This week I was asked if I use color as a consideration in helping you find your best style. The answer is a solid yes! I love color and am writing a booklet on using it in your wardrobe as well as presenting the idea on May 1 at a casual event here in West Seattle. In the meantime I will keep discussing color as a theme for this month.

Last week I discussed warm and cool. Today I am going to discuss hues, tints, tones and shades. 

Studying the contrast between your hair, lips, skin and eyes will help you determine if you look best in hues, tints, tones or shades. Your wardrobe will play very well together if you select mostly hues, tints, tones or shades when you are incorporating new items into your closet.  

 Using a gray scale and value finder that you have picked up from an art supply store. Determine the value that matches your:

  • Skin__________
  • Lips___________
  • Eyes__________
  • Hair_____________

Determine how much contrast there is between these values and check which one applies:

                High

                Medium

                Low

This tells you how much contrast you can wear between colors, how much contrast a print should have and how much contrast your make up colors should have for you to show up as your best self. This makes it easier for your natural and unique beauty to show through.

To determine whether you should wear mainly hues, tints, tones or shades of color (more on this later) add up the values. Divide by 4. This gives you your average value. If it equals 8-9 wear  tints. If it is 2-4 use a shade, 5-7 a tone. Average values of 1 and 10 use hues. (If you are a cool and have average values of 1 or 10 black could be your color). Wearing only hues, tints, tones or shades will allow the items in your wardrobe to play very well together.

A hue is the purest form of a color. There is no white, black or gray added. These colors can be found on the outer ring of the color wheel.

A tint is the next ring in on the wheel. It has white added.

A tone is next and has gray added.

A shade is the innermost ring and has black added. 

Play around in a store or your closet and see if you can identify which colors clothes are. Keep training your eye as you learn more. Have fun.