Are ALL your features brilliantly warm? Are you drawn to true orange and yellow? Do you love the colors of a spring flowers?
If this sounds like you, you might be a Warm Spring!
The is a comprehensive guide to warm spring in the 12 season system of color analysis. Keep reading to learn the physical characteristics, the best makeup, a beautiful color palette to wear, wardrobe staples, and how to create your own custom palette.
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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.
The spring color family is warm and includes clear spring, true/warm spring, and light spring.
- Clear Spring
- True/Warm Srpring
- Light Spring
Today we’ll be exploring the brilliant beauty of warm spring.
Warm, Leaning Light
Warm Spring is classified in the following ways: warm hue, medium value, muted chroma.
- Warm hue
- Medium light value
- Bright chroma
Warm spring is one of the pure seasons, and as such all the features are warm. It is distinguished from the other true warm season of autumn in value and chroma, with warm spring leaning both light and bright.
The skin is likely to be soft porcelain beige or creamy peach. The eyes will typically be amber, green, or blue, and quite brilliant.
Hair is the in the blonde color family, from light to medium/dark, and will likely have red and strawberry tones.
The features exhibit a moderate degree of contrast along the medium value spectrum. All the features are quite bright, with the eyes and hair being noticeable against creamy skin.
To emphasize the features of warm spring, makeup colors should be both warm as well.
For the eyes, choose light neutrals such as cream, butter and bronze, darker colors like copper, redwood, and olive. Accent colors could be warm teal or purple.
For the cheeks, neutral warm shades of sand, coral, and copper are wonderful to bring out a peachy glow for warm spring.
Nude lips are a winner for warm spring, along with caramel and toffee. For a bold lip choose raisin, coral red, or cherry red.
Avoid cool tones like pink or berry red lipstick, cool blue and green eyeshadows, and soft pink cheek colors. Warm spring should also stay away from dark brown lip colors.
Warm autumn stands out for its bright warm primary colors. Think of the color of new flowers on the ground after the barrenness of winter. Since it’s in the warm color family, its heavy with reds, oranges, yellows, and greens.
Here we see some different elements where warm spring is naturally found. The 6 color rainbow depicts the truest, most neutral form of colors, but the warm spring rainbow is warmer and clear.
The colorful daisies of spring with their neon colors depict the range of warm spring.
A field of tulips illustrate the primary colors, while a hot air balloon made to stand against the sky shows more of those colors of warm spring.
Bold purple and yellow flowers finish off the colors of warm spring.
In creating a palette for warm spring we start with neutrals, and work through the major color families.
Black and white are out for all spring types with brown and navy taking the place of black, and ivory functioning as white. Olive, nude, and camel are colored neutrals that will be staples in the warm spring wardrobe.
Warm and orange red and great bold tones, and warm spring looks great in oranges and many pinks. Yellows appear as butter, honey, and daffodil. Many greens can be worn along the medium to light spectrum. Blues with a bit of green are power colors for warm spring. Luxurious red-toned 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. Many colors available may be too muted for the warm spring type, and finding primary type colors should be the goal.
There are some colors that warm spring should always avoid. Black and white have been mentioned as they are too stark for warm spring. Soft muted colors are not suitable for warm spring as they will clash with your features. Light, bright colors, especially lime and orange, are some of the best colors for warm spring.
Here we see some outfits for deep autumn. I’ve included two outfits for each season, one with a dress and another with skirt separates.
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.
No matter your style or personal aesthetic, there are a few items that every woman should have in their wardrobe.
Here are 10 core pieces for the Soft Autumn woman:
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
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 somewhat less harsh for warm spring than some other seasons. Black definitely isn’t your BEST color, and strong 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
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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 warm spring:
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 Warm Spring? If so, say hello in the comments!
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.