Finding Your Best Colors as a Natural
When you know your color season, you'll know dozens of colors that are gorgeous on you. But different women within the same color season will wear their colors different ways, depending both on their own coloring and on their style types.
In my last post, I talked about how Dramatics can best use their color palettes. Today, I'll give you tips for how to use your palette as a Natural (or a Natural blend.)
Naturals look great in colors that feel simple and confident, and colors that suggest the outdoors.
As a Natural, your go-to colors will be your calm neutrals (relaxed greys, browns, whites, and blacks), your blues, your greens, and perhaps an occasional red, orange, or yellow for contrast.
Natural color combinations feel unstudied -- like you didn't overthink the colors before you paired the items. They don't feel shocking, nor do they feel carefully planned or matchy-matchy.
Even on a cool-season woman, greens, browns, blues, yellows, and neutrals can feel outdoorsy and earthy when worn in combination.
The Natural use of color has a relaxed, easy heartrate. It shouldn't feel as still and silent as Ethereal's use of color, but it definitely shouldn't feel as high-energy as Dramatic's or Gamine's use of color.
Are you a Natural or a Natural blend? How have you used your seasonal palette? Please share in the comments!
11/21/2019 05:02:41 pm
Well I certainly want to first off, thank you for this work, and secondly, express a hope that this series will extend to the Ingenue as well, bc I’m a BW Natural Ingenue who’s had a helluva time working that out. I often look more Gamine or Dramatic than I intend.
11/22/2019 12:43:12 am
Wow! I was just about to comment the reverse! I am an RNG but I have medium leaning medium-low contrast (spring). I end up always looking I’m dressing ethereal but really I need low contrast outfits that DON’T blend yet aren’t as bold/contrasting as Dramatic either. (Would really appreciate any lower contrast RNG suggestions!) Rachel- can’t wait to see upcoming posts on this!
11/23/2019 06:02:35 pm
I’m somewhere in between you two! I’m RNI but slightly higher contrast, and it’s hard for me to dress femininely with my med-high to high contrast coloring. Sometimes I just end up dressing in gamine color combos just to give my skin that glow I need, but style wise I look like a flop. On top of that, I can’t “eye” the difference between ethereal color combos and ingenue combos- I wish I knew the technical difference between these types’ color combos. Because it’s evident from the boards that each type sticks to a certain way of combining colors... I just can’t figure it out! A guide of this would be amazing Rachel!! (And I bet it would help people find their ID even faster!)
11/22/2019 10:26:45 am
I'm still trying to figure out how to meld Bright Spring with
11/22/2019 10:40:30 am
Wow, this just totally confirms that I have very little if any Natural - all the styles here, and nearly all colours (apart from wine and navy) are ones that would never flatter me...! Even though seem to be very very popular at least where I live, esp. beige, grey and khaki - no offence to those who they suit, but I just can't see the reason for their popularity - surely about 90% people can't be Naturals..?
3/17/2021 05:37:29 am
I feel you! I hate the way muted dirty colours and grey have taken over interior decorating and fashion.
11/22/2019 12:38:31 pm
I love the idea of color reflecting your style identity. There are colors that work with my skintone that never quite look right, and I think it is because they are too low contrast for me (EDC primarily D). The post on Dramatic color use was a big help, since I can now see myself using some of my colors with their color wheel opposites to use some more of my colors. I have been leaning heavily on black (I am Deep Autumn), but sometimes get bored.
12/17/2022 11:09:05 am
I feel like I'm a cross between a cool winter and a cool summer (if that's even possible) haha But my style is definitely more natural (maybe natural-gamine or ingenue. There isn't anything particularly striking about my appearance. But the earthy tones don't look as good on me. Help? How do I do a natural style with cool and bright colors?
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