So you have landed the job, or better still created it yourself, and find every day a blur of people wearing black, black and more black. That’s fine for them (perhaps!), but YOU are a 12-Tone Light Summer, and the very thought of having to spend EVERY SINGLE WORKING MOMENT in head to toe darkness is just not on now that you’ve seen some better colour options!
The light tones face special challenges when it comes to corporate dress codes. If you read the blog post from some years back titled “The Value of Colour”, you’ll understand just how and why darkness is your enemy. How, then, do we translate our monochrome basics for YOU?
…and here is where a 12-Tone Light Summer may find some monochromatic relief:
Here we have used 12-Tone Corporate 1.1 “Stone” white and 5.3 grey as an alternative to black. Of course you may also step into the Light Summer tonal black (Corporate 5.5), one of the new darker “Charcoals” (Corporate 5.4), “Marine Greys” (5.1/5.2), dark “Rose Browns” (Corporate 3.4/3.5) or “Grey Taupes” (Classic 3.4).
The risk for a light in leaning *too* dark is that this can visually weigh them down – and why do that when in your own tone you are seen at your best, not as someone merely inhabiting a role, and give a sense of effortless energy, capacity and resilience?
In this collage we see Corporate 2.5/Classic 3.5 “Rose Brown” replace a black jacket and have used Corporate 3.5 “Dark Brown” for the skirt. It could just as easily be teamed with a Light Summer “Stone White” shirt, instead we’ve added a shot of colour with Classic 6.3 in the short sleeved top and Classic 7.7 in the shell top. Surprised to see a yellow scarf ? Don’t be. As long as the hue is neutral-cool (Classic 4.4) the Light Summer will have no problems.
If this series has a theme, it is that the individual in their own palette redefines it and makes it their own, and the viewer gets a sense of someone making their mark rather than someone playing a part.
Please remember that the colours you see on screen will always appear different depending on the computer monitor you use so please, always refer to your 12-Tone Corporate or Classic Personal Palette when making IRL colour decisions.