Rainbow Your World | Seasonal Color Analysis

Do you feel great in your clothes?

I’m not talking about fit or fabric, I’m talking about color. Do you walk out of the house in your clothes and feel like you glow? Or do you disappear?

Thanks to one Jade green dress my little sister forced me to try on in Express one day, everything changed for me. I thought it would be hideous, but it was perhaps the most perfect color I have ever worn.

Clear Winter

This is a Clear Winter look if there ever was one.

It was at that point that I understood the power of my personal colors, and since then, I can’t stop exploring my personal world of color, and that of the people around me. I see people on the bus, and I’m figuring out their season. Perhaps thanks to my Seasonal Color Analysis Pinterest boards here, hereherehereherehereherehereherehere, here, and here, I have also been getting lots of questions from readers about seasonal color.

So to answer some of those questions in more detail, here is your 12 Season Color Analysis primer. Read on.

12 Season Color is based on the original four-season Color Me Beautiful system by Carole Jackson. Although Color Me Beautiful was a breakthrough, it only takes into your account your lightness or depth and warmth or coolness. But there is more to your coloring than just those characteristics.

Seasonal Color Wheel

Seasonal Color Wheel

These days we know that there are 6 main qualities that you might have in your coloring: Light, Deep, Warm, Cool, Clear and Soft. Once you find your dominant characteristic, you are well on your way to finding your best colors. Depending on the time of year and your level of tan, you may flow between the seasons of your dominant characteristic.

Let’s figure out your season!

Light

There are two light seasons, Spring and Summer. While Spring is warm and bright, Summer is cool and muted. The light characteristic means that your coloring appears light, fresh and delicate with a complete lack of dark features. Light Springs will appear more rich and dewy while Light Summers have a more soft and neutral look. If you are a Light, steer clear of dark and saturated colors in your clothing.

Light Spring

Your best colors are light and warm, including light, warm pink, orange, yellow, green, ivory, khaki and camel. Check out more of your palette.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson ~ Light Spring

Light Summer

Your best colors are light and cool, including dusty blues and purples, taupe, grey and eggshell. Check out more of your palette.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts ~ Light Summer

Deep

There are two deep seasons, Autumn and Winter. While Autumn is warm and soft, Winter is cool and bright. People with the Deep characteristic have a deep, dark rich coloring with absolutely no light features.  Your coloring appears rich and bold. Deep Winters have more cool, crisp saturation in their coloring (but may have light skin), while Deep Autumns have more warmth and softness to all of their features. If you are a Deep, stay away from light and delicate colors in your clothing.

Deep Winter

Your best colors are deep and cool, including ruby, emerald, royal purple and blue, navy, black and charcoal. Check out more of your palette.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway ~ Deep Winter

Deep Autumn

Your best colors are deep and warm, including earthy reds and browns, deep terracotta, mustard, warm olive, gold and camel. Check out more of your palette.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman ~ Deep Autumn

Clear

There are two clear seasons, Spring and Winter. While Spring is warm and light, Winter is cool and deep. Those with Clear or Bright coloring tend to have a striking, vivid look. Skin has a translucent quality to it, and eyes are clear, sparkly and bright. Their overall look has a lot of saturation and contrast. For those with the Clear characteristic, the first thing you will usually notice about them are their eyes. If you are a Clear, wearing darks and lights together will emphasize your high contrast even more.

Clear Winter

Your best colors are cool and bright, including super-saturated jewel tones, navy, black, white and silver. Check out more of your palette.

Megan Fox

Megan Fox ~ Clear Winter

Clear Spring

Your best colors are warm and bright, including bright yellow, turquoise, hot pink, spring and lime green, black, white and gold. Check out more of your palette.

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin ~ Clear Spring

Soft

There are two soft seasons, Summer and Autumn. While Summer is light and cool, Autumn is deep and warm. If you have Soft coloring, you tend to have a low level of saturation and contrast between your hair, eyes and skin, and may appear somewhat neutral. Your overall look is serene and down-to-earth. If you are a Soft, keeping your clothing colors within a few levels or shades of each other will make you glow.

Soft Summer

Your best colors are cool and muted, including mint, deep rose, periwinkle, lavender, slate, and soft grey. Check out more of your palette.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker ~ Soft Summer

Soft Autumn

Your best colors are warm and muted, including mahogany, coral, terracotta, buttermilk, eggplant, brown and camel. Check out more of your palette.

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen ~ Soft Autumn

Warm

There are two warm seasons, Spring and Autumn. While Spring is light and bright, Autumn is deep and muted. As a warm, your coloring gives you an earthy glow.

Warm Spring

Your best colors are warm, light and bright, including warm pink, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, ivory, khaki, camel and gold. Check out more of your palette.

Amy Adams

Amy Adams ~ Warm Spring

Warm Autumn

Your best colors are warm, deep and muted, including earthy reds and browns, deep terracotta, mustard, warm olive, mahogany, coral, terracotta, buttermilk, eggplant, copper, brown and camel. Check out more of your palette.

Marcia Cross

Marcia Cross ~ Warm Autumn

Cool

There are two cool seasons, Summer and Winter. While Summer is light and muted, Winter is deep and bright. As a cool, you will have grayish, ashy undertones to your features, and may have a calm and regal appearance.

Cool Winter

Your best colors are cool and deep, including ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, navy, black, charcoal, white and silver. Check out more of your palette.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart ~ Cool Winter

Cool Summer

Your best colors are cool and light, including dusty blues and purples, deep rose, periwinkle, lavender, taupe, grey, eggshell , slate, and soft grey. Check out more of your palette.

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke ~ Cool Summer

When you know the fundamentals behind your color palette, you begin to notice even more acutely how surrounding yourself with your colors changes how you feel. With that in mind, why limit yourself? Now choosing your clothes, makeup, and even wall colors and room decor gives you an opportunity to help yourself feel your best, all the time.

What season are you? And as always, ask any questions you might have in the comments below!

Autumn Color Palette | Rainbow Your World

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Comments

  1. Andrea says:

    I have no idea what season I am. For the longest time I thought I was an autumn like my mom and sister, but they both have green eyes and mine are blue. When I wore colors that looked flattering on them, they didn’t do the same for me. I started trying to figure it out with http://www.prettyyourworld.com/colortheory.html and was convinced I’m a soft summer, however I wouldn’t define my hair as “mousy”. I feel like a bit of a mutt lol. I don’t really fit into any one season perfectly. What season do you think I am?

    • Natalie Webb says:

      You are a Light Spring all the way (anyone besides Andrea reading, I cannot tell your season through words alone, I know what she looks like). A lot like Lauren Ambrose http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0024404/mediaindex, she get misclassified all the time. Your skin is really light with pink undertones that could swing between spring and summer, and your eyes are light blue, but the red hair pushes you more into Spring. Either way, because of your low level of contrast, Light is the area to focus on – your coloring is too crisp to be a Soft. Hope that helps!

  2. I have no idea!! At first I thought I was a deep winter, then I thought I was a clear spring, then I thought I was a cool winter!! can you see a pattern with the running order I went with? There’s a chance I may just have picked the most freshly read description, just maybe! I have really pale skin with pink undertones (i think!), blue eyes and dark brown hair…I may just have to read through these again…

    • Natalie Webb says:

      You’re on the right track, Lauren! In perusing the photos on your blog, your eyes seem to be deep blue, yes? To tell you with more certainty I would have to see a nice clear picture in indirect but bright sunlight, but I would say you’re a Deep Winter. Deep Winters can have blue eyes, but they are a deep blue, but yes, it does verge on the Clear characteristic. The pink undertones, along with the fact that you’re so close to Clear, definitely put you in Winter. You don’t have enough warmth or lightness for Clear Spring, but you don’t have the cool softness of a Cool Winter. Deep Winter’s colors, blue-based reds, jewel tones and such would likely look great on you, whereas those lighter dustier colors likely wash you (like me) out completely. Let me know if that sounds right, and shoot me an email if you want to share a photo to take a closer look!

      • Thanks Nat! Very helpful 🙂 You’re spot on, my eyes are a deep blue, and when I read the ‘colours that suit’ I resonated the most with Deep Winter, so I think that’s me 😀
        Really appreciate you going to the effort to help me out, I’m definitely going to be more wary of this when picking the colours I’m going to wear! Yay!

  3. Hi, I’m having trouble finding where I fit into the seasons, I thought I was deep autumn, then deep winter, now i think I’m maybe clear spring.. I have quite neutral skin I think, I probably tip to the warm side a little more.. I tan very well in summer, I was blonde as a child but now I’m brunette, I have hazel eyes and ever since I’ve lightened my hair to a light brown my eyes look more green and appear to have lightened.. can you maybe narrow it down with what I’ve told you? Or share any tips to help me find out what season I am? Thanks 🙂 x

  4. Sandra says:

    Loved reading this!! I think I’m a clear spring. I have warm yellow based skintone, green veins and I have medium brown hair with golden tones through it. My eyes are green. I look good in hot pink, royal blue and black and true red. I look terrible in camel, khaki and dark gothic purple. I would love your opinion.

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Feel free to send me a few photos and I can point you in the right direction Sandra!

  5. Johanna says:

    I’ve tried so hard to determine my season and I just can’t! 🙁 I love how I look in blue (pretty much any blue, but especially bright royal blue and navy blue) and I absolutely dread orange and peach. However, my veins appear green and my eyes are a very warm hazel brown. My hair is at its absolute best when it’s in my natural color, which is black. I can get very pale (for my race), but I can also get quite dark. I burn before I get dark. I’ve tried to take pictures of myself but it seems like inside, with some daylight coming in from the windows, I look very cool. When I take a picture in my car, I’m caramel brown. So confused, please help!

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Hello Johanna! Feel free to send me a few pictures, I may be able to point you in the right direction! It’s so hard to tell from just a description.

  6. Kajol says:

    I”ve tried hard to figure out my season but I get different results each time. I look good in chinese blue, blue red, and black 🙂 My veins are green, I look better in gold jewellery(I think), I tan easily. My hair is black, eyes are darkest brown in light(almost black)….however I am unable to describe my skin. I am an Asian, wheatish and pale but I don’t think I am too yellow…Please could you help me out discover my color…

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Sure can Kajol! I actually just introduced a new service for just that! http://www.leavemetomyprojects.com/rainbow-your-world-service/

      • Kajol says:

        Ma’am I am willing to try the analysis. I wanted to know whether it will be confidential or will my photos be uploaded on the website.

        • Natalie Webb says:

          Any photos submitted for analysis will only be seen by me, our kitties (they are so good with color theory, and hang out on my desk a lot) and possibly Baby Bear, because she always wants to be on my lap when I am on the computer. If a submission would make a particularly good case study, I may contact the person who submitted them to see if they would be interested in being featured in a post, but only with their express written permission!

  7. Linnea says:

    I love your post!! But it made me even more confused about my own colors hahaha! I thought I was a clear winter but now I think I might be a deep autumn… My eyes are blue/grey/green my (naturall) hair is dark brown with little to no red in it… My skin is the problem, it’s medium to light and/but I am beginning to suspect I have a warm undertone… Ooh god XD

  8. Rebecca says:

    I wanted to know what’s the season if someone is between warm and cool?

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Aww, thanks Julie! Passion is everything in anything we do, right?

    • Natalie Webb says:

      It could technically be any of them. Most of the coloring characteristics that are not Warm or Cool (so, Deep, Light, Soft and Clear) straddle two seasons, and many if not most of the people in those categories straddle the line. I certainly do. That means you want to find the colors that, for example, Clear Spring and Clear Winter have in common and focus on those. Keep in mind that you may flow between seasons during real life seasons as you are more tan or pale.

  9. Really helpful article!
    I think I’m a clear winter…but I’m a total newb in terms of understanding color theory and its applications. I know my skin’s undertone is definitely cool, but my hair is more warm dark brown. And I have quite pale skin with freckles…do they even make a difference? Is it possible to have hazel eyes (dominantly green with some brown/blue) and be a clear winter?

  10. Samantha says:

    Hello! I’ve been struggling to figure out my season for months now. I’ve seen hints of me being in Deep Winter, but… I absolutely destest 99% of Deep Winter colours! 🙁 The colours I am drawn to are from different palletes; a lot of which seem to be in Clear Winter. I’m convinced that I may be a Winter ‘for sure’, but the one that matches most is Deep Winter, and… Just yeah. I also seem to match with Clear Winter, only… I don’t have the eyes. At all.

    I have black hair((or ‘black-brown’ as some would say)), VERY dark brown eyes, and tan/olive skin. My skin… I can’t figure out if it has warm or cool undertones or if it’s neutral((although I doubt it)) or ANYTHING. I never got the chance to take a picture in optimal lighting/with a white background, so the lighting could throw it off, but when I look at my skin myself it seems to be pale/cool… But then against something else it might seem warmer, or in sunlight… I’m really confused! I just want to get this settled. 🙁

    My personality tied with Winter and… Summer, I think? It’s been a while since I did the tally. I just remember tying between Winter and something else. I’m pretty sure it was Summer, though.

  11. Nadia says:

    Hi i’m stuck i originally thought i was a summer as my natural colour is a light mousy brown but i read somewhere that changing the colour of your hair an change your season, which kind of makes sense, then a spring or an autumn as some warm colours look excellent and my skin whilst it has a cool undertone has a somewhat yellowish overtone. I have pale blue green eyes with a very dark grey ring around my iris, pale skin thats slightly pinker on my face and deep ash brown hair with some more golden highlights which makes no sense. i look great in reds (particularly true and burgundy), royal purple and turquoise and terrible in pastels particularly blue which has always looked terrible although this is a colour associated with summer which is what made me doubt myself :/ I think im a winter, but am not sure whih subcategory i fall into, your post did help me mre than alot of other sites though

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