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Light Summer is cool and light and shares characteristics with summer and spring in the 12 season system of color analysis.
Are your features very light for your ethnicity? Do you look best in the lightest shades of blue, pink, and purple? Are your drawn to pastel scenes in nature?
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
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 gentle beauty of light summer.
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Cool and Light
Light Summer is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium value, muted chroma.
- Cool hue
- Light value
- Neutral chroma
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. 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.
Hair is the in the blonde color family, from light platinum to dark blonde, and and will have no gold or red highlights. The hair may occassionally be light brown.
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.
For the cheeks, neutral cool shades of sand, soft pink, and rose are wonderful to gently accentuate the gentle features of light summer.
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.
Light autumn is known by its light cool pastels. Think of sweet baby pink flowers and soft sunsets. Since it’s in the cool color family, its heavy with grays, pinks, purples, blues, and some greens.
Here we see some different elements where light summer is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the light summer rainbow is cooler and light.
The famous pink of cherry blossoms against a light blue sky depict the base tones of light summer.
A pool party with clear water and floats show variation, while a beautiful purple sunset depicts the pastels of light summer.
White and purple flowers against a green and gray background illustrate some of the neutrals in the palette.
Light Summer Color 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.
Wardrobe Essentials for Light and Cool 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, blue, purple, and green families will add interest.
Frequently Asked Questions about Light Summer
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!
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 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:
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 lovely attributes of light summer. These individuals are truly beautiful in their cool icy appearance. They can wear the lightest pastel colors tat are currently very trending and look stunning.
Are you a Light Summer? If so, say hello in the comments!
Light Summer sits on the cusp of summer and spring and is cool and light.
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.