May – Light Spring

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Some of my Light Spring drapes

Overview

Light Spring is ethereal, joyful, and whimsical. When I look at the palette, for me it always brings to mind a beautiful bouquet or a delicious bowl of fruity sorbet. It’s the lightest of all 12 seasons, and a true breath of fresh air. It has all the most delicate colors of nature – pale, sandy beaches, pastel flower buds, and smooth gray pebbles. That’s certainly not to say it can’t pack a punch with its lush watermelon and vibrant marigold tones as well! LSp is such a nuanced season, and the people who wear it well make it positively radiant.

 

 

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Every parent reading this is shuddering at this picture, but they *are* totally LSp

 

 

 

Things that are easy

  • Pastels
    • The first thing people tend to notice about the LSp palette is that it’s full of pastel shades. Pastels almost invariably belong to one of the Light seasons, meaning LSps have a pretty easy time finding the lighter, softer end of their palette. Particularly at certain times of the year, these colors are everywhere and can be easily incorporated into the wardrobe.
  • Makeup
    • LSp makeup is gorgeous. Coral blushes, pale pink lipsticks, and peachy eyeshadows are widely available and perfectly complementary to LSp coloring. Even bolder and darker colors like medium brown eyeliner and cherry tomato red lips are quite easy to track down. Many times I find when I drape a LSp that they already have at least a few products already that fit within the season, since lots of them are quite popular for being soft, warm, and light (looking at you, NARS O).
  • Weddings
    • Obviously, the time of year is rather dependent on what wedding colors are considered “appropriate,” but for spring and summertime weddings, the LSp palette is perfectly suited for such a happy occasion. For the LSp bride or groom, shades of ivory and beige work beautifully for attire, and the decorations literally grow themselves, what with all the delicate floral hues found in the palette. I worked with one LSp bride who was so happy her chosen colors of periwinkle and daffodil were so well matched to her own season. Those photos are going to be dynamite!

 

 

 

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This combination of honey gold and lavender is beautiful too!

 

 

 

Things that are hard

  • Black
    • Let’s be realistic – almost nobody is going to entirely eliminate black from their wardrobe. It’s such a cornerstone of the fashion world, and our eyes have been trained to see it as a neutral, even when it truly doesn’t work well. This is most apparent with the LSp palette. There really isn’t a good way to work black into an outfit that is otherwise LSp. Even a small accent will weigh down the rest of the colors and detract from an otherwise perfect image. When working with LSps, I suggest trying to shift to using tan, brown, or even charcoal in place of black, even if it’s not perfect, to try and minimize disharmony.
  • The darker end
    • So we know that pastels are easy to find, and avoiding black is a fairly hard and fast rule, but what about the darker and bolder end of LSp? This can get tricky. There are some lovely medium browns and greenish grays that are amazing for this season, as well as brighter colors like mango and violet, but they don’t often appear in stores. Grays are often a bit cooler, browns are often a bit earthier, and brights are often too bright to truly be considered LSp. This and can make living in the more saturated area of the palette a bit of a challenge. These colors absolutely exist, but it’s best to snap them up if you find them!
  • Intersection with particular styles
    • Because of the delicate nature of the LSp palette, some styles of clothing are easier to find in LSp colors than others. Things like linen suits, sundresses, and even children’s clothing use this season often, but sometimes things like business attire, winter clothing, or edgier items like leather jackets can be difficult. They’re out there, I promise, but it might take some digging to gather a cohesive LSp wardrobe that is suitable the whole year round.

 

 

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These light-to-medium warm browns pop next to the pastel turquoise

 

 

 

Biggest Misconception

  • Can I be taken seriously?
    • All seasons suffer from some perception difficulties. For LSp, because the palette is overall so light and airy, there is a misconception that the wearer will not be taken as seriously if they wear those colors. While there are certainly societal issues associated with wearing colors seen as too feminine or juvenile (entirely too big a topic to unpack in this small blurb), I must stress that one of the major themes of color analysis is that YOU make the color look a certain way just as much as the color makes you look a certain way. During your draping, we are searching for the colors that make our eyes settle and don’t distract from the natural beauty of your skin, hair, and eyes. That means that while a pale peach top might look delicate or “weak” on its own, it will absolutely not read that way on a LSp. It will be perfectly in line with your coloring, meaning others won’t be noticing the color itself as much as the fact that it looks amazing on you.

 

 

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Looks like spring!

 

 

 

My favorite shade

  • Coral Pink
    • This color is the first one to come to mind when I think of LSp. It’s unique in that it’s perfect for both LSp clothing and makeup. It’s fresh, joyful, and sweet, and it also has the distinction of being probably my personal worst color in all 12 seasons. So I really enjoy seeing other people wear this well, because I totally, completely can’t!

 

 

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Seriously stunning

 

 

Next month:
Light Summer

 

Previous posts:
True Spring
Bright Spring
Bright Winter
True Winter

 

All photos credited to Colorgeek Studio, LLC unless otherwise noted. Photos are meant to evoke the feelings associated with each season, and are not guaranteed for seasonal accuracy due to variations in lighting and screen resolution.

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “May – Light Spring

  1. Thank you for this post, which I found by googling ‘what to do when you hate your season’. I have been draped and I have no doubt I am Lsp. Teeth are whiter, make up looks natural etc etc. But there’s a limit to how far you can go through your life as an adult woman when you’re dressed as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Lsp is not a grown up palette- (I often when trying without much success to shop for colours could pick up armfuls of perfectly fan matched clothes in seconds by walking across the aisle to the clothes for 0-5 year old girls) and has more or less invisible make up. No sophistication in lipsticks or fun with colours and different moods anywhere there, and since I’m a dark Lsp about five minutes after I’ve put lipstick on its disappeared anyway. It is, to me, a hugely disempowering palette, and that’s not just because of the pink, pink and more sweet, bland pink in the fan. You mention some of the societal feelings around that: it’s an acute observation. Many women in the world of business have zero respect for any woman who would wear pink, never mind to the work place. Colours also have such an impact on how you feel about yourself and what you’re doing; these are not colours for feeling strong in.

    So, yes, it’s a miserable experience when you know your palette, you know it works if you’re looking for good skin effects but you know it is never going to work functionally. I’ve given it several years now, it is the right match to my skin but it really is never going to work. The thing is with Lsp, any make up that actually shows on the face isn’t good. Pretty much every other season overwhelms, so you end up either submitting to dressing like a five year old’s birthday cake or to the lumpy, shadowed face and yellow teeth that comes with wearing grown up clothes. Your suggestion of finding a colour analyst to look intentionally with them at the least worst alternative is the first really productive idea I’ve heard, thank you for that. I mostly cheat Bsp a little although it easily gets too harsh looking, and bits of DW as a neutral palette with medium clarity and some warmth that I can actually go to work wearing, since I can manage the icy colours, the brighter and warmer raspberries and dark greens, but it’s never right and never looks good in the way we’re told colours should look.

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    1. Hi Helen,

      I so appreciate your honesty! I’m spending quite a bit of time these days exploring the intersection of what season “works” best on us and what we want to project to the world. Finding the balance between our personal truth and the objective data we observe in the draping. I can tell you with complete conviction that none of this matters if you’re not happy. YOU are the ultimate authority on what you wear and what makes you feel most like you. I’m hoping to write more about my feelings on the objective vs. the subjective of color analysis next year. I hear you.

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