Norah’s Knits: A Case for Muddy Colors
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been stumped by this simple question – “What is your favorite color? My favorite color for what? Do you mean my favorite color to wear, or my favorite room color, my favorite color from nature, favorite accent color, favorite car color?
I can’t even tell you my favorite color palette without a qualifier. For instance, I love shots of bright color around the house – especially orange and yellow.
But, when it comes to dressing myself, as hard as I try to brighten things up, I really, truly love muddy colors best.
For years I struggled to figure out what colors look best on me. I learned the hard way that the colors I may be most magnetically attracted to aren’t necessarily the ones I look good in and will actually WEAR.
To find colors that will flatter, I like to use this trick when I’m in a yarn shop: put skeins of yarn next to your cheek and look in the mirror. What fades away and makes you look kinda “blah?” Which colors make your skin glow? Which colors make you look happy?
Remember the color choosing system that was so popular in the eighties? Back then, everyone knew if they were a spring, summer, fall or winter. As embarrassing as it is, I have to admit that I think there is something to it. I seem to gravitate to fall. I just don’t feel like myself if I put on floral brights or gem-like colors. Spring folks can wear colors that are similar, but lighter.
According to the seasonal color theory, about half of us should be thrilled about the color palettes in Maya and Karma this season. I know I am.