The seasonal sub-types - which one are you?
If you've had a personal colour analysis, the chances are that you were given a seasonal designation - Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. Once upon a time this would have been all the information you received, but these days the chances are you were also given a further term to describe what 'type' of season you are, whether that's pastel Summer, soft Autumn, golden Spring or one of a dozen or more other terms.
NB: if you have been analysed in a tonal system and are not sure which season your palette equates to, check our tonal directions page for a translation.
Whatever term is used, the underlying system broadly stays the same - most analysis systems now use what is called a '12 season' or '16 season' system rather than the older '4 season' one, in order to further narrow down the colours that harmonise the most with our own natural colouring and really make us look and feel amazing - when you see the breadth of colours that a 4 season palette entails, it's no wonder that narrowing that down further, either by rating colours and assigning wow colours, or simply limiting the palette, is becoming a more popular option.
Although this process does mean the information you receive during your analysis is even more tailored to you, it can leave you a little confused about what that actually means for you. How can you be a Blue Spring, if blue is cool and Spring is warm? Surely all Summers are soft, so why are you particularly soft? I've tackled this topic before, but it felt like the right time to revisit this subject and really clear up any confusion you might have about what your seasonal designation really means.
I've broken down this rather weighty subject into four posts, one for each of the seasonal palettes. Please do click through and have a read to the one that applies to you, and you may well find it useful to visit the other posts to see what the colours looks like for your neighbouring season.