Tuesday, February 15, 2011

27. I Want Accurate Color Swatches

“What colors should I wear?” is an often asked question among style-conscious women and men.  It’s a question that still begs for the definitive answer.

In the 1970s and early 80s color and image consultants jumped on the opportunity to make use of newly available color printing equipment to market books on their color analysis theories.  Color printing at that time produced a relatively reliable color representation, but it wasn’t perfect by any means.  In fact, Color Me Beautiful made a point of stating on their copyright page “All colors are subject to the limitations of the printing process.”

Printed color swatches provided an approximation of the target color.  This may be acceptable for seasonal analysis because no claim is made that these exact colors, whether printed or fabric, are your colors.  Instead,  the swatches are meant only to suggest a range of colors that are right for you. It is up to you to imagine what other colors may fit.

Color printing continues to be an imprecise art.  In Color Me Beautiful: Looking Your Best (1995), Mary Spillane and Christine Sherlock state, “…please bear in mind that some colors are extremely difficult to reproduce exactly…particularly when very many colors are shown together on a single page.  They are, however, true enough…”

Many of us would like to have a definitive answer to the question, “What colors should I wear?”  We appreciate what seasonal analysis has done for us. It put us on our feet, headed in the right direction.  But we want more.

MyBestColors.com provides more...much, much more.

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