I stick to the original four-season template found in Color Me Beautiful for the basic seasons.
While the concept that we all need to tighten that list down for our very best is on point, I don’t think the 12-season analyses do the job. Instead, if we’re going to tighten down, I agree with Zyla that we should use our own hair/skin/eye colors to do so.
When I talk about colors and seasons … here’s what I mean:
Spring: Floral. Clear, warm – delicate colors, often very specific colors. Spring colors must have life.
Summer: Watercolor season. Cold, muted – sometimes vibrant, but more often misted. Very classic. Navy and wine and just a bit off white.
Autumn: Earth. You want to think nature, nature, nature. Muted, textured, woodsy, the colors of the harvest. Feel: NATURAL. Tea dying? Yes. Dyes made from pounded beet root? Probably. Leather and fur and wood? Yes, yes, yes.
Winter: Extreme. Intense. The darkest darks, the brightest jewels, the whitest of white – and nothing at all in between. Snow White… lips of blood on skin as white as snow, with hair as dark as a raven’s wing…