Understanding a Spring Person

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 21, 2009)

I hate it when I find a top that is so cute, it fits, it's inexpensive, but it doesn't look good. I hate that. How is it that the same top can look amazing on my sister, but look like a disaster on me? The answer is in the fact that the combination of skin tone, hair color, and eye color all contribute to our own personal color palette. Experts categorize these color palettes into the four seasons. In theory you are a spring person, a summer person, a fall or winter person. Your "season" can best determine what looks good on you. While spring is many people's favorite season, it may not be their most flattering palette.

Springs have warm colors that are bright and intense. Their color palettes are founded in colors with warm, golden-yellow undertones. Spring colors are "warm," meaning they are complimented by yellows and golds. They don't look too hot in a stark white, but rather go for the off whites and creams. They look best in brighter colors, but not too intense colors.

Browns can look great on Springs as long as it stays more golden than sepia, more chocolate than an earthy brown. Spring colors are clear and vibrant, the color palette ranging from purple to coral to azure. Springs can wear black, but should wear it with other popping Spring colors. Gold jewelry looks best on a Spring, emphasizing the "warm" tones as opposed to the cooler silver options.

Traits characteristic of Springs are blond, chestnut, or dark brown hair complemented by a naturally flushed or pinkish-golden skin tone. To set off the true Spring look, most Springs have eyes that are an intense shade of blue (like an aqua or sea green), but can also have golden brown or amber eyes. Spring is the most uncommon of the season color palettes and only springs can pull off certain colors (e.g. a vibrant grassy green).

While we all may love spring and all the beautiful flowers and blossoming growth, the fact is we don't all look great wearing those energetic colors. So even though you may be disappointed with the reality that that bright coral blouse just doesn't work for you, rest assured there are other colors (in the same blouse I'm sure) that will set you apart from the crowd!

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