Luminescent Light Summer: Color Palette, Capsule Wardrobe, and Ultimate Guide

Light Summer is cool and light and shares characteristics with summer and spring in the 12 season system of color analysis.

Light Summer is a captivating seasonal fusion that combines the cool undertones of summer with the gentle brightness of spring. It’s a distinctive segment of the sophisticated 12-season color analysis system, designed to guide individuals like you toward discovering your perfect palette.

Are your features very light for your ethnicity? Do you look best in the lightest shades of blue, pink, and purple? Are you drawn to pastel scenes in nature like fields of lavender?

If this sounds like you, you might be a Light Summer!

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

The 12 Seasons of Color Analysis

Seasonal color analysis offers a revelatory method to uncover the hues that elevate your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Through an insightful examination of your skin’s undertones, the colors of your eyes, and the shade of your hair, this technique assigns you to one of twelve unique color families.

What’s the outcome? A carefully selected range of colors that accentuates your natural beauty and brings an invigorating boost of confidence.

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

The summer color family includes light summer, cool summer, and soft summer.

Today, we delve into the subtle beauty of Light Summer—a palette that masterfully balances cool undertones with light value.

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Light Summer is Cool and Light

Light Summer is classified in the following ways: cool hue, light value, medium chroma.

  • Cool hue – the undertone is always blue, but various overtones of peach or yellow may give a warmer appearance, causing confusion when determining the difference between light summer and light spring.
  • Light value – light summer is typically light to medium in value. These individuals can wear the lightest pastel shades of cool colors and not look washed out.
  • Medium chroma – light summer is one of the brightest summer types, borrowing some of the contrast from its sister season of light spring.
Light Summer Color Attributes

Light summer is similar to light spring, although summer needs cool tones. These individuals are very, very light compared to the rest of the population.

The skin is likely to be light ivory or cool beige, darker skin individuals will have light skin for their ethnicity. Note: although anything is possible, it is unlikely for a woman of color to be a light summer; soft summer may be the perfect spot!

The eyes will typically be blue or green, and on the lighter end of the spectrum. A soft gray eye is also possible in light summer. The eye patterns of light summer may include some green or yellow from spring influence. 

Hair within the Light Summer palette predominantly falls within the blonde spectrum, extending from ethereal light platinum shades through to deeper dark blonde hues. Characteristically, this hair will lack any golden or reddish highlights, maintaining a cool and soft appearance that harmonizes with the delicate essence of Light Summer. Occasionally, individuals may find their strands gently tipping into the realm of light brown, yet this shade, too, retains the season’s characteristic coolness, devoid of warmer undertones. 

Light summer has cool/light hair and eyes.

The features are overall similar in depth, with none of the features standing out above the rest. Light summer has an icy coolness to their features and stands out when framed by pastel shades.

Makeup for the Light Summer Woman

To emphasize the features of light summer, makeup colors should be both cool and light as well.

The best makeup for light summer.

For the eyes, choose light neutrals such as silvery white, icy pink, soft ivory, and dusky blue. Dark colors should be no deeper than medium gray. Accent colors could be blush, soft plum, or mauve.

For the cheeks, neutral cool shades of sand, soft pink, and rose are wonderful to gently accentuate the gentle features of light summer.

Nude lips are a winner for light summer, along with blush and cotton candy. A bold lip for such a light season would be mauve or rose, and deep bubblegum substitutes for red.

Avoid warm tones like brown or orange red lipstick, copper and yellow eyeshadows, and bronze cheek colors. Light summer should also stay away from dark makeup colors.

Inspiration: The Natural Beauty of Light Summer

Light Summer is distinguished by its array of cool, light pastels that evoke a sense of serene beauty. This palette leans into a spectrum where cool grays, delicate pinks, serene purples, tranquil blues, and soothing greens meld together, embodying the essence of lightness with a cool undertone. 

Light Summer Wears the Rainbow

Visual Inspirations

  • Cherry Blossom: The iconic pink of cherry blossoms set against the crisp light blue of an early morning sky, capturing the foundational tones of Light Summer. These colors serve as a testament to the palette’s ability to blend naturally into the season’s soft, airy feel.
  • Purple Sunset: The mesmerizing hues of a sunset, where the sky transforms into a canvas of soft purples, embodying the light and pastel nature of the Light Summer palette, and illustrating its capacity for both tranquility and depth.
  • White Flowers: White and purple flowers nestled against a backdrop of green foliage and gray stones, showcasing the neutral and grounding elements of the Light Summer palette.

These images collectively paint a picture of a palette that is both diverse and harmoniously cool, perfectly suited for those with a Light Summer coloring.

Light Summer Color Palette

Light Summer Palette

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

Black and white are out for all summer types with soft navy and gray taking the place of black, and soft white instead of optic white. Light sage, soft blush, and silver are colored neutrals that will be staples in the light summer wardrobe.

Light red and ruby are perfect reds, and as a cool season there are no oranges, just shades of pink. Yellows are very light as banana and chiffon. Many greens can be worn along the light to medium spectrum. Summer seasons can typically wear any  shade of blue, so long as it isn’t too dark in this case. Pastel shades of purple round out 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. Some pink and red may be too orange, any green without blue is also too warm. Purples are best that lean towards blue instead of red.

There are some colors that light summer should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too stark and high contrast for light summer. Dark deep colors are not suitable for the light summer woman as they are overpowering. Cool pastels, specifically baby pink and blue are some of the best colors.

best and worst colors for light summer

Choosing Prints for Light Summer

Selecting the perfect patterns can elevate or detract from your Light Summer style. Your patterns need to align with your color scheme, as well as complement your scale and contrast levels, to enhance your appearance in the most flattering way. Here’s the strategy to nail it:

  • Color Consistency: Ensure that less than 10% of the colors in your print fall outside your Light Summer palette. This maintains a cohesive and harmonious appearance.
  • Scale: Opt for prints with a small to medium scale. Large, overpowering prints can overwhelm the Light Summer’s playful and airy vibe.
  • Contrast Level: Stick with medium-contrast prints. Light Summer thrives on light, effervescent looks, and a medium-contrast print will serve to underline this.

Adhering to these guidelines will enhance your Light Summer wardrobe and elevate your confidence in choosing patterns. Below, you’ll find a selection of curated images that perfectly illustrate these principles.

Light Summer Prints

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 the same 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 pink, purple, blue, and green families will add interest.

Light Summer wardrobe essentials capsule wardrobe

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Frequently Asked Questions about Light Summer

What is the difference between true summer and light summer?

When comparing true summer versus light summer, they are nearly the same. The true summer designation is a throwback from 4 season analysis, in which the lightest colors were featured for the season. As light summer is the lightest of the summer seasons, it is the closest to the original true summer.

What color jewelry should light summers wear?

Light Summers look best in jewelry that reflects the cool and delicate essence of their palette. Opt for pieces in silver, white gold, or platinum, as these metals harmoniously complement the cool undertones of the Light Summer complexion. Pearls and clear crystals add a touch of elegance without overwhelming, while gemstones like aquamarine, amethyst, and pale pink quartz beautifully echo the Light Summer’s soft and muted tones. Steer clear of overly warm or brassy metals, and instead, choose accessories that enhance the natural beauty and subtlety of your Light Summer attributes.

Can light summers wear yellow?

Every season can wear some variation of yellow. For Light Summer, they should be very cool, light, and somewhat soft. A perfect example of this kind of yellow would be a frozen lemonade on a hot day.

Can light summers wear red?

Yes, Light Summers can wear red, but the key is choosing the right shade. Opt for softer, cooler reds that lean towards the pastel spectrum, such as coral reds, soft raspberry, or rose reds. These hues should have a subtle cool undertone to harmonize with the Light Summer palette, avoiding the starkness of vibrant or warm reds.

Can light Summer wear teal?

Teal is generally considered a universally flattering color, and light summer can wear it well, as long as it’s not too warm or dark. Choose shades such as robin’s egg or aquamarine to stick with lighter tones in the teal family.

Can light summer wear white?

Light Summer should avoid stark, optic white, instead choosing a softer version. Although this designation may be slight, consider fabric choice and how “white” appears to determine if it will work for you.

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 much more harsh on light summer than some other seasons. Black definitely isn’t your BEST color, and lighter shades of gray 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 pastels? Refer back to my statements above about wearing black. Is it one of the color families, pink or yellow 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 Light Summer Capsule Wardrobe? Building a Light Summer capsule wardrobe is a streamlined process when you focus on your season’s best colors. Start with your neutrals like navy, ice gray, and soft white which will serve as the foundation of your wardrobe. Then, add in your main color and 2-3 accent colors from the Light Summer palette. Colors like lilac, aquamarine, or sea glass work well.

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

  1. Base Colors: Soft navy and light gray
  2. Dark Neutral: Navy or graphite
  3. Light Neutral: Soft white or pearl
  4. Main Color: Choose one from light purple or blue
  5. Accent Colors: Pick 2-3 from your palette, like light greens, yellows, or pinks

Can I only wear these colors?

No way! You should wear what you love! If you want to wear burgundy, 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 light summer:

Warm Yellow Sunset colors
Light Spring
Jellyfish Colors
Cool Summer

Light Summer 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 Light Summer, the following borrowing recommendations work across the whole year.

In Spring, borrow colors from light spring to embody the slight warmth of spring.

In Summer, stick with any colors in the three summer seasons.

In Fall, borrow colors from soft summer to pull a bit of that muted fireside feel.

In Winter, borrow from cool summer for slightly deeper colors of the cold season.

Light summer colors for the whole year

Action Steps for Embracing Your Light Summer Palette

  1. Identify Your Colors: Start by familiarizing yourself with the Light Summer color palette. Keep it handy on your phone or print it out for quick reference when shopping. Buy the Light Summer guide here to go deeper.
  2. Purge Your Closet: Remove items that are far from your Light Summer 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, gray, and soft white. These will be the backbone of your wardrobe.
  4. Choose Your Best Colors: Pick 2-3 signature colors from your Light Summer 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 Light Summer 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 Light Summer 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 Light Summer

In embracing the Light Summer palette, you unlock a world where your wardrobe reflects the serene beauty of your seasonal color profile. This journey into discovering the perfect hues enables you to curate a collection of clothes and accessories that enhance your natural beauty.

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 light summer qualities.

Are you a light summer? If so, say hello in the comments!

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  1. Здравствуйте, я не могу определиться со своим цветотипом, я либо светлое лето, либо мягкое. Меня также определяли стилисты, их было достаточно много, но их варианты разделяются, кто то также считает, что я мягкое лето, а кто что я светлое лето. Не знаю как быть🤦🏼‍♀️

    1. I used google translate, so hope I got this 🙂 The difference between a light summer and a soft summer would be in the chroma. If you have low contrast and can wear a lot of grays then soft is more likely. But if you need clearer light colors I would think light summer would be the one.

  2. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot

  3. I love all your information on the sister color groups. I am a Light Summer and found the color palettes I naturally cheat from are from the Cool Summer and Light Spring palette. After reading your information, I understand why.

  4. After trying to avoid it for a few weeks now, I have come to terms with the fact that I’m a light summer, and I’m upset about it! I cannot stand these colors, and I think they look like baby clothes. I want to wear teal and forest green and deep magenta. 75% of my wardrobe is black and my signature makeup is a deep berry red lip. I don’t know how to do this!

    1. Hi Julia,
      You probably have a light skin that doesn’t tolerate dark, warm, bright colors even though you like them.
      In Light Summer colors, your skin probably glows and your eyes shine while in the darker colors the lines are harsh and the skin looks yellowish.
      An unexpected bonus of the LSu is its calming effect on the wearer (me).

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