Seasonal sub-types-which colours are your very best?
This blog post is aimed at those who already know their seasonal palette (the group of colours that harmonises with your skin, hair and eye colour, and makes you feel amazing as well as look your best!). If you’re new to the concept of seasonal palettes, you’ll probably want to start with this post - How do I discover my best colours? - , and today’s article might feel like a lot of detail and information for you right now. Remember, though, that colour is a lifelong adventure, and as you explore your palette more and more you might want to revisit this article at a later date.
If you’ve had a colour analysis, taken our Colour Quiz, or simply reached your own conclusions, then you’ll know which of the four seasonal palettes - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - belongs to you. Once upon a time, being given a season name was as far as it went, and you simply figured out within that which colours you preferred and which ones you still didn’t particularly love. After all, a seasonal palette is still a quarter of the colours in the universe, which is an awful lot of colours!
However, as colour analysis has become more and more refined over the decades, we’ve discovered that each person fits not only into a seasonal palette, but also into a smaller, more specific category within that seasonal palette, which contains their very best colours.
There’s a good chance that if you’ve had an in person analysis, your own colour analyst told you which sub-type, within a season, you belong to, whether that was Pastel Summer, Golden Spring, Soft Autumn, or one of a dozen or more possible permutations. If you worked out your colours single handedly, then discovering your seasonal sub-type is more of a process of trial and error, exploring which colours you really love and feel your best in, although there are some characteristics of each seasonal sub-type which might help you on your way. You might, however, read about the sub-types and immediately identify which belongs to you, as it represents the colours you feel your best in.
We’ve broken this explanation of each of the seasonal sub-types down into four sections - one for each seasonal palette - to make it easier to read, as there is an awful lot of information. As well as exploring your own sub-type, however, it can be fascinating to read the sub-types for all four seasons, and help you understand how the seasonal palettes relate to one another.
In terms of helping you shop for colour, understanding your seasonal sub-type also helps relate your season to your dominant Tonal Direction, which can help open up an entire new hidden part of your palette, helping you discover even more wow colours! We’ll tell you which filters to use on the ‘Shop by Colour’ page for your seasonal sub-type over the coming pages.
Before you dive in, do remember that although your sub-type can guide you towards your very best colours, this doesn’t mean that the rest of your palette is closed to you. The purpose of learning and exploring your sub-type is simply to show you the very best colours within your palette, not to stop you wearing three quarters of it. Your personal style, or logistics, mean that you will often want or need to wear clothes outside of your seasonal sub-type, and adding in those broader seasonal colours can bring more texture, interest and depth to your look than simply sticking tightly to half a dozen or so ‘best’ colours.