Seasonal Colors: The Right Color, The Right Time

Bridget Reed
Mon May 09, 2022

Seasonal Colors: The Right Color, The Right Time

There are many different ways to dress for your favorite occasion or night out on the town. You can mix and match colors, try out new fabrics and materials, or swap out pieces for versatile outfits that can be worn again and again. And, of course, you can dress for the season’s colors.

When it comes to seasonal colors, the wardrobe here at PixieLane reigns supreme. We carry a wide inventory of clothing for every month and style. No matter what, we have the looks guaranteed to match your hair color and skin tone all year long.

Explore top picks for seasonal color pieces here at PixieLane today, and start dressing for the season tomorrow.

What Are Seasonal Colors?

Seasonal colors refer to both the best colors for the time of year and the best colors for your eye colors and undertones, as well. Understanding seasonal coloring will help you to find the most flattering pieces and shades on your skin all year long.

What Is Seasonal Color Analysis?

There are two ways to think about seasonal colors and color theory. To start, seasonal colors are the colors most appropriate to the time of year. They typically reflect the natural world, which is why you’ll see darker earth tones in the colder months and brighter shades and warm colors in the sunnier seasons.

Once you know these shades and how they relate to the calendar, it will be easier to pick them out for your skin tone.

That’s because different skin tones and undertones can be highlighted and showcased with certain colors of fabric and clothes. For example, when a person refers to themselves as having an “autumn” complexion, colors common to the season are most flattering on their skin.

The skin tone and natural hair color play a big role in determining your seasonal colors, but undertones do. You can determine your undertone by looking at the color of the veins on your inner wrist.

If you see blue veins or purple veins, you have a cool undertone. Green or yellow veins indicate a warm undertone. A combination or a mix of the two means you have a neutral skin undertone.

You can also determine your undertone by looking at the clothing colors you wear, the color of jewelry most flattering on your skin, and how your skin reacts when exposed to the sun. The most common skin undertones are warm, cool, neutral skin, and olive skin.

It’s important to remember that there are shades between the colors. That’s why you may find you have a light spring, soft autumn, cool summer, or dark winter look, which can help you to pick out the right clothes with even more accuracy.

The Colors of Winter

Winter colors look best on individuals with fair skin and bold, contrasting features, like dark hair, blue eyes, or green eyes. Typically, winter colors are rich and cool to reflect the season. That’s why you’ll see a lot of jewel tones, like reds and golds, as well as off-neutrals, like charcoal.

Other colors that typically flatter those with winter coloring may include black, white, and dark blue, which are appropriate to the natural shades of the winter months. Blush shades can help to soften a winter style and pair well with other neutrals.

The Colors of Spring

Spring colors are best represented by the bright and joyful shades of new gardens and blooming flowers. That’s why you’ll find warm shades that reflect the brightness of the natural world all around you.

Commonly, spring colors are soft and pastel because spring shades are softer and gentler than the colors you’ll find in the summer. These shades also help to celebrate new life and rebirth after a cold winter.

For spring, you’ll find yellows, pinks, lavenders, and light blues, like sky blue and robin’s egg blue, which are popular and common. Mint is another fun shade you might find in a garden that is reflected in the popular spring wardrobe.

Spring palettes look best on individuals with warmer skin tones and those with ashy hair lighter than light brown, like golden blonde or golden brown. This is often referred to as ash-blond hair.

Those with soft or pale eyes also look good in spring colors. Because spring and autumn are both transition seasons, you may see a crossover of spring and autumn palettes on certain skin tones. You can also try out bright colors like a bright green for something really unique.

The Colors of Summer

Summer shades are inspired by the bright and exciting colors of natural summer days and nights. That’s why you’ll see a lot of neons, like the neon pink, yellow, and orange that make up the summer sunset. These colors are often bright and high in contrast, and they often range across the entire rainbow.

Individuals with relatively light skin, but darker hair, look best in summer colors. They will also have cool, blue undertones, often offset by pink. Mix and match bright pink and blue summer pieces to find the perfect shade for your skin.

The Colors of Fall

Autumn colors are inspired by the rich and dark colors of the falling leaves and the cooler skies. That’s why it’s common to see browns, oranges, and greens, like maroon, rust, and hunter green. A classic brown or navy is an appropriate neutral for the season, and it’s easy to mix outerwear into your fall-inspired outfit.

Spring tones look best on individuals with lighter than medium brown hair, whereas autumn colors are best on those with hair darker than medium browns, like dark brown or brown-black. Warm skin tones with golden undertones are highlighted and enhanced by fall colors, and they’ll show off your best features.

Dressing for the Season (and for the Weather)

It’s essential to know which color palettes mesh with your tone, but you still want to wear pieces that match the season. Bright shades can look out of place on a winter day, and soft browns and greens are more appropriate for fall than spring.

Explore balances between flattering colors and colors that match the natural world to make your outfit stand out and your best features shine.

Naturally, you’ll want to find pieces that best match the temperature outside. When you lean into your best shades, you’ll feel confident and stylish all year long.

Evergreen Styles That Last All Year Long

There’s a lot to know about skin tones, undertones, and finding flattering colors for every season. Luckily, with a bit of exploration and experimentation, you can begin picking out the pieces you’ll want to wear again and again.

And PixieLane is here to help you get that perfect look every time. We make it easy to learn about fashion, matching, and trends, with our comprehensive style guides for parents, tweens, and teens, and we have a growing collection of clothes for every season and personal style.

Whether you’re looking for comfortable clothes for a winter tone, or you love embracing your warm shades with something pastel and soft, we have you covered. Our growing collection of pieces for parents and kids includes dresses, shirts, skirts, leggings, and a whole lot more. And, you’ll be able to find the perfect accessories for any outfit, no matter the season.

When it comes time to pick out your next outfit for winter, spring, summer, or fall, turn to PixieLane. Find the perfect shades for every style and every season with our team today. And above all, remember that no matter what color season you might be categorized as, what matters most is that you love your look — boxes are made for shipping clothes, not for categorizing people.


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