So you're a Natural Gamine, a "Tomboy." But that's not your personality at all! Is your style ID all wrong?
Naw. In the Truth is Beauty system, personality isn't correlated at all with style identity.
Which isn't to say you can't dress like your personality -- if that's what floats your boat, do it!
But if you want to dress in the way that best visually flatters your natural physical form, be guided by your visual self only. Let who you really are be a delightful, additional layer that complements your surface beauty.
I'm a tomboy in my soul. But I don't look like a tomboy, and I wouldn't be flattered by most tomboy-looking styles. "Tomboy" as an archetype for a style identity is about appearance only, as are all of the archetypes.
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Having trouble making this decision? These two seasons are often confused -- probably because people in both seasons are flattered by warmer colors and can take a lot of saturation.
There are a few colors that will distinguish them, though.
If you're a Dark Autumn, you will look good in some light golden browns, while Bright Spring can't do any kind of brown. As a Dark Autumn, you'll also look good in dark rust red, while Bright Spring doesn't have anything close to that.
If you're a Bright Spring, you can wear a whole value range of fuchsias, from pretty deep to very light. (Dark Autumn has some coolish reds, but they're very dark -- more like wine.) As a Bright Spring, you can also wear a light, sunshiney yellow, while Dark Autumn's yellows are more like gold.
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Some Style Identities call for you to steer clear of "earth-toned" color schemes. For example, such color schemes would be aging on an Ingenue, and too heavy on an Ethereal.
But hey -- some of us are Autumns. Our colors are earth tones, right? What are we supposed to do?
To resolve this seeming contradiction, we'll first remember that color is always relative. Just because you're an Autumn, it doesn't mean that your colors always look like "earth tones" on you. Next to your Autumny skin, they just look like colors.
So, to avoid looking like you're wearing an entire earth-toned color scheme, just avoid the combinations that create that effect. Google "earth tones" and look at the images: you'll see that the "earth tone" effect is generally created by combining your browns and neutrals with blues and greens -- basically, earth and sky. Occasionally you'll add some yellow or red for accent. All of this worn together reads as "earth toned."
Wear just your blues, or just your blacks and whites, or just your pinks and purples, and you definitely won't have an earth-toned effect, even if your colors are coming from that "earthy" Autumn palette.
The reverse of this is true as well: if you're a Natural, and your Style ID calls for earth-toned color schemes, combine your greens, browns, blues and neutrals together and you'll create an appropriate effect -- even if your palette is objectively cool:
Next to True Winter skin, this kind of palette will look plenty earthy. :-)
Interestingly, it can seem that way.
We say True Summer colors are purely cool. But next to True Winter colors, True Summer colors actually appear a tad bit warmer.
This has to do with the fact that True Summer colors are less saturated --i.e., more greyed.
To desaturate or "grey" a color, we add its opposite color. For example, to mute a purple, we add yellow.
By doing so, we draw the color a tiny bit across the color wheel, bringing it closer to the warmest color on the wheel. So, since it's closer to the warmest color, it appears to be a bit warmer.
Here are some True Summer pinks:
And here are some True Winter pinks:
Those True Summer pinks look a little warmer, don't they? The warmth is a result of the tiny bit of yellowish-greenish color that is added to the True Winter pinks to desaturate them.
Here's the practical application of this for you: if you think you're a True Summer, but those "purely cool" colors still feel too warm for you, you might want to try True Winter.
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