True Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe And Makeup
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15 Jun

True Autumn Color Palette: Colors For Wardrobe And Makeup

Are You Wondering If You Are A True Autumn Color Palette?

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

True Autumn is the perfect colorful description of yellow leaves, orange pumpkins, grey rainy roads infused with milky morning fog, and of course the richness of tasteful harvest.

This is the fruition of the autumn galore which corresponds to the deepness of the color in a slow transition to the darkness of colder times.

True Autumn is the “richest” season in terms of the deepness of the color and warmness of the palette.

This is the set of colors that will definitely intensify your assets. For example, if your eyes are green-blue, this palette will make them deeper and more color-rich.

There are four seasons of the year and four seasonal color palettes.

True Autumn is right between Soft Autumn and Dark Autumn on the chart.

It is influenced by Soft Autumn with grey pastel colors and Dark Autumn with its darkness and deepness.

However, let’s not forget that a True Autumn is a truly warm type that suits warm type ladies.

How to know if you are True Autumn?

You are a True Autumn if you have a warm appearance overall, and you are most definitely aware that warm colors and undertones suit you better than cold ones.

It’s effortless to make a test with jewelry. 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 to find out if your skin type is warm or cold?

That is really easy to do! The fastest way to understand your main type 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 (warmly tanned) 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 a grey-ish 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 warm and calm, somewhat “cosy” but if you add perfect true autumn color to your features (or at least one f them) those 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 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 advice to you is not to put so much attention to these “technicalities” and just go along with a simpler explication of what your palette is.

How Does True Autumn Look Like?

The dominant palette for you would be warm tones and deep undertones. I wouldn’t call them “muted”, but rather rich and mild.

Muted are colors that have cold grey or black undertone and this is definitely not the case for True Autumn.

Imagine a warm day in September, when the sun is still caressing your golden hair, and can even see the freckles blending in with your autumn-like eyes.

The skin is slightly bronzed but not a single feature that would stand out harshly ruining the beautiful composition.

It’s mild and warm with no strong contrast, but still bright in its own palette where green is rich emerald and red is cherry gloss, etc.

There is no space for neon shades like bright yellow, there is calmness and peace, there is confidence and the golden hour. Deep colors mixed with softness push the brightness of the August sun down into the hollow of the deep blue sea and the deep green forest.

True Autumn Features


True Autumn eyes medium or golden/ amber brown aka honey brown, deep green, blue-green, olive-green (when green is mixed with brown pigment, which might look yellowish in the sun).


Needless to say why, but warm skin undertone is your main feature to consider when choosing the right color palette.

Your skin gets bronzed easily as well as your tan can slide off rapidly. You naturally have a yellowish skin undertone and as it has been mentioned before, silver jewelry looks much worse than golden.

Most likely, if you are caucasian, you will notice that during summer/autumn time your skin gets more yellow/bronzy shade and in winter/spring it’s getting really fair with a slight drop of pink undertone.

That’s just normal and it doesn’t mean that you can only wear gold, silver is also possible but it’s better to wear it during cold times when your skin gets more fair than usual.


True Autumn hair is like golden blond, true dark blond, light brown, golden ginger or red, and all shades of ripe golden wheat.

True Color Dimensions Of True Autumn Color Palette

In technical fashion resources, all “experts” usually say that True Autumn is greyed out and muted, plus there is no visible or strong contrast.

However, I, as a painter will tell you that it’s right on the contrary. It’s not muted and not greyed out! True Summer is, but not True Autumn.

As discussed before, True Autumn is deep and calmly soft, it’s rich (the richest from all seasonal chart flow) and warm. Forget about that book where it says it has a pinch of grey!

Am I True Autumn or True Spring?

True Autumn and True Spring are predominantly warm in type and this is the only thing they share.

True Autumn is like walking into a cozy warm house after a hot day and true Spring is clear and fresh that can only be experienced in the early-early morning.

True Spring is warm but muted with grey-ish tones of the sunset and True Autumn is the warm deep sunset.

True Autumn Color Palette

In terms of colors, the following images with Julia Roberts are representative of the warm, rich shades of the True Autumn color palette:

The Palette

True Autumn is the central Autumn season in the four seasons color analysis and is so the most original Autumn palette. Its colors are deep, color-rich, warm, and cozy.

Red is not bright red, it’s toned down to cherry red. Green is not bright spring green but eased down to green emerald. White is not squeaky white, but off-white and cream white.

Brown is definitely muted and dissolved with an off-white polka dot pattern, which makes it even more classy.

Grey is toned down to soft grey as well as black is more muted with soft greyish shades.

Styling For True Autumn Color Palette

How to mix and match a true autumn 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 true autumn palette should only be chosen from the palette given to you.

As harsh and way too bright/warm colors can create an undesirable effect on the skin, especially if you have a delicate/muted 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 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 autumn 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 what we are trying to avoid when constructing the perfect wardrobe.

Colors to Avoid For True 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. Probably if you still want to use those colors you would need to break them down with a necklace or something that can create a line between your face and upper body.

Colors To Avoid For True Autumn Color Palette

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

It’s believed that True 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 True 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

Throwing my fashion & color philosophy like confetti ;)