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Seasonal Color Analysis. Part 1

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2011 and has been updated for accuracy.

Seasonal Color Analysis Theory. Part 1__

Did you ever hear about Seasonal Color Analysis theory? Well, if not, I will try to explain what it is and why is it very important for every women.
I took an  Image Consulting Course for almost one year and the most exciting subject I found to be : color analysis. In my opinion, it is almost like magic how certain colors(the right colors for the right season) can change somepone’s appearance dramatically.

What could happen if someone wears the right colors?

  • younger looking skin
  • freshness
  • some colors can slim you down visually
  • glowing skin
  • naturally beautiful skin

What the wrong colors can do to your appearance?

  • you might appear to look older
  • tired look
  • add extra pounds to the frame

I studied few color analysis theories, but the fullest and the most defined one I found to be: 12 Season Color Theory.

Color Analysis history

Its all started with German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, when he first published Theory of Color Workbook. He deeply analyzed colors and connection between each other for the first time ever. But it was just a beginning, there were no mentioning of connection and reaction between cloth colors and skin tone. Swiss Painter and Teacher at Bauhaus University, Johannes Itten ,was a big influence for development of color analysis science. He divided colors by 4 groups so it would be easier for his students to paint Landscape portraits.Itten had been the first to associate color pallet’s with four types of people, and had designated those types with the names of Seasons.

Color Analysis facts:

  • Itten observed that only certain colors would look good with certain skin or hair color on the portraits. He also saw that the best works of his students were made by colors that students picked themselves. They preferred colors that would fit their natural coloring and skin complexion, inner sense of intuition were working for them.
  • Based on Itten research, Psychologist Carole Jackson formed Color theory in her famous “Color Me Beautiful” book. In this System, colors are divided into four groups of harmonious colors which are said to match with the four seasons of the year.
  • After studying professor Albert Munsell Theory, Doris Pooser in her book “Always in Style” ,developed more defined and refined 12 Seasons System. She was one of the first people to notice that some of her clients were able to use some colors from another season with success. That’s how 12 Season Color Analysis System was born and I am a huge fan of this theory!

Here are some inspirational pictures with gorgeous celebrities that wear right colors for their skin tone.

Seasonal color analysis theory part 1_


I offer Individual color analysis. If you are not sure what colors suit you best? Don’t worry, I am here to help! Simply contact me for more information or read about my services.

Online color analysis

Continue reading about color analysis theory at the second article: Seasonal Color Analysis. Part 2



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5 Comments on Seasonal Color Analysis. Part 1

  1. Captivated by image
    January 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a great post! You're so creative:) And you're absolutely right, you look so much better when wearing the right colors for your skin. I love Demi en Scarletts color + skintones in these images. Blake Lively seems to look good in EVERY color;) But I wonder who else could pull a green like that off…

    January 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm (5 years ago)

    The Color that Blake has it has cold undertone so it would be great on most Summers and Winters, specially if you are Soft Summer like me or have soft olive skin….It Would Be Stunning!
    Captivated my Image, I posted a Picture for you on my Fan page, with the same color just different skin tone. Take a look!)

    January 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Fanny, I really like that color as well! Very settle and Sophisticated!

  4. Vanessa@Luxuria
    January 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm (5 years ago)

    I had my colors done using this system about 15 years ago, and it never fails. When I don't follow my colors (I am a Winter) someone always comments on me looking tired or having lost "some sparkle". It makes shopping easier also 😉


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