Deep Autumn is warm and dark and shares characteristics with autumn and winter in the 12 season system of color analysis.
Do you love the colors of autumn as it leans into winter? The dark red of turning maples, the browns of leaves decomposing, the deep evening teal of short days?
If you feel drawn to these colors and feel they accentuate your beauty, you might be a deep autumn!
The is a comprehensive guide to deep autumn in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, best makeup, a color palette, wardrobe staples for deep autumn, and how to create your own custom palette.
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The 12 Color Seasons
In seasonal color analysis we look at the skin, eyes, and hair to find a common color family. The 6 main color components are warm, cool, deep, light, soft, and bright.
Today we’ll be exploring the rich beauty of deep autumn.
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Warm and Dark
Deep Autumn is classified in the following ways: warm hue, dark value, neutral chroma.
- Warm hue
- Dark value
- Neutral chroma
The warmth we are looking for occurs in the skin primarily, but will also be found in the eyes and somewhat in the hair. Deep autumn is closer to neutral than true warm autumn, as it leans into winter and the cooler hues.
Deep autumn eyes are typically brown, hazel, or green. The hair is dark – brown or black – with hints of mahogany, red, auburn, or gold. The overall appearance is low/medium contrast, rich brown tones upon each other.
Because it is leaning towards winter, dark or deep is the secondary characteristic of deep autumn. These colors are rich and remind you of fallen leaves, ripe winter vegetables, and deep forests. The chroma of deep autumn is neutral, slightly leaning towards muted/soft.
Makeup for the Deep Autumn Woman
To emphasize the features of deep autumn, makeup colors should be both warm and deep as well.
For the eyes, choose medium and dark brown neutrals. For accent colors, think olive green, forest green, deep teal, and dark purple.
On the lips, never wear nude! The neutral lip for a deep autumn woman will in actuality be more of a caramel color. Wearing a light color such as nude will clash with the depth of the other features.
Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors.
Deep autumn is characterized by a rich depth of color. Chocolate brown, ripe aubergine, forest green, deep mustard, pumpkin, wine, and midnight teal are all colors that shine on a deep autumn woman.
Here we see some different elements where deep autumn is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the deep autumn rainbow is warmer and greatly shaded.
The fallen leaves in an autumn forest represent the deep oranges and reds, while the trees provide brown and dark olive.
The evergreen forest shows representation of greens and brownish grays. Everyone loves chocolate, and the rich brown with pops of pomegranate is perfect for a deep autumn.
Finally, the harvest vegetables display the rich variation of color in the autumn palette, from mustard yellow to plum purple.
Deep Autumn Color Palette
In creating a palette for deep autumn we start with neutrals, and work through the major color families.
Black and white are out for autumn with brown and sometimes navy taking the place of black, and cream functioning as white. Olive and camel are colored neutrals that will be staples in the deep autumn wardrobe.
Reds and oranges are prominent in the deep autumn palette, although a rich warm pink such as boysenberry can be worn as well. Yellows take the tones of foods such as Dijon and regular mustard, and warm honey. Many greens can be worn along the dark spectrum. Blues are typically cool, but adding green makes them suitable for autumn individuals. 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 deep coral, some reds may be too cool, any blue without green is also too cool. Purples are best that lean towards red instead of blue.
There are some colors that deep autumn should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too stark and high contrast for deep autumn. Pastels should always be avoided as they lack the shaded aspect of deep autumn’s features. Colors should be neither overly saturated or muted with gray to match the neutrality deep autumn’s chroma.
Wardrobe Essentials for Deep and Warm Coloring
When putting together outfits, low contrast options featuring mostly darker colors in the palette will be best. Using light neutrals is still a suitable outfit, however.
Patterns should feature mostly dark colors with a hint of light, such as traditional leopard.
When choosing other patterns such as florals, plaids, and stripes, look for options that have a dark background with smaller elements as contrast.
Dark wash denim is preferred over medium and light wash. Leather should be in the brown family, like mocha or cognac.
Yellow and rose gold are great metals for deep autumn.
Frequently Asked Questions about Deep Autumn
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. Fortunately as a deep autumn that is less likely than someone who is a light season. Black isn’t your BEST color, however, as you’ll find dark brown and even dark navy are more flattering. However, if you are building a capsule wardrobe around dresses, I highly recommend using black as a base simply because you’ll be able to find items easier.
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!
Should I wear all of these colors?
Well, that depends on you and what you consider minimalism! If you like a lot of variety, then go for it! However, when building a small capsule, you’ll find that limiting your color options is the best idea. I recommend the following:
- Black base
- Dark neutral
- Light neutral
- Main color
- 2-3 Accent colors
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 deep autumn:
Related Color Analysis Articles:
- Explore the 12 Seasons of Color
- Color Theory for Color Analysis
- Eye Patterns and Color Analysis
- Personality and Color Analysis
Ready to create your own color palette based on your season?
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the attributes of deep autumn. These individuals are truly lovely in their warmth and depth. They can wear rich luxuriously warm colors that many others cannot.
Are you a Deep Autumn? If so, say hello in the comments!
Deep Autumn sits on the cusp of autumn and winter and is warm and dark.
Stacey is the owner and creator behind Radiantly Dressed. She is a certified image consultant and AICI member focusing on creating simplicity in wardrobes via color and style.