Mrs_Sweetpeach (mrs_sweetpeach) wrote,

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Trinny, Susannah, and me

Yesterday, while I was waiting for my doctor's appointment, I read Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine's book What You Wear Can Change Your Life. I was hoping for a bunch of before and after stories, but that's not what this book is about. Although it does have a bunch of "wear this, not this" type photographs, the skeptic in me couldn't help but notice that most of the time my reaction to a particular pairing had more to do with the look on Trinny or Susannah's face than it did with what they wore.

I found the chapter on color perplexing. The authors begin by discussing three types of coloring: Cool and Bright, Warm, and Mid-Tones. I turned the page expecting a fourth category, as the previous three didn't seem to fit me, however the next page wasn't a category, but rather an analysis of the color beige. Every subsequent page in the chapter was, likewise, devoted to a particular color, with hints complementary colors. That being the case, I went back and reread the descriptions for the three types of coloring.

Going by the verbal descriptions of the characteristics of each, I think I must fall under "Warm" as people with this coloring usually have some red in their hair and eyes that are brown, hazel, or a dull green. On the other hand, they write "When women in this category go to gray, they are desperate to have their hair colored." As I've been looking forward to going grey since I was in my twenties, I can say with some degree of certainty that I don't fit that part of the profile. I have no clue how to determine my skin tone, so that's no help. I do, however, look atrocious in black, and that's a characteristic.

The authors then helpfully provide a small color chart containing colors that most suit and colors that
least suit. For Warms, suitable colors are: tomato red, olive, dark tobacco, sea green, mustard, brown burgundy, light cream, and pink burgundy. Colors that least suit are: pale rose pink, hot pink, beige, icy blue, sky blue, dark gray, navy, and black.

Now, way back in the early '80s, a co-worker's mother had a nice little business providing color analysis services to groups of women, and a bunch of us from work went and had our colors done. I can no longer recall what school this woman belonged to, but I do recall her saying that she disagreed with at least one popular author. I'm irked that I can't remember the the names of any of the books she mentioned, not even the ones she said had "got the colors wrong."

I still have the card that contains sample swatches of fabric in the colors she advocated, and I wondered how well they compare with the colors Trinny and Susannah advocate for Warms. The short answer is "not very well."

One of my best colors is red, including the red Trinny and Susannah describe as blue red. It, however, is deemed suitable for Cool and Brights, not Warms. Pale rose pink, as I mentioned, is listed as one of the colors that least suit Warms. However, a pink in that is almost exactly the same shade is on my color card as one of my colors.

I give up. And I'm taking What you Wear back to the library.

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