When it comes to shopping for yourself, you’ve got it down pat! You can navigate the aisles of any store like an explorer searching for the next treasure and you’ve got a keen eye for shapes, colours, sizes and patterns that will best suit your look. Of course, you know yourself pretty well, but what happens when you flip the script and have to shop for somebody else?
Yes, ladies (and gentleman), we’re entering into that wonderful time of year again where the weather starts to cool and our hearts start to warm as we take the time to think of all our loved ones and show them how much they mean to us through little tokens of affection.
We know it can be a little hard sometimes, but you have to agree, there’s no better feeling than seeing the look on someone’s face when they open a gift that’s a perfect fit! Be it big or small, it’s something you know they can cherish for years to come instead of pushing it to.
No matter how good an item looks on the rack, you might never know how suitable it is until you try it on. Want to ensure that the MRC look you choose is perfectly suited to the person on your list? Our quick little guide will make you a stylist in seconds so you can bring out the best and impress even the chic-est of your friends.
Here, we’re using one of the oldest techniques in the fashion handbook called "The Little Dictionary of Fashion" by Dior, the four seasons of colour. Basically, it says that everyone falls loosely in to one of the 12 categories below.
Like the mighty season itself, your skin tone is cool and your coloration is full of contrast. Your eyes may be light or dark and your skin can range from white pale to dark and cool, but the key to knowing that this is your season is how much your features stand out against your skin and hair.
Eyes: Blue, Violet, Grey
Hair: Silver, Salt & Pepper, Medium Brown, Steely Grey, Blue Black
Skin: Very Pale- Rosy Beige
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: EARLY BIRD
Be they clear blue, steely grey or (if you’re a rare beauty) violet, your eyes likely have a magical ability to change colours depending on what you wear. Placed up against the clear, crisp tones found in the “sea waves” scarf, they will catch the blues and the greens they’ll pop dramatically, all the while complimenting your icy undertones.
Eyes: Bright Blue, Emerald, Purple
Hair: steely grey, ashy brown, medium brown, blue black
Skin: very pale, light beige, deep brown, blue black
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: DRESSED FOR THE DAY
Slightly more bronzed than your cool winter counterpart, you still have a similar tone and that signature contrast that puts you squarely in the winter category. With a look that bold, nobody can pull off the royal blues, bright corals and canary yellows quite like you. You’re probably used to turning heads anyway, so why not have some fun while you’re at it!
Eyes: Forest Green, Deep Brown, Charcoal
Hair: Silver, Salt & Pepper, Steely Grey, Medium Brown, Blue Black
Skin: Very Pale, Beige, Deep Brown, Blue Black
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: MORNING ON MARS
Your chocolate locks and matching eyes demand a deeply pigmented palette. Your features will look best when paired with saturated primary colours and pure whites and blacks. All this and more can be found in the “marine amour bleu” scarf, whose royal tones are sure to make you look like a queen.
Sun-kissed skin and golden, strawberry or reddish hair characterizes the Spring type. She may be freckled, fair, or golden brown, but either way she is undoubtedly warm in her tone and soft in her overall look.
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: LAND OF THE RISING SUN
This delicate girly scarf is as soft in its look as a lady with the light spring complexion. If anyone can pull off pink and purple pastels, it’s you! Like the gentle floral pattern on this silky delight, any light spring is bound to blossom.
Eyes: Blue, Gentle Green, Hazel, Forest Green
Hair: Light Golden Blonde, Strawberry, Burnt Copper, Bronzey Brown
Skin: Light Light & Freckled, Rosy Pink, Bronzed
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: FIRST LIGHT
The warm beiges, burnt caramels, and golden undertones that set the scene for First Light will bring out the blushy warmth in a warm spring’s skin tones, compliment the gorgeous red tinges of their hair, and balance everything out with the deep Burgundy in the middle.
Eyes: Turquoise, Yellow-Green, Light Hazel
Hair: Light Golden Blonde, Strawberry, Golden Brown, Bronzey Brown
Skin: Light, Rosy Pink, Bronzed, Warm Brown, Deep Brown
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: EVE'S GARDEN
Peachy. Buttery. Golden. Monday is a delight to look at, just like you! Its gentle tones will keep your look soft, will the delicate sheen brings out the sparkle in your hair.
Your eyes, your hair and skin all have an ashy hue that is the common thread connecting all of the summer types. The coolest of all seasons, summers often have a distinct scandinavian look with blue-grey eyes and pale hair.
Eyes: Blue, Green, Olive
Hair: White Blonde, Ashy Blonde, Blonde-Brown
Skin: Light, Yellow Beige, Bronzed, Clay, Deep Brown
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: LIQUID BLUE
Light, dusty pastels and powdery hues are your best friends when it comes to colour-matching. Delicate blues and range of greys will make your hair look like strands of silver, while balancing out your ashy tones.
Eyes: Hazel, Grey-Blue
Hair: Ashy Blonde, Blonde-Brown
Skin: Light, Yellow Beige, Grey Beige
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: MUSIC OF YOUR SOUL
As a soft summer, you’ll want to stay away from bold, electric colours that will overpower your look. Reach, instead towards the cool seafoams and muted berry shades found within the palette of the “Music of Your Soul” scarf.
Eyes: Blue, Grey, Deep Black
Hair: Medium Brown, Blue Black
Skin: Light, Grey Beige, Clay, Blue Black
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: WINDSWEPT SWING
Soft and cool, windswept swing is the perfect match for you. It’s khaki undertones and dulled peach, greens and blues provide the ideal colour palette for a cool summer lady.
Blessed with a bronzey-golden warm complexion and medium to dark hair with red undertones, the Autumn type is nothing short of an exotic beauty in her own right.
Eyes: Blue, Gentle Green, Yellow-Green, Hazel
Hair: Light Golden Blonde, Strawberry, Burnt Copper
Skin: Light Beige, Rosy Pink, Lightly Tanned
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: MORNING MAUVE
While many can’t, you pull off light golden yellows and peachy shades like you were born to wear them. While these bring out the best in your hair and skin, Water Lilia’s nature-inspired forest shades will draw attention to your eyes.
Eyes: Olive, Yellow-Green, Light Brown
Hair: Deep Golden Blonde, Strawberry, Fiery Red, Bronze
Skin: Golden Beige, Lightly Tanned, Bronze
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: WATER LILIA
For the first time, a single scarf is perfect for two complexion types. Just like your soft autumn counterpart, the best tones for a warm autumn are earthy naturals. Browns, caramels and oranges, like the changing fall leaves are yours.
Eyes: Light Brown, Warm Brown
Hair: Reddish Brown, Warm Brown
Skin: Golden Beige, Bronze, Warm Brown
YOUR PERFECT SCARF PAIRING: MONTEVERDE
As a deep autumn you can pull off a deeper, bolder, brighter look than the other “autumns.” You’re a lucky lady, because who else can so confidently wear bright orange and neon green (though, not together) knowing that it will look amazingly flattering on your warm complexion.
written by Anastasia Lamotchkina
Of course, these are the ideal fit on paper, but we all love to break the rules a little. Feel free to experiment and wear whatever you want.
Liza Mironova in LIQUID BLUE
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