Thursday, February 9, 2012

Neutrals for a Soft Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

"All your colors have a soft or muted appearance. A small amount of contrast may be used, but high contrast combining dark and light colors together will overpower you. A key to your look is to mix and match your neutrals." –Color Me Slimmer

In any capsule wardrobe, carefully chosen core neutrals form the foundation blocks for your new wardrobe. When you have them in place, you can add and update each season by choosing warm fashion or accent colors that help you create entirely new looks.

Best Soft Autumn Neutrals


Soft Autumn Neutrals

There is No Soft Autumn Black

If you need a color similar to black for work, try pewter or charcoal. But keep in mind that those are the neutral colors recommended if you must, not the ones that are necessarily the best support for your soft, warm coloring.

So whenever you wear them, combine them with soft, warm colors and make sure to wear those colors near your face.

Soft Autumn Neutrals for Work

Creating a Soft Autumn Capsule Wardrobe Entirely with Neutrals

You could actually create a whole wardrobe just using neutral colors and some soft autumns do. I encourage you to rely on them but not to stop there. It’s the start, not the finish to your capsule wardrobe.

Soft Autumn Neutral Color Combinations

But for now, let’s look at the possible color combinations you could make just with neutral colors this spring…

Soft Autumn Neutral Color Combinations

Do you see how easily you could create a spring capsule wardrobe just with neutrals alone?


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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, 12 Blueprints


  1. Hello.
    I think I am a soft autumn. In this post I practically see my basic wardrobe=) But as for me I prefer brighter accessories to make my look brighter and more interesting.
    By the way, I've been reading your blog for some months, but never wrote anything. I would say it was a blessing to me to find this blog, because it was very helpful to me to decide what is my season. Thank you. It was a challenge to me to find my correct season - I am middle eastern living in Europe and usually color analysts think I am a winter because of my dark brown hair and beige skin, somewhat darker for an average european. But pure white and black are not my colors at all! So it was a good luck to find a person who writes a lot about autumn color analysis. I hope, I'll have time to read your blog more carefully - it is worth it. Thank you so much one more time.

    1. Hi Sabira! How wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for sharing how much my blog has helped you! That means a lot to me.

      How cool that I practically re-created your wardrobe. Dark brown hair and beige skin sounds like it could be a bit more contrast than a soft autumn would typically have, but if you've been reading my blog, you already know that.

      I'll defer to your judgement since I haven't seen you. You could be what Lora Alexander would call a soft autumn deep. If so, play more with the deeper soft autumn colors than the lighter ones.

      You're welcome, and great to hear from you!

    2. Yeah, I'm a little bit deeper than the common soft autumn, but it is a medium contrast, not high. It is like that difference with soft summers here I've analysed my hair, skin and eye color and I've landed on soft autumn. I'm definitely soft and rather deep, but not deep enough to wear deep autumn and deep winter colors. Soft summer makes me grey. Blue-grey looks awful on me. Gold fits me better than silver, so I must be a soft autumn.
      And I liked your idea to use this page for finding right colors: I am studying to become a make up artist now - this webpage is useful for me - with its help it is possible to make a palette for a person based on his or her natural coloring - eyes, skin, hair and overall look. I tried to upload some of my photos (eyes, skin, hair, lips, the whole face) and to find basic colors for me. I created somewhat like that: I think it might be what is called soft autumn deep. I am not sure, but it seems to me like that. Anyway these are the colors that I can wear everytime, because they are my natural colors=)

    3. Hi Sabira! You know, I think that does look like soft autumn deep, especially with that deep olive color. Your profile picture looks deep to me, but it sounds like you have really done your homework, and extensively, too, to find your own season, so I will trust your findings.

      However, I would suggest making sure you create at least medium contrast and put your deepest SA colors under your face.

  2. It is not my photo in profile=) it's just a picture. On some photos I look deeper than in real life. The most closest to my natural coloring is this photo.
    I have green eyes with some yellow in them - deep olive green comes from them. And that is my eyes that make me look not so good in some of deep autumn colors.If I had brown eyes as the most of middle easterners, I think,I would be deep.

    Thank you for your recommendations, I think it' ll be better to create some cotrast, because I haven't thought about it at all. I'll try it.

    1. Oh my gosh, you're so pretty! Yes, I see now that you are not deep. My first thought was "soft," so I think you're onto something there.

      And as a soft, you want low contrast, so forget my crazy talk! :)

  3. Thank you=) But you have some sense in that idea of medium contrast. Medium contrast is rather good for me,but a big contrast isn't.

    1. Well, low-medium, if you are a soft. But tone-on-tone should make you absolutely radiant, if you are a soft autumn. You don't want any more contrast than there is between your hair and eyes and skin.

      So, using your sample color palette, and thinking of it as 1-2-3-4-5 on top and 6-7-8-9-10 on the bottom, I'm thinking 1 and 7, 3 and 8, 3 and 5, maybe 4 and 9, and 9 and 10. You don't want 2 and 6.


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