Winter: explaining the different types


raw-gemstones_headerThis is the last of four blog posts, exploring the different ‘types’ of each season. When discussing each season I will try to use the most commonly understood terms of each type, but please do contact us if you feel we’ve and missed out a term that would help colour analysis clients understand their season.

And we’ve reached the final week! We’ve spent the past three weeks exploring the different types of Springs, Summers and Autumns, and this week we finish up with Winter.

These guides are intended to help you understand how each ‘type’ of season can vary within one palette, and help you to understand your own season as far as possible. Remember, it’s important to note that your seasonal type is a guide, not a rule book. If you fall at one end of, say, the Summer palette, it doesn’t mean you can’t ever wear colours from other areas of the palette you may have been given, just that this particular area is the very best part of the best palette for your personal skin tone and contrast level.

This week, we’ll be looking at Winter colours.

Jewel/True Winter

This is the palette most of us visualise when we think of the Winter colours. Boldest scarlet, bright white and true black. These colours all play at the extremes of light, dark and bright.

True Winters are high contrast, bold and bright, and often have high contrast in their colouring, perhaps in the form of very dark hair with fair skin or bright blue/green eyes.

Your best colours as a True Winter are holly berry red, emerald green, cobalt blue and stark black and white, all worn in high contrast.

Your best Kettlewell colours: hot pink, fuchsia, cherry, raspberry, purple, lobelia, sapphire,  bright navy, emerald, white, silver, charcoal, black.


Bright/Clear/Sprinter Winter

A Bright Winter is, dare I say it, even brighter than a True Winter. The colours have a little of Spring’s lightness added to them (although they still sit on the cool side of that warm/cool dividing line), making them almost fluoro versions of True Winter’s palette.

Bright Winters can often look like Springs with clear blue eyes and blonde hair, or like Summers, with their brightness only appearing when they wear their bold Bright Winter colours.

Your best Bright Winter colours are shocking pink, Chinese blue, icy greys and acid yellow.

Your best Kettlewell colours: Hot pink, true red, violet, lobelia, sapphire, royal blue, cobalt blue, chinese blue, azure, emerald, acid yellow, iced aqua, white, pink ice, light grey marl, silver.


Cool/Sultry Winter

A Cool Winter sits at the more exotic end of the Winter palette, losing some of the brightness of the True and Bright Winters and gaining some extra darkness.

Cool Winters often have slightly deeper colouring than their brighter counterparts, and are often (unsurprisingly, given the name!) extremely cool toned and turn positively yellow in anything with even a hint of warmth in it.

Your best colours are charcoal grey, deepest indigo and navy and burgundy, and very pale grey is often a better pale neutral than stark white.

Your best Kettlewell colours: mulberry, deep claret, dark red, raspberry, cassis, navy, pine, soft grey, light grey marl, silver, charcoal, black.


Burnished/Deep/Dark Winter

A Deep Winter can be a tricky one to analyse. Often carrying hints of a warm look, perhaps a bit of red in the hair or a glimpse of amber in the eye colour, they actually sit closer to the Autumn end of the Winter palette, while still needing those cooler Winter colours rather than Autumn’s golden tones.

Your best colours as a Burnished Winter are some of the least obviously Winter colours of the palette, such as stone, mole grey and pine green.

Your best Kettlewell colours: passion flower, deep claret, true red, cassis, aubergine, purple, navy, mallard, forest green marl, pebble grey, light grey marl, mid grey, mole.


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