HOW WE WORE IT // wearing brights as a soft winter

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I am excited to be joining the How We Wore It crew this month again!  You can sign up by going to Deidre’s blog and be sure to check out how the other people styled the outfit from Chic Street Style at the bottom of the post; we’re showcasing how to wear brights during the spring and I am sharing a little bit of my struggle with brights.

I have been told my hair dressers that I am warm toned.  Some hair dressers have told me I am cool toned.  Some people say I have porcelain skin and others say I have a light olive.  What in the world?  Because of this, I became obsessed with seasonal color analysis systems in college to help me figure out what colors are best on me.  Confession: when I get bored and I am struggling to stay awake, sometimes I begin color coding people to decide what seasons they are.  

Traditionally the seasonal analysis system only accommodated to 12 profiles, but I also knew enough about my coloring to know that none of them fit me.  Now there are seasonal color systems that have 16-22+ color profiles.  The old system said as a winter I should be able to wear super bright reds, but those colors washed me out a lot.  To make a long story short, the new color systems fit my coloring better; I am actually classified as a soft winter.

By seeing the new color profiles in the updated system, I was able to explain why as a winter I looked really bad in vibrant winter colors.  Instead, I tend to go for neutrals and softer and subdued hues.  Although there is already a lot of contrast between my face and skin, I have a lot of ashy tones in my hair now that I have gotten older.  Being a soft winter means I am a winter that flows toward summer; meaning, items with a gray undertone look best on me!  I can fake people out and wear black and stark white like a normal winter, but antique whites look best on my skin tone just like yellow gold is needed to warm up my skin a little bit.

Because of this, when I do wear bright colors, it tends to be in accessories like this beautiful purse and necklace I found in the markets in Mexico.  I have some bright clothing items in my closet, but when I wear them they aren’t usually next to my face.  See the red purse in these photos?  You can tell it would wash me out if I was wearing it next to my face.

I have found my preferred dark neutral color is actually charcoal gray (opposed to the traditional winter black) which makes sense because the outer ring of my eye is that color.  Some seasonal color systems work on figuring out your best color undertones based on the color rings in your eyes!!  To me, it is all very interesting and I plan on reading or referencing through some color analysis books this summer.

How we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited VioletHow we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited VioletHow we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited VioletHow we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited VioletHow we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited VioletHow we wore it// this is how Autumn from Stay gold Autumn wears brights in the spring with a soft winter seasonal color palette. | via The Spirited Violet

You can see how other ladies collaborated with the outfit below:

Deidre at Deidre Emme  |  Kyla at FordOlogy   |  Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba   |  Berkley at Here in the Now   |  Alyssa at Impractical Composition   |  Hannah at Simply Hannah Sneed   |  Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars   |  Paige at The Happy Flammily   |  Brielle at Breezy & Co.   |  Alexa at He & I   |  Brooke at Silver Lining   |  Sierra at Sierra’s View   |  Madeline at CaseyLand   |  Susan at Sue’s News   |  Bonnie at The Life of Bon   |  Ashley at Absolutely Ashley   |  Bekah at These Are The Days   |  Robin at Penn & Quill   |  Kylie at Love Always, Kylie

You can find similar items to what I am wearing below by clicking the image below:

 

  • So pretty! I love that necklace!

  • So pretty! I love that necklace!

  • I love seasonal color profiling! I’m actually more of a Spring, I think, but love the neutrals. I think I’ll look into that again sometime. Cute take on the inspiration photo!

    Sue//susanstange.com

    • It is crazy how intense seasonal profiling can get too- some systems even start to add personality traits on them haha. Thanks for the sweet comment!

  • I love seasonal color profiling! I’m actually more of a Spring, I think, but love the neutrals. I think I’ll look into that again sometime. Cute take on the inspiration photo!

    Sue//susanstange.com

    • It is crazy how intense seasonal profiling can get too- some systems even start to add personality traits on them haha. Thanks for the sweet comment!

  • I look the best in Earth tones and jewel tones.

  • I look the best in Earth tones and jewel tones.

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    It’s so funny how different colors just don’t work for different people. I always feel a lot more comfortable in bright bold colors and often feel like neutrals really wash me out. Although Derek prefers to be around me when my neon shirts aren’t drawing attention to us πŸ˜‰

    • I think you wear neons so beautifully- I’m super envious!! I think they fit your bubbly personality well too πŸ™‚

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    It’s so funny how different colors just don’t work for different people. I always feel a lot more comfortable in bright bold colors and often feel like neutrals really wash me out. Although Derek prefers to be around me when my neon shirts aren’t drawing attention to us πŸ˜‰

    • I think you wear neons so beautifully- I’m super envious!! I think they fit your bubbly personality well too πŸ™‚

  • Wow you really know your stuff. I *think* I’m a warm spring, but I’m not sure….I love that necklace!

    • That would totally make sense with your coloring! All I know is I think you’re a pretty lady πŸ™‚

  • Wow you really know your stuff. I *think* I’m a warm spring, but I’m not sure….I love that necklace!

  • Oooh, I love your take on this!! Love that pop of color in the bag, super darling!

  • Oooh, I love your take on this!! Love that pop of color in the bag, super darling!

  • Sierra

    I love that you took a different twist to this “brightness”. Love it!!! You are so cute! Saying hi from HWWI collaboration πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your sweet comment! I realized walking through my house that everything is kind of muted too haha!

  • Sierra

    I love that you took a different twist to this “brightness”. Love it!!! You are so cute! Saying hi from HWWI collaboration πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your sweet comment! I realized walking through my house that everything is kind of muted too haha!

  • Cute! Love the bright yellow take on it.

  • Cute! Love the bright yellow take on it.

  • I can wear most colors except for dusty rose. i love that you have taken time to know what looks best on you. I love the outfit you chose for this post.

  • I can wear most colors except for dusty rose. i love that you have taken time to know what looks best on you. I love the outfit you chose for this post.

  • Great Outfit..

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  • Great Outfit..

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  • Ashley

    Love the look!

  • Ashley

    Love the look!

  • What a great way to wear colors that might not look the best on you!

  • What a great way to wear colors that might not look the best on you!

  • LOVE this color on you!!!!

  • LOVE this color on you!!!!

  • Really love your bag and necklace!

  • Really love your bag and necklace!

  • How cute!!! I love your cardigan! <3

  • How cute!!! I love your cardigan! <3

  • I love the way the teal, red and buttery yellow all interact together. Gorgeous!

  • I love the way the teal, red and buttery yellow all interact together. Gorgeous!

  • I love the bold look of your bag with the soft pastel & light, airy white of your tops. Great post!

  • I love the bold look of your bag with the soft pastel & light, airy white of your tops. Great post!

  • Such a cute outfit!

  • Such a cute outfit!

  • haha I spent hours trying to figure out my Color Season. I think I finally decided that I was probably a Soft Autumn? I never actually did anything with the information, but now I know!

    • I just looked at your picture and I agree with the soft Autumn. I think that is such a pretty coloring πŸ™‚

  • haha I spent hours trying to figure out my Color Season. I think I finally decided that I was probably a Soft Autumn? I never actually did anything with the information, but now I know!

    • I just looked at your picture and I agree with the soft Autumn. I think that is such a pretty coloring πŸ™‚