So what if the key to understanding the
four, twelve, now sixteen season color system was not value but resonance? By resonance I mean a little bit more than just saturation; I mean the appearance of how the color varies from the pure hue.
I have been thinking about this alot for the past couple months. Color Me Beautiful still says to determine your seasonal color by looking first at color temperature, then value. That’s racist! 😉 Even when they allow for every ethnicity being represented in every season, a dark- haired Caucasian could only be Autumn or Winter under that system. It is not even logical!
But what if, theoretically, we considered resonance ? (I am just thinking out loud here.)
Winter would be those whose skin is most flattered by cool, saturated hues.
Spring colors would be warm tints (or washes, which appear less opaque)
Summer wears the cool softer, muted tones.
Autumn resonance would be shades and temperature warm.
As I was writing this, a couple thoughts came to mind. First, I thought it seemed very limiting; but on second thought, maybe not: every hue is available in either a cool or warm version, as well as almost infinite variations in resonance.
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My other thought was: these color differences are awfully difficult for most people to see – no wonder everyone wants to just wear black! 😉