Life is full of overwhelming decisions, especially when ADHD is part of your life. From choosing what to eat for lunch to picking out what to wear each day, the myriad of choices can sometimes leave me feeling stuck. This is partly why I’ve become fascinated with seasonal color analysis.

Why I Turned to Color Analysis

Now that I’ve reached the big 5-0, not only do I want to look my best, but the clutter in my closet was also both a space issue and a financial one. I was tired of wasting money on clothes that didn’t suit me and I never wore but couldn’t bring myself to get rid of either.

I needed a strategy that helped me make smarter shopping choices. Identifying colors that flatter me seemed like the perfect solution. I figured it would reduce impulse buys and ultimately save money. Yet, diving into color analysis has been more complex than I could have imagined!

The Different Color Systems

I explored a range of systems—from the 4, 12, and 16 Season Color Analysis to the Caygill Method and Element Color Analysis. Each offered unique insights into choosing colors that enhance my look and mood. Along the way, I discovered organizations like House of Colour and True Colour International and delved into style systems like Kibbe, Zyla, and Kitchener. The Kitchener and Kibbe systems, with their style quizzes, weren’t just eye-opening; they were fun!

Where I’m At

So far, I think I might be a Spring. But, I’m keeping myself open Summer, or Winter. Yeah, I’ve really narrowed it down, haven’t I? 😄 I also resonate with the Romantic style in Kibbe’s system and the Ingenue in Kitchener’s.

Despite the complexity, I still feel like this is the right way to go, sifting through all the systems and organizations. And there’s one simple tip from a FB group has made a big difference in these early stages:

  • Creating a special section in my closet for clothes that make me feel great or receive compliments.

With this approach, you can start to see what works for you and build your wardrobe around those discoveries.

And even though this is still new to me, and my closet declutter has a ways to go, I haven’t bought as much since starting on this road. And what I have bought, I love.

Why This Matters

The real joy in this process is the creativity it unleashes, which is something we all need. It’s not just about easing daily decisions or saving money—it’s a way to express myself through my wardrobe choices. For someone with ADHD, discovering my best colors is simplifying things for me by:

  • Reducing the stress of picking outfits
  • Making my closet more manageable
  • Encouraging smarter shopping habits
  • Boosting my confidence

Final Thoughts

Starting this journey to cut down on wasted purchases has unexpectedly boosted my self-esteem. It’s been especially meaningful as I navigate my 50s, proving that understanding your colors and style can be a powerful tool for personal growth.

Now What…

If this is something that interests you, here are some things you can start with:

  1. Start Your Feel-Good Section: Pick a spot in your closet for your favorite pieces—the ones that boost your confidence and attract compliments. This simple action helps you identify what truly suits you.
  2. Dip Into Color Analysis: I recommend starting with the 16 Season Color Analysis or Your Color Style with Jen Vax. Online guides can offer a glimpse into which colors might enhance your natural tones, providing a fun introduction to color theory.
  3. Notice Your Colors: Pay attention to the colors you wear most over the next few days. Which ones make you feel good? This observation can be a stepping stone to understanding your preferred palette.

And always remember, take what works for you and ditch the rest!

About the Author

Hey there, I'm Susanna Miles, a writer and advocate who understands the ups and downs of life's twists and turns. As a creative entrepreneur with ADHD, I'm here to share stories, insights, and practical tips from my journey.

Join me in embracing the beauty of imperfections, navigating distractions, and finding the balance between creativity and business. Let's celebrate our unique paths together.

Stay curious,
Susanna Miles

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