Today we will be starting our Colour Synergy Series with the – winter color palette
This week I will be explaining and illustrating more in depth how colour analysis works and how it can be applied to your current wardrobe and accessories, thus resulting in immediately reenergizing the current state of your image and style. However, before you read any further, please take a moment if you haven’t done so already to read my introductory article on Colour Analysis: How it Can Impact Your ROI. Once you have read that article return to this week’s article – the first of a 4-part series – on Colour Synergy as this will hopefully help you understand my logic and approach to colour analysis more clearly. It is my goal to hopefully clarify for you how colour analysis works and why it is important, in my opinion, to have your signature colour palette correctly applied to your personal brand, which includes your overall image and personal style.
However, before I delve into our Colour Synergy series I would first like to address the perceived assumption that colour analysis does not necessarily work on or apply to women of color. Yes, it does. Although the birth of colour analysis was first theorized by Johannes Itten and Suzanne Caygill, and later recreated by color analysis pioneer Carole Jackson in the 1980s, and subsequent revisions and books followed in later years, was mostly targeted and marketed towards Caucasian women; the four basic colour seasons (i.e. Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn) did not account for the varying shades that women of color possess; as such, women of color were pegged into two basic colour seasons that of Winter, mostly and Autumn. However, with the newly revamped, colour season – 12 of them to be exact – expanded and now offers a more inclusive range of seasonal colour palettes that are diverse and accurately applicable to women of color who seek a better understanding of how colour plays an integral role in their image and style, as well as their personal brand.
Important: You may not perfectly fit into one specific colour season. Interestingly, with the new seasonal colour system you may benefit from neighboring colours from a secondary palette known as your flow season or as I like to refer it as your back up season. However, for the purposes of our 4-part Colour Synergy Series this week I will only be focusing on the core, 4 season colour analysis palettes.
Colour Synergy Basics:
By now, I am sure you are familiar with the 4 dominant colour seasons which colour analysis was founded upon – Winter, Summer, Spring and Autumn; today we will be reviewing the basic characteristics of the Winter season and how you can begin the process of elimination in discovering your dominant/home colour season.
The winter season is just as it sounds – cool, crisp, vivid colours – you would normally observe on a sunny, winter day. These are the classic colors that are commonly associated with the basic winter color palette. When one is classified as a Winter that simply means that you have visibly cool skin undertones and stronger contrast in your skin, hair and eyes that work well with vivid, jewel tone colours of the winter season. However, do keep in mind that there are 5 categories of the winter palette, which I will review more in depth in the companion article to this one at a later date. But, for now all you need to be concerned with are the basic physical characteristics of an individual who has the cool undertones and other identifying characteristics of a winter lady of style
Skin | Hair | Eyes
Appearance of Skin:
Blue or bluish-pink undertone * Porcelain in appearance * Milky white * Flushed pink undertone; usually observed in Caucasian women * Beige in tone: grey, brown or rosy * Rich olive complexion * Smooth, decadent Black (blue undertone). These samples are not an absolute representation of the women who are typed as Winter, however they are among the majority that exemplify the traditional characteristics of the winter season.
Appearance of Hair:
Most winters have dark hair (jet black, black brown, dark chestnut brown etc.) * Sometimes appearing in deep, brown ash tones with hints of red highlights * If you have dark brown hair it may have rich, red highlights beneath * Salt and pepper * Silvery-gray * White blonde * Natural pure white. If you are ever in doubt about what season you fall within I recommend looking back at old photos of yourself when you were younger; between the ages of 5 and 12 for an accurate depiction of your hairs natural coloring. This will help you decide whether or not you possess the characteristics of the traditional cool winter season.
Appearance of Eyes:
Winter season eyes tend to be intense with high contrast and cool in appearance. * They range from, but not limited to: Dark red brown * Deep black brown * Hazel (mixed brown+green or blue), * Intense gray blue, * Blue with white flecks around the iris (sometimes a gray rim), * Darkest of blue/violet, * Coolest of gray-green, * Cool green with white flecks in iris. An obvious point, but one I should make; contact lenses do not count. Your natural eye colour will always give you an indication if you belong in a warm or cool seasonal palette.
Colour Tip: Interestingly, winter is the only season that has pure black and white included within its palette; whereas brown and orange are not part of the winter palette. Luckily, I am not fond of the colours orange and brown, so this Winter lady is quite happy not having to worry about dealing with those colours if I don’t have to.
Ladies, if I have piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about having a Colour Synergy consult done with me via online or in person, please review my service packages for further information and what to expect.
You might also want to check out: Colour Synergy: Summer Colour Palette
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