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Seasonal sub-types - which one are you?

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Emily, discovering she is a Sultry Winter whilst working at Kettlewell.

If you’ve had a seasonal colour analysis, you will have been given a seasonal designation; Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. (If you have been analysed in a tonal system and want a quick translation to a seasonal sub-type, check our tonal directions page.)

Once upon a time, that seasonal designation was all you received, but these days there is a reasonable chance that alongside your season, your analyst also told you which sub-type within that season you belong to, whether that’s Pastel Summer, Soft Autumn, Golden Spring or one of a dozen or more other permutations. When you see the breadth of colour that a 4 season palette entails, it’s no wonder that drilling that down further, either by rating colours and assigning wow colours, or simply creating an overall narrower palette, is becoming a popular option.

In terms of helping you shop at Kettlewell, understanding your seasonal sub-type also helps relate your season to your Tonal Direction, which can help open up an entire new hidden part of your palette, showing you even more colours which will make you look amazing!

I’ve broken this explanation into the seasonal sub-types down into four sections – one for each of the seasonal palettes. Please do click through and have a read of the one that applies to you, but you may also find it useful to visit the other segments in order to further understand how the seasons relate to each other.

An important note: please remember that if you’ve been given a broader palette and then told your seasonal sub-type (and your ‘wow colours’), this doesn’t mean that the rest of your seasonal palette is closed to you. The purpose of learning your seasonal sub-type is simply to show you the very best colours within your palette, not to stop you wearing the remainder of your palette. Often our personal style means we are drawn to colours outside our seasonal sub-type, and I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to keep your mind broad when it comes to you entire palette, not let your sub-type become a set of restrictions which you feel bad for moving outside of.


Gail Johnson on Jan 18, 2021 9:19 PM

This was an extremely useful article for me. I’ve been trying to ‘pare down’ my Light Spring colour way into just a handful of key colours to suit my Minimalist SP. The Links to the Top tonal direction colours for “Light” will really help me in this process.

Gail Johnson on Jan 18, 2021 3:28 PM

This was an extremely useful article for me. I’ve been trying to ‘pare down’ my Light Spring colour way into just a handful of key colours to suit my Minimalist SP. The Links to the Top tonal direction colours for Light will really help me in this process.

Mrs Ann E Pearsons on Jan 16, 2021 11:25 AM

Great blog that really helps explaining why our best colours are what they are. Also when we want to "borrow" colours from another season

Margo on Jan 16, 2021 8:48 AM

This is a really interesting article. It would be great if at the beginning of each season you could do one naming the colours available in the sub types that season. Particularly in Spring and Autumn. Names of colours change and it would be helpful to see which ones come under these headings. Thanks