Colour Coordination


Colour has the power to make you look thin or fat, dull or radiant, short or tall. So understanding colour is a must. People who are aware what works for their tonal composition and know how to use colour to their advantage are the ones who look confident, motivated, healthy and resolute.


Wearing the wrong colour scheme will make you look more of a clothed cadaver than a couture clairvoyant.


The balance of colour relies on ‘visual weight’.

Advancing properties– Light, bright colours, shiny textures and bold prints appear heavier in terms of visual weight and so should be used in smaller quantities to achieve balance.

Receding properties– Dull, dark colours, matt textures and fine prints appear lighter allowing them to be worn in large quantities.

I find the notion of seasonal analysis very restricting and have never worked with this principal. In the past I have worked with woman who have had their colours done, shown them a beautiful piece of clothing and had them say to me “I’m sorry, I can’t wear that , I’m an autumn”, only to find that it looked stunning on them once they had tried it.

To gain a basic understanding of your own colours spend one bright summer’s day (if such a rarely seen occurrence should arise) taking several pieces from your wardrobe and draping them across your shoulder. What effect do they have on your eyes, cheeks, lips, and hair? Do you notice the dark circles under your eyes? Do you appear beyond rosy-cheeked, more like your having a hot flush? Or has the colour drained the life from your skin tone?

Think back to office parties, or everyday occurrences when people have complimented the colour you were wearing; or maybe they asked “Are you feeling okay?”

This will aid you quest to choosing the colours that work best for you, and once your fundamental understanding is mastered you could start to mix & match colours to see which combinations work in your favour.

by Luke Sutton, Image Consultant, Personal Shopper & Stylist-