True Spring: A Comprehensive Guide | the concept wardrobe (2024)

Contents

  • I. Characteristics
  • II. The Colour Palette
  • III. Styling
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True Spring is the original Spring season in the four seasons colour analysis and sits between Bright Spring and Light Spring on the seasonal flow chart.

Its opposite season is True Autumn. And in contrast to the latter, True Spring’s appearance is bright and fresh instead of earthy and muted.

I. Characteristics

Please note: Do not worry too much if one characteristic of your appearance deviates from the below descriptions. You may still fall into this colour season if your overall appearance matches the profile.

You are a True Spring if the primary colour aspect of your overall appearance is warm, and the secondary aspect is bright.

When you look in the mirror, the first thing you notice about your colouring is its warmth. There is no cool quality in your appearance, and golden and honey hues dominate your features.

In addition, your skin, eyes and hair have a fresh and clear appearance. Instead of blending, they contrast each other, and there is no muddiness or greyness about them. Overall, the contrast between your features is medium.

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The Features

I. Eyes

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True Spring eyes are medium-light with enhanced brightness and warmth. They range from warm blue over warm green and light hazel in colour.

Light brown or topaz are also common (especially in non-white ethnicities). And while they do stand in contrast to skin and hair, they are not as overly bright and vibrant as Bright Spring eyes. You may also notice a sunburst pattern around the pupil, which is characteristic of Spring eyes.

II. Skin

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True Spring skin is characterised by warm and golden undertones. That means that while gold makes the skin look healthy, silver looks very disharmonious against it. Skin tones range from fair to dark, but it always has warm undertones. True Springs may also have freckles.

III. Hair

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Warm, golden tones also reign the hair. It comes in a variety of shades, from medium golden blonde over strawberry blonde and coppery red to light golden brown. Many True Springs were blonde as children and have grown up into brunettes. For darker ethnicities, light or medium golden brown are frequent shades.

IV. Contrast

True Spring is a season of medium contrast between skin, hair, and eyes. In the images below, you can see that while the features contrast each other. But there are no dark areas. The colouring is relatively light to medium.

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True Spring vs True Autumn

True Spring and True Autumn sit opposite each other on the seasonal flow chart. Both seasons' primary colour aspect is warm. But the distinguishing feature between them is their secondary aspect – True Spring is bright, whereas True Autumn is muted.

That means that True Autumn’s appearance is toned down, and their colouring blends. There is also a lower contrast between the features compared to True Spring.

True Spring, on the other hand, has a fresh and bright colouring. Where True Autumn features complement each other, True Spring features contrast each other. Because of their contrasting appearance, True Springs can handle a lot of colour, and they look better in contrasted colours than True Autumns do.

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II. TheColour Palette

True Spring is the colour season reminiscent of sunshine, tropical islands with turquoise water, yellow sand, lush green leaves and juicy fruit. The colours are warm and fresh, taking in the light of the warming spring sun.

The palette contains the saturated colours of spring flowers, freshly grown grass, and green leaves. True Spring is spring at its peak.

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The Palette

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True Spring is the original Spring season of the four seasons colour analysis and is the ‘standard’ Spring palette. The other two Spring palettes have been modified to accommodate the respective Winter and Summer influence.

True Spring colouring combines warmth with brightness. This season falls at the warmest, most golden end of Spring. Therefore, the colours are warm with a clear yellow undertone. There is not a hint of coolness in this palette.

The True Spring palette contains warm greens, yellows, orangey reds, peachy pinks and every shade of light brown from beige to tan. These colours are naturally yellow-based and warm.

Although Spring is, in general, a season of lighter colours, True Spring’s colours go deeper and are more saturated than might be expected.

Colour Dimensions

On the three dimensions of colour, True Spring has the following settings:

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Hue

Consistent with True Spring’s primary aspect, the palette sits at the warmest end of the hue scale. That means the colours contain yellow undertones but no blue ones. As a result, you will find very few shades of blue (which is the coolest colour of all) on the palette. And you will only see warmer shades of blue – such as turquoise, mint, or pastel blue – that contain a tint of yellow. Instead, there are more yellows, peachy pinks and warm greens that are naturally yellow-based.

Value

The colour palette is quite broad, but it is lighter in value because of the greater concentration of yellow undertones. There are no extremely dark colours on the palette. But you may find darker shades of blue or purple, which are supportive colours for the lighter tints.

Chroma

In line with True Spring’s secondary colour aspect, the colours are high in chroma. That means they are saturated and bright rather than faded.

Sister Palettes

True Spring sits between Bright Spring and Light Spring on the seasonal flow chart. As the heart of Spring, the colours are bright, medium in value and very warm.

With their opposite season True Autumn, the colours share the same warmth but are brighter and lighter. True Autumn colours are muted and appear earthier.

Compared to Bright Spring, the colours are warmer, softer and slightly lighter. True Spring is not influenced by Winter.

Compared to the third Spring season Light Spring, the colours are warmer, brighter and slightly darker.

As sister palettes, Bright Spring and Light Spring both share True Spring’s aspects of bright and warm, respectively. Depending on where you fall on the True Spring spectrum, you can borrow some colours from your sister palettes since they are close enough to the True Spring colour palette.

If you lean more towards Bright Spring, opt for the gentler shades on the Bright Spring palette – such as Artisan's Gold, Persimmon or Tropical green. Whereas if you lean more towards Light Spring, choose the darker colours on the Light Spring palette – such as Hot Coral, Teaberry or Poison Green.

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III. Styling

Neutrals

True black and white (two Winter colours) are not on the True Spring colour palette. These colours are too cool and harsh for your colouring and can make you look sallow. To replace black, you have warm chocolate browns and greenish greys, which you can use as dark neutrals.

For your light neutrals, you have light yellows and greens instead of whites. These are warmer and gentler than pure white.

In general, browns and even beiges (if they are bright enough) are the best True Spring neutrals, because they are naturally warmer hues.

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Colours to Avoid

True Spring’s main colour aspects are warm and bright, so your worst colours are cool and muted.

Very cool colours, such as icy blues and greys, will clash with your natural warmth and will make you look unhealthy.

Similarly, muted and toned-down colours, such as dusty blues and muddy browns, will dampen your natural brightness and make you look muddy.

And apart from black and white, other dark, harsh colours, such as deep blues and purples, will also make you look off.

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Colour Combinations

Technically, you can combine any of the colours on the True Spring palette with each other. But certain combinations will look much better than others. Those are the combinations that repeat the contrast level that is naturally present in your appearance.

True Spring’s natural appearance contrasts rather than blends, meaning there is medium contrast between the features. Therefore, the best colour combinations for your outfits are similarly contrasting.

The obvious way to achieve contrast is by pairing tints with shades of the same hue, such as light green with dark green. This is called value contrast.

However, this may not be enough for a True Spring since your natural colouring is bright. Any kind of hue contrast will be more flattering on you.

Feel free to combine neighbouring hues, such as yellow and green. You can even pair colours that sit far from each other on the colour wheel, such as peachy orange and teal. The further apart the colours, the higher the contrast between them.

The third option is to combine neutrals with brighter accent colours. If you choose a dark neutral, select a lighter accent; whereas a lighter neutral combines better with a slightly darker accent. Make sure to select different hues to create additional hue contrast.

In general, always aim for at least one bright colour in your outfit. And avoid neutrals-only combinations and monochromatic looks, as these will look dull on you.

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Patterns & Prints

If you are thinking of incorporating some patterns and prints into your wardrobe, consider the following:

The best patterns are those that only contain True Spring colours – like in the first example below.

If a pattern contains some but not much colour from a disharmonious palette – like in the second example, you can also wear it.

The last example contains too much of a disharmonious colour (a True Summer yellow, which is cool and muted). Avoid this pattern.

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Since your natural colouring has medium contrast, opt for patterns that reflect this higher contrast level rather than ones which blend too much.

In the example below, both patterns are in True Spring colours and wearable. However, the second pattern displays a higher contrast between the elements and is therefore more flattering.

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Great patterns for True Spring are dotty, busy, creative, and rounded shaped geometric patterns. Natural elements – such as flowers, butterflies, and birds are great. Anything hand-drawn is also good.

Elements should not be too small and not too dense.

Avoid very small and very big elements as well as stiff, square geometric patterns – like in the first example.

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Metals & Accessories

Because of their predominant warmth, the best metal for a True Spring is a warm, yellow gold. And a light, shiny gold is better than a rich, dark gold. Warm rose gold and white gold can also work.

Silver or any of the cooler metals will not go well with your colouring and are best avoided. The same goes for matte finishes, which clash with your naturally saturated colouring. Make sure your metals are shiny.

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FAQs

What hair color is best for true Spring? ›

True Spring Best Hair Colours

Flattering shades for you include medium golden blonde or strawberry blonde, copper or a medium golden brown. Be sure to avoid cool colours or muted colours such as mousey brown or ash blonde as they can drain your colouring and they will not work with your striking features.

What color lipstick is best for true springs? ›

True Springs look best when clothing, hair and makeup is warm, bright and light. True Spring lipsticks colors are orangey red, and red tones of burning sand, light coral, coral pink, bean red, light carmine pink, valentine red, shocking orange, dark terra cotta, dark coral, and terra cotta.

Can True Spring wear black? ›

True Spring is far from this traditional palette, having no black or white, and being lighter overall. There are, however, darker options in the palette, particularly in the brown, grey and blue areas; and plenty of warm neutrals, including beiges and creams on the lighter end.

What color blush is best for true Spring? ›

Your perfect blush shade will depend on your individual complexion, so some trial and error will be required here. But in general, choose peach-based blush. If you have darker skin, you can also even a light cocoa shade. Make sure your blush has some shimmer and avoid matte finishes.

What is the hardest hair color to keep? ›

Red hair is notoriously difficult when it comes to upkeep. While it's the hardest color to fully strip from your hair, it's also the first to fade, often lightening drastically within the first few washes.

Can true Spring wear gray? ›

Spring is a warm color family, and most of the colors in their palette have yellow and golden undertones. Grey is usually a cool neutral color that has blue or green undertones. So, it's not a color that naturally complements Spring's warm skin tone.

What is the most seductive lipstick color? ›

Scientists at the University of Manchester found that red lipstick draws attention to the mouth, most notably from the opposite sex. This is because red is the colour of masculine energy. It is also the colour of passion and lust…

What is true spring color palette? ›

True Spring's best colours are usually warm greens, yellows, orangey reds, very peachy pinks and every shade of light brown from tan to palest beige. This is the softest and lightest of the Spring colours - the intensity and saturation of those bolder Spring colours is really dialled down.

Can a brunette be a spring? ›

Many True Springs were blonde as children and have grown up into brunettes. For darker ethnicities, light or medium golden brown are frequent shades. True Spring is a season of medium contrast between skin, hair, and eyes. In the images below, you can see that while the features contrast each other.

What glasses are best for true Spring? ›

Like your metallics, glasses for True Spring need to be light and warm. Keep to yellow gold and warmer rose gold. Clean, shiny bronze - more like a browned gold - is great if you can find it. Anything with black or heavier colours will be distracting on your face and drag you down.

Can true springs wear navy blue? ›

REST: Springs are really the only season who get to work that amazing classic combination of navy and camel, so make the most of it! PLAY: Bring out Spring's colourful side by pairing a navy basic with bold hues from your palette for maximum colour punch.

Can True Spring wear burgundy? ›

If you're a Warm Spring, you'll find very dark, muted colours and cool, delicate tones look awful on you. Think of colours like deep burgundy or maroon, both may be warm, but lack the necessary vibrancy to lift your bright complexion.

What is the most flattering blush color? ›

“When it comes to lighter skin tones, it's best to select colors like light pinks and pastels. Anything deep and rich in color is wonderful for dark skin like a deep berry, and for medium skin tones—depending on undertone—I go with peaches and pinks.”

What color blush give you the most youthful look? ›

Blush is the key to a youthful glowing look
  • For fair skin: Petal pink is the most natural choice for people with alabaster skin.
  • For olive skin: Those with warmer complexions should stick to subtle coral, soft mauve and pale plum.

How do I pick my blush color? ›

Your skin tone and undertones can help you figure out the shades that will look best on you. Those with deeper skin tones will love vibrant hues like coral, red, and berry, while those with fairer skin should go for light pink or peach shades.

What colors are true Spring skin tone? ›

The True Spring palette contains warm greens, yellows, orangey reds, peachy pinks and every shade of light brown from beige to tan. These colours are naturally yellow-based and warm.

Can true Spring have dark brown hair? ›

Hair. Hair can be red, blonde, many versions of light to medium brown, or blends of these tones. Golden brunette, warm caramel, dark blonde and deeper nutty browns are the most common naturally-occurring hair colours for this season.

Is true Spring the same as warm Spring? ›

Warm Spring is the True Spring color type. Your palette includes warm greens, yellows, orange reds, peach pink colors, and all shades of light brown from beige to brown. Although Spring is usually a season of lighter colors, the colors of Warm Spring are deeper and more saturated than we might first think.

What is the best color for Spring? ›

A Spring seasonal color palette is full of warm and bright shades like poppy red, daffodil yellow, and tangerine orange. Some of the neutral Spring colors are ivory, cream, camel, and clearer browns.

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