The best Neutrals for Spring coloring
Can you identify the Spring neutrals? Neutrals are not the first thing that comes to mind when you have a fabulous new color palette.
It's easy to get excited about all the beautiful brights but, until you can recognize your basic (almost boring) neutrals, it's impossible to begin any kind of color co-ordination.
With Spring coloring you will naturally be Light Bright and Warm, a vibrant enough coloring to welcome the snappy shades of Spring.
Your hair will usually be golden or strawberry blonde but it could, in fact, be a rich chestnut. Either way you will have fair skin and sparkly eyes - there is a golden glow about you!
The Spring neutrals will give you the perfect wardrobe base.
What is a Spring Neutral?
We don't see neutral colors in the rainbow. But although creams and beiges, grey and navy (and even olive green) appear to be almost colorless they usually have either a Warm or Cool undertone.
The best neutrals for SPRING coloring have a WARM undertone but they are also LIGHT and BRIGHT (clear) just the same as the rest of the Spring palette so they all harmonize. All of the colors together are ready to complement your natural Spring coloring.
The beauty comes with the fact that when a neutral is teamed with a brighter color it doesn't compete, it merely complements! The neutral forms the background allowing the brighter tone to appear more vibrant.
Literally hundreds of shades...
It's impossible to match a color exactly and it's not necessary. You can happily use slightly lighter or deeper tones of the same color. All you need to do is ensure that the colors sit happily together. This shows that they have color characteristics in common.
Colors in the Spring season are all Warm but they are the lightest and brightest of the Warm neutrals.
In the image below you can see how the colors, even if they're not 'exactly' the same, have the same tones and 'agree' with each other.
In your wardrobe you can use your color swatch as a 'blending tool' in the same way. Your colors are never limited as there are literally hundreds of shades between each color block just like an artist's palette!
Think neutrals first
Build a small collection of wardrobe essentials in your best Spring neutrals. These will be the most useful items you own, earning their keep many times over.
Your best light shade is ivory or cream, pure white is too clinical for your warm skin.
Light beige, tan, camel and golden browns are very flattering. A stronger brown can be worn but avoid any color that is too heavy close to your face. Always put a lighter tone next to it.
Light denim blue through to a bright navy, greys from light to medium with a warm tone.
The neutrals can be teamed together or you can use them as a background for the brighter accent colors and really bring them to life!
The basics of co-ordination
The image above shows very simply how to add a bright accent shade to one of your neutrals.
Take a selection of your best neutrals and slot some Spring color in between for instant harmony. As long as you follow the theme of Light, Warm and Clear you'll create the perfect mix.
Outfits using just Warm neutrals
With an all neutral outfit, you can create soft or strong contrast.
Thank you to the blogger friends below who show stylish ways to mix and match Cool neutrals.
These are the Neutrals for Spring coloring
and don't forget they can be a bit lighter or deeper!
Be aware that you're looking for colors with a yellow undertone to form a backdrop for the 'brights'. Hold
your swatch close to the garment and see if the colors look good together. The Warm toned bright colors will sit happily on a Warm toned neutral.
The lightest color that looks good with your coloring and is perfect next to your face is called your 'best white'.
Ivory has a warm / yellow undertone as have all the colors in your Color Family. Pure white is
far too clinical for your golden coloring.
This is your go-to color for staple 'link' items - tops, tanks, shirts and
blouses; underwear and nightwear too. Ivory will link together neutrals and
Although navy blue is a 'universal' color - that means it suits more or less everyone - your best navy is brighter than most.
You can wear a slightly deeper shade and it will always look good but, given a choice, go for the brightest navy as it will enhance your other bright shades and your vivid natural coloring.
Stone or Light Beige
This can be your go-to color
for any wardrobe basic - use your color swatch to blend so that you maintain
some warmth to harmonize with your pretty shades.
You don't have to match this exactly, there are thousands of shades you can use. Just check that it harmonizes with your brights for essentials such as pants, cardigan, jacket, trench coat etc.
Golden tan or Camel
A rich gingery brown or camel will provide more
contrast. Although you can use it for tops and link items, it's a very useful color
to use with a heavier fabric.
This is a beautiful rich neutral to use for cardigans, jackets or a winter coat. A warm wool coat is a wardrobe staple that will last for many years.
Light warm grey
This is your best grey - Light and Warm - it has a slightly yellow undertone which underpins all the other warm shades. You can also wear a cooler grey but it will bring a sharper note to your outfit.
It can be difficult to distinguish between a Warm or Cool grey - take a look at the different Shades of Grey to get the idea.
This is a warm version of Charcoal Grey but is softer with a yellow undertone.
This is perfect for a rich wool flannel as coat, trousers, jacket etc. This will need to be brightened up to do you justice.
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