Light Summer Looking Serious

In 12 Season Personal Colour Analysis, the Light Seasons are the Neutral Season blends of True Spring and True Summer. These people are often not as light to look at as you’d expect, not blue-eyed blondes necessarily.

Colour Analysis is not about what you look like. What the members of a Season share is how they react to colour. Light Summer may have aqua eyes and reddish hair or blue eyes with  light sandy brown hair. At times, the hair colour is surprisingly dark although it wouldn’t seem nearly so dark if placed on a Winter head.

What’s not to like about the Light Spring and Light Summer? Agreeable in every way, reminding of sunshine, mild weather, pleasant temperatures, and easiness. What if you want to express the serious contender side of yourself, and not a dally in a rowboat?

When you want to be heard, it’s easy to forget that whisper may work better. They clear the air like an early morning rain in a world where everyone seems to be yelling. A beautiful, natural face like the one below relaxes everyone around them. They ease the tension in a room just by being there.

When we look at the colour palettes fanned out for any Season, our eye tends to be drawn to the colours. If you planted an acre garden and it contained a single bloom, your eye would be drawn to that spot of colour. A conscious effort may be needed to notice all the other colours, meaning the neutrals.

Neutral colours are the spine of a wardrobe, the items that the real colours are added to. Use them a lot. You don’t need an item in everyone of your greens, but owning each of the grays is a good investment. For Light Summer, they are the colour of breath, shade, and shadows.

Monochromatic (all one colour) and analogous (neighbour colours on the colour wheel) colour schemes look organized and work very well on Summers and their blends, though Spring will use more colour difference and brightness in their prints and combinations. Pair a blue-gray with a blue, or a lilac-gray with a colour from the pink-violet family. This quiets the colour but introduces the friendliness, creativity, and confidence that colour does, and is very appropriate at work.

Keep in mind the most essential aspect of your colouring. It never gets darker than medium, so aim for this overall darkness level. The genius of the palette is that pairing dark colours achieves medium-dark because your colours are measured to be within your value range, the comparison being with a full black to white scale.

Include a light block somewhere because that’s how looking at you feels. You have some latitude with warmth and coolness, also built into the palette, and with soft and brightness. The important thing is to stay within the light the dark (value) range.

Light Summer is gentle colour, misty light, an early sun, and an airiness that’s still cooler than it is warm. Silver and gold would both be fine in the photo above, but silver may feel more at home. Surfaces may be brushed or shiny, fitting well into the image above. Keep the colours of  metal light and the jewels like Popsicles and beach glass.

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19 thoughts on “Light Summer Looking Serious”

  1. Oh, I love posts about clothing and accessory collections for seasons — any season!! They give me a better gestalt-view than just a colour fan. Lovely to look at. More, please!

  2. Well, that was fun!
    Under the influence of Christine’s inspiration, I went to Polyvore and doodled up my own Light Summer “Need Desperately” wardrobe. But, dare I buy any more clothes? (I already know the answer to that!)

  3. I love the colors, Christine!
    But….perhaps the cardigan is a bit too much brightness for a Light Summer? I know she can wear these colors, but I have the feeling that it is just a bit too much so close to the face?

  4. Christine – Not sure there’s a right and wrong. For me, True Spring is about delicacy and lightness. If the hardware is chunky, then even a small amount might weigh down the look. You’d have to consider the overall appearance of the item and the size of the woman. We are venturing into “how I think it looks good” versus “what you think looks good, and you’re the one wearing it, and expressing yourself with it”.

  5. “There is always a light block somewhere to give an overall light feeling”

    Why did I not think about this statement before? I have trouble with the darkest colors on my Light Summer swatch book. I’ve bought my darkest, coolest blue in a couple tops. The darkest teal. The darkest pink (or I suppose it’s my red). And they feel really dark if I wear them with my blue jeans which, on a scale of lightest (1) to darkest(5) of my swatch book, are about a 4. So I tend to pair them with my khaki-colored jeans instead (2 or 3) but I think it could still be better. So should I wear my darkest colors with my lightest then? I’ve read so much about Summers not wearing high contrast, especially LSu where it’s supposed to be light, light, light and I don’t see my darkest colors as being super light all by themselves.

    I would LOVE light grey pants like you show above but I’m more comfortable in jeans and don’t spend much on pants as I go through them fairly fast. And it’s hard enough finding dark-medium greys in pants let alone light.

    I guess my question then is, if I’m wearing one of my darkest colors in a top, do my pants need to be lighter than say that grey jacket you have pictured?

  6. Hi, Tora,

    The things I write are just how I think it looks best. So, Heather Locklear, a probably L Su, in head to toe dark seems too somber even if the darks are her colours. Others wouldn’t agree. They would say that as long as you choose from your palette, you can wear every colour equally well in any way. So it comes down to you finding a L Su person, Princess Diana, there are many, and google her Images and think about what you think looks good. Look at http://www.truth-is-beauty.com for more pictures of people examples.
    If we talk about what I like, with a darker top, I’d make my pants come from the medium to light colours of my palette. Are the colours hard to find? Yes and No. Yes, because this time of year is tough for Lights, much easier in May. No in that your eye still learns to see only your best colours, they are out there.
    You could equally well wear a dark top, a light pant, and a scarf that includes the medium and light shade to blend the outfit. The contrast thing shouldn’t be taken to extremes. Your correct palette won’t let you have huge contrast because it doesn’t go from light to black. The potential for high contrast isn’t really there. The idea is to get some watercolour flowing, no big sudden jumps between colour blocks, but again, your palette is looking after a big part of this for you.
    Your darkest colours are super light, it’s true, but put them next to black or blackened eggplant and navy. Suddenly, your darks are looking quite light as darks colours go.

  7. I know my darkest colors are not all that dark compared to black but looking at one all by itself, light is not the first adjective to come to mind :)

    I will definitely do some googling then. Head to toe photos are what I need to see because it’s so easy for me to forget the bottom half that I don’t see in my bathroom mirror. I don’t look at the whole ensemble often enough. And it’s obviously hard to see myself objectively which is why we have specially trained color analysts like you to turn to!

    I’ve had my palette for a year and a half now and I wonder if my issues with the dark part are the trouble I have in spotting them. It didn’t take too long for me to know when a light color wasn’t worth even walking toward. But the dark ones I test with my swatches are, strangely enough, never too warm or cool and rarely too dark, but are usually too bright or muted.

    Thank you so much for your suggestions, Christine! I’ll just need to practice with my palette some more ^_^

  8. Christine,
    You said in your post above that Light Summers have room to move between clear and muted. Does that mean some LSu’s are more muted than clear?

  9. The post above says Light Spring is next … did I miss this one? Also, how would you describe Light Summer and Light Spring personalities? Thanks.

  10. Shirley,
    L Su is always more muted than clear because they are more Summers than Springs. But when they shop, if a colour is a tiny bit more or less clear, it may not matter too much. It’s not the aspect of their colouring that is most crucial.
    Are some LSu more muted than others? Probably, though not by a wide margin. Those leaning to the warmer side, that have more Spring in them, will have a little more clarity in their colouring than those leaning closer to the Summer side.

  11. Hello,

    Would the lady with the afro be considered a light summer, or is she simply wearing clothing in the light summer range?

  12. Just wearing the clothes, Kay. Nothing about her native colouring seems to repeat the LSu palette, far as I can tell from a distant photo.

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