Sunday, January 4, 2015

Light Spring vs. Soft Autumn: how do you tell the difference?

If you are a Light Spring, you are a Spring/Summer.  If you are a Soft Autumn, you are a Autumn/Summer. Both are secondary Summer

Remember two thirds of women are neutral, which these seasons are.

Disclaimer: ideally you should be draped in person

The PASTEL SPRING (Spring-Summer) looks somewhat like a Summer and compares a little to a Golden Autumn.  They may be Classic, Natural or Romantic.  Because they are not the life of the party, they may not identify as much with the Spring characteristics.  They may identify as a Summer because they have shut some of their energy down.  These are the least extroverted springs. [spring-summer personality description]

Amanda's eye

PASTEL SPRING — (Spring mixed with Summer, aka Light Spring) Hair coloring: light brown or ash blonde hair, platinum, honey blonde or taupe, or salt and pepper grey.   Not all Pastel Springs stay blond. Eyes are blue, green or hazel, grey or brown with a wide band around rim of iris, but also some yellow in the eye.  Skin tone is often light pink peach, or may have a slight green cast.  (These are CMAS descriptions).

So a Light Spring's hair can be ash, thus seeming closer to a Summer.  They may have a wide band around the iris, which is a trait of their secondary Summer.

The GENTLE AUTUMN (Autumn-Summer) looks somewhat like an Indian Summer.  Their style may be Natural, Classic or Romantic (soft, not lacy).  Some Autumn women will misidentify themselves as a Summer, because they have been socialized to be less brusque.  [autumn-summer personality description]

Mischa's eye

GENTLE AUTUMN — This type often has metallic quality to their hair (light brown or light blonde, even reddish blonde, “rose red,” or silver-grey). The Gentle type has a light hair coloring. Oval, diamond, triangular or even round face shape possible.  Eyes are blue, blue-grey, hazel, green or light brown.  Skin tone has undertones of amber and blue, may appear coppery.  Skin is often lighter than other Autumns.  
(These are CMAS descriptions).

Eyes can be blue or gray with warm yellow or gold overtone.

How do Amanda Seyfried and Mischa Barton compare in light tints and soft shades?

A Light Spring should be best in tints, but second best in tones.
A Soft Autumn should be best in shades, but second best in tones also.


Spring tomato red is probably harsh for a Light Spring even, but still Amanda's better choice.  Autumn Rust is also too rich and dark for a Soft Autumn, but a better choice for Mischa.

This is a slightly more muted rust for a Soft Autumn.

This Summer red wine is also too dark and saturate for both, but you can see that it would work as their secondary.


The pinky coral is the best for Light Spring and this Light Salmon is best for Soft Autumn.


As predicted, Amanda is more in harmony with this Spring apple green tint, and Mischa is in harmony with this textured Autumn olive green.

They can both do this Summer green tone as their second best green.

French blue  is one of the dealbreakers for Soft Autumn at Truth-is-Beauty.


The Spring tan is best for Amanda and this textured warm brown is better for Mischa, though she might be better in a lighter brown.

This Summer rose brown would be second best for both.

 Truth-is-Beauty deal breakers suggest Light Spring should wear khaki.

 CONTRAST: Light Spring and Light Summer have the same contrast level in their coloring and should repeat that in their outfits.


Light Springs, like all springs, do not wear stark white.  They could wear "winter white" with a little yellow added.  They also do not wear black (see Springs wearing black).  They wear blue charcoal, warm light grey, light taupe and cream TINTS.  

Springs need very clean browns, tans and sands,
made with high chroma pigments that reflect light.

Soft Autumns, like Warm Autumns, do not wear black (see Autumns wearing black)  or white.  Instead they wear camel, khaki, brown, mahogany, dark stone, medium gray, and buttermilk in SHADES.

Autumns need dull browns with low chroma pigment.


 CONTRAST: Light Spring and Soft Autumn have the same level of contrast in their coloring, low contrast, and they should repeat that in their outfits.

Pastel Spring

Gentle Autumn

... but hey, don't listen to me, EXPRESS YOUR TRUTH! Jane

1 comment:

Style Syntax said...

Thanks for this! I'm one of those on the border, and this has made it clearer that I truly am a spring.