A Soft Summer? What is that?
Have you been determined a Soft Summer? 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
comes down to the same straight-forward idea of connecting or matching
color characteristics 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. I've had people tell me they are a 'Warm Summer' and a 'Deep Summer' - impossible! Let me explain...
A true SUMMER color palette is soft, sultry, almost sensuous
SUMMER is a glorious mix of 3 color characteristics. SUMMER is always MUTED always LIGHT and always COOL.
All have to be present, in more or less equal quantities, to determine you a Summer.
natural coloring is gentle and softly blended, nothing brash with low contrast between your features.
The colors are soft sultry almost sensuous. Shades of heather mauves and soft fuchsia, smudgy grey blues and soft lilac, pretty lilac and gentle greens. All a step away from anything harsh.
Don't think that SUMMER colors are just for .. well the SUMMER.. they will work for you right through the year!
So what is Soft Summer?
As a Soft Summer you are directed and limited to the softest most muted colors in the SUMMER palette.
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.
If not a TRUE SUMMER you've got to be something else!
If you're primarily SOFT...
you may well fit far more easily into the SOFT/MUTED Color Family. Rather than having a limited array of colors you might be enjoying the whole spectrum of the MUTED color family.
You may have elements of both Warm
and Cool just like the shades in the MUTED Color Family.
Soft Autumn is another coloring that's often confused because both SUMMER and AUTUMN color palettes have the same element of softness - there is a connection. Every
color may not be your best but you could have the pleasure of
many more colors than the small restricted palette you've been given
You will find some of the lighter Muted colors in the SUMMER palette and some of the stronger ones in the AUTUMN palette - these two color palettes are connected because they are both based on richly blended shades. And you are free to try them all because they all have the soft characteristic that you need. The
most important thing is to have a wide mix with which to experiment,
play with and
Whether Seasonal or Tonal you need choice...
Some people are still nervous about
Color Analysis because they think their color choice is going
to be severely limited. And this kind of Analysis does just that.
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
Color Analysis should give
you the widest possible choice of shades to 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!
But if you are a True SUMMER don't dilute it!
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!
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