Autumn: explaining the different types

raw-autumn_headerThis is the third of four blog posts, exploring the different ‘types’ of each season. When discussing each season I will try to use the most commonly understood terms of each type, but please do contact us if you feel we’ve and missed out a term that would help colour analysis clients understand their season.

Week three already! We’ve already explored the different types of Spring and Summer, so this week is Autumn’s turn.

As I always say, it’s important to note that your seasonal type is a guide, not a rule book. If you fall at one end of, say, the Summer palette, it doesn’t mean you can’t ever wear colours from other areas of the palette you may have been given, just that this particular area is the very best part of the best palette for your personal skin tone and contrast level.

This week, we’ll be looking at Autumn colours.

True/Leaf Autumn

This is the season we think of as the ‘typical’ autumn colours – the ones you see on an autumn tree in leaf or the ready to harvest fields of corn and wheat. Neither too bright nor too muted.

Often a True Autumn will look like a ‘typical’ autumn, with reddish toned hair, light brown or green eyes and fair celtic skin that goes golden in summer. Your best colours are rust red, mustard yellow, medium olive green and mid-browns and camels.

Your best Kettlewell colours: paprika, chillilight sand, tan, chocolate, chestnut marl, russet, peacock, moss, turtle green, dark olive, old gold, ochre, yellow ochre.

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Soft Autumn

Soft Autumn is influenced by the summer palette, since it sits at that end of the Autumn spectrum. This influence lends the Autumn colours an even more muted tendency, and lightens them up.

Soft Autumns might look like Summers, with more ashy tones in their hair or softer eye colour, but they will be brought to life by slightly warm toned soft shades rather than the cool Summer ones. Your best colours as a Soft Autumn are sage green, oyster white, palest old gold and warm grey.

Your best Kettlewell colours: cream, mellow rose, light coral, rose taupe, mole, taupe, mocha, aubergine, heliotrope, peacock, antique teal, blue jade, soft teal, new lime, pebble grey, old gold.

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Deep/Dark/Blue Autumn

Deep Autumn is the darkest of the Autumn palettes, sitting at the darkest and least warm end of the Autumn spectrum, without drifting into the cool Winter palette.

Deep Autumns are often initially mistaken for Winters, and may have either a very dark or high contrast look compared to other Autumns. Your best colours are the deep teals, aubergine purples and dark olive greens, contrasted with oyster white or a brighter Autumn colour to add interest.

Your best Kettlewell colours: geranium, true red, poppysoft white, dark mole, dark chocolate, cassis, aubergine, blackberry, purple, antique teal, marine blue, forest green marl, dark olive, pebble grey.

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Vibrant/Warm Autumn

This is the end of the Autumn palette with the most vibrancy and brightness, with many colours that initially look like they belong to Spring, but on closer inspection have the added depth and golden undertones of the Autumn palette.

Much like their colours, vibrant autumns often look like Springs until they are properly analysed, and often have a very light bright look compared to other autumns. Your best colours are vibrant grass green, warm tomato red and the brightest golden browns.

Your best Kettlewell colours: coral, orange spice, geranium, poppy, tan, chocolate, russet, purple, blue jadeaquamarine, soft teal, moss, turtle green, lime, new lime, leaf, saffron, yellow ochre.

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