A couple of weeks ago my mom, my sister Angela and I started reading It’s So You! by Mary Sheehan Warren. The result was a weekend-long purging of all three of our closets. First we spent almost an entire morning in the bathroom, where there is a lot of natural light, and helped determine each other’s skin tone. I had gone for years believing that I was an “autumn” after reading Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson. Turns out that I actually have a “light cool” skin tone, which translates into a “summer” in the Color Me Beautiful scheme. Mom and Angela are both “cool” or “winter.” Armed with this information, we hauled out all our clothes, and the fun began. We traded shirts, blouses, sweaters and scarves. Anything that was a few years old and in the wrong colour was put into a large giveway bag.
So the bad news is I can’t wear orange, which I love. But the good news is that I can wear the entire spectrum of pinks, purples, and blues, which I also enjoy. And who says I can’t still use my bright orange umbrella?
I would totally recommend this book to all women who want to look their best without blowing their budgets. Get a group of good friends together – you know, the kind who will tell you what you need to hear, in the nicest possible way. As in, “Honey, that shade of green makes you look like you have the flu.” Also they have to be the kind of friend with whom you won’t mind sharing your vital statistics – you’ll see why in a second. Work together to find out what your skin tones are, and don’t forget to also check out the section on Body Types. Then…happy trading!