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


In this article, you will discover:

  • The True Spring palette, True Spring Makeup, Hair and Jewellery
  • ✓ Common characteristics of a True Spring 
  • The benefits of using the True Spring palette for your wardrobe 
  • The True Spring outfit secrets to looking effortless

Through our experience styling clients both in our London studio and online, we appreciate that colour analysis is not always straightforward.

For precise seasonal color analysis, it's crucial to consider your undertones as well as the contrast level between your hair, skin tone, and eyes. This will determine the ideal temperature, intensity, and vibrancy of hues that best complement your appearance.


Color analysis is a method of elevating your natural beauty without allowing your clothing to overpower your eyes or smile. The key is to put the emphasis on you, rather than solely on the outfit you are wearing.

5 common Characteristics of a True Spring

It's important to note that these traits are not strict criteria for determining if you belong to a certain season.

Rather, they are general characteristics that are commonly associated with that season.

So, if you don't share all the traits of another individual who is also a True Spring, there's no need to be concerned.

Additionally, you may find that you receive a True Spring colour analysis result, but you exhibit some traits that do not perfectly align with all the typical True Spring characteristics.

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

As stylists with a mixed raced background, we understand this nuance on a personal level!

Keeping in mind that we must take into consideration room for individuality, here are 5 common characteristics of a True Spring:

  1. Your natural appearance is warm and bright with golden undertones. Please note, many people mistake having light skin to mean having cool undertones.
  2. Your eyes are bright and have a clear look to them, as opposed to dark or deep.  
  3. There is a medium contrast between your hair, skin and eye colour. 
  4. Your lips have a natural pink appearance.
  5. Your hair is warm and golden rather than cool and dark

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The True Spring Palette


The True Spring colours have a warm, bright and sunny feel to the palette.

When thinking of The True Spring palette, think of this as the very peak of the season, when spring is in full flow.

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

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

This means that you will look radiant naturally and effortlessly when wearing these harmonious colours.


Click here to view our True Spring Colour Guide

True Spring Best Jewellery Metals

Yellow gold that is very shiny is the best metals to harmonise with your True Spring warm golden undertones. Stay away from cool metals such as silver, pewter or muted metals as this will clash with your warm and bright look.


For a seamless look, it's best to use your finest metals for all your accessories and hardware, including zippers, bag fasteners, buttons, and belt buckles.

True Spring Makeup


For a True Spring makeup look, it's important to select shades that accentuate your warm skin tone and vibrant colouring.


As you do not have cool undertones, stay away from cool-toned makeup, particularly smokey colours like grey and silver that will look harsh on your skin.

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

True Spring Nail Polish Colours

Achieving an effortlessly put-together appearance is a goal that many aspire to, but often seems difficult to attain. However, the key to accomplishing this look is quite simple: small details can significantly impact your overall appearance.

It can be tempting to deviate from your palette and experiment with a cooler or muted colour.  However, this will either clash or look draining against a head-to-toe True Spring look.


Enhance your True Spring look by complementing it with nail polish colours from your palette. We assure you, it's worth it!

True Spring Best Hair Colours

To achieve the best possible appearance, we recommend choosing a True Spring hair colour that enhances your natural features instead of opting for a drastic change in hair colour that goes against your colouring.

Flattering shades for you include medium golden blonde or strawberry blonde, copper or a medium golden brown. 


Be sure to avoid cool colours or muted colours such as mousey brown 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 Spring clients) as well as your undertone and contrast level.

True Spring Colours to Avoid


Stay away from muted and cool colours as these colours are the direct opposite of the striking and cool winter colours that look best on you.

More specifically, avoid black, white and light pastel colours.

These cool colours will drain your cool colouring rather than bring it to life. 

True Spring, True Spring or Light Spring?


Seasonal colour analysis palettes have come a long way since the standard ‘Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter’ result. To generate a precise result, the palettes are defined by whether you are at the beginning, the middle or at the end of the season. 

This means that each colour season is divided into three subcategories. For the warm spring family, the colour palettes are Bright Spring, True Spring, and Light Spring. 

If you’re a “True Spring”, then you’re right in the middle of the spring season in the seasonal flow chart. You neighbour the warm Bright Spring and Light Spring palettes. 

True Spring is the warmest of the three palettes, whereas Light Spring and Bright Springs are not as warm in their undertones, as both of these neighbours the cool winter and summer seasons.

It’s advised to stick to your True Spring colours as these are the most in harmony with your natural beauty.

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

Can True Springs wear black? 

Black is a frequently chosen colour for many people's wardrobes, particularly those in the corporate world. 

However, it is a common misconception that black is universally flattering. If you are a True Spring, black will not be included in your colour palette as one of your most complementary colours.

But, don't worry, there are plenty of other dark shades that will complement your complexion.

We encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with colours like ink blue, chocolate brown, and shadow brown. These shades will add variety and depth to your outfits while still staying true to the warm True Spring palette.


If you tend to shy away from wearing non-black colours, we recommend starting with dark accessories, such as a bag or phone case, to ease into incorporating more color into your wardrobe. As you gain confidence, you can gradually introduce colourful clothing into your outfits. 

If you still prefer to wear black, we suggest limiting it to the bottom half of your outfit to minimize its impact on your complexion. However, keep in mind that dressing head-to-toe in the True Spring palette can give you a more polished and put-together look.

6 game-changing Benefits of a True Spring Wardrobe

Transform your wardrobe game by incorporating your most flattering seasonal colour palette - this simple trick can help you create effortlessly flattering outfits with ease and speed. 

By sticking to your palette, you can confidently make purchases that will add variety to your wardrobe, rather than making impulsive buys that may not complement your existing pieces. So, get ready for a shopping transformation and make the most out of your colour palette!

Here are 6 main benefits of using the True Spring 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 Spring 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 warm True Spring 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 warm True Spring colours, your outfits will look well-put-together, without looking try-hard.


  • Less stress, more confidence - By using the True Spring 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 buy fewer items over time.

As a True Spring, building your wardrobe using the True Spring colour palette is the perfect solution to help you achieve a wardrobe that flows.

True Spring Wardrobe Secrets To Successful Outfits

To enhance your True Spring wardrobe, consider mixing various fabrics with your preferred colours. While wearing a silk pink may feel fantastic, cotton or linen could lack the same effect. 

Similarly, leather may look more appealing than knitwear while wearing tan. Experimenting with fabrics can significantly impact how you feel in your colours. 

Moreover, your colour palette may vary depending on the climate or surroundings, and your style may adapt accordingly. For example, the colours you love at the beach may not complement your work or winter wardrobe. Therefore, allow yourself to explore different hues in various settings.

True Spring Wardrobe Neutral Colours


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

However, as a True Spring when wearing these colours, you can look washed out and your complexion can look dull. 

Instead, True Spring neutrals favour tan, dark vanilla, white coffee and shadow brown. 

True Spring Wardrobe Accent Colours


True Spring clients have a natural flair for warm and bright hues, which makes it easy for them to create a statement look. Vibrant shades of red, pink, blue, and purple are some of the fantastic options that complement their skin tone. 

While choosing an ideal accent color like green or yellow, it's essential to select a True Spring shade that enhances your confidence and brings out the best version of yourself.

True Spring Wardrobe Colour Combinations

Great news! The best part about using the True Spring palette for outfit building is that all the colours can mix and match with each other.

This makes outfit building easy and fast for you. When combining colours, consider going head-to-toe with your outfit instead of focusing only on the colours worn closest to your face.

Below are some of our favourite True Spring colour combinations:


True Spring Wardrobe Workwear Colors

As a True Spring, you may notice that the usual corporate colour schemes do not complement your palette. However, there are still numerous options available that are both suitable for business or formal occasions and will flatter your complexion.

Let’s start with your True Spring neutrals. As a True Spring, you look great in blue, lotion white and milk chocolate brown. These classic colours are also easy to mix and match, so you can create endless looks with just a few pieces. 

If you’re looking for something slightly different, consider a dark green or a light almond beige to help you stand out from a crowd that’s dressed in black.

True Spring vs True Autumn

Many clients struggle to distinguish between True Spring and True Autumn colours while shopping. Since both palettes are very warm, confusion is common at first.

When it comes to identifying the difference between True Spring and True Autumn colours, one of the most notable distinctions is the level of brightness. True Spring colours tend to be much brighter and more vibrant than True Autumn colours. 

This is because True Spring is associated with the energy and vitality of the spring season, which is characterized by blooming flowers, lush greenery, and bright sunshine. In contrast, True Autumn colours are more subdued and earthy, reflecting the warmth and cosiness of the fall season.



True Spring 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 Spring colours are perfectly in harmony with your cool skin and the high contrast level between your hair, skin and eye colour.

So if you're a True Spring, 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 Spring wardrobe with longevity.


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