My job is not necessarily to take colours away from my clients, but rather to show them which shades of each colour works best for them. There are a few exceptions, of course – I’m only going to be giving you free reign with black if you’re a Winter, and coral belongs firmly to the Springs and Autumns, for instance.
Knowing how to identify not only the colour, but the shade of that colour that works for you, is how you recreate the magic after a colour analysis class.
Recently I’ve found The Navy Question cropping up more than any other, so I thought it was worth a deeper look at how to identify your best version. Obviously in Kettlewell-land, it’s simply a case of clicking on your season and shopping the navy that appears, but out in the real world you’ll need a little more confidence picking the right shade.
The navy for each season is quite distinct, and getting it right will mean not only looking about a zillion times better (put a Winter in an Autumn navy and watch them turn yellow, the Autumn in the Winter navy will look washed out and over exposed), but also having a wardrobe that mixes and matches and has that look of effortless style and co-ordination.
A navy for each season:
- Spring – This navy is a bright, clear colour. There is no greying to it at all; it is definitely not a soft colour. Imagine mixing a ‘true’ navy (i.e. sea captain uniform) with a bit of cobalt blue to achieve the perfect shade for Springs. Getting into a true navy makes for too dark a colour for Springs to take with their clear bright colouring.
- Summer – This is what is commonly called French Navy. Imagine viewing that sea captain’s uniform through a haze of barbecue smoke (although what you’re doing having a barbecue on a ship is anyone’s guess) and you’re about there. It has been slightly muted and greyed and is therefore slightly lighter and softer than the true navy.
- Autumn – Again, this is a softer navy, but rather than having a touch of blue-grey added to it as summer does, it has a hint of teal mixed through it. Think a dark blue teal rather than a navy, and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
- Winter – This is a true, dark navy. Clear and crisp, there is no softness or lightness to this colour. When Winters feel they aren’t looking their best in their navy clothes it is commonly because it has faded into a summer French Navy. Dylon can be a good solution to keep colours at full saturation.
Navy is a great staple for Spring/Summer, with the inevitable annual nod towards nautical, and getting it right will make you feel even more confident in your colours this year. Have you found any great navy purchases for your season recently? I love to hear from you so I can spread the word about which shops are stocking which shades this season.