3. Most women (and men) are color-blind. They should ask for suggestions.
Scientifically speaking, this is not true. Elsa Schiaparelli was at the height of here career in the 1930's and early 40's. In 2014, I think most people know what colors look good on them. Pastels make me look pasty and ill, I've known that from about the time I was six.
Color-me-beautiful had its heyday in the early 1980's and I think every woman of a certain age knows her "season". This isn't to say not to take chances and step out of the comfort zone now and again. However, I feel like very few people rush out and buy a Radiant Orchid suit just because it is the new "it" color, especially if they know pink and purple hues look none-too-fab on them.
I try to incorporate colors that I like but look terrible in, into my accessories or housewares, but not too surprisingly, colors I look bad in, I generally don't like.
Anyway, I do not think Ms. Schiaparelli's 3rd commandment is all that life-altering this side of the year 2000. Know what colors you like, know what colors you look nice in, and maybe think of another way to use a color that doesn't meet the second requirement. When you aren't sure, ask a friend what they think. Finally, if you feel good wearing a color that doesn't do wonders for you, wear it anyway. I believe that the most beautiful women in the world are the ones that believe themselves to be so.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!