Ever stare at your wardrobe and wonder which colors truly suit you? Seasonal color analysis is your answer. Within a few minutes of reading our guide, you’ll understand how to match your unique features with a color season, and you’ll take away actionable tips to select the hues that elevate your dirndl look. Dive in to explore the four main color seasons—and their twelve sub-seasons—to tailor your style choices to your everyday coloring and your dirndl closet.

Key Takeaways

      • Everyone has a unique color profile based on skin tone, hair, and eye color—knowing yours can prevent fashion faux pas and instead, put the ‘pop’ in your pop of color.

      • Each season—Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter—has a color palette. Find where your personal hues lie, and you’ll be turning heads all year, not just when the leaves match your outfit.

      • Don’t freak out if you want tochange your look or the years add ‘character’—your core color season stays the same, but how you flaunt your tones might take on a new shade of awesome.


Unveiling Seasonal Color Analysis: The Basics

Illustration of a color palette


Are you curious as to why certain colors enhance your natural beauty while others seem to wash you out? This is where seasonal color analysis comes into play. It’s a personalized system that matches the perfect colors for your skin tone, eye color, and hair color, including those stunning dark brown locks of yours! The twelve different “color seasons” are each designed to showcase your true radiance.

Discovering your ideal color palette goes beyond just picking pretty shades. It’s about building confidence and feeling truly amazing in what you wear. Whether it be due to your beautiful hair, stunning eyes or other features, this process will help bring out the best version of yourself through carefully chosen hues.

Understanding Your Skin's Undertone

Your color palette is built upon your skin’s undertone, which can be warm, cool or neutral. Warm tones give a golden glow while cool tones have a rosy hue. Those who fall between are considered to have a balanced neutral tone.

Identifying the undertone of your skin is an important aspect of finding your seasonal color as it determines the most flattering colors for you. Whether you belong to the cooler side like Summer and Winter types or warmer shades like Spring and Autumn types, understanding your base undertone plays a crucial role in creating your ideal color palette.

Hair Color and Its Role in Your Season

Another important aspect of your personal color spectrum is the natural shade of your hair. Whether you have ash blonde locks or deep brown hair, this can greatly influence which color season you belong to. For example, those with dark cool-toned hair are often classified as Winters while individuals with lighter cool-toned hair tend to fall into the Summer category.

But what happens if you decide to switch up your look and dye your hair? While changing your hair color does not change your true designated season, it may give others a different perception of where you fit within the seasonal palettes.

The Significance of Eye Color

Next, we must consider the windows to your soul, the color of your eyes. Whether they are warm green, golden brown, or amber in hue, eye color plays a significant role in determining which season’s colors will best flatter you. Just like skin undertones serve as fashion guides for selecting flattering hues, so too do our eye colors.

Individuals with dark brown eyes tend to look stunning in warmer shades that have blue undertones and deeper tones overall. By using their deep brown irises as a guide when choosing clothing colors according to their preferred “color season,” those individuals can ensure they always look fabulous.

The Four Seasons Uncovered

Illustration of the four seasonal color categories


After covering the fundamentals, we will now discuss the four primary color seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each season has its own distinct characteristics when it comes to colors.

Spring is characterized by warm and vibrant shades while Summer brings forth cool and subtle hues. On the other hand, Autumn offers a rich and earthy canvas whereas Winter presents a bold palette with cool tones dominating.

Each of these seasons possesses their individual appeal, which sets them apart from each other. Let us examine what makes each season unique in terms of colors.

Identifying with Spring: Light and Warm

Woman at oktoberfest holdnig two beer steins wearing a light brown and green dirndl that works well with her natural hair color

Spring in seasonal color analysis brings a burst of sunshine to your wardrobe. This season is characterized by warm and vibrant hues such as sunny yellows, fresh greens, and peachy pinks that embrace the lively spirit of spring. If you have warm blue or green eyes with hints of light hazel or topaz, along with hair in shades like medium golden blonde, then Spring might just be your perfect match according to this color system.

Embracing Summer: Cool and Soft

woman wearing a cool summer colored dirndl at oktoberfest with medium brown hair and warm skin tones

Summer is the perfect time to embrace a color palette that exudes softness, coolness, and subtlety. This includes ashy hair, light or medium eye colors, and muted shades that radiate a calm and collected vibe. If you are drawn to cooler undertones in your appearance and effortlessly rock blended looks with gentle intensity using lighter hues reminiscent of sun-bleached tones, then you most definitely fall into the category of being a Summer season enthusiast.

Delving into Autumn: Warm and Rich

woman smiling at oktobefest with medium brown skin, dark brown hair and an orange and gold dirndl

Let’s immerse ourselves in the beautiful and cozy hues of Autumn. Imagine deeper, warmer shades for your eyes such as olive green, hazel, and amber. The palette itself features a lively blend of leafy greens, rich golds, and vibrant peacock colors that are complemented by delicate clay pinks to capture the season’s natural warmth and richness.

If you have warm undertones with hair ranging from dark brown to light brown or red/auburn tones combined with green/hazel/brown eyes, then you may fall into the category of Autumn.

Deciphering Winter: Cool and Bold

woman with short darker hair holding up her arms at oktoberfest wearing a royal blue dirndl and black blouse

Winter is the final season in our color palette, known for its crisp and striking colors. This unique palette features a true white and black, along with vibrant versions of red, green, pink, and blue, making it a standout choice. If you prefer cool tones with dark shades and neutral intensity levels then Winter is definitely your best match.

Navigating Beyond the Basics: The 12 Sub-Seasons

Why limit ourselves to just the basics when there is an opportunity for us to delve deeper? Instead of four main seasons, let’s break them down into twelve sub-seasons with their own unique shades. This provides a more nuanced approach to color analysis.

For instance, we have the luminous Light Spring and Light Summer as well as the harmonious Soft Autumn and Soft Summer. There are also dynamic options like Deep Autumn and Deep Winter available in these sub-seasons. With such variety, everyone can find a suitable option that aligns with their personal style in terms of colors.

The Luminous Light Seasons: Light Spring and Light Summer 

a woman wearing a blue and gold dirndl with bright golden blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes

The Light Spring and Light Summer sub-seasons are centered around achieving a radiant look. People with the light spring season typically have an ash blonde hair color, blue eyes, and porcelain complexion. Meanwhile, those in the light summer category boast fair or very pale coloring with cool undertones, lighter hair and eye shades that contrast their skin tone. Their palettes feature both bright and muted tones to showcase their distinct features.

Couple at oktoberfest with light brown skin wearing dirndl and lederhosen in warm colors

The Harmonious Soft Seasons: Soft Autumn and Soft Summer

The following sub-seasons are Soft Autumn and Soft Summer.

Soft Autumns feature a warm autumn palette with muted shades such as olive greens, delicate reds, pinks, golden browns, light hazel, rich walnut and warm beige.

On the other hand. For Soft Summers, cool muted colors dominate including burgundy cocoa sage heather purple charcoal grey along with soft neutrals like almond dark lava grey green brown blue.

The Dynamic Deep Seasons: Deep Autumn and Deep Winter

two woman wearing gold and emerald green earthy colors at Oktoberfest holding steins of beer

Next on our list are the sub-seasons of Deep Autumn and Deep Winter. In the realm of color, Deep Autumns embody warmth, richness, earthiness, and liveliness with hues such as leaf greens, old gold shades, peacock tones, and gentle clay pinks.

On the other hand, the cool sophistication of deep blues, purples, and greens characterize the season of Deep Winter, making it an exceptional winter experience.

Personalizing Your Palette: How to Apply Seasonal Color Analysis

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Once you have familiarized yourself with the concept of color seasons and their magic, it is important to personalize your own palette. Simply knowing which colors suit you best is not enough, what matters most in looking your best is how well you apply those colors according to your unique style and features.

Building Your Wardrobe Around Your Season

Are you ready to give your wardrobe a makeover? Start by selecting clothes that go well with your chosen color season. Once you have identified which seasonal colors suit you best, don’t hesitate to mix and match within this palette until you find the perfect combination for your unique style and features. And remember, using accessories can effortlessly incorporate hints of your seasonal colors without committing to an entire outfit in those shades.

Makeup and Hair Color Considerations

woman with grey blue eyes and dark ash brown hair colour getting her makeup done to enhance her neutral skin tone.

When it comes to makeup and hair color, the goal is to enhance your inherent beauty. Follow these suggestions for achieving this:

  • Select makeup shades that complement your skin’s undertone.

  • Choose a hair color that brings out your natural coloring.

  • Keep in mind that the right hues can give you a radiant complexion and reduce imperfections such as dark circles, redness, or blemishes.

Adapting to Change: When Your Seasonal Colors Shift 

Illustration of changing seasonal color palettes


As we grow older, our skin tone may change and become slightly darker with a yellowish undertone. This does not alter our actual color season – it simply means that the way we wear colors might need to be adjusted.

Well, there you have it - your ultimate guide to seasonal color analysis. From understanding your skin’s undertone and the role of your hair and eye color, to navigating the color seasons and personalizing your palette, we’ve covered it all. So, are you ready to discover your best shades and let your confidence shine?

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 12 seasons color analysis?

In color analysis, there are four main seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each of these is then divided into three sub-seasons. This results in a total of twelve color seasons that seamlessly transition from one to another.

No matter what season it may be, you can always discover the ideal colors that suit your personal style through this system!

What is seasonal color?

The concept of seasonal color involves selecting garments that enhance your appearance and complement your skin tone based on the principles of color psychology and analysis using a color wheel. It’s akin to having access to a personal array of flattering shades tailored just for you!

How can I figure out my color season?

When determining your color season, it’s important to consider three key factors: skin undertone, hair color, and eye color. If you have a cool undertone paired with dark hair and light eyes, chances are you fall into the Winter category.

So say hello to your new designated color season!

What does it mean to have a warm undertone?

Having a warm undertone means your skin gives off peachy and golden vibes, and you likely belong to the SPRING or Autumn type in seasonal color analysis.

So embrace those sunny hues!

What if my hair color changes? Does that affect my color season?

Don’t worry, dyeing your hair won’t change your true color season, but it might give others a different impression of your seasonal palette.

Your actual color season remains the same, so feel free to experiment with different hair colors!

Does my Dirndl Style have to do with my seasonal color palette?

Nope! You an combine the two to find a fabulous blend of all sides of you! Click here to take our 'Which Dirndl Style are You Quiz'

January 25, 2024 — Erika Ehrat

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