I spent $130 to get my colours professionally analyzed final 12 months. It's been among the finest (and worst) investments I've made.

  • Final 12 months, I paid $130 to get my colours analyzed by knowledgeable, who advised me I am an autumn.
  • The professional advised me to keep away from cool colours and silver, as an alternative choosing gold and heat shades.
  • I am insecure in methods I wasn’t earlier than and my buying habits have modified for higher and worse. 

Final 12 months, I received my colours professionally analyzed. It has been among the finest and worst issues I’ve accomplished for my shallowness.

Main as much as the evaluation, I might develop into obsessive about the concept every particular person has a “season” of colours that look finest on them — winter, spring, summer time, or autumn — primarily based on their eye colour, hair colour, and pores and skin tone.

$130 and a number of photographs of myself in pure lighting with out make-up later, the professional advised me I used to be an autumn.

Based mostly on my evaluation, my energy colours (shades I look finest in) are navy, orange, violet, brown, and olive inexperienced. I used to be suggested to keep away from stark white and black — two colours, I used to be advised, that solely shine on winters — as a result of I had heat undertones and regarded finest in gold jewellery. I used to be suggested to skip silver jewellery and black, white, fuchsia, and cool-toned clothes. The suggestions prolonged to make-up, that means I needs to be choosing hotter shades and never cool ones. 

At first, a number of this was unlucky information, as I might solely owned silver jewellery for my complete life and black was a staple colour in my wardrobe. I felt like I might been mendacity to myself and sabotaging myself for years. 

Within the months since, I’ve modified how I gown, decorate, and do my make-up — for higher and for worse. 

I do not attain for or purchase the identical garments and equipment anymore

Now, I restrict myself after I store for garments, even when not at all times on function. My eyes zero in on something that is chocolate brown, orange, or another colour in my “autumn” vary. 

I attain for issues I do know are in my season and generally do not let myself strive issues on if they are not. That is excellent news for my pockets, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a behavior I need to break as a result of I nonetheless love sporting vivid colours even when they are not my “energy shades.”

Once I was searching for my winter wardrobe, I ended up buying two orange sweaters and a cream one with olive and burgundy specks. I might by no means, ever have worn mustard-colored clothes earlier than this evaluation and now I personal a number of items of it.

It was thrilling to department out of my consolation zone, however there have been a number of instances I discovered myself longingly wanting on the black and light-blue choices. 

I have not purchased silver jewellery in a 12 months, as an alternative slowly including gold items to my assortment. 

After the evaluation, I made it very clear to my companion that my metallic choice for engagement rings has solely modified (I am glad I discovered I am warm-toned earlier than it was too late — he is glad he purchased the ring after I did my evaluation). I really like how my gold ring seems to be, and I feel it seems to be method higher than silver would have. 

I might prefer to say I nonetheless put on no matter I would like, however my olive-green and orange sweaters are worn far more regularly than the fuschia and black ones, which are actually on the backside of my dresser. 

paige wearing light blue with "X" drawn on it next ot paige wearing burgundy with checkmark drawn on it

On the left, the summery mild blue washes me out. On the precise, the autumn-friendly burgundy seems to be fairly good.

Paige DiFiore

However I really feel like my mind has been rewired and I am extra insecure about issues I wasn’t earlier than 

The con of getting a colour evaluation is after I put on a colour I “know” is not finest for me, I am very conscious of it. 

And, as a result of I’ve talked about this a lot, so are a few of my mates. Not too long ago after I wore black, a good friend of mine gasped in horror and (jokingly) exclaimed, “You are not sporting your colours!” 

In a method, figuring out and sporting my energy colours looks like a secret hack to wanting good — why would I put on anything?

I do not really feel snug sporting some items I used to like, particularly in the event that they’re cool-toned. A lilac shirt I used to put on nearly weekly is now shoved within the backside of my drawer as a result of every time I put on it I can not cease eager about the way it washes me out. 

I just lately placed on an emerald-green sweater — an influence colour for “winters” — and simply knew I might by no means really feel 100% in it. My olive-green tops have been getting a lot extra put on. 

Now that I am wedding ceremony planning, I am additionally harassed on the prospect of constructing a “bridal wardrobe” and choosing a marriage gown as a result of as a “true” autumn I shine in wealthy, dense heat colours. Sadly, these do not overlap with bridal colours. White, ivory, blush, and cream supposedly wash me out. 

Possibly it sounds ridiculous, however there’s one thing about actively sporting one thing I do know is not doing me any favors that actually brings out my most insecure teenage self who’s simply influenced by others’ opinions and recommendation.

Throughout my center faculty and highschool years, I used to be insecure, particularly about my weight. I nearly solely wore black as a result of magazines mentioned it was slimming. I averted horizontal stripes, too, as a result of I learn one article that mentioned they’ll make you look greater. I do not even know if both of these issues is true, however I internalized them for years. 

Stripes and I are in place now, however sporting black is now more durable for me to do as a result of I used to be advised that it isn’t in my season. 

On the brilliant facet, I turned extra assured sporting totally different colours and have felt impressed to take trend dangers

After being fairly improper about what colours I regarded good in, I questioned what else I may pull off. 

Lastly, I had the boldness to put on gold hoop earrings and orange sweaters. I began attempting out extra fashions I might lengthy admired however had been fearful of — halter attire, square-necked bodysuits, cream-colored boots. 

I even purchased and fell in love with olive-green and brown leather-based pants. (Wonderful, outdated habits die exhausting. I additionally purchased them in black.) 

Paige Difiore wearing olive green holding her cat, Luca, with "power color" written on top and pointing to her top

I’m now so obsessive about sporting olive inexperienced, my energy colour.

Paige DiFiore

I’ve additionally improved my make-up sport and minimize out some determination fatigue

Shopping for make-up can really feel tremendous overwhelming when there are tons of blush, bronzer, and eye shadow choices on the market. Fortuitously, I’ve discovered that figuring out my season has reduce my determination fatigue after I’m attempting to determine which lipstick or blush to purchase.

Since I used to be advised your season can affect which make-up shades look finest on you, I’ve begun shopping for (and falling in love with) coral, peachy blushes as an alternative of cool-toned pinks. I’ve now ditched my cool-toned pink lipsticks in favor of heat pinky browns, and I’ve liked how far more pure they give the impression of being on my face. Now, after I apply the cool colours they appear nearly misplaced and disjointed from my pores and skin and hair.

I’ve leaned into gold, orange eyeshadows and eventually left my silver ones behind. I feel doing my make-up in autumn-friendly shades has made an enormous distinction for the higher, making me look extra glowy and heat. 

General, getting my colours analyzed has made me extra considerate about what I put on — however I nonetheless plan to develop and take dangers

Once I was at a current bar crawl, I received tons of compliments on my bright-pink sweater that was undoubtedly not in my autumn colour palette. However I felt nice in it and the individuals round me appreciated it, too. It felt like a small win. 

I am nonetheless engaged on prioritizing how garments make me really feel no matter their season (and mine). On the finish of the day, garments ought to make you are feeling good. And now I do know if I am not feeling so certain about myself, throwing on gold earrings and an olive-green shirt will at all times give me a confidence enhance.