Summer Dresses In Warm, Earthy Colors

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Every spring, I struggle with the light and bright colors. While beautiful and joyful, these colors wash me out unless I wear 10 pounds of makeup. So with that in mind, I decided to put together this post to find summer dresses in earthy shades that flatter complexions like mine the most. You can expect to see some of the dresses I own and love or have tried on, plus some additional options in each color.

This past month, about 60% of my clients had a color palette with light and bright or cool and soft colors. Think lime greens, bright oranges and yellows, but also sky blues, muted pinks and soft blues. It’s a joy to see my clients shine, and I enjoy telling them that this is the best time to get those colors easily.

But what happens with people with other complexions?

Well, depending on their color palettes, they will have their time to shop in the cooler months and have limited options right now. While there are people with different complexions who will struggle with the aforementioned colors, today I’m focusing on those who favor richer/earthier colors and can be overpowered by the cooler or brighter shades.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

Madewell Sophia Dress (available in black and white)

So, here, if you struggle with this season’s colors as I do, don’t despair. We still have options. Also — many of these options are neutrals that work for different complexions, so keep reading.

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Pretty Summer Dresses In 6 Earthy Color Palettes

My best colors lay in the warm range, but they are more burned than clear and rarely get too light. In the summer I often turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows (not too bright), olive greens and browns. I live in these hues, adding in a splash of plum, black and ivory. 

“But those are fall colors!!! Not spring ones!” I hear you. They’re the colors we usually associate with fall clothes, but they’re the colors that make my summer glow stand out even more, so I go with it. 

1. Brown Summer Dresses

Browns come in all undertones and values. Finding that shade of brown that looks amazing with your complexion will give you a great neutral alternative. If you have a warmer undertone, go for those warmer orangey shades like the one I’m wearing below, but if you have a cool undertone, go for more toned browns. A chocolate brown is the most universal of all, and this stunning dress is the perfect example.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

Bardot Tallulah Midi Dress

I’m still on the fence with this dress. The color is on point, but I’m struggling with the sizing. The small is too small in the cups and slightly tight on waist, but then the medium feels too loose. My husband likes it though. This one from Abercrombie is a good contender.

2. Olive Green Summer Dresses

Olive greens can also be cool or warm. Some will be more on the gray-green side, perfect for cooler undertones, while others will be richer and work better for warmer complexions.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

Michael Costello Bodycon Dress (10% off with code TULIP, wearing size XS. It runs big)

This stunning dress was a little soft for me and definitely a splurge, but I couldn’t resist the sexy design. I want to try the orange version and see which I like more.

3. Warm Reds & Pinks Summer Dresses

Terracotta, brick red, red clay, deep or soft coral are all amazing colors to turn to during the summer months. Muted shades will enhance some complexions, while brighter hues will make others shine. In my case, some of these colors can get too muted at times, so I do look for that saturation and depth, or I’ll wear a deeper lipstick if I fall in love with a dress that is not deep enough.

Madewell Sophia Dress (available in black and white)

4. Light Brown Summer Dresses (Beige, Tan, Caramel & More)

Light browns are another great alternative to gray, especially when you have a warmer undertone. I prefer medium shades like caramel because of my skin tone; anything too light will wash me out. You will see different hues and levels of saturation in these dresses. Some will be closer to taupe (cool-toned) while others will be richer and/or warm-toned. Style with any other color to make it more you.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

Club Monaco Sleeveless Dress (TTS, limited sizing)

5. Rich Yellow Summer Dresses

I love bright yellow, but not on me. So I usually go for mustards and other burnt yellows. Names can vary from retailer to retailer, but the important thing is always to recognize those color characteristics you need. The L Space dress below comes in the most beautiful warm yellow, called amber by the brand. For those of us with warm golden eyes (mine are brown with golden flecks) this is a great color. If your complexion needs a softer and more neutral yellow, this dress on Amazon seems perfect.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

L’Space Jesse Mini Dress (TTS and wearing S)

6. Burnt Oranges (Cinnamon, Rust, Sienna)

Some of my favorite pieces come in these beautiful oranges. They’re not universal and there are no cool-toned versions, but they look amazing on the right complexions.

In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

 ASTR the label Gaia Dress (TTS, wearing S)

And that’s a wrap. Finding some of these shades in the summertime can get tricky, but I hope this gave you some ideas and even a new favorite dress. Which color is your favorite?

Besos,

Julieta

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In summer I turn to deep coral, terracotta, cinnamon, salmon pink, some rich yellows, olive greens & browns. Although associated with fall, they’re the colors that make my summer glow shine.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Love love love this post! Probably because I too am an autumn and struggle to find appropriate colors in a sea of summer “ spring colors”. Would love to see more posts focused on color palettes like this one is.

  2. Let me echo Lynn’s post above — as another autumn, I also love this post and would love to see more posts focused on color palettes!

  3. Very informative even if my colors are different from yours! Having you label different shades as warmer/neutral/cool helped me see the differences. Would love a roundup for Winters!

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