Overview: The Basic Winter Color Season
Introducing The Deep Winter Color Palette
Today we will continue on with our Color Synergy Series (color analysis) of the 12 Season Color Analysis. As I have discussed before (here) and (here) there are 4 basic color seasons: Winter, Summer, Autumn and Spring; within each of those color seasons you have additional sub domain seasons that are more precise and unique to the overarching season, for example, of the basic, winter color season; which further includes the (Deep Winter, Clear Winter and the Cool Winter). As we delve deeper into our Color Synergy Series you will hopefully observe that within your signature, dominant color season there are color palettes that are authentically unique to you and your natural coloring. beginning with the Deep Winter Color Palette!
Caveat: I would like to also point out that one of the reasons why I am passionate about including color analysis within my image consulting and personal styling practice is because women of color in the past were never given as much attention within the original color analysis system. Unfortunately, women of color were either categorized as a deep winter or deep autumn season with emphasis usually put on women of color being mostly deep winters without further analysis or consideration of the nuanced, physical characteristics in skin tone, diverse eye patterns and hair colors. Thankfully, with the inception of the 12 Seasonal Color Analysis system it has expanded the application of color analysis to all women equally who do not neatly fit into just a basic – winter, summer, autumn or spring – season.
Let’s begin with the DEEP Winter Woman of Style!
The deep winter color palette is considered a cool, intense, palette that is vivid, bold and energetic. Women who fall within the deep winter color palette will have dark, sultry features; which can be described as having – high contrast – between their eyes, hair and natural skin coloring; especially when wearing their POWER color palette. (Click to tweet this tip!)
This means that you should apply deep, vivid, bold and energetic – COOL – colors to your wardrobe and accessories that can handle the strength of your natural coloring and is capable of absorbing (lack of a better word) your high contrast features, such as your signature dark, smoldering eyes, dark-cool hair and cool skin tone that is noticeably absent of any warm undertones.Women who have been assessed as being a deep winter are generally striking in appearance and have piercing eyes that are captivating when they are worn with the POWER colors from the deep winter color palette. (Click to tweet this tip!)
Below is an example of a cool-brown toned woman of color who presents the signature characteristics of women who fall within the deep winter color palette. Although her eyes present as having some warmth to them (which could indicate that she also flows to the Deep Autumn color palette – future post), her dominant characteristics are COOL, deep, dark and smoldering. Women of color who fall within the deep winter color palette will present as having COOl brown, luminous soft brown, decadent chocolate-brown, and deep soft ebony.
If you are a caucasian woman who falls within the DEEP winter color palette, your overall natural coloring is also intense and deep (smoldering). Caucasian skin tones that fall within the deep winter color palette can span the range of – COOL – subtle olive, deep-rose beige, noticeable rosy-pink tones and gray-beige tones (ranging from light to dark). However, the defining characteristic for women that fall within in the winter season in general is cool; you are noticeably absent of any warmth, similar to that of women of color who also fall within variants of the winter color season.
Hair | Eyes
Deep Winter Hair Types
Hair types of the deep winter palette are naturally – COOL – dark and deep regardless of color; which narrows down the deep winter hair colors to that of: Jet-Black, Blue-Black, Chocolate-Brown with some natural reddish highlights, Natural-Black and pristine Salt & Pepper. Take a look below!
Deep Winter Eye Types
Eye types of the Deep Winter palette are deep, intense and smoldering! Traditional eye types that fall within the Deep Winter color palette have been known to be piercing in appearance and they include the following: Black-Brown, Deep Chocolate-Brown, Cool Red-Brown, Deep Olive, Deep Hazel and Deep Blue. Check them out below!
What are POWER Colors?
Your palettes POWER colors are colors, for example, from the DEEP winter palette that radiates against your natural coloring. The POWER colors of the deep winter color palette convey an energetic vibration that are bold, regal and illuminates the best of who you are in your overall image and personal style, as well as your personal brand. These colors are your palettes GO-TO colors when you want to make a confident, bold statement; especially in a business/corporate environment – more on that later!
What are ANCHOR Colors?
The ANCHOR colors found within the DEEP winter color palette are considered neutral colors that can be found in your (or should be added to your) wardrobe capsules. Anchor colors ‘anchor’ your wardrobes overall look; for example, if you chose to wear a Stone Taupe, 2-piece, pant suit to work or a job interview you can complement this outfit with your POWER colors as an inside blouse, completed with one of your palettes signature, ACCENT colors (coming up next!). Likewise, you can also wear your palettes anchor colors in your handbags, shoes, outdoor fall/winter/spring/summer accessories. Anchor colors are your palettes BEST neutral colors that pull everything together into a fabulous, cohesive personal style.
What are ACCENT Colors?
Lastly, your palettes ACCENT colors are the deep winters most energetic, bold and vivid colors that some women who fall within the deep winter palette, such as myself may feel is too strong for them to wear within their actual wardrobe items. The rule for me is 80/20. This means that I have chosen to wear 80% of my palettes POWER + ANCHOR colors and about 20% of my palettes ACCENT colors only in my accessories, my nail color, and selectively in my makeup colors. For example, one of the accent colors from the deep winter palette is that of Hot Pink and True Red. These colors are too strong for my personal taste, so I’ve opted to wear them on my nails, as lipgloss/lipstick which adds a pop of sultry color to my normal neutral makeup application or to my evening accessories. Again, how you choose to wear any of your palettes signature colors are personal to you.
If you’ve found this article to be informative, I highly encourage you to check out the intro video to
Next up! The Cool Winter Palette… Stay tuned. Mel J.
To learn more about the basic winter color palette or the summer color palette, please check out the articles below!
Are you curious about why color analysis is important to overhauling your personal style?
For a quick recap check out the following sub-domains for the winter color season:
Ladies! I encourage you to check out my NEW 4-Day Virtual Color Synergy Program, online 1:1 with me. Learn more about your POWER, ANCHOR and ACCENT colors; as well as other lifestyle colors I did not cover in PART I and PART II of my Color Synergy Series.
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