Are You Wondering If You Are A Light Spring Color Palette?
I got you covered with these answers from a stylist and artist
The Light Spring color palette is a transitional season in the color chart. It is predominantly warm and light in colors, while its owner’s main features are subtle, soft, and toned down.
This edge part of spring is at the peak of light pastel color development.
We are transitioning from a delightful and colorful spring into hot and golden-toned summer with a mix of its premier cool undertones.
Light Spring sits between True Spring, which is also the apogee of the brightness of color, and Light Summer, which is a pure conglomeration of freshness and subtleness.
Light Spring is a “jumper”, making its colors light and soft.
All the undertones are warm, and the harsh line of contrast becomes smooth and dissolved.
Characteristics For Light Spring Color Palette
Imagine the beginning of May, it’s the last month of Spring, and the sun is already hot with its golden sun rays.
People are covered with undertones, and everything is becoming yellowish in the whole surrounding.
There is a warm hue in the air, and in order to cool it down, you will need warm but muted colors.
It’s the prime time for Italian Gelato and blossoming Paris.
There are some bright red accents, but those are so small and subtle that they are better left for makeup or small accessories like bags.
It’s a warm palette even though it has a medium or rather no contrast between the skin color and the rest of the complimentary features.
This is why we need to balance it out with compatible warm shades and undertones, which might be mixed with pastels from Light Summer.
Read more about the comparison of Light Summer vs Light Spring in this comprehensive article.
The central undertone of the palette is always warm, and in this case, it’s better to wear golden jewelry instead of silver (even though your palette allows both gold and silver).
So here, you have already checked the colors on the palette and figured that not all colors will suit you (so now you are doubting whether you are Light Spring at all?).
Don’t worry; not exactly all colors from the palette are meant to fit your appearance.
The main thing that will concern you and the Light Spring palette is that you need to figure out if your skin is a cold or warm type because Spring is predominantly warm.
How to find out if your skin type is warm or cold?
That is really easy to do! The fastest way to understand what your main type is is to face yourself in the mirror and play around with gold and silver jewelry.
For example: If you see that you have a slightly pinkish skin undertone and silver earrings suit you better – you are a cold type.
If you have olive-shaded skin and gold jewels suit you better – you are a warm type.
You do have a soft appearance colorwise, but it’s not entirely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down”.
There are people with a greyish appearance, but their blue eyes definitely stand out.
They are somewhat muted, but in general, you can clearly see that the color of the eyes does stand out from the whole picture of your colors.
Your true colors are “muted”, but if you add perfect soft spring color to your features (or at least one of them) will definitely stand out. With the right palette, your features will be enhanced!
It might be true that the contrast between your skin, eyes, and hair is low to medium.
But the important thing is that a usual person that reads these statements will not be able to identify that contrast.
It’s challenging to figure out which chroma, hue, and contrast your own appearance has.
My advice to you is not to pay so much attention to these “technicalities” and just go along with a simpler explanation of your palette.
The Features Of Light Spring Color Palette
Eyes: Those are the true amalgam of softness and brightness like light blue, green, intense green, light copper brown, and blue-green. All of them might have yellow spots.
Hair: Light blond, Medium blond, Dark blond, Honey blond, Medium brown, Copper/Strawberry blond
Skin: It’s a typical porcelain doll look that is most often with fair skin with a tendency to tan slightly and develop a few freckles when the sun is intense.
Contrast: There is really low contrast between the features even though your blue eyes might really stand out (or any of the other features).
Your complexion creates a perfect toned-down mix rather than a harsh edgy look like the Winter season.
Please check out all the Seasonal Color Palettes here.
Meaning there are no specific and precise lines diving or creating a strict contrast.
Am I Light Spring or Light Summer?
I know what you would ask “Why Light Summer is here”?
Because those are the seasons that lay right next to each other on the color palette chart.
They have the same kind of matching colors and the only difference is the undertone.
The only thing that distinguishes them is that Summer has a cold undertone and Spring is a warm one.
In Summer colors are muted and soft, while Spring consists of both rich hues that need to be blended in. The latter ones don’t contrast with each other.
They create a soft transition from Spring into Summer.
How to mix and match a light spring color palette in your wardrobe?
In technical fashion materials, it is stated that you should only combine colors from one color palette that belongs to your skin tone.
So colors that work for a bright winter palette should only be chosen from the palette given to them.
Harsh and way too bright/cold colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate/muted appearance.
I have already mentioned that dark/warmer colors can still be used for the lower body.
The main centre is always your facial zone which attracts the most attention.
So you mainly need to concentrate on the face and decolletage zone with your light spring color palette.
You have to understand that even if you use all blue combinations or all dusty pink or creamy combinations in your upper and lower body.
It will be color correct for your skin but still unflattering if your body shape is not a perfect hourglass shape.
Especially it concerns those that have an ampler bottom-like pear body shape.
So that would mean that light pink pants will not be the best choice for your bottom line because they can make you look bigger than you actually are.
And this is what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect capsule wardrobe.
- Inverted Triangle Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
- Pear Shaped Body: Capsule Wardrobe
- Apple Body Shape Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
- Hourglass Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
- Rectangle Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
Styling For Light Spring Color Palette
Light Spring is mixed with summer colors, but when it comes to neutrals like white, black, or beige it needs to be softened with an inclination to the true warm type which is a yellow undertone.
Otherwise, pitch-black harshness will not wash your beauty out, but will definitely make it look heavy.
Strong colors will always clash with your beauty with a tendency of weighing you down.
I would suggest introducing softer tonalities like dark grey instead of crispy black and off-white instead of clear white.
Colors to Avoid For Light Spring Color Palette
Light Spring is not about total coolness like during summer times.
It’s warm and vibrant, but still soft so it’s better to avoid bright clashing shades and dark deep tonalities like dark purple or pitch-black.
Patterns & Prints For Light Spring Color Palette
Patterns are usually used for upper body garments like blouses and sweaters, etc., or summer dresses.
People rarely wear trousers with patterns; most likely blatant colors are used.
As a Light Spring type, you can wear prints, but those would need to be in the right color palette for you.
If you see a patterned fabric, you need to concentrate on the primary color of the whole garment.
There might be blue flowers on white, but you need to figure out which color is primary here.
It’s primarily white which is basic here, so you need to see if that primary color is from your Light Spring palette.
It’s believed that Light Spring needs to use low to medium contrasts because of the delicacy of natural beauty.
You might still go for low-level contrast, which would be right for you.
However, there is always a solution for you if you didn’t find anything from this guide.
Jewelry For Light Spring Color Palette
How you could fix your non-perfect colored look with just one thing. It’s necklace, and for me it’s pearls.
Be mindful that pearls need to fit your skin color perfectly.
When you put something like a pearl necklace on your neck, you create a rough separation between the “wrong” color of your skin and the necklace.
So, the chain is going to be the primary color reflector for your skin color.
For example, I have a purple dress that does not really fit my skin color, and my face tends to look a bit tired with it.
You know it, especially if you have blue-eye bags in the morning. It doesn’t make me look the best.
So I create a cut between the color and my face with a pearl necklace that perfectly fits my skin. So the jewelry is the first color reflector near my face.
Check out my article: “How to wear a pearl necklace and where to buy it. “
As stated between gold and silver, I’d recommend gold as it’s warm enough for your skin tone.
Silver is appropriate if it was mixed with gold and looks primarily warm-toned.
Pearls need to be cream-white color as it matches your complexion perfectly.
Avoid huge plastic earrings of vibrant shades like Samantha from Sex and City used to wear.