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.
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, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, 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.
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!
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.
Your best colors are light and warm, including light, warm pink, orange, yellow, green, ivory, khaki and camel. Check out more of your palette.
Your best colors are light and cool, including dusty blues and purples, taupe, grey and eggshell. Check out more of your palette.
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.
Your best colors are deep and cool, including ruby, emerald, royal purple and blue, navy, black and charcoal. Check out more of your palette.
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.
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.
Your best colors are cool and bright, including super-saturated jewel tones, navy, black, white and silver. Check out more of your palette.
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.
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.
Your best colors are cool and muted, including mint, deep rose, periwinkle, lavender, slate, and soft grey. Check out more of your palette.
Your best colors are warm and muted, including mahogany, coral, terracotta, buttermilk, eggplant, brown and camel. Check out more of your palette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your best colors are cool and deep, including ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, navy, black, charcoal, white and silver. Check out more of your palette.
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.
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.