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True Spring Greens and Periwinkle

True Spring Greens and Periwinkle

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True Spring Greens

I was divided between the featured picture above the title and this one. Such nice, clear, natural greens. True Spring is really a gentle Season, gentle with sunshine and warmth.  The picture was taken in late May. It’s hard to find these greens in Canada in September.

Clear Greens 1

One day recently, I was thinking about how much I’d like to go back to basics with topics for this website. Out of the blue comes this email from a reader with a perfect idea.
As a true spring (probably, that is) I like wearing green. But I wonder if there are greens that I should stay away from. What about sea green, other blueish greens, emerald green and olive green?  What about periwinkle, purple, and lilac?
Today, less words, more pictures.

The usual disclaimer: These images may help you adjust your eyes to what to look for (and ignore) in stores. I am not able to colour analyze people from pictures. It’s awful hard to colour harmonize clothing or makeup too. In stores, it looks about like this.

If you have any Back to Basics requests, I’d be happy to hear them.


 Yellow Green

Not requested but an important colour for True Spring.

No darker than the purse or the couch.

These have a definite upper darkness limit.

The mirror frame seems muted but the plastic shiny material has some things that could work with the palette.

Yellow green true spring outfits




Is not really olive but they are olive-like and would act that way as wardrobe neutrals.

True Spring colouring is not flattered by khaki in the sense of camo, canvas, or cargo. Even for Natural archetypes, the garment should not read utility, heavy, or burlap.

On the other hand, sport, party, costume, and even practical are just fine. Lightweight fabric (nylon), sheen or shine, fabric with a little crinkle (taffeta) all help.

Not one of these might be True Spring if we had the real garment in front of us, but they could interact happily in a True spring wardrobe. My top pick is the vest under the word Olive, aqua zipper and all.

true spring olive colour outfits




Depends on what you call emerald. You knew I was going to say that. Clear medium green with a blue tinge comes to my mind. Some see it as yellower so I added a couple of those.

Emerald colour clothes and accessories



Light Green

Some might tip into neighbor Seasons. The important thing is that they can still work with True Spring.

True spring light green colour



Medium Green

Medium green colour clothing and accessories

Darker Green

Plenty dark enough.

True spring darker green colour



Blue Green

Sea green might be in here.

Vest dark enough, maybe even too dark.

blue green clothes and accessories




true spring prints



Almost True Spring

In the close enough might be good enough group, depending on the woman doing the wearing and how much it matters to her.

And would it matter a lot to most viewers? No. These colours share a lot with True Spring.

almost true spring colour accessories and clothing


Too far from True Spring

Intersting how bright the green wrap T-shirt looks here compared to how muted in the Almost True Spring panel above.

Some might work for some. Close enough that I had to really look and decide a position. If you’re thinking, “That one looks great to me.”, then it probably is. How big is your ballpark?

Too far from true spring colour




Is not lilac.

The sandal and wallet a bit dark. I wouldn’t put the colour under the chin but as accessories, there is room to move and keep the wardrobe, the woman, and the viewer happy.

True spring periwinkle colour





19 Thoughts on True Spring Greens and Periwinkle

  • "; ?> Jo

    I’m a True to Bright Spring (analyzed) on the cool midtone side of my range. Like many of us I have a tendency to color that is darker than truly works best for me. At sixty six, I’ve been going back in your blog collecting your Back to Basics articles as I parse color in order to look alive, vital, my best, as my natural skin and hair colors offer less contrast to the message I am. Sorting, refining, is a continual process for me, one I enjoy. Thanks for these strong visuals and these lovely colors! They are dead on to my innate instincts, a proof of life… Thank you for these Back to Basics, Christine, they are priceless!

  • "; ?> Heidi

    Thank you for this! It is so hard to find Spring colors, especially in the fall lines. This will be very useful.

  • "; ?> Linda

    When being analyzed I remember you saying that green and purple have to be learned. I would agree that I have difficulty figuring them out. Would love to see some dark winter versions of them. Love the work you do!

  • "; ?> Melina

    A lovely, colourful article. But as most of the content is mainly useful for True Springs (and possibly other Springs) only, for obvious reasons, I wish for a similar article for Autumn(s) 🙂 (And why not for all seasons, if only that was possible! ;))

  • "; ?> Jan

    This was a very informative article. Sometimes we need a refresher course to keep our bearings straight. I thoroughly enjoyed this back to basics post, and would certainly welcome more in the future.

  • "; ?> ruby

    Me too, Melina. I find true autumn’s versions of turquoises , sea greens & periwinkles difficult to recognise & even more frustratingly difficult to find in the shops. Everything seems either too bright, or too cool, or both. I’d also be very interested to see the colours in this article pictured side by side next to their TA equivalents, especially the olives.

  • "; ?> Lisa

    Lovely post!

    I particularly liked the ‘Too Far From True Spring’ image — it’s very useful to visualise where the bounds of the season are.

    Would love to see something similar for Bright Winter, or perhaps a post about ‘non-stereotypical’ colours for Bright Winter, for those of us who find ourselves gravitating to black, electric blue, red, etc.

  • "; ?> Bella

    I love the visual comparisons. Thanks for back to basics. I’ve missed these. Simple and easy to comprehend. Love it!

  • "; ?> Julia

    Very useful post. Thank you Christine!

  • "; ?> Melina

    Ruby, yes, tell me about it ;), and your suggestion is great! Also as the TS olives here look very Autumn-y to me, I surely couldn’t tell them apart…

  • "; ?> ruby

    Re-reading it Christine does say the olives might not be TSp but might go with a TSp wardrobe. I guess those colours in heavier or more textured fabrics, put with brick oranges and russets & so on, would look autumny.

  • "; ?> Laura

    Love the detail in this post. Of course, I now wish for a similar treatment for Bright Spring…maybe the greens and oranges?

  • "; ?> ruby

    One thing I have been noticing a lot when shopping recently is the apparent similarity between some TA and TSu colours, such as the brownish greys of TA and the greyish browns of TSu. Similarly some of the teals are really close and difficult to tell apart ‘in the wild’, because they are just either side of that tipping point of being either very warm muted greeny blues or very cool muted bluey greens. Obviously there’s other parts of the palettes are miles apart, such as there being nothing remotely like the brick oranges of TA on TSu. I assume there are also warm / cool boundaries in areas of TA/TW, and TSp/TSu and TSp/TW as well. I’d love to see a visual post about these warm / cool boundary colours comparing some of these side by side.

  • "; ?> Joan

    Like the other commenters I really hope for more articles in this vein. Thank you so much, Christine, for all the work you put into this.

    I continue to struggle with the concept of warm/cool colors. That middle shirt in the “too cool” column, for example, looks very warm to me. And… wouldn’t any blue-green qualify as cool? As a True Summer I don’t think I have any yellow-greens (do I?) so how is it that there are blue-greens that work for True Spring?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Most every Season has blue-green. Depending on the other properties of the colours, they may appear differently. True Autumn and True Spring have warm blue-greens, one bright and one muted. True Winter and True Summer have their version of teal/turquoise, one bright and one soft. In True Summer, the yellows are somewhat greenish to cool them but in textile, they don’t appear all that greenish or blueish until they’re compared to a yellow with a Spring or Autumn influence. It gets complicated. Some folks have trouble knowing warm and cool, and because these are relative, nobody knows a lot about them till they’re compared to something. Might be easiest to match the palette and know that your wardrobe is much better off than it would have been without that guidance.

  • "; ?> Julia

    Like Joan said: the middle shirt in the ‘too cool’ column looks warm and thus very true spring worthy . Might be the monitor differences.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Could always be monitors, Julia. The shirt seems too bright along with too cool, because all 3 colour dimensions always change together (although not always into a new Season). I saw the shirt as a contender for Bright Spring and perhaps looking a little sharp on a True Spring, whose colouring is often more gentle than this. Still, it’s so close that it could work quite ok for many Trues.

  • "; ?> Sarah

    Its so frustrating now polyvore has been shut down. All these amazing resources and I can’t see any of the corresponding pictures!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      So true, Sarah. I did recover the images and as time permits, will insert them back into these posts.

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