Shifting seasons bring fashion changes

By Leah Scharff

With the coming of each season, there are different emotions and styles waiting to be portrayed.  Having the benefit of living in a town where we have the opportunity to experience every season, we should take advantage of the many looks and colors that rotate throughout the year.  Color is the main aspect of an outfit and depending on the time of year, the colors being worn may vary.  By no means is there a strict rule denying someone from wearing bright pink in the winter; there are, however, simple guidelines that are useful when deciding which article to pick from the closet.

The difference in clothing styles society wears throughout the different seasons is clear.  What most do not realize is that the fashion icons of the world have come up with a “seasonal color theory,” clarifying the various colors worn in each particular season and the reason behind them.  Many people decide to wear bright colors in the summer months and dark, cold colors in the winter months.  Why?  Because we are reflecting what we see in the world around us.

The summer months are bright with beautiful shades of green covering the trees and blues in the sky.  Because of this, we start wearing bright colors such as greens, pinks, yellows, and blues that reflect the happy summer spirit in the air.  Spring time is known for the blooming of the flowers and the rebirth of green grass.  Birds and animals are finally starting to show themselves again and there is a universal feeling of youth.  As a result, people wear many shades of pastels that reflect the light and airy flowers.  Spring and summer are very similar in terms of fashion and colors.  An easy way to distinguish them is the underlying tone of the colors offered.  A spring time outfit will have the same bright colors, but with a lighter and softer tone, while in the summer time people tend to stick to colors that contain warmer tones.

The autumn season is the time of year that resembles the most change.  Greens turn to yellows and oranges, and the bright blues turn softer and lighter.  Following the color scheme of fall is a relatively simple task that many people do without trying.  Warm and comforting colors that remind us of the changing leaves outside are the most common with the cooler weather.  Darker shades of purple and tans also come into style with the new season.  Many people believe the fall colors are just reds, oranges, and yellows.  However, deep purple and warm green also fall under the category of autumn.

The biggest difference between the seasons comes when winter approaches.  People begin to wear dark and cold colors that clearly reflect the outdoors during that time.  Black, dark red, blue, and grey are some of the most common winter time colors people get stuck on.  Many forget that they have the option to wear white and could easily pair it with an array of other colors.  With the obvious darkness during those winter months, people subconsciously begin dressing to match it.

With distinctive differences between each season, there are changes in the common colors people wear.  With all of this in mind, we should not limit ourselves to these specific colors.  Of course it is helpful to know how to dress seasonally and it does have a warming effect when we resemble the nature that surrounds us; however, fashion does not have specific rules and should not restrain creativity.  Always remember that your style and look should be unique to your own personality.  The colors with each season are simply helpful guidelines to be familiar with.


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