When I was a teenager, I didn’t have any friends, so I spent the majority of my time at the library. Now that I am back home, 20 years later, I find that not much has changed – ha!
The concept of the book intrigued me, this being that there are specific colors that best express who you are, and that they can be found on your very own body – in your eyes, in your veins, etc. Once you’ve discovered them, the book goes on to teach you how to incorporate them into your wardrobe and your environment. Interestingly enough I did find that my “true colors” do enhance the visual expression of who I am, and that I was already drawn to these colors at times.
One reigning characteristic about me is that I am systems thinker, very drawn to all manners of classification and organization. So any type of self-knowledge system such as personality-typing or disciplines based on organizational structure are always very attractive to me.
Today, I woke up with this book on my mind, as I got the idea to use my true colors in my visual work as well. So I got up and reassessed them by making watercolor swatches.
Another personality trait of mine is that I am impatient, so I didn’t let my swatches dry completely before taking photos. Also, the photos are not 100% true to life, but you get the idea.
In short, I can’t do wrong in brown – which is cool because I like brown a lot, though I don’t wear it very often. I’d say the most surprising find was that of my first base color (found in the rim of your iris), which is actually a deep navy, not black as I would have guessed.
There are 8 basic colors and here’s how to find them:
THE 5 THAT EXPRESS WHO YOU ARE
Essence: Your vulnerable color, your version of white, a skin tone that harmonizes the colors in the palm of your hand
Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush
Dramatic: Your “look at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist
Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of your iris (but not the ring around the iris)
Tranquil: Your peaceful color, taken from the lightest part of your iris
3 NEUTRAL BASE COLORS
First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris
Second base, less formal but still serious, your version of brown, taken from the darkest part of your hair [there are tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair]
Third base, casual, your version of khaki, taken from the lightest part of your hair (there are tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair)
Very curious – what are your true colors??
Another aspect of this system is finding your type via 4 season color theory. According to the book, my season is Autumn (which makes sense as it’s my favorite season). Each season is further broken down into types akin to something like astrological profiles. I am “Gamine Autumn.” I’d never heard of the word gamine before reading this book, but I’d say it’s spot on.
Here’s the profile, in case you give a fuck about style: