Now You Know Your Colours Part 2

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Thank you to Tracy for sharing this:


Stasia’s Style School is here. 


Part 1 of this series about managing change is here

The post on changing hair colour is here


More strategies for success post-PCA:

    1.Bring  3 to 5 items of clothing to your colour consultation. The analyst can help you work through how to integrate these items into your future wardrobe.

      Maybe you’re a Soft Summer and your favourite beige jacket has dark gray lapels. Great!!

      You may have walked in a Spring and left an Autumn. People don’t react to both types of colours equally but there are colours that both wardrobes can share, especially in fashion neutrals. Harmony is about agreement and many colours share enough that they can continue to work in your favour.

      2. Keep apparel that you love. It feels like home, rather than feeling that you need to rush out and replace everything. Let the colour information settle and just look for a week or a month to make better choices. Spend the early money on cosmetics, which may be shared by more than one Season, but also an area where I find being specific has bigger-faster appearance payoffs.

      3. Educate yourself about the Season before you buy. Soft Summer is So. Not.  all mauve and gray. The Test Drapes may give that impression because their job is to separate Summers and Winters, not so much to be what hangs in a closet. Their colours are specific, hard to find, and also not necessary. Reading material and visual resources abound to broaden your scope before you take on the mall and win.

      4. Remove yourself from the equation in comparison decisions. Take two pictures on your phone. Compare them like she’s a woman on a bus. In which do her clothes wear her? Pretend she’s the speaker at a conference. Would you be distracted by either woman’s makeup, admire it, or ignore it? Which one gives the impression of a competent professional?

      5. Help others be objective. When asking for feedback, frame your questions to neutralize your relationship with the person from the equation. Keep changing the two images or they’ll carry over a decision about one picture into the next comparison.

      6. Think through spontaneous actions. Especially of the hair variety, the reasons for the suggestion may be great but “we’ve never done it”, “brighten you up”, and “fun for the holidays” may not number among them.

      The video below is also here on YouTube.

      7. Ask not of others what they cannot give. Nobody can imagine how you’d look in this blouse or that one. They may be influenced by how they predict they’d look in the blouse, how they feel about the colour, what they think you want them to say, and so on.

      8. Interact with people who actually know you. If they only see you online, they only engage with a subset of your energy. People say to me, “You look exactly how I thought.” Just as often, I hear, “You look totally different from what I expected.” From pictures, we don’t know because we can’t know.

      9. Start with colours you like. For many people, that means blue and teal. Teals tend to look good on many Seasons. Choose colours as they appear in your palette instead of what you think you see in your eyes or hair.

      10. Start with items you enjoy buying. I like jewelry. My recent student (from New Brunswick, Canada, oh yes!) loves scarves. Many women love jackets. These are places where we feel good energy, are familiar with the options, and the good stuff comes to find us.

      11. Try broadly. Test your different selves. Overthinking will have a True Winter wearing black, white, black, navy, black, and fuchsias. Period. The breathtaking colours are often blue-purple, clear matte red, dark pine green, and steel gray. Use your entire palette of colours, not necessarily is equal surface areas.

      12. Expect pushback. It is not our job to manage, let alone satisfy, the appearance preferences of others. Everybody has theirs. You do you. Beware family members, especially young children who can see us as their property. Witnessing our journey as our energy changes helps them accept that it’s still us and they still have to empty the dishwasher.

      13. Be a little bit brave. It is not your responsibility to be right or else. The Universe won’t collapse if you wear a too-bright-green top or make a purchase that isn’t the best a month from now. You will still be miles further on your path than before your PCA. On our way to getting anything right, we will be not-right a few times. As it says in a book series that changed my life (The Magicians, a trilogy by Lev Grossman, here on his website):

      The way out is through.

      14. Aim for functional to a high degree.  “My best” or “my perfect” may be immobilizing. A wardrobe is an ecosystem in which all the parts speak to one another with the same voice, or close enough to create alignment/agreement.

      15. Stay in the joy of it. “I am loving this.”, “I am so excited for how much is here for me and for what’s coming.”, and “I am so grateful to have been shown my way.” are powerful thoughts that have a profound influence on the unfolding of the experience, in tangible and intangible ways. Being someone other than who you were yesterday can be a place of joy or a place of anxiety. Control your thoughts. Stay in the upward spiral. 

      Colour is for everybody.  We understand the confusion, respect the vulnerability, and have lived through the answers. We are here to reunite you with colours that are already yours.


      Header image, Photo credit: Sonja Mason.

      5 Thoughts on Now You Know Your Colours Part 2

      • Jessica

        This is such a great list. I love reading your thoughts on PCA.

        I especially like the “Soft Summer is not all mauve and gray” line, as I am a draped Soft Summer and that seems to be almost exclusively what I see other SSu folks wearing, as makeup or as clothing, in various online communities. I actually really dislike wearing mauve clothing! I realized that it’s because mauve is generally/often made up of red with a bit of blue added and a bit of white added–I don’t like much of anything with white added, I’ve learned about myself. In fact, I’ve learned that I am quite picky about my SSu colors. I want my clothes’ colors to have actual gray in them, which many mauves don’t. When I realized this, a lot of confusion about why I don’t like so many colors that other SSu people like was cleared up! It was quite an Ah-HA moment for me. 🙂

        • Christine Scaman

          Thank you, Jessica, I’m glad there were some helpful ideas. An Aha moment for many Soft Summers can be “There is such a thing as too muted.” For the colour-colours, the softening is not enough to remove that much pigment, and once the warmth and darkness are brought into the picture, the colours can be surprisingly colourful. The lipstick colours can give a sense of the balance point.

      • Renata

        This is incredibly helpful. Thank you for posting this. Back in October, I came as a model and was typed True Winter. I was so excited to go shopping and find items in my me new colours. Every shopping trip is still filled with this excitement. I find your advice of ‘starting with items you enjoy buying’ to be very helpful. I’m definitely a scarf person and actually looking for non-traditional TW colours in scarves is really helping me identify new colours to wear. Reactions from others is also ‘huge’ – when I first revealed my best season, I was greeted with excitement and happiness from some and disapproval from others. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I took myself off all the Facebook groups in which women (who claim to offer support) became vicious in their ‘opinions’ about my result. It really taught me that some people just get caught up in an idea of colour analysis, but aren’t open minded to it’s results. That being said, I have received so many ‘in person’ compliments, which I am now using as my compass to direct me into creating a new style/look for myself. Even though it’s been a few months, I am still extremely excited with the True Winter reveal and each day I’m feeling more and more confident in myself as I present the ‘true me’ to the world. Depending on others for their opinions of your season is so harmful to your self esteem, but actually getting analyzed in the Sci-art system, meeting you and being a model, learning my best season – this is truly confidence building!!! Thank you so much!!!

        • Christine Scaman

          Renata, thank you for sharing your story. It can be challenging for all of us to understand things that we cannot imagine, whether it be the interpretation of a person as a certain Season, or the colours and colour relationships of the Season itself. Despite having known about Seasons before your analysis, now that you know your own, your learning about True Winter will continue, your knowledge will grow and grow, with every new choice and item you wear. It is a complex group of colours that definitely has a softer side, in many senses of the word.
          You and I know that your colour reactions were not particularly difficult to analyze. The friend who accompanied you was able to do it with almost no coaching. If the folks who reacted with disbelief had been in the room, they would have made exactly the same decisions we did. With most of the comparisons, the Better-Than choice was much better. What’s important is to live our lives with our truths, since there is nothing to be done about what others believe.
          I’m glad to hear that the ideas in this post were useful for you. It takes time to change how we see ourselves and with appearance, it works from the outside in. We can think till our thoughts run dry and the change will barely take hold. Once we bring it into the physical world, we see an undeniably new face in the mirror, adapt a self-identity, and watch the reactions of others who are along for our ride. I am endlessly fascinated by how deeply we react to colour and how powerfully it evokes all five senses, in every person who sees it.
          Thanks again for your story.

      • Haru Ichiban

        I am one of the lucky ones in that I received zero opposition when I embraced my season. I think the reason is, as an artist, Aquarian, often getting obsessed about stuff and always a bit of a rebel, nobody raised eyebrows when I came up with my latest “fad”. I’ve never been shy trying whatever I liked, no matter how odd–temporary forehead tattoos, bandanas wrapped around the thighs, silver sneakers… I think displaying a confident attitude must be key here. In fact, I would find myself being silently copied, but most of the time, people wanted the same as I had and didn’t listen to my advice that it would not work for them.

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