Reflections on David Zyla’s Color Your Style

My own reflections on David Zyla’s book ”Color your Style” from 2010.

First and foremost, I will discuss the chapter (6) on archetypes.

There are six archetypes for each of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Archetypes are ways of being, behaving, and kind of energies that Zyla applicate to each Color Seasons.

Having gone through all the seasons’ archetypes, me thinx  the descriptions of archetypes are too narrow.

For instance, archetypes of spring are too closely related to each other: there are several that seem to be connected to partying, and among the rest of the seasons, there are more party archetypes too. There’s said to be six diffrent archetypes of Spring, so why are almost ef’ry one a giggeling party girl?

I would have preferred the diffrent colour types being divided into styles instead; for instance: nature, classig, romantic, dramatic, creative and maybe some more style (Colour Me Beautiful suggests a so called ”Eurochic” – but there are many other substyles included into each of the overall ones already named – and there are many combinations.

Thirdly, let’s try some of those Archetypes, illustrating what kind of energy is projected onto the world. And energy can be interpreted as weak to strong charisma.

David Zyla in this chapter (6) also discuss if a certain color season / archetype should wear garments low or high contrasted, kind of patterns, thin or rough cloth, texture of cloth and more.

I know that styles (Natural, Romantic, Classic, Creative, Dramatic) is not something to put on on random – but are to be based on what kind of body we have.

Each Color Seasons, naturally, have diffrent body types, so if there are four seasons (12 says some, that is 12 subseasons, still four caption seasons.) -there will be five style possibilities for each caption seasons, and five for each of the subseasons.

…………”How could you confuse the Rusty Brick and Offwhite of an …………Antique Winter whit the Bright Blue Red and Alabaster of a …………Classic Winter, or mistake the deep teals and burgundies …………of a Renaissance Summer for the Sky Blues and Gentle …………Violets of an Iridescent Summer?” (Zyla, p.91)

Zyla’s system includes six subtypes for each Color Season, some named in the above quotation. I find no specific descriptions of those in the book ”Color your Style”. Maybe he has done so in his other book ”Color of Style”?


Vivid Spring — High contrasts, primary colours

Early Spring — light and easy low contrasts, very gentle palette,

Floral Spring: Crisp contrasts

Buoyant Spring:  patterns here and there and evrywhere to tie together her look

Mischievous Spring: Gentle contrasts,

Tawny Spring: Unpredictable contrasts she may combine herself

Classic Summer: Gentle contrasts, Similar values all over – High contrasts only in small amounts

Jeweltone Summer: Very high contrast, but add something to pull together

Sunset Summer: Medium contrasts,

Dusky Summer: Very low contrasts, which is because her textures absorb and reflect light

Renaissance Summer: incorporate contrasts gently,

Iridescent Summer (iris=rainbow, like in a fish scale) : low contrast shading blended from head to toe


Spicy Autumn: most blended overall look of all types. Like a bowl where you have put diffrent herbs and spices.

Mellow Autumn: relatively low contrast with some drama in shape and compositon

Gamine Autumn: Medium contrasts, not more than one colour at the time, or with prints, as a medium contrast paisley print

Copper Autumn: low contrasts pulled togheter by her metals

Bronze Autumn: High Contrasts. Wearing monochromatic outfits with lots of texture

High Autumn: Vivd High contrasts. For inst. color of a v-necked sweater picked up in a tweed skirt,  ”otherwise will not seem theatrical enough”


Classic Winter: High contrasts,  — not anything heavy

Soft Winter: shades of same colour with diffrent textures, and costume-y silhouettes,  dramatic but soft

Dynamic Winter: high contrasts, avoid diffrent sections from head to toe, everything must be in same colour. Drama-colourd dresses with basecolour accessoires. Theatrical lines.

Vivid Winter: the highermost contrasts with no patterns.

Antique Winter: gentlest contrasts of Winter types, wears prints better than the others, but to be worn gently,

Playful Winter: Medium contrasts. Dramatic and playful.









Spring Substyles:

—————-Colorgrouping   Energy—Contrasts————Patterns

Vital Spring….Energy: ………………….

Kind of Colours: Mondrian, Matisse, Zinnias French Parrot Tulips, Gerbera Daisies, Pompoms

High contrast primary colours – Crisp, pert lines

Fabrics: Crispy. Cotton Piqué, Cotton Sateen, Faille(Faillé), patent leather, satin

(Faillé är ett glansigt, fint ribbat tyg. Inslaget är oftast helt döljt av varpen (precis som rips). Är oftast vävt av silke, bomull, rayon eller polyester. Faillé liknar bengaline, men bengaline är lite tyngre/grövre.

  • Faille: En sammansvetsad tyg som är något glänsande och har platta, tvärribbor. Faille kan göras från bomull, silke, eller syntetmaterial.)

Patent leather is a type of (a lacquering process) leather that has a very glossy, shiny finish. Patens leather shoes:


Recommended………………………………….Not to Wear

Chanel jacket, real or copy………………..Burnished, Muteds

Nautically styled garbardine pants…….Blended  fabrics and colours

Slim pegged skirts …………………………….Cowboy boots

Button front shirts with pearl buttons……..Anything oversized


A pegged skirt tapers towards the bottom – much like pegged jeans have legs that are wider at the thighs but taper to be just wide enough for the foot to get through at the ankle. Pegged skirts may not taper as drastically as pegged trousers and may end up at the knee rather than ankle.

a. Attractive or stylish in appearance: a pert hat.
b. Small or firm and well-formed: a pert nose.
































Playful —closing into all those giggling party types of Spring!









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