With changing seasons, your appearance demands a fresh touch with a variety of colours. Whether everyone knows it or not, every season is associated with a distinct colour palette. The heat of summer is all about celebrating lively and cheerful colours through sun-kissed styles. In the scorching heat of summer, you may stay cool with vibrant hues while increasing the temperature in a pleasurable way. 

Several designs and colours go fine with summer, offering a lease of refreshment to your style. Thus, building your summer wardrobe with the kaleidoscope a variety of shades may be a cool and fashion-forward way to enjoy the summer. 

Different Colour Palettes of Summer 


Summer comes with several sub-seasons and each of them is associated with a particular palette of tones. The colours generally go from softer to more intense and vibrant ones. However, these colour palettes are nothing but a fun way to upgrade your seasonal style, and if your taste matches with some tones outside of the set, you can always incorporate them through mixing and matching with other shades from the summer colour list. 


So now without wasting any time, let’s explore the vivid summer shades and see how the colours and their sub-types can paint your fashion outlook with hues of liveliness. 


Decoding the Colour Panel for Sub-Seasons of Summer


As summer is slowly approaching your door, knowing the divisions within the season would help you to style accordingly. We would proceed from true to soft summer , following the way the season actually matures and moves forward with time. 


  • True Summer  

True summer is the time of the season when spring slowly fades away and summer creeps in. To keep a balance with the weather which is soft, light and slightly warm, the colour panel for true summer reflects the same characteristics. 


Classic or true summer goes with plenty of pastel shades which complement the clear blue sky. Let’s explore the true summer tones and then we will decode the colour panel according to your complexion. Shades for Classic Summer:


  • Soft White 
  • Pink Ice
  • Chalk Violet
  • Clover 
  • Petal Pink 
  • French Gray 
  • Lavender 
  • Amethyst 
  • Smokey Rose 
  • Very Berry 
  • Periwinkle 
  • Provence 
  • Dusty Blue 
  • Bright Blue 
  • Sultry Navy 

    Now that the best colours for true summer are here, the rest is simple. There is no order to follow, you can pick any colour that you find amazing from the panel. However, according to your complexion, the choice of mixing and matching is always there. For instance, if your body shade is whitish, darker tones like amethyst, sultry navy, very berry and fFrench grey would compliment you like fine wine. For brownish complexions with a yellow undertone, lighter shades are a great match. And creating a contrast by choosing both darker and lighter shades for top and bottom, is a brilliant way to embrace the beauty of summer. 


    • Light Summer  

    This part of summer resembles a modest pastel shade all over nature, or as whimsically portrayed as a cotton wool ball season. As the time itself is known to be 'light', the colours of course will go in the same manner to match the essence of the season.


    The light summer shades are mostly fair, and they contain the most whitish shades within the colour panel. The best suiteds tones of light summer are the ones with a white undertone, that may seem like theyit might have spilled from the spring pallet. Let’s have a quick look at the shades of light summer: 


  • Primrose 
  • Mint 
  • Light Teal 
  • Light Aqua 
  • Clear Sky 
  • Soft White 
  • Chalk Violet 
  • Pink Rose 
  • Strawberry 
  • Watermelon 
  • Hyacinth
  • Bluebell 
  • Bright Blue
  • Regatta Blue 
  • Nautical Blue 

    The colour panel for light summer has a bunch of sophisticated and delicate tones that enhance beauty significantly if while styled in the right way. The lightest ones like Primrose, Soft White, Mint and Clear Sky flaunt every skin tone and look refreshing just like the weather out there. 


    • Deep Summer 

    Dark or deep summer is the time that carries the defining characteristics of summer, and typically is the most dominant one. Situating at the coolest side of the colour spectrum, deep summer is all about darker and cooler tones, unlike light and true summer which goes fine with warmer and lighter shades. 


    As you might have seen, fashion icons and influencers, tend to carry a toned look during the peak days of summer. However, since fashion is versatile and unique for everyone, creating a contrast with dark and light shades as per your mood can make your signature summer look. Just be a little mindful while picking colours from both deep and pastel pallets for contrast, as some particular combinations can really steal the game, and these colours include:


  • Iced Lavender 
  • Silver 
  • Smokey Rose
  • Smoked Grape 
  • Bordeaux 
  • Magenta 
  • Very Berry 
  • Beetroot 
  • Cherry 
  • Raspberry 
  • Charcoal 
  • Midnight Gray 
  • Sultry Navy 
  • Shaded Spruce 
  • Deep Teal 

    You might see that some shades like Very Berry, Sultry Navy and Midnight Gray frequently switch between true, light and dark summer. It is because the change of sub-types within the season does not occur overnight, rather one modifies itself to the next one which leaves some room for an overlap. And the common colours within the panels are the fruit of such natural overlaps. 


    Final Thoughts    

    While experimenting with colours by mixing and contrasting, keeping a general idea for a classic summer look in mind may help you to create a wide range of flattering combinations for your summer style. The bottom line is that summer fashion is layered tonal shades; abstain from creating too bold contrasts and using too many shades in a single outfit. Set the urge for timeless contrast aside for cooler seasons like autumn and winter, and make the days of summer count with brilliant shades within the panels.  


    March 25, 2024 — Hunnit hunnit2023@gmail.com