Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Are You an Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

As you may know if you have been reading along, I started this blog because I wanted to provide information about seasonal color analysis for women of color. But because I also write a lot about my own capsule wardrobe experiences, a lot of the people who find my blog do so because they think they might be autumns.

Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

So this month, I will be doing a series on Tuesdays to help women of color (and probably women, in general) determine whether or not they are soft autumns, warm autumns or deep autumns. But first, I will share a little more of my own experience.

Which Season Am I?

I think seasonal analysis can be complicated for women of color. Look at me, as an example! I fit into all three autumn categories. I have dark hair (deep), I have amber/topaz eyes (warm) and golden/terracotta undertones but muted skin (soft). 

Warm Autumn Color Analysis

What has landed me at warm is a comparison between the colors and the guidance recommended for me as a dressing your truth type 3 and the colors suggested for warm autumn. I experimented with soft autumn, thinking that must be my season, but did not feel fully supported by those colors.

But as soon as I began to choose colors in the warm autumn color palette, I felt like I had come home!

So my plan is to continue to play with the warm autumn colors and see how it goes. I also am following the guidelines for the dressing your truth type 3.

Are You an Autumn?

To know, for sure, I recommend actually draping yourself in autumn colors. But the place to start, in determining whether or not you are a soft autumn, warm autumn or deep autumn, is to decide if your coloring is cool or warm.

Are You Warm or Cool?

Here are some ways to begin to determine whether you have warm or cool coloring…

(1) Look at the underside of your wrist and see if your veins look more green (warm) or blue (cool).

(2) Does your hair or has your hair ever had reddish tones (warm) or does your hair have more ash tones (cool)?

(3) Does your skin seem more golden (warm) or more pink or red (cool)?

If you are a blend, and most of us are, you may find that not all of your answers were the same. If they are all the same, and all were warm, then you might be a warm autumn (you also could be a warm spring). If not, but 2 out of three were a warm answer, then you might be one of the blended autumn seasons, soft autumn or deep autumn.

Stay tuned for next week’s look at the autumn seasons.

Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

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Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


  1. Very cool advice. I know I fall into the Autumn category somewhere because these are the colors I look best in, but I have no idea which group it is.

  2. Hi Jennifer! How cool!! Well, I will be looking at each one in detail each week, so maybe that will help you narrow it down.

  3. Hi,
    Also it's important to know that just because a person is Autumn colouring doesn't necessarily make them a Dressing Your Truth type 3....there's other things to consider like facial features (type 3 is angular, pointy, triangular) and personality style (type 3's are assertive, fiery, strong, passionate, go-getting types).

  4. Hi Anonymous! Are you as dressing your truth fan? Me, too. Which type are you?

    You know, I wouldn't want anyone to make the assumption that if they were sure of their season, that they automatically knew their DYT type. They would need to confirm that by looking for the kind of evidence you mentioned. So I agree with you.

    But generally, speaking, I do think that autumns will be type 3s. So if someone thought she was an autumn, but didn't find any of the evidence you mentioned for type 3, it might mean that she was a spring, instead.

    Might also mean that she is living in her secondary type or another one, and just can't see the type 3. That is definitely what I was doing!

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.


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