Wardrobe Basics for Autumn Skin Tone


Seasonal color analysis finds a person’s best suited colors based on the four seasons. A season color is determined by looking at skin complexion, hair and eye color. Knowing your seasonal color can be a tremendous help in shopping and looking your best. Here's what you need to know about wardrobe basics if you have an autumn skin tone.

Autum Complexion

Autumn skin tones have an earthy complexion. The natural skin colorings can range in a fair, peachy color to beige to copper, dark beige; however, they all have a similar golden hue undertone. Hair colors can range from red to dirty blond to charcoal brown (black) to stark white. Finally, eye colors have a range of green to dark brown to turquoise blue. All of these combinations determine the autumn skin tone; and certain colors will always complement this warm complexion.

Colors to Wear

Autumn season brings warm, earthy, rich golden colors. These colors are vibrant, distinguished and unmistakable. Autumn skin tones have a deep, warm intensity and should look for shades of similar color like olive, burgundy, chocolate, teal, burnt orange, eggplant purple and soft, warm gray. This particular skin color works very well with a variety of colors, but it is important to notice the subtlety in the shades.

Colors to Avoid

A general rule of thumb is to avoid cool, winter colors like pale yellow, ice blue, mauve, sea-foam green and any pastel colors. Other colors to avoid are strong blacks and whites; they will wash out the natural richness and instantly dull the skin.


It is important to incorporate the autumn colors throughout the entire outfit, including accessories and shoes. Accessories are a great way to use vibrant colors. Gold jewelry works well with the golden hues in the complexion but stronger colors like dark emerald and turquoise work well as accent colors. Shoes also are a great way to accent strong, rich colors like sage, rust orange-red or staple colors like coffee brown.

Wardrobe Basics

Be sure to be adventurous with the autumn colors and always refer back to the seasons as a color palette. A professional wardrobe should consist of pants suit, dress suit, shift dress and a few button-down shirts. These basics are easily interchangeable and work well with the various autumn colors. Be sure to load up on accessories like jewelries, scarves and belts, which are essential to making the basic wardrobe stand out. Casual wardrobe should consist of T-shirt, jeans, sweater, dress and shorts. Even in a pair of denim, it is important for autumn skin tones to wear dark, navy colored denim rather than light, wash-out denim.


There are exceptions to the rules. Certain cooler, winter colors can be worn with autumn skin tones. However, they should be worn as far away from the face, like as a skirt or pants or shoes. Items closer to the face, like hats, scarves and shirts, should always be in autumn colors. Although black and white should be avoided – blacks worn with autumn colors and shades of whites can work well. Mix black with softer, earthy colors or incorporate them in jewelry. Avoid pure whites but try eggshell white, cream, taupe or pale beige.

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