As a true summer and ethereal soft classic, here are my rules.
The short list
In colors, I only wear pink, purple, blue, green, and pale lemon yellow.
(Plus neutrals: grey, taupe, and silver-white.)
Most of my colors are pastel-like—a little muted, a little soft, smudgy and medium-intensity…
Or sheer, light, and fresh like watercolors.
My prints are floral, abstract, or celestial—always swirling, and reminiscent of the sea or sky.
In metallics and jewelry, I only wear silver, platinum, and white gold; aquamarine and blue topaz; pearls and mother-of-pearl; and diamonds.
My favorite color is blue. And that’s it.
The long list
Note: Not every woman pictured here is a true summer. I’ve illustrated this post with gowns that I think look wonderful on the women wearing them, even if they’re not their best colors.
Dark blue: Muted navy
Blue: Sky, periwinkle, true blue
Blue-green: Teal, emerald turquoise, medium aqua
Green: Mint, jade, spruce, sage, forest
Yellow: Pale clear lemon yellow
Pink: Ballet pink, rose, orchid
Deep pink-red: Raspberry, deep rose, watermelon
Purple: Lilac, grape, violet, true purple
Dark purple-red: Plum, aubergine
Grey: Dove, stone, charcoal
Pink-brown: Rose beige, mushroom, taupe, rose brown, cocoa
White: Soft white, silver-white, pearl
Stones: Pearl, mother-of-pearl, aquamarine, diamond
Metals: Silver, platinum, pewter, white gold
 See analysis here: “True, Soft, or Light Summer? Kristen Stewart and Emily Blunt,” truth-is-beauty.com/blog/true-soft-or-light-summer-kristen-stewart-and-emily-blunt.
 By contrast, here’s a short list of what I don’t wear.
Avoid: black, inky navy.
Absolutely no: black or inky navy near the face; red, orange, neon; anything with words on it; animal print (except snakeskin); houndstooth; denim.
See my worst colors for more.