Have you been determined a Soft Summer? And do you understand your color direction?
Summer is always SOFT (Muted), always LIGHT and always COOL. But for some reason it often gets mixed up with Soft Autumn - but that's impossible because Autumn is Warm!
Different methods of Color Analysis are always popping up but I never give them a great deal of thought because both the Tonal and Seasonal methods work well and complement each other.
Every method comes down to the same straight-forward idea of connecting or matching color charcteristics with your own natural characteristics. When you surround yourself with colors that echo your own natural coloring then you create balance. Simple!
But some methods of Color Analysis do nothing but create confusion - in fact I had a lady tell me that she's a 'Warm Summer' - impossible!
Let me explain...
SUMMER is made up of 3 color characteristics - MUTED (soft), LIGHT AND COOL.
So if you are SUMMER you are always MUTED, always LIGHT and always COOL - these 3 characteristics have to be present, in more or less equal quantities, to determine you a Summer.
Your natural coloring is gentle and softly blended, nothing brash with low contrast between your features.
As a Soft Summer you are directed and limited to the softest, most muted, colors within the SUMMER color palette.
With a restricted range of colors the shades become so specific that it's extremely difficult to recognize them and almost impossible to shop because your choice is so limited.
You're not a TRUE SUMMER - so you've got to be something else!
As you're being directed to the
Muted/Soft colors then obviously softness is an important element in
your natural coloring. And if MUTED is that obvious in your color
direction then it probably means that MUTED is your primary
Rather than having a limited array of colors you could probably be enjoying the whole spectrum of the MUTED color family.
If you are strongly MUTED, then you will probably have elements of both Warm and Cool just like the shades in the MUTED Color Family.
All the colors in both the SUMMER and AUTUMN color palettes have an element of Softness so you can begin to see a connection here. Every color will not be your best of course but you could have the pleasure of many more colors than the small restricted palette you've been given already.
You may choose to wear the lightest colors more frequently (rather like the Summer palette) but, if the mood takes you, you can choose to wear the stronger shades, they all have the 'greyed down' soft element. The most important thing is that you should have a wide mix with which to experiment, play with and ENJOY!
Why are some people still nervous about Color Analysis? Probably because they think their color choice is going to be severely limited. And this kind of Analysis does just that.
When I was first introduced to Color Analysis I felt very 'put out' when I was given a small swatch and told what I 'could' and 'couldn't' wear by a very dogmatic consultant. Probably like you, I don't like being 'told' what to do. Only you know what makes you feel good and what you need is choice.
Color Analysis should give
you the widest possible choice of shades that
will harmonize with and enhance your natural coloring. Your best colors
should be pointed out but if some colors are new you should be
encouraged to experiment. Our choice is usually influenced by mood and
If your color
direction is correct you will see many familiar and favorite shades and
your own instincts are reinforced. Color is a fabulous medium, it's here
to be enjoyed and it's FUN!
A True Summer color swatch should include shades of every color - reds, blues, greens, yellows, purples, greys, beige, browns. Each one has elements of the Muted, Light and Cool characteristics that complement your natural coloring.
have your favorites, some will look better than others. Season to
season you'll be influenced by fashion and your tastes will develop and
You'll choose your stronger or softer colors according to mood and occasion; professional, conservative, holiday time etc. but as long as you're within your color direction you really can't go wrong. Don't let this beautiful color palette be diluted!
Do you have any queries or comments about what you've read on this page or perhaps you'd like to share an experience of your own?