Are you an autumn color type? The autumn color palette is all about rich, warm, earthy shades inspired by nature. It’s a beautiful palette of colors to create your outfits from.
Think about all of the shades of falling leaves when summer turns to Fall and you’ll be on the right track, and put them together with soft, warm neutrals.: how to tell if you are an autumn color palette and the colors that work best for you
You’re generally looking for colors that have yellow undertones rather than those with a blue base, but you can also look for deep colors like burgundy. This article has the tips you need to decide if you’re an autumn color type, as well as the best colors for you to wear, and an inspirational autumn palette capsule wardrobe.
Why dress for your color type
Perhaps you’ve always simply chosen colors your eye is drawn to, or maybe you already have a good idea of the colors that flatter you most. Either way, gaining a better understanding of your color type, and dressing to suit it can make you look instantly fresher, younger and more vibrant.
Having a color palette in mind can also help you to really hone your wardrobe, creating a capsule closet full of colors that work for you and go with each other.
How to tell if you should wear an autumn color palette
So, how to you tell if an autumn color palette is the one that will work best for you?
1. Your skin will be warm with a golden undertone
And you’re likely to have little constrast between the color of your hair and the color of your skin.
2. Your hair will be brown
Your hair is brown or black, or could be a dark red or auburn, or even a deep golden blonde. You may have natural golden or red highlights.
While black doesn’t tend to work well for autumn color types, Jas @thefashionstylefile above shows how you could use black as the background color for a pattern that does look good on you. She opts for a mix of burgundies and deep reds, which is a great choice for autumn.
3. Your eyes will be green or brown
Your eye color is likely to be hazel, a medium brown shade, or a warm green.
4. You look best in gold jewelry
Because your skin, hair and eye colors are warm, you suit gold jewelry best rather than ‘cool’ silver.
Choose gold ascents for your buttons, buckles, and handbag chains and clasps as well as your jewelry.
Celebrities who are an autumn color palette
If you have an autumn color palette, you’re in good company. Celebrities who look great in an autumnal palette include Julia Roberts, Kate Beckinsale, Debra Messing, Jennifer Lopez, Rene Russo, Beyonce, Julianne Moore, and Sarah Ferguson.
Colors that look great on you
Below, you can see some of the colors that look great on the autumn color palette. These are the colors that look best against your skintone, so you should wear these closest to your face. You could always invest in a few scarves in these shades if you don’t already have them in your closet.
You’re looking for deep, rich, muted tones. Mustards, burgundy, olive and forest green will look beautiful on you. But you could also try out some brighter shades such as tomato red, teal, turquoise, and different shades of green.
What neutral should you wear?
You’ve seen the colors to wear so far, and you’ll need some neutrals to go with them. Which ones will look good on you, and which will make you look ‘washed out’?
Starting with what not to choose, both black and white are too harsh for the autumn skin tone, and won’t create a flattering look for you.
Instead, you’re looking for warm neutrals of beige, cream, tan, and tan. Olive greens can also work as a neutral for you.
Capsule wardrobe for the autumn color palette
Now, let’s look at some clothes, shoes and accessories in autumnal colors, and how you can put them together to create lots of different outfits.
If you’re looking for white t-shirts and shirts as your wardrobe basics, then look for shades of off-white and cream rather than very bright white. You can see that the olive green and mustard colors are also warm and have plenty of depth.
The asymmetric hem mustard top comes in a good variety of colors which would look good on autumn color types, including a good choice of beiges and browns, teal, burgundy, and olive.
Made By Johnny Swing Tunic Top – Nordstrom Pleat Front Wide Leg Pants – Bueno Candice Ankle Strap Sandal – Vince Camuto Barlo Leather Shoulder Bag – BOCAR Resin Layered Necklace – Ross-Simons 1.40 ct. t.w. Multi-Stone Leaf Drop Earrings
Coats and jackets
Onto coats and jackets for the autumn color type. Again, you’re looking for tones from your color palette. Rather than a white blazer, look out for a cream blazer. You’ll get the same effect, but it will be much more flattering.
We’ve also chosen a mustard blazer, which would look great with your favorite jeans. The Urban Coco blazer (below) comes in a choice of other shades that would also look good on you, including camel, dark green, grape wine, khaki, and wine red.
The open-front cardigan also comes in a great range of shades for the autumn color type, most of which will look good on you, including lots of tans and browns. Some warm shades of blue will look great with your coloring. But, rather than a traditional blue denim jacket, you could choose one in color more flattering for you.
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above shows off some warm neutrals that work wonderfully for the autumn color type.
Obviously your pants sit further away from your face, so you don’t need to worry about color so much here, so long as everything goes well together. You could simply stick with your favorite pair of jeans or black pants, and wear with the autumn color tops from above.
Or, to create a more cohesive look, choose pants in your autumn colors. Rather than white pants, choose cream. Instead of black, you could choose a neutral shade. But rather than gray, which is a tool ‘cool’ for autumn, choose a warmer color.
ANINE BING Quinn Blazer – Vince Cowl Neck Cap Sleeve Silk Blend Blouse – Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Skyrise Straight Leg Pants – Veronica Beard Champlain Chain Pointed Toe Flat – HOBO Fern Crossbody Messenger Bag – Missoma Zenyu Malachite Drop Earrings – Gelante Pashmina Scarf
Dresses and jumpsuit
Just like your tops, your dresses will be close to your face, so it’s important to choose flattering shades for you. For example, if you love the look of a red dress, choose a deeper shade like wine red or burgundy.
As well as the olive shown here, the wide leg jumpsuit comes in other shades that would look good on you, including khaki and rust.
Suzie @suzie.richetti above opts for a muted green linen dress, and pairs it will gold shoes.
Choose beautiful rich shades to go with your outfits. The palette of olive green, tan, mustard and burgundy below will look stylish with your autumn color palette outfits.
For your accessories, look out for gold jewelry as its warmth will flatter your skintone. Choose scarves and statement necklaces in the shades from the autumn palette to look good against your face.
Rather than black, choose shades of burgundy, tan or deep olive for your handbags.
Vince Camuto Barlo Leather Shoulder Bag – HOBO Fern Crossbody Messenger Bag – Treasure & Bond Packable Straw Panama Hat – Missoma Enamel Haze Paper Clip Chain Necklace – BOCAR Resin Layered Necklace – Missoma Zenyu Malachite Drop Earrings – Ross-Simons 1.40 ct. t.w. Multi-Stone Leaf Drop Earrings – Cindy & Wendy Large Cashmere Silky Pashmina Scarf – Gelante Pashmina Scarf
Your autumn color palette outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see the clothes, shoes and accessories from above, together in one capsule. You can wear the items in different combinations to create different looks.
For example, you could wear the mustard blazer we showed you above with the cream pants, the cream blazer with any of the outfits, the green top with the brown pants or the denim jacket over the jumpsuit.
shop the wardrobe for the autumn color palette here:
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