Recently a friend learned to do a different version and asked me if she could do my colours. She said I was a cool clear winter. So they agree on cool colours and I have noticed as my skin aged I had to reduce the lighter colours. I have done research and realize that isn’t really much of a change. My favourite colour to wear is red, as long as it includes none of my most dreaded colour orange! Thanks. I love learning more about colour and making it work in my wardrobe.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 5:45 pm

      I love learning about color too:)

  17. Kay
    May 12, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    Purple. Hate it. Always have. I know I’m a rarity in that. I can handle lavender, but anything drifting into purple–maroon, cornflower–sets off my “purple nerve.” I don’t like the neons, especially in large swaths of solid color. I like earth colors, warm colors. I wear a lot of red. I sometimes wonder if I had some forgotten childhood trauma involving purple because I do have a visceral negative reaction to it.

    • marlene alves
      June 27, 2020 / 8:19 am

      Kay~I am a very senior lady (mid-80’s); for a good part of my life the color lavender would make me feel nauseous, just to see it! One day in my 50’s, my mother gave me a box that held some of my baby/childhood clothes. She pulled out a little lavender dress with rosebuds on the bib, “This was your 3rd birthday party dress; you & your 5 guests all had chicken-pox, so we went ahead with the party.” From that subconscious memory until the day it became conscious…the nausea went away; instead I came to love the color and purchased a lovely raincoat in that exact color. Who knew?!

  18. Joan
    May 12, 2020 / 11:02 am

    Great advice on the 3 colors to avoid! Where did you find that beautiful swirl of colors in your post today? If it’s an outfit, I would wear it. If it’s food, I would eat it. If it’s a painting, I would buy it for my house. Love it!!

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 5:44 pm

      It’s a photograph of frosting…I would eat it too:)

  19. Eve
    May 12, 2020 / 10:50 am

    I got stuck in a neutral track on my wardrobe until I forgot the great fun of wearing color. It brightens up my face. I just bought some medium range pinks, some black check gingham, floral mix and a pretty medium blue. Now I look forward to getting dressed.
    I feel better in primary colors and versions of them. Lighter for summer, darker for Winter. For instance, med pink for summer and move toward pure red for winter. Light wash or white pants as in denium for summer and darker wash for winter.

  20. Barbara Lembo
    May 12, 2020 / 9:56 am

    I too had my colors done back in the 80s! And never revisited that list since it was a good list. Now (once I can get to my stylist again!) my hair is a little different color and I believe my complexion/skin tone may be paler that it was in my 30s. I was labeled as a summer or cool tone. My mother was a warm tone. I too saw color suggestions I just never wore – pale yellow being one of them. Just never thought it looked right on me. With a little adjustment in makeup I can go into some of the greens that warm tones can wear but I don’t do it often. I never wear orange or gold (remember these are the faves of the 70s?) It wasn’t until I had my colors done that I figured out why I seemed to have to wear much more blush and lipstick when I tried to wear them. I will watch with interest how Jennifer’s colors work out. She and I are similar in tonality although my hair is a bit darker but eyes and complexion are similar. Thanks for posting on this one Jennifer.

  21. Rhonda
    May 12, 2020 / 9:50 am

    Purple and any shade of red or blue that leans purple are out for me. I LOVED purple for many years both in my wardrobe and my home, but when that era of my life was over (divorce trauma), I have found that part of the color spectrum to be particularly abhorrent and I avoid it all cost, in all items.

  22. Penelope
    May 12, 2020 / 9:31 am

    Oh my favorite subject! As an artist I love the mysteries, power, and language of color , as a designer my daughter works with it every day…so it’s in our lives in a big way on a constant basis.
    Color is such a magical thing, and studying it is fascinating to me especially in terms of the energy of it and how we are affected by it. How light affects it. How businesses use color to influence customers, hospitals and correction facilities use it to calm and heal people.
    How the wrong combinations are jarring to the senses and how clever Nature is with it.
    I’ve so much appreciated your color consultant referrals in your posts. I was trained by a woman who developed her own theory based on color science. I’ve found it to be very accurate.
    Theories that include a correlation between color and personality interest me.

    One very important thing that I found is that we each see any given color and respond to it differently. A friend used to tell me I shouldn’t wear “orange” lipstick when I saw the color as pinky-coral. My daughter will see a color as blue when I see it as aqua. So whenever we talk about a color, I need to see a visual example.

    There are colors I find depressing.. some sage greens and smoky dulled blues and pinks. Mauve. Remembering the “ country “ colors of the 80’s.
    They don’t resonate with my energy. And seem to deplete the light and life around them. Whereas, spring green always attracts and energized me.
    I love the richness of burgundy but can’t wear it. Black sucks the life from me. Orange makes me feel like a glowing pumpkin. IA warm red is flattering to my skin and hair but I feel like I’m screaming for attention so rarely wear it. I am finding lately that I’m attracted to more blue than in the past. It’s nurturing and calming.

    One concept I struggle with is the idea of neutral colors or skin tone. ( neither warm nor cool ) I’m still digging into that theory. My training is all about warm and cool undertones and other features.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about your experiences with color. As we mature, it seems our skin changes and we need to adjust our colors. It would be hard to convince me that we change from warm to cool or cool to warm coloration, but I’m open to all ideas. Color is it’s own alchemist.
    Btw.. for those who love vibrant color, look at the art by Dorothy Fagan and Wolf Kahn. Two of my contemporary favorites. They have mastered the magical interplay of colors.

    • Lauren
      May 12, 2020 / 5:51 pm

      My Mom was a stitchery artist and I am a weaver…so I learned early on that there are many “reds” for example. She taught me to use the names given to Artist quality oils and watercolours because these have been a standard of sorts that is at least a couple of hundred years old….so much clearer to talk about “Paynes Grey” than some weird name that was thought up to sell a colour but no one has the foggiest idea exactly what it might look like 🙂

  23. Julie Anne
    May 12, 2020 / 8:44 am

    White tops are what I avoid. Beige, tan, ivory – any of these neutrals are better and much harder to find.

  24. Pam
    May 12, 2020 / 8:40 am

    I love your take on colors to avoid. I work in women’s retail and I always tell my customers that while its good to break out of your fashion box, if an item or color doesn’t make you feel attractive, don’t buy it.

    For me personally, I have a strong negative reaction to navy and gray combinations. They remind me of the school uniforms that I wore for 13 years.

    • Pam
      July 21, 2020 / 7:05 am

      My high school uniform colors also and I also have a strong negative reaction to this combination. Oddly I am ok with navy and white, my elementary school uniform.

  25. mel
    May 12, 2020 / 8:20 am

    How to get your colors done without spending money: Go into some great clothing stores with someone who really cares about you…best friend, daughter, etc. Go thru the racks and hold up differently colored clothes to your face. Ask for an opinion. Look in the mirror.

    Some colors will illuminate your face. Others will drag it down. Remember which is which and, in the future, buy clothes in those colors. Do the same for your friend/relative. There will be at least one color surprise, I betcha. I never knew about the magic of teal or purple for me until I did this with my daughter.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:54 am

      The reflection bounced up to our face tells the whole story.

  26. Kathy
    May 12, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Years ago my color diagnosis designated me as an Autumn. I found that those colors worked well for me and stuck with them over the years. I tend to avoid bright orange, yellow and most pastels in general. I will be adventurous and try on colors or color combinations I have never worn. I would wear beige but dress it up with golden toned accessories. Too much black can be harsh so I will mute it with bright accessories to add a pop of color. A new hobby I have revived is shopping on EBay for fabulous vintage lucite jewelry to add lovely pops of color to my outfits. I love wearing an armload of lovely vintage bangles.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:53 am

      How fun! I love bangles but my hand is too large for many. Lucite it so perfect for stacking.

  27. Barb
    May 12, 2020 / 7:51 am

    I had a Color Me Beautiful consultation in the 80s and am definitely a winter. I’ve stuck with those colors through the years for the most part. When I’ve strayed, I’ve regretted it. I love that my wardrobe mixes and matches beautifully and that I feel good in any of the bright, clear colors as well as black, navy, gray, and white. I love blue-red (definitely my signature color), but am on a mission to add more bright pink and cobalt blue for variety. I’ve decided to experiment with letting my hair go silver since it’s become my quarantined look whether I like it or not. It will be interesting to see how my silver works with my current palette!

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:52 am

      Expect your colors to shift. You certainly won’t go warm if you’re a winter but you may need softer contrasts.

  28. Anon
    May 12, 2020 / 7:40 am

    There are many colors that just don’t work for me, so I have fired them. Beige and dove grey are two of them. Neon colors are too overpowering. Muddy colors wash me out…earth tones, all of them. Clear, bright jewel tones are my favorites and they are in my color family. That is not a coincidence. The colors that make me feel good are the colors that suit me.

  29. Lily
    May 12, 2020 / 7:32 am

    I love the idea of color analysis. We will always look fabulous, everything will coordinate beautifully. Maybe we will even find a signature color. In reality, I didn’t love the colors chosen for me. I bought items because they were the right colors, not because they sparked joy, and ended up with a closet I didn’t love. Also, certain colors will always be more appropriate for the season, event, setting.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:44 am

      It may be time to get your colors redone.

  30. Phyllis Hughes
    May 12, 2020 / 7:09 am

    There are definitely colors that I dislike wearing: orange, yellow, lime green, and avocado green. I don’t have those colors in my house either. I don’t wear beige either, but I think that is because my mother always wore beige and it looked terrible on her.

    I love to wear periwinkle blue, a soft raspberry, turquoise, and blue greys. I find all of those colors flattering to my skin tones and hair. Also, cranberry.

    I’ve never had my colors done, but would love to do so. I wonder about the consultations done on line. The variations in colors on screen can be drastic.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:43 am

      I’m testing it out and will let you know

  31. Linda
    May 12, 2020 / 6:58 am

    My color that I have a strong dislike of is orange. Any shade if it! Good thing I didn’t go to UTA! I also dislike an intense yellow so I never wear it either as a main color. I realize bits and pieces of either color in an outfit won’t ruin it for me so there have been those time when I did wear something that contained a bit of either.

    I mostly wear blue! It’s my favorite color in this world. Blue in any shade!

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:42 am

      Count me in with blue:)

      • Brenda Starcher
        May 12, 2020 / 12:19 pm

        I’m also a lover of blue. I love all shades except the very pale blues.

  32. Nicole
    May 12, 2020 / 6:57 am

    What an interesting post! I am excited for you to share what you learn. For me, tan, grey, and yellow are deal breakers. I am a fair skinned brunette, and those colors just do nothing for me. I am not a fan of pastels either. I feel my best in strong pure colors- red, royal blue, and yes, black.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:41 am

      I’m beginning to see that gray is not great on me too;)

  33. Eileen
    May 12, 2020 / 6:48 am

    I had my colors done a couple of times in the 1980’s, and could use a refresh. I’m a summer, and I like those colors, I just found it harder to actually find those colors. It is a bit discouraging, when the stores buy so much black. I am very interested in where you are getting your colors done virtually, and to see the results.

  34. Karen Dodd
    May 12, 2020 / 6:48 am

    In the late 80’s I had been trained to do color analysis . The theory was from the book Color me Beautiful. One specific idea was, as we age our skin also tends to gray just as our hair does.
    With that being said, Some of the brightest colors in your palette may become to strong for you .
    So if true, Being a winter then, now some of the clearer summer colors may look better on us.
    My mother had always wore Autumn colors, as she aged , she felt better in the Spring Colors.
    Keep in mind, Your undertones Cool or warm do not change with age. Hope this helps.
    My unhappy colors are brown, beige, and cream.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 5:49 pm

      Then, of course, there is skin tone vs undertone. They aren’t always the same.

  35. Jayne
    May 12, 2020 / 6:46 am

    It will be interesting to see what you learn and teach us from your new color analysis, Jennifer. I had my colors done 24 years ago, and I was a “Vibrant Indian Summer”. It was a fun experience and I agreed with the results. I avoid pastels as they make me look “weak” and I especially don’t like lavender on me. It would be fun to have another color analysis, but I think that I could predict the results and save myself some money. As you always say, Jennifer, “Wear what makes you feel confident!”

  36. Pat
    May 12, 2020 / 6:45 am

    I have Color Me Beautiful books, and really got interested in color analysis in the 80’s. The last consultation determined I was a muted Summer. I have neutral skin tone that doesn’t go too cool or warm. Some of the Autumn colors work for me, as long as they don’t have yellow undertones. For an example, Khaki makes me look really sick. My hair is a white/gray now with pink undertones in my complexion. I think half my closet are white tops. Now that I’ve let my hair go natural, with the exception of an occasional toner, it has become even more important to get the colors right. When I colored my hair it always went a little brassy, and I struggled with the season, and makeup changes. I still purchase a few of Carol Thompson’s cosmetics . I understand she is doing virtual consultations now…along with Red Leopard from London. I’m excited to see how this goes for you Jennifer. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marilyn
      May 12, 2020 / 9:07 am

      Jennifer I agree with you about purple, but I did find a really pretty blouse in plum. It’s still in the same color family but different enough that I love it. I think you never know until you try in on.

  37. Holly
    May 12, 2020 / 6:41 am

    I had my colors done by Color Me Beautiful in the 80’s with my Mom. I was Autumn. The colors still look good on me, even though I have gone gray. I have noticed now that I love denim blues, blush , & grays much more now that I no longer dye my hair. I love black, makes me feel slimmer & elegant.
    This was nice remembering how much fun my Mom & I had getting our colors done.

  38. Deborah
    May 12, 2020 / 5:56 am

    I tend to stick to black or navy and olive green which brings out the color in my hazel eyes. I have been trying to branch out into some more colors. I have a hot pink cardigan that I always get compliments when I wear. I tend to wear less white near my face as I just don’t like it on me,it may look fine but I don’t feel confident in it. I love the look of a white top on others though.
    I am try to figure out what colors really do look best on me and i look forward to you sharing your exploration into your colors with us.

  39. Talitha
    May 12, 2020 / 5:52 am

    I love color and think color analysis is so interesting. Color Me Beautiful did my colors in the 80’s and I am a winter which seems to still hold true although I don’t wear all the colors…I don’t have that many clothes. The only colors I don’t wear are the medium pinks or tans. They seem to be the same color I am and just wash me out. Blush is such a popular fashion color right now but most of the time it is much better on someone else. Great post Jennifer!

  40. Laurel
    May 12, 2020 / 5:51 am

    When I was young, a girlfriend told me I should never wear yellow, so I avoided it for years. It’s not my best color, but the brighter, stronger shades are sometimes OK. It’s amazing how something like that can stick in your head for years. (It turned out we were choosing a piece of clothing and she wanted the yellow one…haha.)

    The only colors I really dislike are bright kelly green (looks terrible on me) and burgundy. Not sure why, but I’ve never liked burgundy. My favorite color is turquoise in all shades from bright to seaglass. So I’m in my element in the past few years…it’s everywhere.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:40 am

      That’s hilarious, she wanted the yellow one!!

  41. Linda V
    May 12, 2020 / 5:33 am

    I had my colors done years ago and I stick pretty close to it even today. I hate any shade of brown, tan, beige, etc. I would never wear anything brown, even pants. Orange really washes me out. My face turns sort of green. I really don’t have any bad memories of colors. I usually stick to primary colors, a blue red, (no orangy red), pinks but not mauve, and lots of navy, black and white. I even stay away from ivory and off white because they also wash me out. I am definitely a winter! I also look washed out in muted colors.

    • Cyndi
      May 12, 2020 / 6:53 am

      Oh, Linda…I think you could shop for me! Our colors are certainly the same! I dislike purple (I have absolutely no idea why) and have nothing in that color in my wardrobe.

  42. Jan
    May 12, 2020 / 5:32 am

    I had my color analysis done years ago and it was determined to be a “winter”. So yes, I did wear a lot of black, bright white and red. I find it more of a challenge to carry off any strong colors now whether we are talking about clothing, hair or makeup. But I also don’t care for how pastels look on me either. It might be a great idea to revisit my color choices again.
    Once again, it’s all about confidence for me. There is just a comfort zone I need to reach where I can leave the house and not be fussing or unsure of my appearance. I do still care about my personal style.
    Great subject Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:38 am

      If your hair has lightened your contrast will change and with it, what flattered you. Try some colors with less intensity but skip the pastels which I’m guessing would not look good on you.

      • Jan
        May 12, 2020 / 4:37 pm

        You are correct, my hair color has lightened considerably. What looked good in contrast to very dark brown hair just doesn’t cut it now! Thanks for the advice Jennifer
        It will be fun to hear your results.

  43. Joyce Reardon
    May 12, 2020 / 4:53 am

    Love this suggestion! I have to get my colors done. I gravitate towards blues and greens. They make me happy!

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:35 am

      I’ll let you know how mine goes. It’s wonderful to know what you love.

  44. Yvonne
    May 12, 2020 / 4:46 am

    I am very interested in following your colour journey to see what changes you may make. I was trained in “Colours” (Bauhaus theory) and “Your Style” back in the early 80’s and worked at the Head Office in Canada where we trained the consultants for 120 franchises, so I saw many hundreds of consultations done and the difference it made.
    I have to say that I have never been bored with my colours even though I don’t wear all of them. Red is the colour I have the hardest time with now, as I feel I have to wear a red lipstick if I wear a red top and I don’t like myself in red lipstick as I’ve aged. I’m a Winter and my personality type is Dramatic Classic.
    Oh and I agree, proper lighting and background in so important and I too wonder if it can be done virtually.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:34 am

      How fun!! I don’t remember that company. Are they still in business?

      • Yvonne
        May 12, 2020 / 2:03 pm

        Unfortunately when the 90’s hit, the interest in it seemed to die off. Over the years a few of us had thought of reviving it, but by then we were all into different careers.

  45. Susan Kelley
    May 12, 2020 / 4:41 am

    I do not like purple,mauve,etc in that colorway. Love pretty greens. Right now, at this age, I seem to gravatitate to prints with lots of mixes. I can wear colors i normally would not because of a good print mix.

  46. sheryl beil
    May 12, 2020 / 4:28 am

    not too many i avoid altogether, but…..i know for some reason, i like tans, but arent happy in browns.
    i love maroon, but it sure doesnt flatter me….so i pass on it. But, pale pinks and hot pinks are friendly to me. and i love red, makes my confidence rise.
    i had a color chart done many years ago, would have been in the 80s…but didnt stick to it, i felt it too limiting. i choose to go with what i see, and we all are our own worse critics.

    • Jennifer
      May 12, 2020 / 9:29 am

      I think it’s important we follow our color instincts too

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