Joan Burstein, the founder of Browns boutique is still a strong lover of colour at the age of 90. One of her recommendations on how to feel fabulous at that age is to make “an entrance” with a “colourful, striking coat”. She also says, once you have one of those “you don’t need to update your wardrobe each season”.
I think wearing strong, statement colours when you are of advanced years is a wonderful sign of still having energy for living and loving life.
Once you know which colours bring you alive, give you a glow and make you look younger (which is what a good colour analysis can do), you can really go for it! There is no reason why someone over 60 cannot still grab attention and be thought of as beautiful.
Defining someone’s colouring characteristics or Seasonal Colour is an important part of assessing their personal style. It is good foundation on which to build a picture of their “image” or Style Personality.
How someone feels about colour, which colours they are most comfortable with or choose to have in their home or in their wardrobes, has significance.
Even though I offer colour consultations and do believe they are very valuable for a client going forward, I do believe many people instinctively know what are the right colours for them and may have been buying them for years (or very often, decorating their homes in them!). They just need validation and confirmation that they have been doing the right thing.
Of course, there are people who haven’t chosen wisely, or haven’t felt brave enough to try the colours which could magically bring them alive!
A colour consultation gives someone permission to embrace their Colour Personality (whether they are Winter, Summer, Autumn or Spring) and make more informed choices when out shopping, saving them a lot of money in the long run.
I find it interesting that there are also personality types which seem to fit the Colour Seasons.
Studies have shown that colours can also have different psychological effects on people.
You may find that wearing a certain colour makes you feel a certain way, irrespective of whether it suits you or not. If you own anything red, you may have noticed that putting it on gives you a certain feeling of energy or power. It can be seen as a colour of aggression which means it should be worn with care in the business world.
Tavi Gevinson (writer, magazine editor, actress, singer) says “Red translates femininity to power”.
Pink projects less energy than red and has a more compassionate, calming, feminine energy. Gevinson however, says that it is “fraught with politics” and that she wears it when she wants to show that “girliness and intelligence are not mutually exclusive”!
The colour brown has associations with the earth and can be both grounding and comforting.
Healing Colour Therapists use colour to heal various physical aches and pains or for emotional healing. Whether a colour suits someone or not is irrelevant here. In this context colours are worn for healing.
The colour red in spiritual healing represents the Base Chakra which means it has a grounding energy.
There are seven colours relating to the seven chakras in the human body: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and White.
All of them have an energy associated with them which may influence how you feel wearing it.
I am always drawn to the colour Aqua/Turquoise. As well as suiting my skin-tone, it gives me a “lift”. I feel a sort of “summer energy” when I put it on. I do associate it with holidays and warm locations by the sea, and when my skin is tanned I love wearing it! I can carry a little bit of that feeling into the most drab, drizzly day when I wear it in a scarf or coat.