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.
Things that are easy
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
Things that are hard
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.