Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement on my Style Reset! Many of you had similar questions about the color and style analysis, so I thought I’d respond in a post.
Above: Nail Color (“Gitane”) | Pearl Bracelet | Leather Bracelet (Similar) |
Shoes (Similar on Sale)
(The gold bracelet with the pearls is from the new French Kande “Collection d’Or.”)
Q & A: Color And Style Analysis
So here are some of your questions, answered to the best of my ability 😉:
Can’t you keep the black and just wear your colors near your face?
I could, I suppose, but pairing my bright warm colors with the black feels harsh, and like one or the other doesn’t belong. For the sake of visual harmony, I’m going to transition my neutrals to navy and browns within my palette. (The good news is that most of my favorite denim, which is what I wear almost daily, can stay.)
Neutral, Not Black
How was your Gamine style type determined?
It involved both tangibles and intangibles, I suppose. Annie took measurements and assessed my shape and proportions. I answered a series of personality profile questions. Then we went through the different Style Personality Profiles (see below), and eliminated what didn’t fit, physically and/or emotionally. Some people may be a blend of different Style Personalities, but I was straight up Gamine. As I mentioned before, it clicked and felt right immediately, as if someone had turned on a light switch.
(Annie also told me that she was pretty sure I’d be a Gamine, because Gamines tend to be the profile that can wear a pixie cut well.)
What are the various Style Personality Profiles?
Here are the Profiles as defined by Red Leopard.
- The Diva/Dramatic: flamboyant, over the top, intense, can be a little bit scary. Think Annie Lennox, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Rhianna
- The Classic: Elegant, well-groomed, understated and chic. Think Grace Kelly, Duchess of Cambridge, Kristin Scott Thomas, Cate Blanchett.
- The Huntswoman/Natural Classic: Sporty yet elegant, relaxed yet put-together. Think Meryl Streep, Jennifer Anniston, Princess Diana.
- The Adventurer/Natural: Sporty, outdoorsy, relaxed and wholesome, needs easy, textured styles. Think: Lauren Hutton, Ali McGraw, Julia Roberts.
- The Gamine: neat, cute, fun, funky. Think Audrey Hepburn, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Ellen DeGeneres.
- The Princess: pretty, delicate, feminine, with small-scale, petite features. Think Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried.
- The Bohemian/Natural Romantic: Feminine, sexy, glamorous, earthy. Think: Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Winslet, Lily Tomlin.
- The Starlet: Pretty, sexy, innocent but provocative. Think Reese Witherspoon, Christina Ricci, Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson.
- The Romantic: Glamorous, sophisticated, ultra-feminine and usually curvy. Think: Christina Hendricks, Elizabeth Taylor, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey.
- The Gypsy/Musketeer: Theatrical, flamboyant, exciting and earthy. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Debra Messing, Salma Hayek.
What about your hair color?
The Red Leopard team suggested I warm up my base color a bit, but thought that the light golden highlights I have were good. (Join me Monday on InstaStories for my next hair session…I’ll be sharing the color update and cut.)
A few of you also asked me what will happen to my colors if/when I let my hair go grey. Because the colors are analyzed based on how they interact with skin tone, my hair was covered for the initial part of the session. So it didn’t factor into my Golden Spring determination. According to Red Leopard, going grey doesn’t change your season, but you may find that your “best” colors within the seasonal palette may be different.
And I don’t see myself ditching the hair color anytime soon. I still have plenty of my natural color, which is an ashy dark blonde. (I liken it to the color of wet cardboard.) What grey I do have isn’t a silver grey, but a more yellowish one. I enjoy having a brighter hair color, and for the time being am willing to continue with the investment.
What about jewelry?
With my Golden Spring palette, gold and gold-toned jewelry is best. Though I can wear some mixed metals (esp. away from the face), as long as the warmer tones are dominant. As part of my Style assessment, I learned that shorter necklaces are actually better for me. (Top- to just-below-the-collarbone length.) Yes, there’s still a place in my Gamine style for French Kande jewelry, though I’ll be sticking to warmer tones, shorter necklaces (or doubling up longer ones), and more delicate pieces.
Many of you have also asked how and where to find a color and style analysis closer to home. I’m working on some answers and possibilities, stay tuned!