Color Your Style

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What if I told you that the ideal artist to inspire, nurture, and soothe Queen Latifah was Renoir, whereas Madonna was more of a Rembrandt girl? Or if I told you that the perfect floral arrangement for Hilary Swank would include lots of deep green leaves, while Penelope Cruz’s unique style is best set off by flaming red poinsettias?

Now what if I told you that your own personal style also has its own artist, flower, shape, and texture, and that you, too, can express your own unique energy and flair through the objects, art works, colors, and fabrics with which you surround yourself? Discovering how to make the style choices that best express you: that is the essence of David Zyla’s Color Your Style.

Many of us think of fashion as the trends followed by “the beautiful people,” while style is the rules that govern what clothes, accessories, and hairstyles we are “allowed” to wear. We read fashion magazines to find out what’s “in,” and check out what looks good on models and movie stars to determine what might look good on us. In that view, style comes from the outside, and we have to work our hardest to figure it out, master it, and try—without much hope of success—to live up to it.

Well, after twenty years of costuming actors, styling celebrities, and helping everyday men and women discover their personal styles, Emmy Award-winning stylist David Zyla is here to tell you that style doesn’t come from outside—it comes from within. Somewhere inside you is your own unique style: the colors, textures, fabrics, accessories, and overall look that best expresses who you are. This style is not determined by the media or magazines or Fashion Week, but by your own personality and spirit: what David likes to call your Authentic Style .

Authentic Style  isn’t just about your clothes. It includes artists, aspects of nature, scents, cosmetics, furnishings, stationery: everything that shows the world who you are and helps you access your own unique energy. And surrounding yourself with the right colors, shapes, textures, accessories, and environment can actually transform your sense of yourself and your world.

Color Your Style (Plume) offers you a concrete, step-by-step approach for making your own personal style choices, from updating your wardrobe, to decorating your home, from choosing the perfect lipstick to personalizing your new office, from hosting a party to buying a car. Color Your Style shows you how to uncover your unique palette based on your flesh tones, facial features, eye color, and natural hair color. Based on two decades of experience as a fashion designer and celebrity stylist including designing the daytime dramas of ABC-TV and working with the First Ladies of Daytime, Comedy and the Nation: Susan Lucci, Carol Burnett and Hillary Clinton, Color Your Style will empower you to use your palette to make the style choices that express your most authentic, attractive self.

The days of  the almost-right  red, the  just-off-the-mark blue, the close-but-no-cigar brown are over. In Color Your Style, we’re bringing you perfection—the exact tone, shade, intensity that will bring out the best in you. Your True Colors match what you wear every day—your skin, eyes, and hair. There are eight basic colors on your individual color palette. Here’s what they are, and how to find them:


Essence: Your vulnerable color, your version of white, a skin tone that harmonizes the colors in the palm of your hand

Romantic: Your passion color, your version of red found by gently pinching a fingertip—or the color of when you blush

Dramatic: Your “look at me” color, your version of blue, found in the color of the veins in your wrist

Energy: The color that supports you when you need a pick me up, taken from the darkest part of your iris (but not the ring around the iris)

Tranquil: Your peaceful color, taken from the lightest part of your iris


First base, formal, your version of black, taken from the ring around your iris

Second base, less formal but still serious, your version of brown, taken from the darkest part of your hair [tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair]

Third base, casual, your version of khaki, taken from the lightest part of your hair (tips in the book for where else to look if you color your hair)

David Zyla will teach readers when to wear each color and how to use the system to attract love, enhance power, make an impression and more.


Available from Plume, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

14 Responses to “Color Your Style”

  1. […] new book, “The Color of Style,” pushes it further, he says, with 24 personality archetypes, or six for each […]

  2. What every designer should have. So looking forward to the book

  3. Maria Thompson says:


    Just finished the book. It is a jewel to treasure. It has given me new confidence to express myself. I have recommended it to all my friends. It has turned shopping into a fun treasure hunt!


  4. Theresa says:

    I recently lost weight and NEED a whole new wardrobe. I am so glad that I read your book before embarking on my shopping excursion. I’m so excited to create my own look and to have the confidence to pull it off.

  5. Sharon Dawson says:

    Hi David,
    I enjoyed reading your book. Do you offer your color and style consultations in New York City? If you don’t do you know who does? I really need one on one help.

    Thank you.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Fantastic work — goes so much further than any of the other books out there (sorry, Carole Jackson!)

  7. kim says:

    I think the analysis done regarding the personality and spirit of the different types of seasons is fantastic. I am a renaissance summer and it is spot-on. If I had a chance for a gift, it would be to have a session with David. WOW!!!!

  8. Dr. Deborah Faust says:

    Dear David: I thought I’d read everything about looking great and “your” colors, but your philosophy is unique and life-changing. I am sharing with everyone…buy the book for your library. You will be so glad you did!

  9. Diane says:

    Wow! Congratulations on the book, David!! I had a color consultation with you about 15 years ago (time flies!) in my little apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. I still use these colors for my clothes and home decor and LOVE IT!! It’s had a tremendous influence on me. Thanks again! 🙂

    Wishing you the best,

  10. Julia says:

    This book did wonders for me. All my true colors really do bring out the best in me. I also loved learning about my archetype. I was amazed at how accurate you were in how you predicted my personality through my season and archetype (Early Spring)! You were right, down to the perfume I like most (212 Carolina Herrara; spot on or what?) I used to have the hardest time finding the right colors and clothes. This book has saved me a fortune in fashion mistakes. Thank you!

  11. Susan says:

    Hi I love the concepts in this book. I would love to be trained in your method and represent your theory as a color consultant in my area. Just an idea..

  12. Caasi says:

    I can’t stop reading the book; I keep borrowing it from the library (a sure sign that I need to buy a copy!) I’ve always had a difficult time deciding which clothes and colors are exactly right for me, even after reading my mom’s old copy of Color Me Beautiful. It pointed me in the general direction, but The Color of Style really hit the nail on the head. When I read the description for Dusky Summer, everything just clicked. I LOVE the paintings of Maxfield Parrish, sandalwood and rose, (trying to find a perfume that has those) and the flowers he suggested. The personality described me perfectly. Now my mom wants to buy a copy for herself, and I’m hoping my younger sister will jump on the bandwagon soon.

  13. Julia says:

    Thank you David for sharing your deep insights in color and style. It is a great inspiration in many ways reading and working through your book.

    Julia from Germany

  14. Linda says:

    I was just reading David’s book and discovering my color palette. We just recently moved to the condo which felt perfect for me the minute I saw it. The address was my favourite numbers which seemed odd but then the former resident had painted the walls a blue that I immediately felt comfortable in. When I compared my color chip for my base, it is the exact same blue. I have always loved a sage green too which is apparently my tranquil color. My favourite pj’s are my exact romantic color. Not sure how to explain it but it really works for me.

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