The fabric in the upper left corner is a stretch woven in dark taupe, the other shade from my hair. Note that, while I think of my hair as basically gray, color software interprets it as varying shades of taupe, as shown below. The fabric at the upper right is a tweed with a thread that matches the dark taupe fabric. The fabrics at the bottom of the photo are the light taupe sateen and jersey.


This color analysis of a photo of my hair shows the taupe shades in the fabrics. The main color, shown as a larger square swatch in the screenshot above, is a good match for Pantone’s Fall 2016 palette color Warm Taupe.The color palette generator recommends  the complementary blue, which is quite close to Airy Blue. We also see the triadic sage and lilac shades that show up in my knitting yarn stash and will probably show up in my Spring 2016 SWAP.

Right now, though, I’m thinking of the outer color column in my secondary neutral for the Fall 2016 SWAP, as prescribed by the Nix-Rice wardrobe system.

The solid dark taupe will be a pair of Style Arc Elle pants, and the tweed will be a second jacket, probably using the same Butterick 5965 pattern as for the first color column. Granted, I’ve been using this photo in my SWAP planning posts for years — since I planned a teal and dark brown SWAP, in fact, when this pattern was first issued — but this time I think it will actually get sewn.


A blonde could use camel for her primary neutral and gold for her secondary neutral. A redhead could choose russet and a shade of brown from her hair’s highlights and lowlights. A brunette could choose a shade of brown matching her hair, plus a shade from her eyes or skin tone. A raven-tressed beauty could choose black for her main neutral and a shade from her eyes or skin for the second neutral. You see how this system works.