Are you wondering what a Light Summer Color Palette is?
This is what a fashion stylist and artist tells you!
Light Summer is smoother and softer than the Mid-Summer type with a less intense color palette.
Let’s put it clearly: Light summer starts from a Spring transition to Summer, which is April-June.
This color palette is somewhat in between these seasons, and I would also call it the “March 22 palette,” when we usually get a more extended day because of the Spring-Summer transition.
Light Summer is the first palette from the tree Summer color analysis that is existent.
Which undertone does this section have? It has a cold undertone and hue.
All colors from this palette are alike, but this one would definitely have a more summer tendency.
If you want to understand what precisely the colors look like, imagine 7-8 am the morning time.
Look outside your window during this season time, and you will see the colors on the street are not saturated and have a light undertone and soft hue, and the sun is definitely not scorching hot like in July, and the road looks sort of cool yet.
This is a Light Summer shade, and we will use this reference to build your perfect color-flattering palette.
How to know if you are Light Summer?
You are a Light Summer if you have a light appearance overall, and you are most definitely aware that cooler colors and undertones suit you better than warmer ones.
It’s effortless to make a test with jewellery. Just take something golden and silver covered and put it near your face.
I, for example, put one gold earring on the left ear and one silver on the right one.
I will definitely say that golden earrings suit my skin much better than silver ones.
Because gold has a yellow (warmer) undertone, and silver one is cold. My skin naturally has a yellow undertone, so that a warm palette will suit me better.
How Does Light Summer Look Like?
Light Summer Color Palette type will most likely have less contrast and saturation on their complexion.
You will have your skin, hair, and most likely eye in one color undertone, light.
A great example is having light blond hair, light blue or green eyes, and pale skin.
Your central and most dominant features have cool undertones with blue or grey undertones.
If you have very dark eyes and hair, but your skin is pale white – this is not Light Summer; I’d rather you had a look at Winter Season.
Light Summer Eyes:
Those are light blue, light green, blue-green, and blue-grey. Eyes that are dark like hazel, black, bright, or dark blue are not from the same palette.
Light Summer Skin:
Your skin is white/light beige with a pink undertone, and the pink undertone is always complimentary with cold colors to balance it out.
For example, baby blue or dark, cold blue suits you just marvellous, like silver jewellery instead of gold.
Light Summer Hair:
Your hair is obviously on the light color scale, ranging from natural light (Nordic white) to medium ash shade.
It is widely known that the ash undertone is cool and warm colors in a mixture with it would be contradictory.
For example, if you are a light blond-haired girl with light blue or grey eyes with pale skin with a pink undertone, wearing hot pink would rather beat your color balance out.
It would instead wash your whole complexion away, and your face would look a bit “lost.”
This hot pink would look brighter than you, not what we are trying to do.
Your mission is to make the suitable color work for you and make your appearance better and not “lost.”
Am I Light Summer or Light Spring?
It’s a bit confusing because both of these color palettes are similar in lightness and lack of harsh contrast.
However, these two seasons are very different due to different undertones.
And in our color analysis for the best-suiting complexion, the undertone is “King.”
Light Summer is of a cool undertone, and Light Spring has a warm one.
As it has been mentioned before, Light Summer has a pink skin undertone with a flattering cold color palette, while the other season has a yellow skin undertone.
If you have pale skin, blond hair, and green or blue eyes, you find yourself better looking with golden earrings rather than silver ones; you are probably Light Spring.
Take a closer look at your skin’s undertone. Discover your Pink tonality or Yellow one.
That will make a massive difference in how you look at yourself and what kind of wardrobe you choose.
Light Summer Color Palette
Your favourite shades’ variation is light, light pastel, and dusty pastel colors that are part of the cold palette.
The colors often play on a cool palette, while they do not reach extreme coldness.
This means they contain more blue and grey than hot yellow or orange undertones.
Even if you have bright tonality ( like bright red, orange, yellow, etc.), you will find only cooler tints with a pinch of grey fog.
What are the actual dimensions of the Light Summer palette?
The Undertone is “King.”
As was mentioned before, your skin has a slightly pinkish undertone.
So your goal is to balance out the shades.
Your color palette is known for cooler and softer vibrations in the shades.
Your winning color, which is also dominant, would be blue/grey and green—those need to be in blunt, soft and light saturation.
For example, if you tend to blush often and your face/body turns from white to reddish tone, you need to use a color-blocking palette.
Green would work wonders on you. Be mindful because green needs to be in a cool shade and better used in the upper body zone.
Be careful with too bright and vibrant colors; those might not be your best choice.
Always look for your upper body, face, and decolletage area coverage first, and then go down to your bottom.
Styling For Light Summer Color Palette
How to mix and match a light summer 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 light summer palette should only be chosen from the palette given to you.
Harsh and way too bright/warm colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate appearance.
However, it is not entirely like that. 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 summer palette.
You have to understand that even if you use all blue combinations or all baby pink 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 wardrobe.
- Inverted Triangle Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
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- Hourglass Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
- Rectangle Body Shape: Capsule Wardrobe
In technical resources, it is believed that red doesn’t suit your light summer type and the most flattering color is blue at any time, any day.
And I know what you would do if you read something like that.
You would definitely throw away all red dresses and jackets, including your perfect red lipstick, and just, in general, would forget about the red color existence.
It’s technically correct to avoid red, but on the other side, you cannot wholly toss it all out just because t is written in the book.
You can still rock the red color anyway; the only thing you have to know about it is where and how to integrate it into your wardrobe and facial zone.
Here is a shining example of a celebrity Elle Fanning who is an absolute Light Summer type.
In this example, you can see that the picture to the left is bright red, which actually washes off her face’s beauty.
Her eyes got lost in the brightness of the red color, and they are not vivid.
The overall look is not bad, but the color literally blocks the color of her skin and eyes.
The deep black eyeliner made her eyes really heavy. And light champagne decolletage area is the best choice while still keeping the red lip.
Just look at her eyes, they are really vivid, and you can actually enjoy the beauty of her delicacy.
I’d say you need to keep your facial/decolletage area for the Light Summer palette, but keep the accent red lipstick on your face.
Avoid being monotonous, being dressed in one color or one color tonality. You still need a contrasting bright spot to break the “fashionable routine.”
For example, you can choose a monochromatic outfit like a light blue shirt and dark blue jeans and still have a bright red bag and red lips for your whole look.
And that is totally ok. Moreover, it is fabulous!
Avoid those theories and stylists that claim that you can only wear monotonous and monochromatic grey and blue outfits.
You can always work this thing out and make it work specifically for you. But you have to pick your best-looking shades and put them right near your face zone, avoiding cool and contradictory bright colors away.
Leave those vivid colors to accessories, lipsticks, bags, belts, or even shoes.
The same goes for the deep black color, as it’s believed that it doesn’t go well with your type.
But there is always a solution, and you can still keep your lower body part darker and keep the top’s summery clothes.
You can still use black eyeliner and mascara; that is totally fine. It’s not necessary to go for brown shades and eyeliners.
As you can see in this example, the black color on the right picture got Elle really “lost” and heavy, while the turquoise shaded dress made her look really different, and the color really fits her.
White could also be substituted for off-white or champagne, creamy shades as those are softer.
Colors to avoid for Light Summer wardrobe
Avoid colors that are too bright, warm and vivid, dark and too intense in your upper body area.
Patterns & Prints For Light Summer 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 Summer 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 Summer palette.
It’s believed that Light Summer needs to use low contrast 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.
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 pearl necklace and where to buy it“.
Jewellery For Light Summer Color Palette
As stated between gold and silver, I’d recommend silver as it’s cool enough for your skin tone.
Gold is appropriate if it was mixed with silver and looks really light.
Pearls need to be light pink, 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.