Using Colour to Boost Your Wellbeing #SelfHelp

black clothesIf you took a look at my wardrobe, you’d see a plethora of black fabric. Skirts, trousers, dresses and tops; all of them are black. I don’t use my black clothing as a ‘think thin’ statement, and, fortunately, it isn’t because I attend a multitude of funerals, I just like wearing black. Of course, it may have something to do with my passion for the Gothic and horror genres. However, I do have the occasional flutter of blue, red and green, but I have to be in the right mood.
When I signed up for a Colour Me Beautiful session with my mum, I was worried that black would be on my no-no list.  Fortunately, I am one of the lucky ones who can get away with it (phew!), but I was surprised at how much colour can change your total appearance. The session was a birthday present for my mum, and we were looked after by Lisa, from Transforming U, who made us feel incredibly welcome. Lisa explained the history behind Colour Me Beautiful, telling us that it has been the world’s leading expert in image consulting for millions of women and men, around the world, for over 30 years.
It’s not just about the colours; the session gives you advice and confidence to utilise your clothing for your wellbeing.  Being well dressed doesn’t necessarily have to mean ‘expensive’. Lisa showed us how to match our clothes with our personality. She also walked us through the process of staying current and appropriate for our age.
Wearing clothes that flatter your proportions can change your entire look. Finally, we got to look at which colours complement our colouring.
There is a science behind the colour me beautiful approach, and it was fascinating to learn more about this side of the colour analysis. The influence of today’s Colour Me Beautiful system is the Munsell system. In 1903, Albert Munsell created a system of colour that he based on human eye response. It contains three characteristics; hue, value and chroma (clarity).
TColourhe hue represents cool or warm colours, whereas the value refers to its depth on a scale of 0 to 10 (black is 0/white is 10). The grading between light and dark colours measures the depth.  Finally, the chroma refers to the clarity of a colour, from vibrant to clear, also graded on a scale of 0 to 14 (muted is 0/clearest is 14)
Once we understood the science, Lisa was able to find out which colours were best for us.  The first step was to find our dominant colouring; this is done with your hair and eye colour.
I am a brunette with brown eyes. However, I dye my hair a reddish colour, and this has an impact on my overall colouring. My mum is blonde with brown eyes.
Once we knew our dominant colour (I was ‘deep’), we could move onto the colour test. This is where Lisa draped a variety of colour swatches across us to determine if we were warm or cool, clear or soft. The outcome will govern the different shades of a particular colour that we can wear.
My result was; deep – warm – soft, and so my colour palette includes rust, navy, moss, salmon, chocolate brown, red, purple, and a host of other incredibly rich colours.
Colour me Beaut2For the first time in ages, I was excited about wearing colour. Interestingly, my mum’s result showed that lighter shades of blue were not a good colour for her. My mum has always worn blue clothes and makeup, so it was quite strange for her to rethink not only her clothes but her makeup routine. As it happens, she switched to wearing more earthy tones, and it has transformed her face.
Colour me BeautIt was this aspect that fascinated me. By placing a swatch of colour close to our faces, Lisa could tell what worked and what didn’t. I didn’t grasp it until she put two shades of brown under my chin. One of the shades made my cheeks looked pink and healthy, and the other made me look like a bubonic plague survivor! It was an eye-opening experience.
Since returning home, we have both decluttered our wardrobes and recycled our clothing.  I’ve taken out all the wrong shades that made me look drawn and ill, and pulled the better colours to the front – I may have also indulged in a small shopping spree!
I bought a rust jacket in the sale, something I would never have thought about wearing before, and I team it with my jeans and a chocolate brown blouse. Every time I wear this outfit I am told by friends, family and even strangers on the street, that I look great.
According to Lisa, this is the ultimate test. If someone asks if you’ve not slept, or wonders if you are under the weather, the chances are you’re wearing the wrong colour. When you are complimented on your outfit or told you are glowing, then you’ve got it spot on!
The session was great fun, and both of us thoroughly enjoyed the day. We’ve both learned so much, and it has definitely influenced our shopping. Lisa gave us each a wallet that contains small swatches of our unique colours. I take mine with me everywhere I go so I can match up a top or jacket colour to the swatch and check it’s a good choice.
The Colour Me Beautiful session has given me the confidence to wear colours and certainly helped with my wellbeing. Instead of thinking I look ill, I now feel an inner glow that boosts my self-esteem. I still wear a lot of black, but I team it up with a variety of coloured accessories, jackets and scarves.
Why not try it for yourself? Pop over to Colour Me Beautiful and have a look.
I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has used colour to enhance their wellbeing. Please feel free to leave me a comment below.
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  1. I went to a Colour Me Beautiful session almost thirty years ago.The terminology has changed since then. I’m a winter bright, which means royal blue, red, green and fuschia pink. I wear a lot of pink. Up until then I’d been wearing the colours that everyone else was wearing, including brown, which looks dreadful on me. Now I stock up on my colours when they’re in the shops. I can’t buy anything when muted colours are in fashion and the season when everything was olive green or beige almost made me cry.

    1. I was quite lucky that black was ‘my colour’ but I totally agree with you about avoiding olive green and beige!! I look like I’ve contracted some deadly disease when wearing those colours haha. It’s fascinating how colours can change the way we look and act though. I wonder, did the medieval Knights follow any colour code?

      1. My sister suits olive green and beige. She had a great time.
        As far as I know there wasn’t a colour code, but there were various sumptuary laws about what people of different status could and couldn’t wear. That’s a good idea for a post, thank you.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. It was fascinating to see how the different colours changed the appearance of your skin tone. Even variations of the same colour had a huge impact on how you look. Very interesting.

  2. Sounds like an amazing experience, Shelley. I’m a ‘black’ person too, although like you I have flashes of colour. It would be interesting to learn about my colour palette.

    1. It’s so interesting, Cathy. I carry my colour wallet with me everywhere now and only buy something if it’s on my chart. Saved me from making lots of costly mistakes – no more neon leg warmers!! 😉

  3. I did something similar a long time ago and have forgotten most of what I was told, except that I shouldn’t wear black next to my face (but black jeans are fine). Apparently, I’m better with greys and browns. I may have taken this too far because there is nothing bright in my wardrobe. Time for a rethink?

    1. It’s so easy to get into a clothing comfort zone isn’t it, Julia. One of my friends is always immaculately dressed (and accessorised!) and she often inspires me to grab a bolder jumper, or wear a chunky necklace. We all need a rethink now and then – good luck x

  4. Like April, I went to a session many years ago with my sister-in-law. (On the way there, she said that if they told her she shouldn’t wear navy, she’d shoot herself!)
    They did, (we were both ‘Spring’) and the advice was spot-on.

  5. Very good outlook. I wear a LOT of black, too. I started once I found out most entrepreneurs who feel they’ve “already succeeded” do the same thing. Something to do with black jackets and black ties evoking a sense of leadership in people. Glad we aren’t all blinded by the psychology of colors (pun not originally intended, but well-received!)

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