Soft Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe And Makeup
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12 May

Soft Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe And Makeup

Are you wondering if you are a soft autumn color palette?

I got you covered with these answers from a stylist and artist

Soft Autumn Color Palette is a transitional type on the color chart. Even though it belongs to autumn, it still shares some individual colors from Summer just because it’s in between Summer and Autumn.

soft autumn color palette
soft autumn color palette

Imagine a still hot September month, it’s Autumn already, but it is yet warm and people are wearing short sleeves showing off their tan they received during August vacation. And a few days later you notice trees are becoming yellow and orange and it’s raining once in a while with a slightly warm lurking sun.

It’s a warm palette even though it’s a starting cold season. This is why we need to balance it out with warm shades. A transitional palette is always a mixture of both Soft Summer and Soft Autumn shades.

Characteristics For Soft Autumn Color Palette

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 soft autumn at all?). Don’t worry, not exactly all colors from the palette are meant to fit your appearance. The main thiing that will concern you and Soft Autumn palette is that you need to figure out if your skin is a cold or warm type because Soft Autumn 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 completely true when technical resources say that your “features appear somewhat “greyed” out or toned down”. There are people with grey-ish appearnce , but their blue eyes definitely stand out. They are somewhat muted, but in general you can clearly see that the color of the eyes idoes stand out from the whole picture of your colors.

Your true colors are “muted”, but if you add a perfect soft autumn color your features (or at leats one f 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 difficult to figure out which chroma, hue, and contrast your own appearance has.

My advise to you is not to put so much attention to these “technicalities” and just go along with simpler explication of what your palette is.

The Features Of Soft Autumn Color Palette

I. Eyes

Soft Autumn eyes can be blue, green, green hazel, light hazel, or light brown but muted with grey undertone. Most likely eyes will have a little bit bit yellow/brown mixture, so you wouldn’t have a clear distinctive idea whether they are green or brow or dark hazel. There is no clear identifying color for this soft autumn color palette, after all it’s a transitional season, so this is why we have these mixtued tones here.

II. Skin

The skin is either olive-toned or neutral-warm. You will enjoy wearing both gold and silver jewelry, but will definitely notice that yellow gold jewelry suits you better because you tend to have a yellow-ish skin undertone. If in summer your skin is enhanced with a natural tan and all yellow/golden jewelry looks magnificent on you, in winter your skin will lose its summer tan and can become a little grey-ish so you can start mixing with silver jewelry and a few drops of pink-toned foundation for face. Your skin is like a chameleon depending on the season and your surrounding/country/climate.

III. Hair

All Soft Autumn hair is warm-toned like warm blond, warm brown, light ash blond, and warm ash blond/brown. You may have highlights.


Some technical resources suggest testing first whether you are a Soft Autumn in the first place before we continue with the further information. It has been advised to use something grey to put near or around your face. You will see if your eyes got muted with that grey color it means you are a Soft Summer and not a Soft Autumn. However, I would suggest that you just play around with silver and gold it will be a much faster way to figure out which tonality you have.

Even grey can have different tonalities and a lot of different shades, so we cannot solely rely on just any grey fabrics that you will pick up from your existing wardrobe. You can still test and see what color suits you better, but your would need to pay closer attention to your skin tonality and figure out whether it’s yellow-toned or slightly pinkish. That will identify your whole color analysis “game”.

The Colour Palette For Soft Autumn Color Palette

Soft Autumn will always be the very first days of the autumn season still lingering that summery vibe behind. Get a better idea by analyzing these images:

The Palette

The soft autumn color palette is not too saturated and I’d rather say non-saturated and linger towards soft earthiness. However, if you look closely at the inspirational pictures above you will notice that they all are warm with a hint of summery sun. The break of dawn is coming and we are still trying to catch the last summer beam. Is that just lovely?

Soft Autumn sits between Soft Summer and True Autumn on the seasonal chart. So if you were wondering about the True Autumn, you need to know that Soft Autumn is a transitional color palette which is the first step into the True Autumn which is pure and deep/darker color palette like green emerald, navy blue, etc. Soft Autumn in comparison to True Autumn is a younger sister who resembles Summer after all.

Styling The Soft Autumn Color Palette

Take a look at Jessica Biel, who is a pure Soft Autumn color palette celebrity girl. I have prepared a set of outfits in which she has appeared that suit her the most. This is the perfect Soft Autumn Colors that go from a summery vibe to earthy deeper tones.

Jessica looks the best when wearing monochromatic outfits that do not contrast too much with her beauty and skin tone. This a win-win situation if you are a Soft Autumn. Medium contrast is still good but then it all needs to be from the same palette.

In addition to being muted, Soft Autumn is also known as warm-neutral. That means you can wear both warm and cool tones in the same outfit and in accordance with your skin. When tanned Soft Summer tones will look magnificent on your appearance like Jessica does in her soft yellow dress. And when the tan goes off you could experiment with more down-to-earth tonalities like burgundy, olive shades, etc.

Avoid combining colors that are highly contrasting and those that are out of your comfort zone like neons, bright yellow, red or electric blue.

Try to avoid the harshness of true bright white and peach black, go with off-white, cream-white, or dark grey instead.

Colours to Avoid For Soft Autumn Color Palette

Those colors down below will make your beauty washed out and your face can “disappear” becoming a white “canvas” with no identity. Just take a look down below. Jessica is dresses in all colors that don’t suit her and I just want to ask her to “fire” her style immediately 😉

How to mix and match a dark winter color palette in your wardrobe?

In technical fashion materials, it is being 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 you. As harsh and way too bright/cold colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate/muted appearance. But that is right on the contrary for you, sharp colors are right for you!

I have already mentioned that dark/warmer colors can still be used for the lower body. The main center is always your facial zone which attracts the most attention. So you mainly need to concentrate on the face and decolletage zone with your true winter 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 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 what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Patterns & Prints For Soft Autumn 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 Soft Autumn 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 that is basic here, so you need to see if that primary color is from your Soft Autumn palette.

It’s believed that Soft Autumn needs to use low to medium contrasts because of the delicacy of natural beauty. You might still go for low-level contrast, which would right for you. However, there is always a solution for you if you didn’t find anything from this guide.

Jewelry For Soft Autumn Color Palette

How you could fix your non-perfect colored look with just one thing. It’s a 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 for 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. “

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.

Iryna Fedorchak

Hello, I am Iryna. A creative Ukrainian soul living in Lisbon, Portugal. I know fashion, I speak beauty and I know what lifestyle suits you the best. Here I will show you how fashion manifestation looks like as well as I want it to be an inspiring space for women of all religions and heritage. I hope I can help and advise you about your fashion preferences. Let's do fashion together! I love to create and re-create looks showcasing the life of European Bohemia in Portugal, researching Dos' and Donts' of the beauty realm, throwing my philosophy like confetti.