Today I would like to talk about color. It matters. Some colors will look good on you, and some won’t. I am a big fan of saturated color, such as the color of the top I am wearing in the feature photo.

Saturated colors are brighter and richer…think jewel tones. Unless you are a baby or a young child, you probably need to wear a richer color rather than a pastel.  And I don’t think olive or drab green or drab brown looks good on ANYONE.

I might wear a nice neutral gray, a pretty white, or a nice rich brown:

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But I much prefer brighter colors like these:

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You all know that I struggled with the purple shirt outfit:

The more I looked at it, the more I realized that I just did not like this color on me.  I really do think I would have liked it if were brighter, more saturated purple.

I looked through my old photos to see if I could find some illustrations for you. I don’t have too many photos of things that are drab or lighter colors, but I did find a few, so thought I would give you some visual comparisons:

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Well, that is way more than enough pictures of me for you to have to look at in one day, but I hope you can see what I mean.

I am not saying you have to dress like a clown, or that you can never wear a neutral color; some people really prefer a more neutral or monochromatic look. If that is your signature look, GREAT!  But if you are just picking outfits without any regard for what color they are, you might want to mend your ways.  It might be a good idea to go through your closet and evaluate the colors you have, to see if you really like them, and if they are flattering.

AND you can learn to be more aware of color when you are shopping.(talking to myself here LOL)  An item of clothing might be the cutest style in the world and fit you like a dream, but if the color does not look good on you, why wear it? I say go for style, fit, AND color!

What do you think? As always, I would love to hear your opinions, and get  a good discussion going! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “SATURATED COLOR”

  1. Hi Susan!
    I know what you mean about saturated color and you really do look better and brighter in “true colors” as opposed to “shades” or “tones”. And now that you point that out, you are right about that purple not really doing anything for you. Once I compare it to the other better colors, I do see what you mean! I guess I just really like the style of the purple top. And THAT is one thing that has been a problem for me all my shopping life!

    I’ll see a top that is just right for me in fit and shape but a terrible color on me…frustrating! Of course, I’d buy it anyway (out of desperation to have a new top), but it hung in my closet for a year or two until I donated it to Goodwill! Wish I had all the money I spent in the past like that…I’d be rich!

  2. Back in the 1980s, Color Analysis was a big movement. Ladies had their colors “done” and some carried a wallet full of little swatches that they compared to garments they contemplated buying.

    When I Googled, I found that Color Analysis is not only alive and well but now Winter, Summer and the rest of the Seasons are now divided into Deep, Clear, and Cool or Warm.

    Here’s a link to the series I best fit with Dark Brown Eyes, Silver hair and cool skin that freckles. It features comparisons as to what looked better on the model.

    Christmas is coming. Time to decide whether our red will be burgundy, scarlet or crimson. Do you lean toward orangy reds, blue reds, true reds or those muted with a little brown or black?

  3. Thanks, Marie. I have tried it with just about every necklace I have! I just don’t think I am going to wear it again. Hopefully through this process, I will learn to be a better shopper, and you will all learn along with me. 🙂

  4. Cooler weather is on the way. I’ll bet you can find a pretty fall scarf that has a little of that purple and lots of rich burgundy, gold and maybe some blue or brown that can make that purple shirt work hard for you.

  5. Saturated Color – such an exciting subject! I agree with your assessment of looking better in the
    saturated colors. They seem to bring out your beautiful skin tone and blonde hair which would mostly lean toward “cool” saturated colors IMHO! And not in the drab “tints” as illustrated in your pics. I love the hot pink shawl – it really pops! About the purple top, maybe it’s not “cool” (blue purple) enough and that’s the reason you don’t care for it? I like what Marie said about finding Style, fit and shape but wrong color — so true and frustrating!!

  6. Thank you for the amazing illustration of the impact of color choice. I have read and been told that folks like us look better in jewel tones. And I see it on both of my daughters. HOWEVER…..Why do I always choose black??? Thanks for giving me more motivation to seek out saturated colors.

    1. Black is easy. It goes with everything, and you can find a lot of it in stores. We do have to have some black basics for sure, but it is amazing how good color can look if you wear the right one. 🙂

  7. Agree completely with your analysis of color. A scarf or jewel tone accessory can “save” a drab unflattering shade of color–agreed?

    1. Thank you, Dawn, I agree 100%, but have not been able to find a scarf that livens up the purple top. Part of the problem is that I look ridiculous in giant scarves, which a lot of them seem to be. But I also have not found the right color either.

  8. Oh honey, you are preachin’ to the choir here. I LOVE color, both in my house and on my body. All of my life I have hated beige, oatmeal, gray etc. And I’m really stunned at what appears to be an entire generation of young women who are fixated on black. I believe they think it is slimming. But as Stacy and Clinton always said, “The cut of a garment is the most important part of making it slimming.”

    Wish I could spend a few days shopping with you. I have worn out most of my friends here. 😀

  9. You look so nice in these saturated colors! They really flatter your complexion and hair color. This definitely makes me want to stock my closet with colorful clothes!
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

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