For those here for the first time, in 12 Seasons personal colour analysis, Soft Autumn is the type of natural colouring or Season that is mostly governed by Autumn’s personal colour palette, with a small but important influence from Summer.
In the previous Soft Autumn Landscapes, we thought about how perfectly Kristin’s photos of Belgian scenes depicted Soft Autumn’s palettes and colour language. How does this translate in your appearance? How do you take the beauty of how you already are and elevate it, level by level, by repeating it in perfect harmony with the original?
Very muted means no element will be bold, cold, hard, sharp, super-shiny, super-sleek, or extreme in any way. White and black, both extremes, are outsiders. I hope Kristin will forgive me if I show you white and black on Soft Autumn using her photos.
How do you feel about the white dot? And the black one? Once you have seen the white dot, does your eye keep coming back to it? Picture it as white jeans on a woman and attire coloured like the rest of the picture.
A cordial relationship with white is near impossible. The rest of the scenery (person) becomes grayer. The white glows more and the person mutes more.
Colour schemes are not necessarily analogous or monochromatic, but rather depict easy, easy transitions. The low saturation (meaning high degree of grayness) unites the colours, enabling the gorgeously unrestricted visual flow from one element to the next. Without extremes of light and dark, contrast is low.
I like complements on this group too. With the simultaneous warm and cool presence of Neutral Seasons, you often see a blue-ish eye and orange-ish hair.
The coral sleeveless top: The beading is not in high contrast to the top and it’s muted, not sparkly. Peanut shells (a big SA visual for me, in texture, strength, fibers, and colour) do not sparkle. Brown is not too hot, quite grey, and not extremely dark, so Nutella brown. The fabric drapes a bit (Summer grace) but has some structure (Autumn substance). It’s not gauze. We’re aiming for a medium overall darkness effect.
The leopard cardigan: It’s quiet, not a Hawaiian print, geometric, or outright floral. You’re not wearing the whole animal, which would smother SA in the drama. Muted animal prints work well to convey the strength and texture that so defines the Season, but this is controlled and cooled, very neutral. I’d add a more substantial belt to add strength through natural texture (Autumn).
The twinset: The jeans are browned. The peach brown tank is browned, nothing candy or blossom about it, which would be Spring. Summer brings femininity and flowers are great, but not a profusion of blooms. The octagonal shapes remind of flowers, but with more structure and rigidity. On a Spring, this would look like, I don’t know, a medieval church? Too ordered, which on them proceeds to, > recurring > mechanical > heavy > clunk. A Dark Autumn can take medieval weight all the way to heavy, leaded stained glass and just look better.
Brown cardi: There are vines (Summer) in an earthy (Autumn) colour. To balance the waviness, the skirt has more sustenance, more grounding and squaring. These bodies tend to be more squared than rounded, though some have very womanly Summer bodies.
The blue top and the grey Bermudas: A reminder that all Neutral Seasons have cool and warm versions of every colour, of the importance of neutrals, and a segue into the next section.
Blue is inherently cool and has more options in the cool Seasons. Once the warmth of Autumn gold or Spring yellow start mixing in, blues becomes greener, as teal in various darkness levels.
In the picture below:
Across the top, SA blues. On the left, that’s about as light as blue (or any colour) gets. The darkness range really hugs the medium section of the scale.
Across the bottom from L to R,
– the blue tyedye long dress is True to Soft Summer, still soft but distinctly cooler, a little fresher.
– the purple dress is contains too much red to harmonize easily with the palette, as the blouse in the panel marked 4
– the one next to the right (so 3rd from L) is better is calmer, but bluer would be better, more muted periwinkle and less purple, such as the handbag in the panel marked 5
– the last from L, is dark, as Autumn can be, as long as the darkness is muted; a little more visible gray would be better but with a light jacket, and depending on natural pigmentation, it could work well in a large area.
A Park in Paris
An inspiring closing note that another Susan shared with me for you to enjoy (and on behalf of all of us, I thank her). This is the Parc Luxembourg in Paris. How you might feel sitting on one of those benches, surrounded by those colours and textures, that light and temperature, represent Soft to True Autumn beautifully.