Color theory: More than meets the eye?

Jumpers, I mentioned awhile back that I got into color theory (specifically seasonal color analysis) recently. I’m still obsessing because it’s my nature to figure something out really well before moving onto the next thing and it turns out–unsurprisingly–that categorizing human coloration is hard. Should the analysis be based on four seasons? 12? 16? I don’t buy into the stuff about personality and coloration or much of the ’80s advice about your coloring dictating whether you’re someone who should accessorize, someone who should wear hats, someone who should dress sporty or dramatic or romantic, etc. Here’s what I think is more interesting:

What relationship does a person’s coloration have to their retail purchases?

We’re hopefully all inclined to purchase clothes for ourselves that look good on us (or at least don’t look too wrong on us), but what about home decor, cars, luggage, or even pets? I bought hypoallergenic dish gloves off Amazon the other day and chose the dusty-periwinkle over the lime green and fire engine red. I was a little tempted by the green, but not at all interested in the red. Boyfriend predicted my selection and was already hovering over the blue ones (since we were using his Prime account to nab a few things Costco lacks).

I don’t always purchase non-wearables in colors that look good on me, though. It might be only under duress that I would make a non-disposable purchase in burnt orange, but I dare say I often choose colors one degree removed from my own when making such purchases. For instance, maybe I choose something from the same color family, but it’s more muted or warmer than I could pull off. This method leaves me with an item that doesn’t strike me as hideous like something in burnt orange would (sorry, Autumns) and it allows me to experience other colors sort of vicariously. In my case, as a likely Bright Winter, this is pretty exciting, since my recommended palette is nice and bright, but does not extend beyond the brightest human coloration. (So, I probably shouldn’t wear most Lisa Frank colors, but I can sure decorate with them!)

I wonder whether other people branch out like this too. Do you most often purchase non-wearables in colors from your palette? Complementary palettes? Contrasting palettes? Have you ever read any research on color theory and retail sales?

Does coloration play a role in mate selection?

Often, when we discuss our “types,” one friend will say he or she is gaga for blondes and another (probably me) will decry this view as preposterous. When I thought about it the other day, I realized that, while I’ve never understood the appeal of blonde-haired, golden skinned surfer dudes, I feel wholeheartedly that Alexander Skarsgard can get it. Part of that is that he’s 6’4″ with shoulders like a Norse god, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say he’s also got cool-toned skin. It’s hard to tell because everyone in Hollywood has a spray tan, but when I compare photos of him with yellow-blonde hair against those in which he’s sporting an ashier blonde, I feel convinced that he is not meant for yellow hair.

I’ve joked with Boyfriend–who is probably a Dark Winter?–about how his [6’3″ stature, broad shoulders and] greyish cast is totally in keeping with my type. And by “joked,” I mean not at all. He knows that the naturally ashen Andy Samberg is my celebrity backup. 😉 I also think Latino dudes with cool coloring (e.g. Victor Webster and Javier Bardem) are pretty. Anecdotally, at least, it seems I strongly favor men with cool coloring.

I must say, that we’re both cool-skinned people has made living together easier. We don’t have many clashing belongings and we rarely disagree on the best color in which to purchase an item. Boyfriend’s least favorite color is “some type of yellow” and mine, like I mentioned above, is something in the neighborhood of burnt orange, so there’s a huge chunk of the autumnal palette we can agree to avoid when decorating! Hah.

I doubt many people factor ease of decorating into their dating decisions, though, so if there is a preference based on coloration, does it always skew toward cool/cool and warm/warm? Does it favor some other trend, on the whole? While gentlemen may prefer blondes, thanks to evolution, is there any truth to women wanting men who are [tall,] dark [and handsome]? Do you have a warm or cool preference, when you think about your “type”?

Maybe it’s pure coincidence or maybe it’s like smell and MHC compatibility and there’s some genetic reason that warm-toned guys don’t do it for me.

Seasonal color analysis gurus, I know you’re out there on Ye Olde Internet and I’d love your input on this!

P.S. Sorry I still haven’t gotten around to fixing the spacing issue this theme has in the title!


One thought on “Color theory: More than meets the eye?

  1. I love this entry — totally with you on everything. I’ve never found a blonde guy very attractive except for Alexander Skarsgard. Otherwise I like men with dark hair and eyes and preferably darker complexion. Always thought I’d end up with a Latino guy, but my husband is half Filipino and just my type 🙂

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