Captivating Clear Spring: Color Palette, Capsule Wardrobe, and Ultimate Guide

Clear Spring is warm and bright and shares characteristics with spring and winter in the 12 season system of color analysis.

Clear Spring is a dynamic seasonal blend that merges the warm undertones of spring with the vivid brightness of winter. It’s a striking category within the sophisticated 12-season color analysis system, specifically crafted to steer individuals like you towards uncovering your ideal color palette.

Are your features characterized by bright, warm tones that create a striking high contrast? Do you find yourself irresistibly drawn to vivid, saturated colors that command attention, much like the ones that illuminate neon signs? Do you revel in the vibrant hues that bring these electric lights to life?

If this sounds like you, you might be a Clear Spring!

The is a comprehensive guide to clear spring in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, best makeup, a color palette, wardrobe staples for clear spring, and how to create your own custom palette.

The 12 Seasons of Color Analysis

Seasonal color analysis provides a transformative approach to identify colors that enhance your look and increase your confidence. By closely analyzing your skin’s undertones, eye colors, and hair shade, this method places you into one of twelve distinct color families.

The result? A thoughtfully curated palette of colors that highlight your natural attractiveness and offer a refreshing surge of self-assurance.

In this system, six key color components serve as the foundation: warm, cool, deep, light, soft, and bright. Within the warm spectrum, the Spring color family stands out for its light to medium, bright tones.

The spring color family includes clear spring, warm spring, and light spring.

Today, we delve into the bright beauty of Clear Spring—a palette that masterfully balances warm undertones with bright chroma.

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Clear Spring is Warm and Bright

Clear Spring is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium value, bright chroma.

  • Warm hue – the undertone is always red, but various overtones of pink or violee may give a cooler appearance, causing confusion when determining the difference between clear spring and clear winter.
  • Medium value – clear spring is typically medium in value. These individuals tend to favor those colors right in the middle, veering neither too light nor too dark.
  • Bright chroma – clear spring is one of the brightest, most saturated seasons in color analysis. 

Clear spring differs from its fellow spring seasons in that chroma is the primary characteristic. Although there is definite warmth, there is an overall brightness to the features.

Clear Spring skin tones are typically radiant, featuring golden or tan undertones that glow with warmth. This vibrant complexion may range from fair to deeper brown, capturing the rich, sun-kissed hues that are characteristic of this season. For women of color, Clear Spring can present beautifully in rich caramel or deep golden shades, making any vibrant color they wear pop with an irresistible allure. 

The eyes will typically be amber, green, or blue, and stand out against the face. The patterns will likely have strong flower shapes or the bold patterns of a winter eye.

For those with a Clear Spring color profile, hair can range widely within the blonde to brown spectrum, showcasing everything from light, sunny blondes to deeper, rich browns. These tones are often highlighted with vibrant streaks of gold, red, or faint auburn that catch the light beautifully and add a luminous depth. 

Clear spring hair and eyes.

The features are very high in contrast, and if looking at a grayscale image the hair and eyes would stand out against the skin. Clear spring is very similar to clear winter, the difference being that clear spring is a bit lighter and can wear warm bright colors.

Makeup for the Clear Spring Woman

To emphasize the features of clear spring, makeup colors should be both warm and bright as well.

The best makeup for clear spring.

For the eyes, choose bright neutrals such as cream, gold and mauve, or copper, redwood and olive. Accent colors could be warm teal or purple.

For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of coral, copper, and wine are wonderful to bring out a bronzy glow for clear spring.

Clear spring should avoid nude lips, opting instead for a darker latte as a natural look. Caramel, toffee, and raisin offer deeper neutrals. For a bold lip choose coral red or true red.

Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors. Clear spring looks best in bolder makeup looks versus completely natural.

Inspiration: The Clear Beauty of Clear Spring

Clear Spring is renowned for its dazzling array of warm colors that stand out distinctly from other seasons. Imagine the most vivid colors found in nature, then amplify their intensity tenfold. Dominated by the warmth of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, the Clear Spring palette captures the essence of brightness and vitality. 

Clear spring wears the rainbow.

Visual Inspirations

Here we explore various elements that capture the vibrant essence of Clear Spring. The traditional six-color rainbow showcases the purest, most neutral forms of color. In contrast, the Clear Spring rainbow exudes warmth and reaches the heights of color saturation, offering hues that are vivid and impactful.

The palette of Clear Spring is notably intense, featuring colors that are so bright they almost dazzle the eyes, and such shades are seldom encountered in the natural world. These are the kinds of colors that thrive under black light or resemble the vibrant hues used in mixed media art and illuminated by neon signs.

An image of a bright lime tree beautifully demonstrates the neutral yet vivid tones characteristic of Clear Spring. This scene blends the natural world with the distinctive, high-energy colors that define this unique seasonal palette.

Clear Spring Color Palette

Clear spring color palette.

In creating a palette for clear spring we start with neutrals, and work through the major color families.

Black and white are out for all spring types with brown and denim taking the place of black, and ivory functioning as white. Bright navy, pewter, and taupe are bonus neutrals that will be staples in the clear spring wardrobe.

Clear spring looks great in most shades of red, orange, and pink so long as they are bright. Yellows appear as butter, honey, and banana. Many greens can be worn along the medium to light spectrum. Blues in both the green and purple family are great saturated colors for clear spring. Warm purples complete the palette.

There is usually a version of every color that can be worn by any season, but some may be more difficult to match and find. Warm pinks often become blush, some reds may be too cool, and purples are best that lean towards red instead of blue.

There are some colors that clear spring should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too cool. Soft pastels are out for clear spring as they will clash against the high contrast features. Warm brilliant shades of pink, green, and blue are some of the best colors.

Clear Spring Best and Worst Colors

Choosing Prints for Clear Spring

Choosing the right patterns can significantly enhance your Clear Spring style. Your patterns should harmonize with your vibrant color palette and match your scale and contrast levels to highlight your features in the most attractive manner. Here’s the approach to get it just right:

  • Color Consistency: Ensure that less than 10% of the colors in your print fall outside your Clear Spring palette. This maintains a cohesive and harmonious appearance.
  • Scale: Opt for prints with a medium to large scale. Bold, large shapes are perfect to represent the high contrast of Clear Spring.
  • Contrast Level: Stick with high-contrast prints. The brighter and more saturated, the better. Complementary colors are great here!

Following these tips will boost your Clear Spring wardrobe and increase your confidence in selecting patterns. Below, you’ll find a collection of curated images that perfectly demonstrate these guidelines.

Wardrobe Essentials for Soft and Warm Coloring

No matter your style or personal aesthetic, there are a few items that every woman should have in their wardrobe.

The basics of any wardrobe should be neutrals, and you could certainly choose all neutrals. Layering similar shades of the same color will create a rich luxe look.

For those that enjoy a more colorful look, the basics are still appropriate, but fun and funky accessories in the yellow, orange, purple, and blue families will add interest.

Clear Spring wardrobe essentials capsule wardrobe

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Frequently Asked Questions about Clear Spring

What is bright spring color palette?

The Bright Spring color palette, also known as Clear Spring, features vivid, highly saturated colors that are both warm and cool. This palette blends the brightness and clarity of Winter with the warm undertones of Spring, resulting in luminous hues that enhance natural radiance.

Can clear spring wear white?

Clear spring has the contrast to wear true optic white, and may occasionally do so. However, a yellow based white will pick up the warm tones of clear spring much better than a pure white.

Can bright spring wear brown?

Brown can work well for clear/bright spring, so long as it a saturated version of brown such as cognac or rust. Brown is inherently warm, as a variation of warm, but avoid soft muted browns.

Can bright spring wear grey?

Gray is going to be very difficult for clear spring to wear, as it has 2 strikes against it: it is both muted AND cool. For warm toned seasons, gray can often be worn with a brown undertone, but the muted nature of gray makes it a worst color for the bright seasons.

Can bright spring wear orange?

Orange is going to be a great color for clear/bright spring! This color is naturally warm, often bright, and can lean both red, pink, and yellow without becoming cool. This color family should be a winner for bright spring.

Can bright spring wear burgundy?

Burgundy is going to be another problem color for bright spring. It is both muted and deep, and better suited for the autumn season types.

Can bright spring wear khaki?

Khaki is going to be a personal choice color for clear spring. As a brown neutral, it is warm and typically light enough for spring seasons. However, it’s similarity to skin tone color may not create enough contrast for this bright season.

Can I still wear black?

Of COURSE you can still wear black. I personally believe that black is a staple in any wardrobe. Any season can wear black, but some may find it is overwhelming. Black is likely to be a pretty close match with clear spring. Black definitely isn’t your BEST color, and lighter shades of brown will be most suitable. However, if you’re building a capsule wardrobe choosing black as a base may be easiest to find.

I hate these colors, could my season be wrong?

Yes absolutely, it could be true. But I want to challenge you, what is it that you hate? Is it the neutrals that you don’t like? Perhaps you don’t like brown? Refer back to my statements above about wearing black. Is it one of the color families, yellow or orange perhaps? Don’t wear them! Just because a palette includes all these colors doesn’t mean you should wear them all. I dare you to look at your closet and see if you naturally gravitate to any of these colors. If the answer is no, and you still feel this is completely wrong, let me know! I can help!

How Do I Build a Clear Spring Capsule Wardrobe? Building a Clear Spring capsule wardrobe is a streamlined process when you focus on your season’s best colors. Start with your neutrals like navy, cashmere, and ivory which will serve as the foundation of your wardrobe. Then, add in your main color and 2-3 accent colors from the Clear Spring palette. Colors like teal, sunflower, or coral work well.

Here’s a simple guide to create a color palette include:

  1. Base Colors: Canvas and almond 
  2. Dark Neutral: Navy or cognac
  3. Light Neutral: Ivory or soft white
  4. Main Color: Choose one from bright blue or yellow
  5. Accent Colors: Pick 2-3 from your palette, like reds, pinks, or greens

Can I only wear these colors?

No way! You should wear what you love! If you want to wear lavender, then go for it! You may find, however, that learning your season affects how other colors make you feel. If you feel confident rocking a color, then it’s yours to own. But if you don’t, feel free to leave it to the seasons that wear it well. If you’re looking to expand your palette, you can also consider sister seasons.

The following are sister seasons for clear spring:

Mountain scene colors.
Clear Winter
Neon flowers colors.
Warm Spring

Clear Spring Colors for the Whole Year

When borrowing from other seasons, it’s helpful to consider those which share attributes. Many women like to choose colors that help them feel in touch with the calendar season, like pink in spring. For Clear Spring, the following borrowing recommendations work across the whole year.

In Spring, stick with any colors in the three spring seasons.

In Summer, borrow colors from light spring to embody the lighter feel of summer.

In Fall, borrow colors from warm spring to lean into the warmth of a roaring fire.

In Winter, borrow from clear winter for slightly deeper colors of the cold season.

Clear Spring Year Round Colors

Action Steps for Embracing Your Clear Spring Palette

  1. Identify Your Colors: Start by familiarizing yourself with the Clear Spring color palette. Keep it handy on your phone or print it out for quick reference when shopping. Buy the Clear Spring guide here to go deeper.
  2. Purge Your Closet: Remove items that are far from your Clear Spring colors or don’t make you feel good. Consider donating or reselling them.
  3. Invest in Neutrals: Buy wardrobe staples in your best neutral colors like navy, camel, and ivory. These will be the backbone of your wardrobe.
  4. Choose Your Best Colors: Pick 2-3 signature colors from your Clear Spring palette that you love the most. These will give your capsule wardrobe some variety.
  5. Plan Your Capsule: Following the 100 Piece Wardrobe Framework, build a capsule wardrobe around your neutrals and accent colors. Aim for versatility and cohesiveness.
  6. Shop Smart: When shopping for new items, always have your palette in mind. This will save you both time and money in the long run.
  7. Trial and Adjust: Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Wear your new colors and pay attention to the compliments you receive and how you feel in them. Make adjustments as needed.
  8. Seek Guidance: If you’re struggling to implement your Clear Spring palette, consider seeking professional help. A color analysis session can be a transformative experience.
  9. Celebrate You: Remember, God made you beautiful in your unique way. Embrace your Clear Spring attributes as a reflection of His creativity.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to simplifying your wardrobe while looking your best, feeling confident, and honoring your uniqueness.

Final Thoughts on Clear Spring

By embracing the Clear Spring palette, you unlock a world where your wardrobe reflects the vibrant energy of your seasonal color profile. This journey into discovering the perfect hues allows you to curate a collection of clothes and accessories that amplify your natural radiance.

This guide has provided you with information on colors that work well with your skin tone, makeup that brings out your best features, and tips for assembling a capsule wardrobe that suits your clear spring qualities.

Are you a Clear Spring? If so, say hello in the comments!

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  1. Hey! Would I be a clear spring- I always get either clear spring or light autumn

    Light brown hair / tends to be on the warmer side
    Bright green eyes
    Fair skin neutral but warm leaning

    1. Most of the time I thought I was deep autumn which obviously as a Southeast Asian normally got, then I did a test online and turns out I am clear spring. I was surprised but it make more sense now because I have a deep autumn wardrop but I have some colorful stuff that my mom had it for me and I always get complements when I wear of my mom’s rather than my autumn outfit which however I feel more mature and suitable for job. So I will wear clear spring outfit in a situation when I want to be more approachable or family occasion.

  2. Does getting grey hair change the season? I’m a clear spring, but I’m noticing grey hairs here and there; kind of silvery. Am I still going to be clear spring?

    Also, what about jewelry? Gold, silver, etc? What metals look best for clear spring?

  3. Coz I’m an southeast asian, I tend to have darker color of eyes & hair. Can I be a clear/bright spring with natural black eyes & hair?

  4. Hi! I always think I’m a winter cause my eyes are dark coffee brown, my hair is reddish brown, and my skin is very fair with a pink undertone. However I look better in a warm orange red lipstick than in a cool red…
    Can I actually be a spring or autumn?

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