Thursday, January 12, 2012

Soft Autumn Deep, Warm Autumn or Deep Autumn?

Most of you, if you've been reading along, remember that when I started this blog, I was analyzed by Lora Alexander from Pretty Your World as a soft autumn.

Though I have gone on to explore both warm autumn and deep autumn, Lora and I were talking a couple of days ago, and she said that she wonders if I might be a soft autumn deep. She agrees that there may be a difference in the color analysis experience or process for women of color and wonders if this new category might serve women of color, starting with me.

I think that would mean wearing the deepest colors in the soft autumn color palette and then, maybe adding some from warm and deep autumn. But soft autumn would be the base.

That shook me up a little because I felt like I just about faded away in soft autumn colors and low-medium contrast in my outfits....



And I have been learning that I need rich colors that I just can't imagine finding in soft autumn, though I admit I don't know this new soft autumn deep category. And I wanted to consider it because she suggested it.

So I looked through probably almost a thousand pictures of myself from the past year or more, and collected what I thought were the best ones, where what I was wearing harmonized best with my coloring, and created a collage of them. I also grabbed my Polyvore of colors, the colors I have found in my eyes, hair and skin, and one of my favorite pictures from the past couple of months.






And then I just kept going. I placed each one against soft autumn, warm autumn and deep autumn landscapes. Take a look and tell me what you think!

Soft Autumn....

In my opinion, the pictures placed against these softer landscapes kind of pop, or stand out, rather than blend in, and harmonize with them. Although the Polyvores come a little closer to harmony, those colors are richer than the soft autumn color palette, which makes the colors stand out. What do you think? Do you see what I see?


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Warm Autumn...

I love the way these pictures harmonize with each other! Do you notice that, too? And many of them can be found in the color chart as well.


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Deep Autumn...

I think there is much more harmony with these deeper landscapes, too, than with the initial ones. And though none of these color charts are perfect representations of the colors for that palette, do you notice the good color matches between the pictures and the chart?


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So what do you think? Should I continue to play within the warm autumn or deep autumn realm, or reconsider soft autumn and hope that soft autumn deep offers deep enough colors to support me?

Based on those collages, I think that the only way soft autumn deep could work would be if it were a kind of warm autumn-deep autumn hybrid that was a smidge deeper than one and a little less warm than the other. Even if its color palette was a subset of the warm or deep autumn color palettes, I'd take a look.

And of the three, based on these comparisons, I'm leaning toward warm autumn. But that's what I think!

What do you think?


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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

Deep Autumn: "Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman

14 comments:

  1. This must have been a lot of work and it really does show how different each of the autumn seasons looks on you. I thought the picture of the close up of your face side-by-side with the landscape and also the collage on top of the palette especially helpful.

    I am not really very good at this, but this is what struck me.

    The one season that seemed the worst to me on you was deep autumn. The tree leaves seemed so bright that you looked a little faded next to them. And the with collage on top of the color circles, the colors just seemed a little harsh compared to you.

    Between the other two seasons, I agree that the warm maybe looked a little better. In the collage at the very top in your soft autumn colors, you did look a little faded. But next to the landscapes, I thought your face and coloring blended well with the softer autumn photos.

    Not to complicate things further, but just an observation: the photos of you in soft autumn seem to be drawn from the "sweeter" colors in that palette like pink, beige, light green, while in warm autumn colors you wear more of the darker browns and oranges. How do you like yourself in comparable shades from each palette: warm autumn equivalent of light pink and beige, for example, or soft autumn version of brown and orange?

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    1. Ann, what a thoughtful reply, and thank you so much for thinking it through for me!! I really appreciate that. And yes, it was hours and hours of work, motivated by the collage of death up there.

      You know what? I agreed to give deep autumn a try, and I do like what happens when I consciously apply contrast in my outfits. But I agree with you! When I looked at myself in those comparisons you mentioned, I thought they were a little harsh, too.

      And I have been thinking all along that I am probably one season, but edging my way into the other, and I just have to get clear on which is the sister season. So perhaps, it is deep autumn.

      I think that the best blending was with the warm autumn colors, and that the soft autumn collage with my face next to it seemed to pale in comparison to me. Meaning that I am more brilliant than it is! :)

      But it isn't god-awful. I see your point there. However, you mentioned the sweeter colors?

      Those are the ones I would want to wear. But also, I looked at peach and tan (the soft autumn versions) during my thousand-picture extravaganza and they did not make the cut. The warm autumn pink does not interest me but I tend to do well with ivory and cream.

      Anyway, thanks again for helping me think it through, Ann. I so appreciate your feedback!

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  2. Hmm. I can't decide. I like you in all of them. I will have to study and think about this further. My eyes aren't used to seeing all these subtle changes I guess but it intrigues me how these subtle variations affect the way you look.

    Btw, I couldn't stop thinking about the body harmony colors last night and I've been trying to get a good picture of my eye all morning now so I can play with it! Lol!

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    1. Hi B.!! Yes, do think about it further and let me know what you think. You are right that some of the changes seem subtle, and also right, that subtle though they are, the way they affect you is not so subtle!

      B., use the macro setting and then look into the camera. That's what I did. It made it so much easier! Can't wait to hear what you notice and find.

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    2. Oh Jeanine! You have me headed down a rabbit hole now! Lol! I didn't use the macro setting but I will keep trying to get a better picture, I am actually posting something about it tomorrow morning though. :D

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    3. Oh that's awesome, B.! Can't wait to read it.

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  3. I think you are right in between Warm Autumn and Deep Autumn. To me, SA is too wishy washy and muted for you.

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    1. Bless you, Tina! That's EXACTLY what I think!! :)

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  4. Warm autumn is the best, hands down :-) beautiful and harmonious!

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    1. Hi Anonymous! Thanks!! That's what I'm thinking, too. Warm autumn with a smidge of deep, or with deep as sister season.

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  5. Hi First I would like to say you are very pretty. In my eyes I feel the soft autumn brings our a brightness and glow to your skin. The first pictures with the soft autumn colors to me are the best for your skin color. The deeper colors seemed a bit harsh. The soft autumn colors are very classy on you! Thanks for your insight into all of this!!!

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    1. Hi Anonymous! I appreciate your feedback. Thanks! And I agree that the deep autumn colors are too harsh. But warm autumn is just right, as Goldilocks would say. :)

      I can't go back to soft autumn. Maybe you aren't seeing it in the pictures but those colors are not enough support for my coloring. They really wash me out. I appeciate your weighing in, though.

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  6. I think the cream top and red scarf are the absolutely the best! you don't blend in, it's the same problem i have with soft colours they match your actual tone too much and looking at yourself becomes hard because it's all blurred.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Yes, I do know what you mean about avoiding colors that are too close to the skin tone. And I love that cream top! It's a fave!!

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