Overview: The Basic Winter Color Palette
I am back yet again with another Color Synergy lesson!
Introducing the COOL Winter Color Palette
Today we will be taking a closer look at the – COOL – Winter color palette. I know you are probably thinking to yourself, isn’t the winter color season in general cool? Yes! you would be correct, but women who fall within the cool winter color palette present as having a slightly more delicate cool coloring along with other physical characteristics that present as simply cool without any noticeable depth; which is opposite to that of the DEEP winter woman of style. Women whose best POWER colors fall within the Cool Winter color palette will NOT be as DEEP as those lovely women who fall within the Deep Winter color palette. (Click to tweet this tip!)
In theory the cool colors of the winter color season are generally applicable to those women who have been assessed as being a winter color season; however, women who look best in the Cool winter palette will present as lighter-cool in appearance and you may also have, if you are a Caucasian woman, a slightly rosy glow to your overall coloring that does not present as DEEP + COOL as evidenced in the Deep Winter color palette. You look optimal in just the Cool, slightly less intense/deep colors of the winter seasonal palette.
Please note: This does not mean that your dominant season falls within the – SOFT – Summer color palette which also presents as cool; however, the comparable difference is such that SOFT cool colors from the Summer color season would be too soft on you, and the DEEP colors from the winter color season are too strong and striking on you, so that leaves you just in the middle of the winter palette spectrum! You present as simply cool all over in appearance.
The COOL Winter Woman of Style!
In addition, women of color who fall within the Cool Winter color palette will have skin coloring that may not be as deep and intense as other women of color who traditionally fall within the Deep Winter color palette. Although the Deep Winter color palette will look stunning on women of color who fall within Cool Winter color palette; some colors may be too strong on you and you find that the less intense cooler colors work best on you. Women of color that are Cool Winters have skin coloring, hair and eyes that will be equally cool in appearence. Dark-skinned, ebony women who are Cool Winters will have a somewhat soft-depth to their coloring. Your eyes and hair are not in high contrast or as intense of women of color who have been assessed as being a traditional Deep Winter color season.
Caveat: I would like to also point out that one of the reason’s 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.
Below is an example of a woman who falls within the Cool Winter palette. Her noticeably cool coloring is equally present in her skin (rosy pink), cool hair coloring (soft cool brown) and cool eyes that are not as intense and deep as the Deep Winter Woman of Style; overall she is cool without much depth or intensity. Also, if you look at her freckles they also present as cool and are equal in color with her hair.
Women of color who fall within the Cool Winter palette will also present as equaly cool in skin, hair and eye coloring, however your overall natural coloring is not as deep or intense as the Deep Winter woman of style. Notice in the photo below her eyes, hair and lovely cool, coco-brown coloring are equal in strength. There isn’t much intensity; althouh she does present depth in her coloring, it is not as intense.
Hair | Eyes
Cool Winter Hair Types
Hair types of the deep winter palette are naturally – COOL – and dark; which narrows down the cool winter hair colors to that of: Black-Brown, Ash Blondes, Dark Chocolate Brown, Soft Brown and Salt & Pepper.
Take a look below!
Cool Winter Eye Types
Eye types of the Cool Winter palette are simply – COOL – with low intensity, but not as deep as the eyes of the Deep Winter Woman of Style. Cool Winter eyes include: Soft Hazel-Grey, Soft Brown, Blue-Grey and Simply Blue.
Check them out below!
What are POWER colors?
Your palettes POWER colors are colors, for example, from the COOL winter palette will radiate against your natural coloring. POWER colors of the cool winter color palette convey an energetic vibration that are calm, cool colors that 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, powerful statement; especially in a business/corporate environment – more on that later!
What are ANCHOR Colors?
The ANCHOR colors found within the COOL 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 Smokey-Charcoal, 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/sping/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 COOL winters most energetic, vivid colors that some women who fall within the cool winter palette, may feel is too strong for them to wear within their actual wardrobe items. The rule for me and which I share with my clients is the 80/20 rule. 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 cool winter palette is that of Icy Pink and Lemon Yellow. These colors might be too strong for some women; however, by utilizing the 80\20 rule you can incorporate your palettes accent colors on your nail polish, as lipgloss/lipstick which adds a pop of sultry color to your normal makeup palette or to your evening accessories; again, how you choose to wear any of your palettes signature colors are personal to you.
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Next up! The Clear Winter Palette… Stay tuned.
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:
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