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Wearing The True Autumn Landscape

Wearing The True Autumn Landscape

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In 12 Season personal colour analysis, there are 4 True Seasons, named after the 4 natural seasons. True Autumn describes the person whose natural pigmentation is made of colours that are:

– warm; even the colours we think of as cool have been warmed to be in harmony with a warm palette

– muted; the high warmth may give the colours a brighter appearance; True Autumn’s salsa and curry are muted compared to True Spring’s fruit punch and citrus, but we don’t think of them as muted or soft

– medium to dark; all Seasons have their light, medium, and dark colours, and here, the overall look benefits from darkness to give a feeling of richness and depth

Susan Sarandon could be a True Autumn. You can see that their overall colour effect feels toasty, medium on a darkness scale, and glowy. The natural coppery warmth looks better surrounded by warm, muted, medium dark colour. Red hair is by no means a necessity but these women are very seldom beautiful as blondes or in ash hair tones.

Bulldurham true autumn colours


Melinda feels the colours and landscape this way, from the photo:
I love the traditional pictures of fall leaves and sun shining softly through a canopy of colors, but for some reason these pictures just stir up something else in me that I feel so connected to.The first set of pictures, the rocks and bronze river, reach into some deep emotions for me. Warmth, intensity, passion, strength, and solidarity all come to mind. Such a range of emotions that are rooted deep in my soul.

The pictures below speak to my surface, if that makes sense. The bright vibrant trees and the gentle softness of the sun echoes an almost tangible warmth, comfort, coziness, and welcome that you just want to walk into. The leaves add a crispness that just makes you feel like dancing. Joy lives there and you can feel it.
Autumn path


As daylight hours are shorter, the world is becoming darker. As the air is cooler, it holds less water and is drier. Sunlight reflects softly from surfaces. Highlights and shadows are softly grayed without extremes. These combine to create a sense of depth, which may be recreated with layers, variations of darkness levels, and patterns.

Autumn is the wine and the nectar. Reds are indirect, as light comes from lower in the sky, such as rust, muted red-orange, and browned reds. Texture helps to create indirect lighting by creating softer glow or reflections.

True Autumn Colours
True Autumn outfits for womenColoured, texture, and opaque tights look great.
Pure white is never the friend of an Autumn. It is light and cool, while Autumn is dark and warm.
The overall darkness effect leaves just enough light to read by. If you found a perfect faux leopard short jacket and it happened to have black buttons that were not enormous and the overall effect was of rich caramel, gold, and chocolate brown, and if your hair were medium dark or more, that coat might be absolutely lovely.

Pink is replaced by copper penny, coral rose, and light, powdery nude pink.

True autumn colour accessories



36 Thoughts on Wearing The True Autumn Landscape

  • "; ?> Rachel

    Incroyable. Each one of these is better than the last. I can’t imagine how it can be topped, though I know you’ll show us.

  • "; ?> Kristina

    Can you add polyvores to the true summer landscape article?

    Keri Russell–wow. I always thought she was a soft summer, but now that I look at photos of her, she does come alive in the warm tones. Thanks for opening my eyes!

  • "; ?> Krissy

    Christine, a wonderful article to capture the true essence of True Autumn. So much of this speaks to me I don’t even know what to comment on. It is me! Those colours, wow! I drive a Rav 4 so close to your TA car I think, but truthfully I would not say no to a DA car! That music video is perfect for the energy of True Autumns. Dynamic!

  • "; ?> Susan Morris

    Love these articles! Really helps me understand a season on a visceral level, beyond the intellectual discussions and useful pictures, but especially when that darn objectivity starts arguing with you ;-). The descriptive comparisons between seasons also helps me think about what I am by thinking about what I am not, and how we may or may not fit into what we typically stereotype into a seasonal profile. (And I’m definitely putting a porsche on my vision board, just for kicks, though at present I drive a silver Rav4.)

    Quick question: does it mean anything at all if a season is attracted to pictures outside of her season? I am TW, and I HATE being cold, do not like wearing winter clothing, in fact, would spend my life at the beach/pool in a well-fitting swimsuit or as you alluded to, getting gussied up for some glamorous event. Woops, think I just answered my own question. Even my swimsuits are on the glamorous side! But I am attracted to strong ocean landscapes and exotic flowers.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    I have been waiting all day long to be able to come home and read this and it was TOTALLY worth the wait! This was a feast of the mind, body, eyes, and soul. I don’t know if I could put into words all of the things I am thinking of right now. Christine, you are a genius!

    When I was first told I was a TA, I fought it. I think I was so afraid to be true to myself because it was so different from what I believed everyone wanted me to be. Ah, the key right there – what I BELIEVED everyone else wanted me to be. I needed a mental adjustment and quick. I needed to stop worrying about being someone else, and really just be happy with me. I needed to embrace my own unique qualities and my own unique beauty. The people who really love and care about me, saw those things in me, even before I did. That is what I am now trying to learn here. I’m still working on it, but I’m so glad to be seeing progress.

    Reading these landscape articles has really helped me to see what I am not. There was a part of me that wanted to be every season. To be a bit of everything. That chaos showed in how I felt, how I lived, how I dressed, and how I treated others. I’m still amazed at seeing this new self and the small changes in me that started with a color analysis.

    Reading this article made me feel like Krissy. I couldn’t help but thing, WOW Christine, how in the world did you get inside my head! You even answered my question of why wearing a lot of gold jewelry makes me feel a bit off. It is too much, too overpowering.

    I laughed too at your comment about the uncontrolled heat. I pulled back on that one and thought exactly that “who me, I don’t know about that….” Guess I still have more adjustments to make……

    I could go on about this article, but you said it best Christine and I can just leave it at that. Brilliantly written, many of my questions answered, comparisons that I found so helpful I can’t even begin to list, yep this is one I’m going to reference often.

    Thanks again Christine!

    P.S. I totally had that exact watch on my “wish list”. How awesome is that?!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I’ll work on that.

      I think that’s like noticing that you can find lime green or dandelion yellow in October. No scenario will cover every possibility. We’re all attracted to the great things of every Season. Everyone adores Autumn colours which is why so many homes are full of them.

      As Melinda said in her great comment, we worry that colour limits will close doors but the truth is the opposite. Once you turn away from wanting to be everything, you can see clearly and embrace exactly who you are.

  • "; ?> Lindsay

    Thank you so much for this beautifully written article. I was especially fascinated by the part about the lines (winter’s stationary vertical versus summer’s wavy horizontal, etc.) What an interesting metaphor, and how apt. I am a TA who’s probably closer to the SA side, and as such, I am sensitive to the struggle between “direct and indirect” that exists within myself. Sure, one can get more done by putting on one’s DA face; but confound it, there’s so many right answers to every possible question! 😉

  • "; ?> Tora

    “Everyone adores Autumn colours which is why so many homes are full of them. ”

    My mom told me she was an Autumn when I was a kid and Autumn colors were usually what she wore. I’m fairly certain she was True, maybe Soft, and definitely not Dark since super dark did not flatter her very well. Our house was always in the rich, earthy colors so I’m very used to browns and warm reds and greens in my home but I hope to shift to my Light Summer colors now that I’m living on my own. I suspect it’ll feel more like me. But True Autumn colors will always hold a special place in my heart 🙂

    Thank you for these articles, Christine, because they help me see each season’s colors so much better. You’ve touched on the Light Summer landscape a bit in Kip’s post (if I’m remembering correctly) & your sister-in-law’s (Sophia?) so I’m looking forward to the polyvores more than the landscape. But you’ll probably throw in some curveballs and surprise me anyway! =D

  • "; ?> Nana

    Well, my mom is a very obvious TA, and she instinctively wears her correct colors a lot, my brother is a very obvious DW (very stubborn about what he will or will not wear since he was a toddler, also picks his color and style like he had a pca analyst with him at all times :). I am a DA (I don’t think I could be anything else, unlike the rest of my family I have quite fair skin and effects of wrong shade are very obvious on me; some of my best colors are dark chocolate brown, dark brick red and dark tobacco, while pure white looks disastrous). I enjoyed reading your entire article very much, but that part about dream cars really got us down. I think that dark green Jag XJ is the most beautiful car man ever made (I would not drive it even if I could afford it though, the price is just ridiculous).

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Nana, what got you down about the luxury cars? The cost? I could do economy cars next.

  • "; ?> Claudia

    Loved this post, Christine, I forwarded it to my sister.

    I would love to read a True Spring landscapes post.

  • "; ?> Mary Steele Lawler

    Christine, you have vision from the heart of the sufficiency unto itself of each season. Forwarded this to my TAU clients to help them understand the completeness and all-encompassing beauty of who they are. As always, appreciate your sharing thoughts and ruminations that help so many of us see more clearly the beauty all around .

  • "; ?> Nana

    Sorry, what I meant to say that you got all three of us just right. You did not get me down, I was delighted with your description, it captured the specific aesthetic of my family members so well. If my mom (TA) could drive anything, it would be a wrangler jeep, brother will probably soon drive an audi (in silver, black is not too visible on the road). I am not too keen on driving and am far too practical to consider owning something like a jaguar (as beautiful as it is) .. reasonable? I tend to keep my love of luxury and quality on a more maintainable scale;)

  • "; ?> Nynd

    “I could do economy cars next.” Yes, M’ am, you could, but not until you’ve put the other seasons in Unreasonably Priced Cars as well ….

    SSu? I liked Jeremy Clarkson’s description of a Bentley: “… because you want to find out what its like to power-slide Buckingham Palace”. (Though maybe he was talking about a Rolls, I forget, and maybe it’s all more TS, really, because isn’t that what the Queen is?)

    Reality: Subaru Liberty Outback.

  • "; ?> Ashley

    How badly do the summers need this kind of detail! 😀 I feel like I live in a fashion-world that hates summers (especially being a soft summer) with all flash and fun, little femininity. I often wonder what I could add to summer’s flow and soft autumn’s hippie…in a modern context.

  • "; ?> Natali

    Ha-ha! I love Nynd’s comment!
    Yes! Luxury and economy cars for every season please!

  • "; ?> Lindsay

    LOL Ashley, I think everybody feels like they live in a fashion world that hates them! As a TA, I feel like everything is delightfully boxy but not warm enough for me (not too mention the dreaded, “Available in the following colors: Black.”) Re. Summer’s flow and Soft Autumn’s hippie… lace does a lot to bridge that gap. As a Summer, you probably do better with lace than most Autumns do, and it adds sophistication to a loose-fitting, hippie-like blouse. Then you could rely on your jewelry and/or handbag to make it modern. Maybe keep the shapes rounded yet sleeker (like a top-handle purse that’s hard but has rounded edges; or a silver necklace with a perfectly ovular, single-color pendant). Just a suggestion.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    I totally agree about dealing with the fashion world. I love what Christine said about finding something that works for TA and imagination belonging everywhere. I’m not sure if she was just talking color or not, but I love being creative with everything in my life. I feel more ‘me’ that way.

    Limited color choices with the styles I like, or not finding the styles I am looking for, have driven me to decide to make my own clothing, purses, and jewelry. A fun hobbie that benefits me in many ways. Not everyone likes to do that, but you could also check out local shops that sell home made articles. Another idea is to find clothing or accessories that you like and add the little touches such as lace, buttons, belts, fur, buckles, iron-ons, flowers, or a number of other things you can find in local craft shops. You can even switch out hand bag handles. That way it is a simpler way to personalize but still fine tune your own style and sometimes you can even transform stuff you already have so it can be new all over again. Christine posted an article on the Facebook page on how to make a belt that I really loved to read. There are a lot of wonderful resources on the web as well for ‘do it yourself’ projects.

    Just some ideas, but I wish you luck finding your own you!

  • "; ?> Fil

    Just saw a lovely eyeshadow at CVS, looks like it could be TA — Revlon Custom Eyes in 020 Naturally Glamorous (also highly rated at Beautypedia).

  • "; ?> Nynd

    “Most folks’ ideas of True Autumn and True Summer live in the Soft Autumn and Soft Summer palettes.”

    I keep coming back to this, a light-bulb moment for me. In the absence of intimate familiarity with the full spectrum of palettes, what we think we “know” about the seasons, based on popular conceptions is so often a trap laid by a little rough knowledge. I was sure I couldn’t be a summer, no, not ANY summer, because “real” (ie purely cool) blues tended to chalk me out, but this isn’t necessarily how everyone else thinks about it – this distinction is less about the hues, in the strict sense, and more about the chroma and value, the mutedness, the softness, the fade and heathering: true summer and true autumn are more intense in this sense than the double of double-muted seasons between them.

  • "; ?> Nana

    Could you please, please, please write an article on wearing the dark autumn landscape?
    November cobwebs on berberis bushes covered in hoarfrost?

  • "; ?> Natali

    DARK AUTUMN landscape pleeeeease!!!!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I’ll get to thinking about Dark Autumn. I’ve written a fair bit about it in the past – search Valeria Is A Dark Autumn. If there’s something specific you want to know, do ask. Otherwise I’ll babble on like I always do and go off on the usual tangents.

  • "; ?> Nana

    First of all, I wish a very happy New year to Cristine and to all delightful colour-intrigued people. Article just like the one you wrote about TA landscape would be wonderful.. it covered wide range of information 🙂 Apart from that, I sometimes feel that recommendations for DA appropriate outfits I see on the blogs and polyvore often include metallic fabrics and/or animal prints and I feel there are so many different wonderful options in the opulent hues of DA pallet, in fabrics like velvet and silk, leather and devoree, materials that you cant really tell how high quality they are until you touch them. I know you have already written something about these other options in post about Valeria, but if you could go in some detail on those, that would be great.

  • "; ?> Natalie

    The most interesting thing to know about Dark Autumn is those details that you write about in True seasons posts – lines, songs, cars, accesories, textures, shoes, clothing details.
    In the Valeria’s post the most was about her color history and feelings but we are women and want Polyvores and collages with jewellery!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      Working on a DA ladies! Nana, your comment about ‘don’t know it till you touch it’ – excellent! VERY Autumn appropriate!

  • "; ?> Kim

    Hi Christine, your writing is inspirational!

    I love the comments about cars, such fun – what would a True Summer drive?

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Hey Christine,

    I have a quick question. I have been experimenting with using color and I am finding that I can’t go monochromatic or wear all over dark or light. I seem to need a balance of color. For example: a dark brown suit with a pumpkin sweater, or a bold orange-red sweater with a lighter neutral skirt. I also can’t wear too many pops of color. I need to have neutrals and then a pop of color. I look really bad WITHOUT a pop of color too. I need a lot of balance. Is that typical for the TA season, or could it just be the way that I fit into the season?

    Thanks again Christine!

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      A True Summer – a deluxe Camry? Maybe a Lexus.

      I don’t see Autumn in a ‘colour pop’ in the sense of vivid, random, noticeable, just-for-fun colour, like a dot of purple eyeshadow. Autumn is functional and practical, so stuff needs a reason to be there. What does look right is a lot of rich, glowing heat, which is hard to achieve with neutrals alone. It’s that golden touch in every colour that brings vitality to the face. Also, I find Autumn is really defined by layers. A turtleneck and pants is never as good as when a vest, a necklace, a chunky bracelet, and cool boots go along with it.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Aahhh… okay, that makes so much sense. I hadn’t used the TMIT guide. I am wondering if my outfits didn’t have enough over all warmth. The ‘pop’ of color was probably the only way I got it and then I didn’t use the layering approach to create an over all depth and warmth. Could that be what was throwing off the balance? For example, I tried to wear an orange circle skirt with a fitted red sweater and it only worked once I put it with a brown jacket and pearls or a scarf layered with it. I was thinking there was too much color, but perhaps it was really the layering? Could it have worked with a jacket in a similar orange color as the skirt? I know I should just try stuff at home, trial and error, but I honestly don’t have much to layer with.

    I totally agree about the purple eye shadow and the turtleneck with pants. I tried both and they didn’t work so well…. lol

    Thank you so much for your comments. I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Okay, thinking about it could the skirt, even though the right color, be too spring like – style wise? It is an asos belted full circle skirt. They don’t have it on their site any more so I can’t post a pic…

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Hey Christine, no need to answer this one. I thought long and hard about how I am using TMIT. I think I figured out that for me the problem was I wasn’t creating enough warmth and depth in my outfits. When I wore the skirt, because of my figure, it created too much bulk to layer well with. So, problem solved… I think any way. lol Thanks!

  • "; ?> inge

    Melinda, my mother is a true autumn, or a very warm soft autumn, I do not really know.
    She is very good at combining colors, I think- she never wears black, without having any clue about color analysis. She would wear a warm grey skirt- most likely a bit rough texture, never jersey of silk- with some similar top, and a nice green cardigan, and an orange scarf and earrings-she looooves amber! She used to wear an orange dress, with a sort of beige (buff??) cardigan. I think her combinations are magical, because they are warm, and the color really pop near something a bit neutral.

    Well, she is my mother (and mothers know best) and she may well be a Soft Autumn.

  • "; ?> Melinda

    Thanks Inge! I LOVE amber too and those ideas are great. I will have to try them. 🙂

  • "; ?> Kim

    I love the idea of different vehicles for each season!

    What would a Soft Summer drive do you think? Something understated i think, and practical but sophisticated?

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I have to think about that. Lexus is too Winter. Subaru Outback and Forrester feel like L Su. What does one drive to the Metropolitan Museum? Audi seems too sharpish. BMW I would say.

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