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Soft Autumn is warm and soft and shares characteristics with autumn and summer in the 12 season system of color analysis.
Are your features gently warm with none standing out? Are you drawn to the soft shades currently on trend: blush, olive, and ivory? Do you love the colors of a foggy morning?
If this sounds like you, you might be a Soft Autumn!
The is a comprehensive guide to soft autumn in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, best makeup, a color palette, wardrobe staples for soft autumn, and how to create your own custom palette.
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 gentle beauty of soft autumn.
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Warm and Soft
Soft Autumn is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium value, muted chroma.
- Warm hue
- Medium value
- Muted chroma
Soft autumn differs from its fellow autumn seasons in that chroma is the primary characteristic. Although there is definite warmth, there is an overall muted gray look to the features.
The skin is likely to be gentle beige or taupe. The eyes will typically be brown or green, with a soft opaque quality to them. But blue eyes are not uncommon!
Hair is in the brown color family, from light to medium/dark, and may have gold, red, or faint auburn highlights. Dark blonde hair is also frequently seen in soft autumn types, and occasionally lighter blonde.
The features are overall similar in depth, with none of the features standing out above the rest. One might suggest that the features of a soft autumn are nondescript, but they come alive when wearing the proper colors for their season.
Makeup for the Soft Autumn Woman
To emphasize the features of soft autumn, makeup colors should be both warm and soft as well.
For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of sand, coral, and peach are wonderful to bring out a peachy glow for soft autumn.
Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors. Soft autumn should also stay away from dark lip colors.
Soft autumn is known by its gentle warm colors that appear grayed. Think of any outdoor scene with a layer of fog hugging it. Since it’s in the warm color family, its heavy with browns, reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.
Here we see some different elements where soft autumn is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the soft autumn rainbow is warmer and soft.
If you’ve ever been to a natural spring when the sun is setting you have experienced the warm teal blues of soft autumn.
The mixed colors of a leaf turning represent the transition from summer to autumn, while marigold leaves in soft light show the range of soft autumn.
A brilliant yellow cloudy sunset gives us shades of yellow, ivory, and taupe.
Soft Autumn Color Palette
In creating a palette for soft autumn we start with neutrals, and work through the major color families.
Black and white are out for all autumn types with brown and denim taking the place of black, and ivory functioning as white. Olive, blush, and camel are colored neutrals that will be staples in the soft autumn wardrobe.
Burgundy and squash are perfect soft tones, and since soft autumn borders summer, there is more variation in pinks. Yellows appear as soft brass, flax, and marzipan . Many greens can be worn along the medium to light 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 blush, 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 soft autumn should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too stark and high contrast for soft autumn. Bright saturated colors are not suitable for the soft autumn woman as they are overpowering. Warm pastels, specifically blush and olive are some of the best colors.
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 yellow, orange, purple, and blue families will add interest.
Frequently Asked Questions about Soft 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. Black is likely to be much more harsh on soft autumn than some other seasons. 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!
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 soft 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 lovely attributes of soft autumn. These individuals are truly beautiful in their soft gentle warmth. They can wear muted colors that are currently very trendy and look stunning.
Are you a Soft Autumn? If so, say hello in the comments!
Soft Autumn sits on the cusp of autumn and summer and is warm and soft.
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.