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12 Seasons of Gowns for Brides and Mothers

12 Seasons of Gowns for Brides and Mothers

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The dress, the family, the memories, the money!

Today, Jorunn Hernes (whom you met in the article here ) and I are adding to the many resources available for colour-analyzed women and men. Last time, we created catalogs showing colours of blue jeans for the 12 Seasons. Bridal is another subject that belongs in our reference library. For today’s post, Jorunn and I switched our Seasons. She created galleries of the most becoming whites and dresses for Summer and Autumn. I am shopping for Winter and Spring.

Regarding dresses from Kleinfeld’s: When you click on a dress to look at it again on their website, the system might take you to a totally different dress. Often, the dresses are part of a gallery and you can find the one you want among the thumbnails beneath.

The links for the Winter and Spring catalogs:

If the bride is a Winter: here or below.


If the bride is a Spring: here or below.


If the bride/groom’s mother is a Spring: here or below.


If the bride/groom’s mother is a Winter: here or below.


The links for Jorunn’s beautiful Autumn and Summer catalogs can be found in her post here or below.


Because flowers are too pretty to resist, in honour of this post, we added flower crowns for the Seasons to Jorunn’s Pinterest board, Bridal Flowers for the 12 Seasons.



9 Thoughts on 12 Seasons of Gowns for Brides and Mothers

  • "; ?> Olga

    Hello, does seasonal analysis work for albino people?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Olga, I honestly have no experience from which to speak. Presumably, one’s hemoglobin, carotene, and melanin are still one’s own – but once the melanin is less (am I correct that this is what albinism is biologically?), the pigment balance would seem to shift just as it would with mixing paints. I truly would love to know the answer.

  • "; ?> Daga

    Thanks for examples, the descriptions are helpful cause it’s harder to see shades of white on the screen. I always thought I’ll go for a dress that simply looks white on me, good to know more options. I would never pick grey, but with white elements it could look great. Before and after photos on Jorunn’s blog make so much difference, just wow.

  • "; ?> Rachel

    Hi Christine,
    I have a question about types and seasons conflicting. First of all, I’ve never been draped, but I look my best in the true winter colours. My Kibbe type seems to be Soft Classic. Does that conflict with my sharp, contrasting winter colouring? If so, how do I reconcile the two?
    Thank you,

  • "; ?> Rachel

    Hi Christine,
    Me again with yet another question. 🙂 Could I guess my season by knowing which black suits me best? Like I said, I think I’m True Winter. My black is the darkest black. No fabric in the way, no texture, not shiny, and noooo leather please. Just let me wear a black hole!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      About lines and colours in conflict > not even slightly. You may need to learn to see yourself and clothing differently, just like any education. You adapt the info about contrast for any type in any Season. What creates high contrast on a Spring is different than a Winter, so both might choose YinClassic lines but do so inside their own colour palettes. There is an element of practice and also faith in the process, again like any education. Commit to your colours, buy them in your lines, and trust that the two will work fine together. Because they do. You follow Rachel’s and my Pinterest boards, right? Lots of good info there, as well as Rachel’s Polyvores.
      About Season from only black > OMG no. It would be near impossible even with perfect drapes and you sitting in front of me.

  • "; ?> Rachel

    Thanks, Christine, I appreciate your reply. Not sure if I made myself clear though. Will try to explain.

    My initial response to a Soft Classic True Winter combination was, “Okay, I can contrast as much as I like, as long as I do it “softly.” (Example: top of dress white, bottom of dress black, with row of white flowers at the empire waist. NOT: huge white zigzags down a black square dress.)

    Here’s what tripped me up though: [Kibbe] “Your use of color should be soft and luscious within your complimentary palette [….] Color combinations should be softly monochromatic, with intensities blending together rather than sharply contrasting. Note: This does not mean “all one color,” but rather that tones should softly harmonize. Light/bright color combinations are especially effective on you. Dark colors will need softening and brightening […] Avoid: Multicolored splashes. Head-to-toe dark color schemes. Sharply contrasting color schemes.”

    How do I interpret this? I understand what you said about one season’s contrast level being not enough/too much for another’s. But should I be less daring in my colour contrasting as opposed to a Dramatic True Winter? Is pink and black better than white and black for me?

    Sorry if this is a no-brainer. I’m new to Kibbe. I’d still ditch it anytime in favour of seasonal qualities; but if there’s an explanation to this seeming contradiction, I’d be glad to know it. 🙂

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      The people who can answer better than I are first, your own colour analyst, since she saw your personal colour tolerances. While I firmly believe that every person of a certain Season can and should wear the entire palette, I also believe that everyone has personal bests, self-expression, and body type that will bring some influence. The second person to answer might be Mr. Kibbe himself. His interpretation of colour as it applies to people is not in accord with mine. His application of colour to garments may be great but like you, the explanations in the book are rather brief so I could never be certain what he meant. I was left with the same Q you have, namely, How do I interpret this? For me, it doesn’t extend well to current understanding about Season or to the modern shopping situation.
      My own belief is to get your colours correct first as they apply to you, your Season, your own colour tolerances and reactions, your own contrast level, and so on. Then find garments that also satisfy the lines. IRL, it is probably too idealistic to think that both will always be perfectly satisfied, except maybe in black. If you want to own any clothes and reap the huge rewards that being close will garner, there will be compromises. You practice, experiment, don’t wait for perfect, learn over the months and years, and find a new and beautiful level.

  • "; ?> Rachel

    Thanks, Christine, what you said makes sense. Wanted to make sure there wasn’t some obvious answer that I was totally missing. Thanks!

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