Colors for the Mature Woman, 1920s


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4 Responses to colors3Picken

  1. Fabrickated says:

    Very enjoyable. Now let’s break them all!

  2. Carol in Denver says:

    Women have always had so many rules dictating every detail of their lives, except for “how to be your own person in a society that doesn’t want you to be that.” Some women who grew up with those strictures always felt that, no matter what they liked or did, it was wrong.

    P.S. Orange, apricot and terra cotta are listed under “yellow”; salmon and coral are listed under “pink.”

  3. I think a “sallow” complexion meant a yellowish or greenish tint, as in a sickly white.
    The opposite would be pinkish, rosy or ruddy. That would explain why sallow mature women should wear cream instead of pure white, and avoid brown, green, red, purple, and yellow, which would make their skin look yellower.
    I remember a puzzling makeup color called “Rachel” (still available in the 1950s) which was usually among the darkest — but reddish — colors. I suppose it was meant for the “Florid Brunette.” Or perhaps it was supposed to “warm up” an olive complexion. Did fashion advice ever have any basis in fact, or was it always plucked out of the air by a writer with a deadline?

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