The True Autumn Palette - Everything you need to know by expert London Stylists


In this article, you will discover:

  • The True Autumn palette, True Autumn Makeup, Hair and Jewellery
  • ✓ Common characteristics of a True Autumn 
  • The benefits of using the True Autumn palette for your wardrobe 
  • The True Autumn outfit secrets to looking effortless
  • If you should have a seasonal colour analysis for a professional confirmation

Having extensive experience styling a multitude of clients both in our London studio and virtually around the globe, we acknowledge that color analysis can be complex and intricate at times.


To conduct a precise seasonal colour analysis, it is crucial to consider two factors: undertones and contrast levels among your hair, skin tone, and eye colour.

The temperature and intensity of colors that suit you depend on these two factors.

The objective of color analysis is to highlight your innate beauty, rather than to draw attention solely to your attire. The intention is to have your eyes and smile stand out more than your clothes or your accessories. In essence, the emphasis is on you in the outfit, not the outfit itself.

5 common Characteristics of a True Autumn

Keep in mind that these characteristics aren't definitive criteria to identify your season. They should be seen as general traits that are common for this season. 

Therefore, don't worry if you don't look exactly like another person who is also a True Autumn. 

Your True Autumn colour analysis may still be accurate, even if you possess some qualities that don't fit the conventional True Autumn characteristics.

This is particularly true for people of colour as most seasonal colour analysis advice is centred around white skin tones. 

As stylists from a mixed raced background ourselves, we can relate to this nuance on a personal level!

Whilst we must take into consideration room for individuality, here are 5 common characteristics of a True Autumn:

  1. Your natural appearance is neutral and slightly warm with either neutral or golden undertones
  2. Your eyes are dark and have a warm look to them, as opposed to cool or bright.  
  3. There is a high contrast between your hair, skin and eye colour. 
  4. Your lips have a natural rosy red or rose pink appearance.
  5. Your hair is warm and rich rather than light and cool

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The True Autumn Palette


The True Autumn colours are very warm.

The True Autumn palette reflects the colours you would see in nature at the peak of the autumn season, where the leaves are orange and yellow.

Looking at the overall palette you will notice there are no cool or icy colours.

As a True Autumn, these colours neither overpower nor drain you, they will work in harmony with you.  

Therefore you can expect to look radiant naturally and effortlessly when wearing these colours!


True Autumn Best Jewellery Metals

As your undertone is very warm, you are in harmony with warm-toned metals including  Gold, brass, bronze and copper. are the best metals to harmonise with your True Autumn undertones. 


To look effortlessly coherent, we recommend using your best metals for all of your jewellery and hardware, such as zips, bag clasps, buttons, belt buckles etc.

True Autumn Makeup


For True Autumn makeup, it's crucial to pick shades that amplify your colouring. Since you do not have cool blue undertones, avoid cool-toned makeup, especially shades such as black and ruby red. 

As a True Autumn, these hues won't enhance your natural appearance, rather they'll conceal your features..


Although it is tempting to gravitate towards colours we like, wearing colours that look in harmony with your cool blue undertones is far more effective. 

True Autumn Nail Polish Colours

Attending to small details is crucial for a refined look. Nail polish is one such detail that can improve your overall appearance. 


Choosing nail polish colors from the True Autumn palette is the best way to enhance your look. 

Although it may be tempting to try out cooler, lighter, or brighter shades, it could clash with a complete True Autumn appearance. 

Using True Autumn colors for a manicure or pedicure will create a cohesive and balanced look.

True Autumn Best Hair Colours


Choosing a True Autumn hair color can enhance your natural beauty when changing hair color. 

Working with our natural features rather than drastically changing ourselves to fit a trend is the best way to achieve a flattering look.


Flattering shades for you include warm dark chocolate or caramel, or dark auburn.  

Be sure to avoid cool colours such as jet black or ash blonde as they can drain your colouring and they will not work with your striking features.


Be mindful that dying your hair slightly lighter or slightly darker can throw off your contrast levels, so, It's essential to seek professional advice when choosing a new hair colour.

The perfect shade for you depends on a combination of the surface colour of your skin (which varies across all True Autumn clients) as well as your undertone and contrast level.

True Autumn Colours to Avoid


To flatter your True Autumn complexion, it's best to avoid cool and light hues such as mint green, lavender, and bright grey. 

These colors are the direct opposite of your warm and rich coloring and may make you look dull instead of vibrant.

Soft Autumn, True Autumn or Dark Autumn?


Each colour season is divided into three subcategories. For the warm autumn season, the colour palettes are Soft Autumn, True Autumn, and Dark Autumn. 

True Autumn is the warmest of the three palettes, whereas Dark Autumns can take colours deeper colours, and Soft autumn colours are muted rather than rich.  

Dark and Soft Autumns are not as warm in their undertones as True Autumns, as both of these neighbours have the cool winter and summer seasons.

Whilst you fit into the autumn season, it’s advised to stick to your True Autumn colours as these are the most in harmony with your natural beauty.

However, should you wish to wear more colours, then these two autumn types are your second-best options.

Can True Autumns wear black? 

Although black is considered a classic color, it isn't part of the True Autumn palette. There's no need to worry if you love Black, it's not that it looks 'bad' on you, it's that True Autumn colours look best.

If you're hesitant to wear non-black colors, start with accessories like a bag or phone case. As your confidence grows, incorporate colorful clothing into your outfits.


If you can't part with black, wear it on the bottom half of your outfit. However, dressing in head-to-toe True Autumn colors will give you a more polished look.

Otherwise, consider swapping black for warm brown for a flattering True Autumn look.

6 game-changing Benefits of a True Autumn Wardrobe

Having the correct colour palette as a guide for your wardrobe radically improve the way you shop and outfit build whilst reducing the time it takes to do so.

This approach can also transform your shopping habits, preventing impulsive purchases that may not complement your existing wardrobe. Instead, you can purchase items with confidence, knowing that they will be versatile and complement your existing clothes.

Here are 6 main benefits of using the True Autumn colour palette as a wardrobe guide:

  • Save time getting ready - quickly putting outfits together that look good is a huge time saver. When you choose colours from the True Autumn palette, you’ll be able to create a variety of looks without having to spend hours trying on different items.
  • Save a staggering amount of money - say goodbye to the days of buying clothes that you never wear. When curating your wardrobe with cool True Autumn colours, you will eliminate buyer's remorse as your purchases will be highly flattering on you.
  • Look effortless without trying hard- The secret to looking effortless is to find clothes that are harmonious with your colouring and your body shape. By dressing head to toe in cool True Autumn colours, your outfits will look well-put-together, without looking try-hard.


  • Less stress, more confidence - By using the True Autumn palette, you don’t have to second-guess your outfits. Knowing that all the items you’ve chosen are highly flattering on you and look great together will give you more confidence in your wardrobe.
  • More outfits with fewer items - When you build a wardrobe based on your colour palette, everything will mix and match easily, meaning the versatility of each garment will increase.
  • More sustainable - Knowing that your colour season will never change is reassuring. It means that you can invest in a wardrobe designed for longevity, therefore needing to by fewer items over time.

As a True Autumn, building your wardrobe using the True Autumn colour palette is the perfect solution to help you achieve a wardrobe that works with ease.

True Autumn Wardrobe Secrets To Successful Outfits

To enhance your True Autumn wardrobe, try experimenting with different colors in various fabrics. This can change how you feel in your colors. 

For example, khaki green may look great in silk, but not in cotton or linen. Similarly, you may prefer brown in leather rather than knitwear.



You may also notice that your color preferences change depending on the time of year. What you like to wear on the beach may not be as appealing in the winter. 

Additionally, your workwear wardrobe may differ from your date night outfits. Don't be afraid to try out different colors in different environments and climates.

True Autumn Wardrobe Neutral Colours


For many, light neutrals like white and grey and darker neutrals like black are the go-to options when it comes to neutral colours in their wardrobes. 

However, as a True Autumn, these colours are not the most flattering against your skin tone.

Instead, True Autumn neutrals favour warm brown, off-white, camel, nude and muted beige. 

True Autumn Wardrobe Accent Colours


Our True Autumn clients find that they can easily create a statement look with their warm color palette. The warm rusts, burgundys and rich browns are all excellent choices. 

However, when it comes to finding the perfect accent colours for you, whether it is something different such as olive green or mustard, choose a True Autumn colour that makes you feel most confident. Make sure you feel like you at your best.

True Autumn Wardrobe Colour Combinations

Out of all the autumn palettes, you have the medium contrast level, meaning you will suit colour combinationts that are neither very subtle or very striking.

The good news is that all the colours you have in your palette can mix and match with each other, so when it comes to outfit building, True Autumns can expect easy and fast outfit building. 

When using these colour combinations, think head-to-toe with your outfit, not just the colours worn closest to your face. 

Whilst a cream and camel combination is considered a classic True Autumn combination, there are many options that will work for you.

Below are some of our favourite True Autumn colour combinations:


True Autumn Wardrobe Workwear Colors

As a True Autumn, your palette does not have the typical corporate colours, however, you can still dress in a formal fashion in a way that is appropriate for business settings.  

Rather than opting for black, white, or grey, choose camel, cream, or rich browns aternatives. You can add one of your favourite accent colours to your look with removable accessories (such as bags or scarves) to inject personality into your outfit.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, consider a deep brown coffee to help you stand out from a crowd that’s dressed in black.

True Autumn vs True Spring

It’s common for many clients of ours to initially find it difficult to tell the difference between True Autumn and True Spring colours when shopping. As both of these palettes are very warm in their colouring, it can take a little time to train your eye.

The difference between the two is their brightness and vibrancy. True Spring colours are far brighter that True Autumn colours, so if the colour is vibrant, stay away. Instead, choose a colour that seems rich rather than bright.



True Autumn FAQs


This is a question we get asked a lot, and The good news is that it will not – no matter if your cool skin tone changes due to tanning or ageing. 

This is because True Autumn colours are perfectly in harmony with your warm skin and the high contrast level between your hair, skin and eye colour.

So if you're a True Autumn, you can look forward to a lifetime of wearing flattering colours - no matter your age, or when you get grey hair! Therefore you can have the confidence to invest in classic pieces for a True Autumn wardrobe with longevity.


Yes, many True Autumns do have deep and dark cool brown eyes. 

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