How to find the perfect colour for your Christmas party dress

It’s time to put the LBD back in the closet and find a Christmas party dress that suits you and your colour identity 

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You may have been wearing the wrong colours all your life

Linda Clark, Personal Colour and Style Consultant at House of Colour in Lichfield, Rugeley and Cannock, says that most of us should be leaving the LBD in the closet this Christmas party season. And instead opt for a dress in the right shade based on our own colour analysis. 

According to Clark doing a simple colour analysis on ourselves will determine if we have autumn, winter, spring or summer colouring. And, as a result, direct us to the right colours and shades to dress well and look our best. Not just for the festive season, but for life. 

“At Christmas, it is tempting to go for the little black dress as the safe and sophisticated option which supposedly suits everyone,” she says.

“We were told in the 90s that everyone needed a Little Black Dress that could be worn reliably – dressed up or down for any party occasion. But only one in four of us suits black (Winter palettes), so knowing what your wow colours are means that you can step away from the fallacy that black makes everyone look slimmer and so away from the LBD.

“Instead, you look fabulous wearing the colours that actually suit you.”

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What is colour analysis?

Colour analysis is the process of finding out which colours you will look best wearing based on the tone of your skin, eye colour and hair colour. An image stylist, like Clark, can help you determine whether you are a ‘warm’ or ‘cool’ type.

“Everyone has colours which make them glow, look well and sparkle from within,” says Clark.

“For some people, these colours need to have warmth in them (more yellow) to suit the tones in their skin; for others their best colours are cool (with more blue in the mix).”

If you have a pink or rosy tone to your skin, then you can be classified as cool. But if you have a more golden tone then your skin tone is warm. 

But what season are you?

Summer: Most of us better suited to summer colouring will have a cool skin tone and naturally have an ash blonde or light-brown hair colour with pale blue, green or grey eyes. When it comes to dress colours, you could try amethyst or sea green as an alternative to black. 

Winter: For those with winter colouring, you will have a cool skin tone with dark or black hair and deeper blue/green or brown eyes. Shades to go for would include burgundy or pine green. 

Spring: When it comes to the warmer skin tones with golden blonde or highlighted hair then you are most likely to be spring. Violet and bright navy shades are the best colours to go for. 

Autumn: And if you are a warm skin tone with auburn, dark brown or black hair then you are classed as autumn colouring and best suited to warming shades of brown like rust.

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“My personal LBD for parties is actually a bronze lace dress with gold thread running through it – a fabulous alternative to black for me as I need warmer, earthier tones to suit my colouring,” says Clark.

 “Whatever your style, make sure that you don’t become someone else this Christmas, but instead remain true to yourself. Whether lace is big this Christmas or not, won’t prevent me from wearing my dress because I know that it suits me – not only my body but my personality. It remains a classic in my wardrobe that I can wear repeatedly with new accessories to bring it up to date.

“You can do the same – look for timeless pieces which work for you but have fun with changing the details, or adding a statement piece in one of your wow colours, fabrics or patterns.”

Alternatively, says Linda, everyone suits primary red.

Will you dress according to your colour analysis this season?

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