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Why A Man Knows His Colours

Why A Man Knows His Colours

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A male strength: Taking appearance less personally than women. It just is.

The video below is also here on YouTube

The Bright Spring Pinterest board link is here. Pinterest is an application where you can see the palette book come to life. If these don’t suit your style, choose colours that could slide among these as equal participants. If I went shopping today in one Canadian store, the items shown with the (Aug/19)  caption would be worth trying. 

Why men hire colour consultants

Brainstorming products that might meet clients’ wants and needs uses a lot of resource. It’s like hitting the board with the hammer over and over, hoping to connect with the nail.

There’s a better way: Ask the client directly.

Men never say, “I want to know my Season.”

People want outcomes.

Here’s why these men why wanted to know their colours:

I don’t want to spend $ on clothes that don’t look good.

I earn money by projecting an image. I lose money by projecting an image too.

I can’t tell what to wear with what. It all looks the same to me.

I’m looking to date again. I want women to say yes. And not because I’m looking for a babysitter.

I look young. I want to be a little outrageous and still know I’m sending the right message.


Why men don’t hire colour consultants

Most common in my practice, it’s the wife who calls.

“I care what he looks like even if he doesn’t. His Mr. Rogers sweaters are boring. I’m hiring you so I can be attracted to my husband. I’m doing this for me. You figure out the science, I’ll nail his derriere to the chair.”

She’s happy so he’s happy.

Everyone has their interests, but he’ll turn around and come home with another 5K of do-nothing clothes when he would never do that with a car or a BBQ. Is the car or the BBQ purchased purely for function, or is it indirectly related to presentation, replacing apparel in some way? Am I over-complicating the male mind?

Women know they need beauty in their lives. They want to feel it, see it, touch it, and share it with others. When we asked colour analysts why they chose the career path, bringing creativity into their lives was the one answer given by every person, along with bringing beauty into the lives of others, as Miss Rumphius did (here at Amazon), from this lovely children’s book given to me by a recent student of the colour analyst training course.

I believe that men have the same requirement, of being surrounded with beauty in some form, be it colour or music or flavour. They have a different relationship with beauty than women and associate it less with their personal presentation. Appearance is taken at face value, literal and functional. Clothing is clothing, whereas women see appearance as information and colour as language.

The video below is also here on YouTube.

Photo credit: Thank you to Susan for the gorgeous header image.

10 Thoughts on Why A Man Knows His Colours

  • Eunice Pang

    Hi Christine,
    This is amazing to read. I’m not a registered colour analyst, but I introduced two male friends to the Sci/Art system and it has definitely lead to many interesting conversations and annoyance. For them, the right colours have always been there. It just took a bit of direction. Also I have found that once the men find their colours, they often go out with the mentality of buying clothes that fit the ones they’ve got. Food for thought.

    • Christine Scaman

      Thank you, Eunice. Could you say more about this sentence, “once the men find their colours, they often go out with the mentality of buying clothes that fit the ones they’ve got.” I would love to hear your observations. Do you mean they go out shopping for the new colours without overthinking it? Or they discard the current wardrobe and start new?

  • Eunice Pang

    Hi Christine,
    I find that they do keep the colours that they already own, but learn to wear them with more compatible colours. In one situation, i have seen them wear it simply because they can’t be bothered, and wearing the wrong colours help to increase its affect on the surroundings. They do shop more consciously. One of them is now constantly I the hunt for the right jacket, which seems to be his favourite apparel. For example as a BS, my greens in clothing shld look like dappled forest leaves, but I receive a lot of compliments when I wear a muted green. He reminds me when I get neurotic about colours to breathe and simply wear what feels right.

    • Christine Scaman

      Thank you, yes, I agree entirely. Everyone owns some items that could be fine but their appeal is blocked by the other colours in the outfit. Once the combinations are in harmony, the overall effect becomes attractive. I’m interested in your observation too about the compliments in muted green. Both Bright Spring and Bright Winter have version of Autumn’s traditional ‘army tent green’. For BSp, you can see the colour in the Polo shirts pinned recently for men in the Bright Spring Pinterest board. For Bright Winter, I have not encountered the colour in fabric yet, but in my mind, I’m expecting the skin of an avocado rendered as metallic or foil and a little closer to black. I know it’s out there! Neurotic, yes, me too 🙂

  • Eunice Pang

    Hi Christine,
    I’m just gushing over the BW colour you are talking about!!! It’s technically not my colour, but it’s something I have been seeking across all my makeup items, and you just gave me the description of it! No wonder I can’t stop buying metallic greens:) The green I wear is a lot richer and greener than the green pinned in the Pinterest board. Here’s a picture of me wearing it, and another one of me wearing a green similar to BW.


    • Christine Scaman

      I am officially impressed! We are thinking along exactly the same track. There’s a whole range of browns and greens for Bright Winter that are so elusive, right on the borderline with SSu browns and Autumn greens, and the trick is almost to desaturate them a little more. We’ll keep searching 🙂

  • Eunice Pang

    Hi Christine,
    That’s great to hear! I was worried if you would see my reply, because it did not appear in the mobile version of the website. I feel so much better knowing that the green dress is, in a way, validated as a harmonious colour in my palette despite it being closer to BW than BS. It’s interesting as well, because I find that I can wear BW makeup quite convincingly even with it being a sister season. It’s far harder navigating deeper lip colours for a BS, since the main colour objective is brightness, and deep colours often lack that.

  • Susan Solny

    Dear Christine,
    I contacted you several years ago regarding a color consultant in NYC and you kindly referred me to Leslie Chatzinoff
    I had a wonderful color session with Leslie and met with her several times to discuss my Dark Autumn palette
    I understand that Leslie’s consulting services are suspended for the time being and I really miss her
    Can you please refer me to a second New York City based color consultant? It is for my daughter who is in her early 40’s and whose daughter is getting married the end of January

    Thank you very much and I look forward to your response

    My best,
    Susan Solny

    • Christine Scaman

      I can’t think of another NYC-based analyst, Susan. The best place to look is in the directory at https://chrysaliscolour.com, under Find an Analyst. I hope I’m not forgetting someone.

  • Haru Ichiban

    What I’ve seen over and over is that men tend to dress as their main season even if they are a neutral, but they do tend to be more attuned to their coloring than women. Summerish men wear jeans while Winterish ones wear black.

    Like this Soft Summer patient who dressed like a True Summer, in all shades of blue. Looked pretty good but not perfect. Or this guy I tried to figure out which season he was for two years, since he looked both True and Bright Winter. Once I read your post about Bright Winter men, it was as if you were depicting him. But he dresses like a True Winter all the time, he looks very good but it’s like he’s missing something. He looks like the stereotypical Winter description with black hair and snow skin, but I now that I met a guy who is the textbook True, I can tell the many differences (True is not snow-skinned, among them).

    My grandpa was 100% likelihood a Bright, and 95% a Bright Spring, and he did dress in his colors (ivory, sunny white, stone, gray), but always the neutrals. My mother liked to knit back then and some day she found a medium/dark warm saturated green yarn the color of his eyes… I don’t think any living being has been more complimented for his clothes than grandpa in his green sweater. But otherwise, he didn’t bring out the Bright full potential.

    Like you said before, I guess you do need a guide to put all pieces together. These men do well, but without the proper knowledge, they can’t reach full potential.

    By the way, I could never strike a decent conversation about color with men. Not that I’ve tried too many times, though.

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