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Dress For Your Landscape: True Summer

Dress For Your Landscape: True Summer

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We all embody a particular landscape, where a landscape is a collection of colours and shapes that fulfill a purpose and belong together.

Natural landscapes make sense to us. We expect certain things to go together to feed all five senses in a way that is consistent. Bark isn’t pink, doesn’t smell like vanilla, or feel like slime. If it made a sound, it wouldn’t be tinkly. A Soft Summer-coloured (bark) woman (Duchess Kate) dressed in flamingo (Light Spring), a lush jungle aromatic with vanilla and cocoa (True Spring), or seaweed greens and anemone reds (Bright Spring) wouldn’t feel quite right. Nothing wrong with any of them, but there’s incongruence, of puzzle pieces that are too far apart to fit.

Each of us emanates our own landscape in colour, feeling, and mood. When we wear colours as an extension of our natural appearance, they naturally belong, and we look plausible, logical, believable, possible, synchronized. You could say harmonious. We call that beautiful.

When our embellishments don’t belong in our landscape, to the viewer, we look forced, like an appearance that couldn’t possibly have happened on its own. To ourselves, we feel like we’re somehow stretching our truths. But what are those truths in the first place?

Dress to look like the images below. Choose colours that would belong in these pictures. The water in the distance, the gentle splash, the clean soft breeze. Put them together in a way that feels the same. Put the scenery of your appearance together to create the feeling you get from the photos that follow.

True summer forest with purple flowers

True summer landscape grassy field

Photo credit: Sonja Mason

True summer dark clouds

Photo credit: Sonja Mason

True summer pink flower

True summer red flowers

True summer green plants


True Summer Ensembles


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31 Thoughts on Dress For Your Landscape: True Summer

  • "; ?> Sneza

    You are a genius with these descriptions! Thank you!

  • "; ?> Susan Di Staulo

    thanks so much for this…the colors are all my faves..love them.

  • "; ?> Mary Steele Lawler

    You teach from the heart, Christine. I have a clearer , more specific picture of the Summers now.

  • "; ?> Irem

    Dear Christine,
    wonderful! I love your descriptions of a look. I was in awe after reading the look description for True Spring, as well (The Emmas are True Springs, Part 2). The first reader comment there was asking for a True Summer look. I was so tempted to ask for a Bright Winter look.But then I guess I was shy, didn’t want to bother you etc. and did not leave a comment. Seeing the first commenter’s wish come true, I am sorry that I didn’t leave a comment as well. Is it too late to ask for a BW landscape? BTW I know BW and being shy does not go well together, I am still adjusting 🙂
    Also, I have read every single article in your archive. SO I already know that “Myles is a BW” has some information on the BW look, but a lot of it is specific to guys. I also know the article “Best Make Up Colours for BW” almost by heart. But I want more 🙂
    As a last note I can’t wait for your book to come out. I enjoy everything I read on your blog – so much that I re-read every article several times. You are a great teacher, I love your tone, inspiring, encouraging never scolding. THANKS for all the time and effort you put into this blog. I really enjoy and appreciate all the information.
    Big THANKS again!

  • "; ?> Sharon

    I love this. These pictures sing to me. I can actually smell the associated smell with each picture, and hear the associated sounds. This is me. Looking at the various PCA sites the summer colours depicted are usually to bright or muted for me. These are just right.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Thank you Christine for answering those questions so well. I love that you use what you feel and see so naturally and convey that to those of us still struggling to understand the basic concepts of color. Your descriptions are so beautifully conveyed and they just make sense to me. It’s like you can peel back the layers of distractions that I try to create in my mind from what I see in magazines and in people all around me, and you find the basic core of what is true. It is a real comfort. Those pictures are just perfect too. I have no idea how you can do that. It is wonderful!

    I sometimes use the TA pictures in your blog to help me feel what is right in the colors I wear and choose. I hope one day to be able to recognize what feels right even when I try something on or I am out walking in nature. I believe what you are saying is that we are all walking art work ourselves really, so it makes sense to find the harmony between who we are and those things around us. Now I feel I need to study nature a bit more. I think the more I do that, the more life and color will make sense to me.

    Perhaps my biggest problem has been to see the beauty in everyone else and how wonderful others look in certain colors and textures, and want that for myself. I missed the fact that these people may have just been trying to be their best selves and that might have been what attracted my attention in the first place. Maybe I have just realized that my creativity can be found within who I already am and that finding that will be where my peace and contentment lives.

    Yep lots of thoughts for me to chew on. I really love it. There is a peace that comes with learning, that I have never been able to completely explain. I just love it!

    Now my question is, how do you incorporate all the man made stuff out there? The glitter, the sequins, the plastics? There is so much out there that doesn’t seem natural to me, but maybe I just haven’t thought about the possible nature comparisons. Do you find what matches it the closest in nature, or is that where feeling and creativity comes in? Do you just avoid it all together?

    Perhaps like you said, my own answers to those questions are inside myself and with time, I will find them.

    Thank you again for such a beautiful and helpful blog.

  • "; ?> Amy

    Such a pleasure to read. Thank you!

  • "; ?> Ali

    I love the way you distill something as complicated as the different nuances of color into something we can intrinsically see, feel and know. Maybe I can’t parse out the exact chroma, hue and value of different shades of pink, or different shades of green, but the feel of a garden? Of bark and trees and woods? THAT I can understand because I can know it and feel it. Just beautiful. Thanks!

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Okay, reading over my comments I realize I am very long winded when I get excited. I apologize to everyone for that…..

  • "; ?> Nynd

    Melinda, from this fellow amateur: you are marvellously perceptive and articulate and everything you write sings of a clever heart and a natural eye, and I’d say that the only concern anyone could have about your posts is that the software deafults may be stopping us from hearing more from you (grin) …

    Somewhere on these pages Christine goes on record as saying that industry offerings are often a bit confused in respect of seaonality – blingy things in soft autumn colours I guess would be the first paradox that comes to mind, or patterns that use colours in a way that doesn’t even begin to make sense in terms of anyone’s palette, that sort of thing. That said, I guess this is where the scope for experimentation comes in, where you can push the boundaries a little and reconcile any tension you might feel between your season and your style personality, but Christine’s point is that we must never assume that retail makes informed decisions, or that it knows better than we do just what it is that is going to work.

  • "; ?> Isabella

    Vanilla and cocoa for TSp! Christine, you are so genius and this makes SO much sense — yes, our TSp colours are tropical and jungle-y and of course, vanilla and cocoa grow where? In tropical jungles! Hurrah — I love vanilla fragrances and indeed, anything that smells like Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion!

    Nynd, in Joan Callaway’s “The Color Connection” (1986) the author describes a mismatch between palette and style — for instance, industrial zippers and snaps on a baby pink floral dress — as a “design error.” No doubt SA bling falls into this category!

  • "; ?> Cathy

    This is just “perfect”!

    When is your book going to be available? It is a must read for me….hope “coming soon” means tomorrow.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Thank you so much Nynd. That is very kind of you to say! Thanks for the explanation too.

    I get confused about whether it is nature dictating the matching pairs or if it is some designer some where doing it. For example, who decided that plaid and flannel go together and what season wears it best? I can’t think of a comparison with nature. Maybe that is where experimenting comes in. Perhaps too, I am over thinking it. lol

    In the end though, I do agree that feeling a connection with nature in the way Christine spoke of in her blog on some indescribable level makes me feel more at peace and happy. I am determined to find that inner connection for myself.

    Thanks again!

  • "; ?> Nynd

    ” …can’t parse out the exact chroma, hue and value of different shades of pink, or different shades of green, but the feel of a garden? Of bark and trees and woods? THAT I can understand because I can know it and feel it”

    Love it, Ali.

    I think there’s such an important aspect of the journey nailed, here – the reconciliation of colour with texture, place in the natural order, associations. There is flexibility – you might find the same colour in the shiny inner surface of a shell or its surface rugosities in, the powdery surface of an egg, a bird’s feathers, flower petals, in a natural exudate, or in the heart of a crystal, but it all makes most sense when it consistently references something real, and if there is one thing Christine is getting into my head, it is that we do best when we don’t fight this. If adolesence is wrestling with nature, maturity is working with it . Work with the forces, not against them, young grasshopper …

  • "; ?> Dolly

    Awesome article, Christine.

    I was wondering if you could do omething similar about True Winter, or perhaps a comparison (using visual examples) of Bright and True Winter. While I get that “BW is yellower and brighter” factor, it’s so hard to translate in real life if one doesn’t own both fans. How bright can a TW go before she wanders into BW-land? When does a colour go from saturated to BW’s intense colours?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Thanks, everyone. Most importantly, I am glad that you can find real world applications for all this.

      Shyness is hugely a Winter trait, even a BW who is mostly Winter. Winters are opposites at once, as reclusive performers, as shyness with intensity. I’d be glad to think about BW scenery.

      Thank you for asking. My next book will have no pictures that aren’t B&W. I’m becoming resigned to this book never progressing beyond electronic files shooting back and forth trying to get colours to be even approximate. We’ll be giving Proof No. 2 a go this week.

      A great idea, one that will blend perfectly with Irem’s suggestion. What you want to know will not really be evident from an article as much as if you just bought a BW Colour Book. The differences are subtle but real, and the computer monitors won’t be fully reliable. As we’ve seen, sometimes a different kind of visualization can help a lot. I’ll look for images.

  • "; ?> Cathy

    I certainly understand your frustrations in color photos. When I’m photographed, I rarely see my hair color in a photo the way I think it is in reality. It is just medium brown with slight touches of red in places you don’t see. There are quite a few silver-grey threads and some shine now that I am in my 60’s. I don’t perm or use any color on it as I like the way silver coolness works with my colors. When I was about 20 it was very much lighter and did have more red in it. Sometimes it “reads” in a photo as dark chocolate, and sometimes quite red. The rare times the hair color is almost OK, the clothing color read as too intense. And that’s why I favor your system. Ignoring hair color and eye color and just focusing on what happens to the complexion is the most flattering method I have found for me. That’s why your poetic descriptions and nature scenes work for me in furthering my study and comprehension of this intense interest in color on people that I’ve turned into a major hobby. And I certainly understand your wanting your book regarding color to be as accurate as possible. Wishing you good luck and your dream of a book becoming a reality to happen soon. Pinks in catalogs can be quite different when I open a package and discover my pale rose blouse is actually peachy pink. It’s OK but not spot on the way a soft blue pink works with me.

  • "; ?> Esther

    Would love to see this format for all the seasons eventually……

  • "; ?> Lindsay

    Hi Christine,

    I haven’t commented on your blog yet, but have been lurking for awhile, and would like to add my request to the pile: TA landscapes, please! Though I know your time is limited, it would be great if you could do eleven more posts on this theme, one for each palette. That way we could all benefit from your keen insight and sharp eye 🙂 🙂 🙂 Really enjoying the blog. You have a gift for balancing detailed analysis with your gut feelings.

  • "; ?> Camilla

    Hi Christine, I have been reading your articles for a while now and felt I had to finally comment on something, it’s only fair 🙂

    I find the links between colour seasons and the colours found in nature to be fascinating, and this article only highlights how each season has its own particular beauty and feel to it- I really enjoyed reading this.

    I have not been analysed myself, but I am almost certain, from my colouring and the colours that suit me, that I am either a TW or a BW. I would like to second the request to see a comparison of the two seasons side by side- I probably still won’t know for sure which season I am but it might help to explain the difference between them!

  • "; ?> Courtney

    This is a really great concept. As a TSu, I’m really surprised by the amount of GREEN in the pictures you chose! I usually hear of blues and pinks dominating for us, and I tend to look at my fan that way too.

  • "; ?> Helen

    Still reflecting on the smell and feel of bark and the sound it would make – what a wonderful and fascinating way to think of it and to know in a sensory way immediately what would and would not fit with it. I love the naturalness you can bring to the colour groups and how you extend the individual palettes out into so many senses. I too would love to read your viewpoint of a bright winter landscape, where that palette in pictures can sometimes appear the least natural of all twelve.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    I forgot to mention that part of my confusion with styles and such is because I have done costuming in school and helped friends do costuming for local community theater and such. I am by NO means a pro at it, but it does get me thinking about what we have been pre-conditioned to think since childhood vs. what is really ‘natural’ per se. The idea that men use to wear makeup, lace, knickerbockers, high socks, wigs, and a variety of other articles that they no longer wear today makes me wonder what ‘styles’ are really something that society has created or that we have learned through exposure or experience living in our particular society.

    I also think a lot about color. Certain colors may mean something very different to other cultures, for ex: white may mean purity and represent weddings to some, but in other cultures red is for weddings. Black may represent death in some cultures while white represents it in others. There is such a variety that it just keeps me curious about it I suppose.

    In the end though I do agree that nature crosses all culture and transcends what any fashion designer, king, or popular pop icon could ever create.

    I think that is why I love, and can’t get enough of, the pictures and descriptions Christine uses as well as everyone else’s comments and insight. Despite my constant questions and struggles to comprehend all of the different layers that nature can reflect within ourselves and without, it is such a fascinating ride and I am just really enjoying the journey!

  • "; ?> Jelena

    Hi Christine,
    Thank you so much for posting this! I think looking at these helps me to understand the season so much better than analyzing the colors in isolation through the swatches alone. I love painting and drawing and recently, I’ve had the idea to try to paint something in the true summer colours alone, to see who the colors come together. I’m glad that you’ve already done some to the work for me!:)

  • "; ?> Fil

    Pretty scarf — TSu? TW? Other?


  • "; ?> Janette

    I would wear the scarf and I am a House of Colour summer.
    She never said soft or light or bright or true ???? do different analyists use differing ways
    to determine ??

    I look forward to reading more on here.
    Thanks for sharing

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Yes, Janette. Different colour analysis companies have different numbers of categories and different names for the categories. It can be confusing. The palette of colours may be similar for similar Seasons between companies, but definitely not identical. Some will just borrow colours from the Seasons that contribute to a mixed or Neutral Season. One of Sci\ART distinctive qualities is that each of the 12 palettes has 60 of their own colours.

  • "; ?> Vanessa

    Do you have a Light Summer landscape article?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I don’t think so, Vanessa. If you look at the Blog Index under the About tab, you will see all the posts listed by Season. The page was updated very recently.

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