What to Wear According to Your Color Season

July 28, 2023

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Have you ever been told while wearing an outfit you love, “That’s your color!“? It’s one of the greatest feelings, and it’s something I hear every time I wear this azure blue, long sleeve workout top. All of the recent Color School content got me thinking about the four color seasons – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – and how to dress accordingly. Surely this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of color typing, but if you’re interested in learning more and finding your color type, I found this post super helpful! I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% certain what my color type is, but I have an inkling I might be a Winter. And I’m certainly not wanting to limit my wardrobe exclusively to Winter colors, but I think color typing can be a great jumping-off point, especially if you don’t know which colors to wear!

First, find out which color season you are from either this post or this quiz, then come back here to find outfit inspiration accordingly.

If you’re a spring, you look your best in clear, warm colors, all with yellow undertones. Your overall coloring is bright and sunshiny, and the colors you look best in compliment your complexion rather than compete or wash you out.

Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3

1. Pippa Packable Puffer Jacket $198
2. Marina Sweater $225
3. Ora Recovery Slide 3 $60
4. The Texture Cotton Cardigan $97
5. Nike Rib Skirt $52
6. 327 New Balance Sneakers $100
7. Hailee Sweater Set $128
8. Hot Shot Onesie $70
9. Mini Belt Bag $38
10. 4 Pack Retro Sunglasses $16
11. The Harwich Striped Sweater $128
12. Stripe Camp Shirt $79

Summers have a soft, serene color palette. They typically look best in cool undertone pastels.

Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3

1. Crinkle Polo Crop Tee $39
2. Scuba Oversized Funnel Neck Half Zip $118
3. Shades of Sea Triple-Layer Necklace $78
4. Mason Pant $178
5. Midnight Round Sunglasses $25
6. Smocked Stripe Midi Dress $128
7. The Piazza Small Slouch Shoulder Bag $89
8. Harvey Sweatshirt $200
9. Maeve Slouchy Striped Long-Sleeve Tee $88
10. BaubleBar Tia Earrings $42
11. Charmesse Mini Cotton Dress $119
12. Ruched Puff-Sleeve Top $188

Autumn colors are easiest to recognize and remember if you think of the pretty fall colors we see every September or October – think of warm, rich, muted tones.

Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3

1. The Demi $225
2. Brushed Belrose Shirt-Jacket $199
3. The Selina Tall Boot $259
4. Lucie Cotton Cashmere Polo Sweater $106
5. Limited-edition Cropped Quilted Barn Jacket $198
6. The Cashmere Boxy Crew $102
7. Maya Knit Denim Quilted Jacket $139
8. Puff Sleeve Denim Midi Dress with Washwell $54
9. Crinkle Polo Crop Tee $39
10. Suede Color Block Retro Sneakers $89
11. The Transport Shoulder Crossbody Bag $158
12. Pierport Sunglasses $59

I’m pretty positive I’m a Winter! Winters look best in cool, clear jewel tones and blacks and whites. Winters are also the most common color type.

Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3

1. Embroidered Puff-Sleeve Dress $180
2. Lana Crossbody $69
3. Textured Jumpsuit $49
4. Agolde Leather Fitted ’90s Pants $348
5. Decker Cat Eye Sunglasses $40
6. Sarah Hann Karla Textured Top $88
7. The Tilda Slip Skirt $88
8. Bibi Lou Zagreb Leather Loafers $160
9. Relaxed Buttondown $98
10. Ramson Western Boot $139
11. The Point $149
12. Rhode Veronica Puff-Sleeve Blouse $265

Within each season are even more subtypes, such as soft, deep, clear, and warm, so if you’re still finding yourself stumped, you can look through this more extensive guide. Which color are you? Does your wardrobe reflect your type?

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  1. Ginger says:

    The current personal color-analysis is 12 seasons – 3 varieties of each of the four you mentioned. Makes it a bit more granular for people to find what works for them, plus the shoulder seasons that they can probably pull off. For example, I’m a Warm Spring, but in the colder seasons, I can pull off Warm Autumn, since I tend to darken my hair a bit. This 12 season version makes it easier to find flattering colors for people who don’t obviously fall into a color category, such as people of color.

  2. EP says:

    Personally I am a bit of a color chameleon so I’ve never landed firmly in one color camp. I have light skin with neutral undertones (pale in the winter but tan easily). I have eyes that can read hazel, gray, or green. I have dark blonde hair that can go golden or ashy. Basically, I think we all have some colors that work better for us than others but I don’t think we should feel the need to strictly adhere to one color season. I think you look lovely in autumn tones!

  3. GG says:

    Grey hair cancels any possibilities of wearing pastels. Want to age yourself even more? Pastels

  4. Brenda says:

    Perfect post for the end of color school!

  5. Andrea R says:

    I treated myself to getting my colors done for Christmas this past year and found out I was a deep autumn with a deep winter sister palette. My whole life I’ve been dressing like I was a spring. Very eye opening, especially since I never gravitated towards earth tones. Highly recommend getting your colors done professionally.

  6. Michele says:

    Many, many moons ago I had my colors done and I am a Winter. Knowing what color you look best in makes shopping for clothes so much easier. I find I just don’t gravitate towards colors outside my Winter season, just don’t feel as good in them. Best money I ever spent!

  7. Rebekah Schaub says:

    I did an in-person color analysis for my birthday a few years ago, and I wish I had known about it years ago. It helps me shop smarter, it’s so much easier to put outfits together, and it’s saved me money on buying clothes and makeup that aren’t as flattering.

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