Awhile back, I wrote an article on Fast fashion, and how detrimental it is to the environment, let alone to our lives as stress-free minimalists.
The appeal with fast fashion though, is that everybody wants to look good. And how do they try and do that? By buying the latest trendy thing. But unfortunately, not every trendy thing looks good on every person. And by buying only what’s current, and not what’s best suited for you, you’ll end up looking trendy yet not looking your best.
The way I see it, why would I ever buy something that doesn’t make me look my best? And even if it somehow does end up in my closet, why would I ever choose to wear it over something else I have?
Navigating fashion can be daunting with all the choices in styles, shapes, patterns, and colors. But I am going to share with you the single most defining factor that I now take into account when shopping. Learning this has had the biggest impact on my wardrobe and the way I see clothing in general. It has helped me to always look my best, with the least amount of effort.
This secret wisdom is: color seasons.
I learned everything I know from Mimi Ikonn, youtuber and ex-image consultant. I’ll share the same video that I watched, but first I’ll give a brief rundown of what she talks about.
What are color seasons?
Just as there are four seasons of the year, so there are color seasons. You might have heard someone say that they are “a spring”. It sounds odd if you don’t understand it, but once you get it, it will change everything.
It couldn’t be simpler. There are four choices (spring, summer, autumn, winter), and which one you are is based on your unique combination of skin tone and hair shade. Skin tones are either pink undertone or yellow undertone and hair shades are either dark hair or light hair.
For example: I have yellow undertone skin and dark brown hair. So I am an autumn. Back in high school when I dyed my hair blond, I had light hair with my yellow undertone skin, so I was a spring.
Pink undertone skin with dark hair is a winter; pink undertone skin with light hair is a spring.
It can be a little tricky to determine if you have pink or yellow undertone skin, but Mimi gives a couple ways to decipher. Some people have neutral skin (equally pink and yellow), and luckily for them they can pull off multiple color seasons!
Okay, I know my color season. Now what?
The point of determining your color season is that now you have essentially a custom color palette from which to choose your clothes. These are colors that will always look stunning on you.
As Mimi points out, there is no rule against wearing colors not in your color season. But again it goes back to wanting to look your best. You can surely wear any color you like — but why wouldn’t you always choose the colors that make you look awesome?
As someone who desires to keep a small wardrobe, finding out this epic not-so-secret secret made it so much easier to go through my existing wardrobe and narrow it down. I literally got rid of every piece I owned that wasn’t within my custom color palette. A lot of those clothes were iffy to me already, and now I know why. I could have loved the dress, but for some reason it just didn’t look quite right on me. Once I learned about color seasons, it all made sense.
Here’s Mimi’s first video. Her second video can be found here. I highly recommend watching both, as she goes through everything you need to know, plus actually shows you the different colors in each season, so you have a starting off point.
I can’t tell you how many friends (and unsuspecting customers at the coffee shop) I have shared this with. It really changed my whole perspective, and made keeping a minimalist wardrobe so easy!
Decluttering my life has brought me peace of mind and relief from the world around me. There’s nothing like walking into the space you created and knowing you have nothing more than what you need. I write articles to help others create that same feeling for themselves.