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    Frump Fighters, figuring out what colors look good on you is incredibly rewarding. When you build a wardrobe color palette around what colors suit you, you’ll find that not only do you look your best but your clothes also mix and match more easily.

    Sounds great right? Here’s where the frustration comes in: you need to figure out which color season FIRST. And this, my friends, is not always easy.

    But in this series about seasonal color analysis I am trying to make it feel as easy as taking a free quiz. Actually that’s exactly what we’re going to do. 

    I’ve made an incredible quiz just for you! 👏

    This wonderful mama blogger created a simple and easy FREE quiz that helped me narrow down my own season using some quick color analysis questions. Now I know exactly what colors suit me and how to choose a color palette for my wardrobe! No more confusion, I'm so glad I found this incredible blog post and free printable! #free #printable #colorseason #wardrobe #quiz #howto #capsule

    It’s not just any quiz… it’s crafted especially for those that feel stuck and confused about their “cool” versus “warm” undertone.

    It’s time to remove the mystery from this topic to help you discover your season (and best colors) once and for all.

    I hope you’re as excited as I am because we’re taking this color monster DOWN!

    How Seasonal Color Analysis Works (Read Part 1 First!)

    In Part 1 of this series, I covered how seasonal color analysis works by explaining the properties of color.

    If you haven’t already, READ THAT POST FIRST

    “What Colors Should I Wear for My Skin Tone_” -- Part 1_ How Seasonal Color Analysis Works & Which System Works Best

    And even if you already read it in the past, go back and read it again now before continuing with this post. 

    It will be worth your time so that your quiz results from this post make sense. 

    Trust me, you’re going to have several light bulb moments!

    So, Step 1, read: Part 1 – How Seasonal Color Analysis Works

    How to Use Clues from Your Complexion to Narrow Down What Season You Are (with Free Quiz!)

    You’ve read and understood Part 1 right? 👆

    Ok, good. Because I’m going to refer to terms that I explained in that post.

    Usually the most challenging part about seasonal color analysis is figuring out your skin’s undertone— whether you are warm or cool or somewhere in between (neutral). 

    How to figure out your skin undertone quiz.

    Figuring out your skin’s undertone is almost always the toughest! But it’s also the most important. Can you guess which of my sisters here has a cool undertone and which has a warm undertone? If you’ve got a trained eye, you can probably peg this instantly!

    The best way to determine your skin undertone is by draping colors and seeing how those colors look on you.

    BUT you need to know what you’re looking for and this often just leaves people confused. Plus it’s a little tedious finding a bunch of different fabrics, draping, and taking pictures. 

    Using Clues in Your Complexion to Narrow Down to What Season You Are

    I’ve discovered an easier way using clues to narrow down to your season within the 12 season color analysis system.

    And these clues are found not just in your skin but also in your hair and eyes!

    That’s how I designed the quiz to work

    Answering the question what colors should I wear - Free 12 season color analysis test quiz printable for finding what are my best colors (1)

    Did you know that:

    • red hair and a sunburst pattern in your eyes are clues that you’re a spring?
    • symmetrical lines in your eyes without the sunburst indicate winter?
    • freckles indicate you are muted versus clear (summer or autumn)?
    • gray overtones in your eyes ALSO indicate you are summer or autumn?
    Using complexion clues to find what is my undertone - what season am i complexion quiz; Free 12 season color analysis test (1)

    The quiz uses these clues broken down both by category (warm/cool, light/dark, bright/muted) AND also by hair, skin and eyes.

    When you put together all the clues in all the categories of warm versus cool, clear versus muted and light versus dark, you end up with a MATRIX that narrows you down to a specific season!

    Figuring out what colors look best on me. Finding colors that look on me and suit me. What colors should I wear answered with free quiz! (1)

    In your results page on the quiz, you’ll get a matrix that narrows your results down to the season with the best match for you.

    I just think it’s incredible the way there are patterns you can trace in people EYES and HAIR that are usually found at the same time on a person. 

    Be Prepared for Exceptions in the Complexion Patterns

    I hate to muddle things a bit with exceptions… But let me warn you that sometimes you will have 75% of the clues in the quiz indicate that you are one season, and then one of the clues is off playing in another field. 

    This happens! I’ll show you a few examples from my own family. 

    A Winter with Autumn-Clues in Eyes

    In this first example, my sister Roxana is a Winter with cool-toned/pinky skin and dark brown hair.

    But she has eyes that say “Autumn/Spring”: the warm sunburst in the center is a clue for Spring and the speckles (hard to see in this pic) are a clue for Autumn. 

    Winter season type with Autumn Hazel Dark Brown Eyes - Figuring out what colors look best on me. Finding colors that look on me and suit me (1)

    What a beauty right?! She’s a Winter with Autumn/Spring patterns in eyes.

    If she had only gone off her eyes to decide her season, she would probably have pegged herself as warm instead of cool. 

    But that’s the neat thing about the quiz I designed… you are looking a myriad of clues so even “outliers” shouldn’t significantly affect your results. It’s still good to be aware it can happen though.

    What this means for Roxana is that when she knows she scores warm for eyes, she can probably pull off some warm colors like olive.

    No wonder she looks amazing in that camo dress of hers! It brings out her eyes!

    A Summer with Autumn Speckles in Eyes

    In this next example, you can see that though my gorgeous mother-in-law is a Light Summer (cool-toned skin, ashen blonde hair), she’s got flecks in her eyes that are typical of Autumns! 

    Light Summer type with Autum flecks in crackled glass pattern eyes- When clues conflict -Figuring out what colors look best on me. Finding colors that look on me and suit me (3)

    A Light Summer with specks in eyes that are often found in Autumns.

    This may due to the fact that Summer and Autumn seasons share the muted/soft trait.

    Since these seasons overlap in that characteristic, some of her traits (in this case her eyes) borrow from patterns/colors typical of the other season. 

    This is true of every season and subseason, they have a “sister” season that share a characteristic. (I explain sister seasons below.)

    A Summer with Red Streaks in Hair

    My aunt is a Summer with very pinky/cool-toned skin and glass-like blue eyes BUT she has reddish tones in her hair (a very warm characteristic). 

    Light Summer Season Type with Red in Hair - Figuring out what colors look best on me. Finding colors that look on me and suit me (2)

    A Light Summer with Summer eyes but reddish highlights in hair (more typical of Springs)

    Her best colors are cool though because her skin’s undertone is cool. 

    Skin undertone is always the most important trait to look at.

    How to troubleshoot conflicting clues

    1. Focus on your undertone. Getting your undertone right will ALWAYS matter the most because the most important division in colors in warm versus cool. Perhaps you have red in your hair (warm clue) but your skin is very pinky (cool-toned) and eyes have a glass like pattern. This means you are probably cool-toned despite the warm clue in your hair.
    2. Look for your dominant traits. The complexion features that stand out the most are the strongest and will be where your best colors lean. Do you have pinky-toned skin but blazing red hair? You are likely leaning warm because that hair don’t lie.
    3. Settle for one dominant season but add one or two additional seasons that you can borrow from. I’ll talk more about how you can borrow best colors from other seasons but basically if you have one part of you that is warm and the rest is cool, you can often look good in some warm tones that would make purely cool people look sickly. 

    Not everyone has conflicting clues though. I have practically 100% clues for being a Summer (my eyes are gray-blue with crackled glass pattern, my hair is brown with zero red, and my skin is cool).

    But just be aware that this could happen in your quiz results!

    However, I designed the quiz to make it easy to go back through your answers and spot the outliers.

    Side note: It’s pretty cool that we can’t ALL be put into neat little boxes. It just declares how we are unique and complex creations!

    Finding Your Subseason in the 12 Season Color Analysis System

    When you know your main season (the quiz gives you this) the hardest part is over. 

    The final step of finding your subseason is quite easy!

    What is a subseason? There are 3 subseasons within each season.

    Let’s say you got “Autumn” using the free quiz.

    Within the 12 season system (my favorite!) you could be the subseason: Warm Autumn, Deep Autumn or Soft Autumn. 

    In general, Autumns look best in colors that are: Warm, Dark/Deep, and Muted/Soft. 

    Do you see Autumn on the bottom left of the graphic here? It’s on the warm side, the muted corner, and the dark/deep bottom.

    12 season color analysis graph pictureTo find your subseason, simply decide which feature is dominant. 

    So continuing with our example of an Autumn, here are the three subseasons:

    • Warm Autumns have red or golden brown hair and very peachy/golden skin.
    • Soft Autumns have medium to dark hair and warm undertone; they also have low contrast and light but soft eyes.
    • Deep Autumns have high contrast with dark eyes and hair.

    Here is a list of the subseasons:

    • Springs
      • Warm Springs 
      • Clear Springs 
      • Light Springs 
    • Autumns
      • Warm Autumns 
      • Muted/Soft Autumns 
      • Dark/Deep Autumns 
    • Summers
      • Cool Summers 
      • Muted/Soft Summers 
      • Light Summers 
    • Winters
      • Cool Winters 
      • Clear Winters
      • Dark/Deep Winters 

    For visuals, check out Cardigan Empire’s helpful charts

    Knowing your subseason is helpful because the final set of recommended colors get really filtered down to the ones that truly look the best on you.

    For example, the wide pool of recommended autumn colors looks like this:

    Autumn Wardrobe Color Palette - Seasonal Color Analysis

    Autumn colors filtered down to “Soft” ones for Soft Autumns looks like this:

    Basically, the colors are further narrowed down to focus on the dominant trait within the subseason.

    How “Sister” Seasons Work in the 12 Season Color Analysis System

    Do you remember how I explained the properties in color in Part 1 of this series? 

    To review, they are:

    1. Hue – This gives us warm vs cool 
    2. Value – This gives us light versus dark
    3. Chroma – this gives us muted versus clear

    Each of the four seasons in color analysis are made up of a set of colors that display these properties. 

    • Warm hues: Spring & Autumn
    • Cool hues: Summer & Winter
    • Light value: Spring & Summer
    • Dark value: Winter & Autumn
    • Muted chroma: Summer & Autumn
    • Clear chroma: Spring & Winter

    Once you know your season from the four main ones, you can further narrow yourself down to a subseason. Each of the four seasons break down into 3 subseasons (see the list in the previous section).

    Here’s a chart that shows this relationship:

    How the Color Seasons Match Up With A Person’s Complexion

    Because sister seasons share a characteristic you can steal colors from your sister season and often look amazing!

    To find your sister season, look for the other subseason that shares the color value of your season. 

    • Example #1: Soft Summers can steal colors from the Soft Autumn category because they share the “Soft” value
    • Example #2: Deep Winters can steal colors from the Deep Autumn category because they share the “Deep” value
    • Example #3: Cool Summers can steal colors from the Cool Winters category because they share the “Cool” value

    What is your sister season?

    Additional Help for Women of Color

    The quiz includes prompts that apply to women of all color, however if you’re still having trouble deciding between warm and cool you might find these additional articles helpful!

    How to Find What Colors You Should Wear Based On Your Season Results

    After you’ve taken the quiz and found your best season match, you’ll then want to explore what set of colors are recommended for you.

    Using Online Color Recommendations

    I love the helpful graphics that CardiganEmpire.com offers.

    On each main season page, you can scroll to locate your subseason and see which colors are recommended AND not recommended for you.

    Use these links to navigate to the main season (then scroll to your best subseason match):

    You can also simply search Pinterest for your season type and find some color displays!

    Searching for seasonal color palettes on Pinterest

    Find color groups for your subseason by searching Pinterest!

    Using an Understanding of Color Properties to Find Recommended Colors for Yourself

    Remember, the colors that are recommended for each season are based on the color properties of the season. 

    So, if you’re a Soft Autumn you are Warm, Soft, and Deep.

    As I explained in How Seasonal Color Analysis Works, this is how properties of color intersect with seasonal properties:

    • Hue
      • Warm = Colors on the yellow side of the wheel (yellows, greens, oranges, coral, peach, orange-red)
      • Cool = Colors on the blue side of the wheel (pinks, burgundy, blues, teal green, purples)
    • Chroma
      • Soft/Muted = Some gray mixed in to colors so that they look more “dusty”
      • Bright/Clear = Colors at full saturation
    • Value
      • Light = Light colors
      • Dark/Deep = Dark colors

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    I like using Canva.com (it’s FREE!) to play around with colors using their color picker. Watch how you can locate different hues (warm/cool), values (light/dark), and chromas (soft/bright) on a color picker like the one on Canva.com:

     

    Using Canva.com, you can craft your very own color palette! 

    Simply keep the color properties for your season in mind as you pick colors. So for this Summer color palette, I put together Cool, Soft/Muted, and Light colors because Summer is Cool, Soft/Muted, and Light.

    What colors should I wear - creating a wardrobe color palette on Canva

    Learn how to get access to my editable season color palette templates below!

    Get access to over a dozen pre-designed seasonal color palettes for Canva

    I have created several pre-designed wardrobe color palette schemes on Canva already. 

    This means they already have great structure with “mix and match” ability already guaranteed and “season approved” colors, but you can edit them on Canva to your heart’s content!

    Womens wardrobe color palettes idea editable templates- seasonal color analysis

    You can access these color palettes for the four seasons by purchasing one of my outfit guides for moms (it comes with each one) or by purchasing just my Mom Wardrobe Refresh mini course (this is also already included with any outfit guide!).

     


    Coming Soon: Digital Quiz with Picture Examples 

    I am creating a premium digital quiz that will includes picture examples for each question and do all the calculations in the background for you. 

    The Premium Clues-Based Seasonal Color Analysis Quiz - What is my undertone - what season am i complexion quiz; Free 12 season color analysis test (9)

    Sign up here to get a notice when the digital quiz is available!


    And that wraps up this post about finding your exact season in the 12 Season Color Analysis system!

    In my next post of the series I will go over how to plan a cohesive wardrobe color scheme for your capsule wardrobe so that everything mixes and matches.

    Until then, get started by taking the quiz and tell us your results in the comments!

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