If you’ve ever shopped on the Kettlewell website, you’ll probably have noticed that many of the colours claim to suit more than one season – some of them even include three seasons, and there is the very occasional colour (I’m looking at you, purple and true red) that is ‘given’ to all four seasons.
If you’ve just had your colours done, this might seem a little confusing. Why on earth did you consultant spend all that time differentiating between the seasons and picking your best one if actually everyone can all these colours?
How can a colour belong to more than one season?
Firstly, as we know, colours are part of a spectrum. There is a not a clear sharp line where one season begins and another ends. A colour that has more yellow than blue is a warm colour, and a colour that has more blue than yellow is a cool colour, but what about true primary red? No blue and no yellow. And what about green? Made up of blue and yellow, so presumably it can be made with exactly equal proportions of both?
Without getting too bogged down in the depths of colour theory, suffice to say that there are some colours that can sit on the borders between seasons, and can work with the colours from both.
Secondly, it is also worth mentioning that in some cases, it is possible to push the boundaries a little with certain colours. If, for instance, as an Autumn you look amazing in your beige and coffee browns, you might find that actually drifting into a summer mushroom brown isn’t a total disaster on you. Of course the Summer brown isn’t going to be as good as the one from your own season, but it might just work enough to make it an option for you. Wearing it with other colours from your palette will pull it into place, as it were, making it seem more a part of your palette.
And lastly, it is worth remembering that colour analysis is a truly wonderful tool, but the results of it (i.e. knowing your colours and buying clothes with them) have to operate in the real world – you need to actually be able to find enough clothes that work for you in order dress yourself. And sometimes, it might take a small compromise here or there to give you a functioning wardrobe. Knowing if and when to make the right compromises for you is the important bit.
All of these three things mean that sometimes we can make a colour work across more than one season.
Why does a colour work with more than one season? How do I make it work for my season?
The best way to pull a colour into your palette is, as I mentioned above, to wear it with the colours from your palette. We can see that the true red shown in the image above really belongs to each season as soon as it is paired with the clothes from that season.
Multi-season colours can be a key part of your wardrobe, so don’t let fear of those colours that work for more than one palette keep you from really maximising the colour potential of your outfits.