Deep Winter is a captivating blend of cool and dark tones, often sharing characteristics with both Winter and Autumn in the 12-season system of color analysis.
Do you have features that are profoundly dark with cool undertones? Are you naturally attracted to rich shades like plum, navy blue, and forest green? Do you feel connected to the colors seen in a winter landscape during the nighttime?
If these descriptions resonate with you, you could very well be a Deep Winter!
This comprehensive guide dives deep into the world of Deep Winter within the 12-season color analysis framework. Stay with us as we explore the defining physical characteristics, the best makeup choices, the ideal Deep Winter color palette, must-have wardrobe staples, and even how to create a custom color palette tailored just for you
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The 12 Seasons of Color Analysis
Seasonal color analysis is an invaluable tool that focuses on evaluating the skin, eyes, and hair to place individuals into one of twelve distinct color families. This method is grounded in six primary color components: warm, cool, deep, light, soft, and bright. The purpose is to help you find colors that harmonize with your natural tones, elevating not just your look but your confidence as well.
Understanding which ‘Winter’ category you fall into can significantly influence your wardrobe choices and overall aesthetic. Today, we will delve into the enigmatic allure of Deep Winter, explaining its unique characteristics and providing guidance on how to best embrace this particular palette.
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Deep Winter is Cool and Dark
Deep Winter is distinctly categorized by three main attributes: cool hue, dark value, neutral chroma.
- Cool hue – the undertone is always blue, but various overtones of beige or yellow may give a warmer or occasional olive appearance, causing confusion when determining the difference between deep winter and deep autumn.
- Dark value – the value of deep winter is overwhelming dark. Is is the color attribute that must be addressed first, even over hue.
- Neutral-bright chroma – the chroma is typically neutral leaning bright. Individual deep winters will have varying degrees of chroma, some closer to a muted autumn, while others are more similar to a clear winter.
What sets Deep Winter apart from other Winter subcategories is the primary focus on its dark value. While the cool undertone is undeniably present, the features are predominantly dark.
The skin tone can range from a light beige to deep cocoa. Eyes are most commonly brown or dark gray, but you’ll also find varying shades of deep blue. Eye patterns are often linked to specific color seasons, offering another layer of nuance to your color analysis.
Hair is typically in the brown or black color family and is exceptionally dark. For those with gray hair, it often turns a radiant silver, creating a higher degree of contrast between hair and skin tones.
Feature depth is consistent—dark on dark on dark—but high contrast can also occur, especially with lighter skin against dark hair and eyes. While Deep Winter shares similarities with Deep Autumn, it truly shines in cool-toned, rich, dark colors.
Makeup for the Deep Winter Woman
To truly enhance the features of a Deep Winter complexion, your makeup choices should echo the cool and dark tones that define this category.
Moving on to cheek makeup, bold and cool shades are your go-to. Deep pink, coral, and rosewood are perfect choices for bringing out a dramatic glow that is characteristic of Deep Winter.
Lip color is another area where Deep Winter women can make a statement. Light or nude lip shades should be avoided entirely. For a more natural look rose and sangria are excellent choices, while raspberry and mulberry offer a bolder appearance. If you’re going for a sexy red lip, crimson and deep red are your allies.
However, there are some colors to avoid. Warm tones like orange or caramel for lips and pastel eyeshadows can detract from the Deep Winter aesthetic. Similarly, light lip colors and sandy shades for the cheeks should generally be avoided
Visual Inspirations for Deep Winter
Deep Winter draws its captivating allure from bold, dark colors reminiscent of a nighttime snow scene. Predominantly in the cool color family, the Deep Winter palette is rich in blues, purples, and greens. While a traditional 6-color rainbow showcases a balanced spectrum, the Deep Winter version skews cooler and much darker, capturing the essence of this unique palette.
Imagine a snowy landscape bathed in the light of a silvery moon, with frosted trees standing tall. These serene scenes encapsulate the cool blues and purples that define Deep Winter.
If you’re looking for food-inspired hues, consider the rich colors of aubergine, ripe figs, and blackberries. These fruits capture the spectrum of Deep Winter as it verges into the Deep Autumn category. In the animal kingdom, the snowy owl stands as a majestic representation of the deep neutrals found in this season.
For a festive twist, visualize a deep pink Christmas ornament twinkling against a backdrop of holiday lights. This playful imagery perfectly demonstrates the range of pinks that harmonize with the Deep Winter palette.
Deep Winter Color Palette
When curating a color palette for Deep Winter, the journey begins with a strong foundation of neutrals. Black and white naturally command attention in winter palettes, complemented by varying shades of deep gray and luminous silver. To add a touch of color without losing that neutral vibe, consider staples like midnight navy, olive, and espresso.
Moving into the realm of colors, a variety of deep reds and bold dark pinks stand out as excellent choices. In the yellow family, tones like mustard and honey work best. Greens range from oceanic shades to deeper forest greens, while the most flattering blues and purples are those of the deepest hues.
It’s worth noting that while each season has its color adaptations, some shades may prove challenging for Deep Winter. Warm reds, for example, often transform into burgundies, while some pinks may appear too orange for this palette. Pure yellows are typically too light, and purples that lean more toward blue are preferable over those with red undertones.
Lastly, there are hues that should be sidestepped altogether. Warm colors like orange and lime green tend to clash with Deep Winter’s unique complexion. Light pastels are generally not a match, whereas deep, bold colors like wine and royal purple often emerge as champions in a Deep Winter wardrobe.
Wardrobe Essentials for Deep and Cool Coloring
No matter your style or personal aesthetic, there are a few items that every woman should have in their wardrobe.
The basics of any wardrobe should be neutrals, and you could certainly choose the same neutrals. Layering similar shades of the same color will create a rich luxe look.
For those that enjoy a more colorful look, the basics are still appropriate, but fun and funky accessories in the blue, purple, green, and red color families will add interest.
Deep Winter Colors for the Whole Year
When venturing outside the Deep Winter palette, it’s advantageous to select from seasons that share similar characteristics. This approach allows you to resonate with the broader seasonal cycles—think embracing mustard hues in autumn—while still honoring your unique color profile.
For Deep Winter, the following borrowing recommendations work across the whole year.
In Spring, borrow colors from clear winter to embrace the brightness of spring.
In Summer, borrow carefully from cool winter to feel the freshness of the summer breeze
In Fall, have fun borrowing from your sister season Deep Autumn to get those perfect fall vibes.
In Winter, stick with any colors in the three winter seasons.
Choosing Prints for Deep Winter
When incorporating prints into a Deep Winter wardrobe, there are specific guidelines that make all the difference. In this section, we’ll unpack three key elements—color consistency, scale, and contrast level—that you should consider when selecting prints that are true to the Deep Winter aesthetic.
- Color Consistency – The majority of colors in your prints should align with the deep, dark tones characteristic of the Deep Winter palette. Aim to have at least 90% of the colors in your print fall within this range. Deviating too far from these core colors can dilute the palette’s natural impact.
- Scale – Scale is another critical factor. Deep Winter thrives on bolder, larger prints that echo its inherent depth and richness. Small, micro-prints tend to get lost and don’t fully showcase the vivid, striking colors that are quintessential for Deep Winter.
- Contrast Level – While the overarching theme for Deep Winter is ‘dark,’ introducing pops of cool, bright colors can have a stunning effect. These vibrant accents serve to highlight and elevate the whole look, adding an extra layer of dimension without overwhelming the palette.
By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll find prints that not only complement but truly enhance the Deep Winter aesthetic.
Action Steps for Embracing Your Deep Winter Palette
- Identify Your Colors: Start by getting familiar with your Deep Winter color palette. Keep this palette easily accessible—either on your phone or printed out—for quick consultations while shopping.
- Purge Your Closet: Remove items that don’t align with your Deep Winter colors or don’t make you feel your best. Think about donating or reselling these pieces.
- Invest in Neutrals: Focus on key wardrobe staples in your best neutral colors, like black, deep grays, and midnight navy. These will serve as the foundation of your wardrobe.
- Choose Your Best Colors: Select 2-3 signature colors from your Deep Winter palette that resonate with you. Incorporate these to add variety to your capsule wardrobe.
- Plan Your Capsule: Following the 100 piece wardrobe framework, build a capsule wardrobe that centers on your chosen neutrals and accent colors. Aim for pieces that are versatile and cohesive.
- Shop Smart: When adding new items to your wardrobe, always keep your Deep Winter palette in mind. This not only simplifies shopping but also saves you time and money.
- Trial and Adjust: Experiment and see how your new colors work for you. Notice the compliments you get and how you feel in these colors, and make any necessary adjustments.
- Seek Guidance: If you find it challenging to fully embrace your Deep Winter colors, consider seeking expert advice. A color analysis session can be a transformative experience.
- Celebrate You: Remember, you are wonderfully made by God. Embrace your Deep Winter attributes as a manifestation of His creative work.
Frequently Asked Questions about Deep Winter
Is deep winter the same as dark winter?
Yes! They are used interchangeable and deep and dark winter are the same sub-season. In the 16 season systems these may be called burnished winter or sultry winter. Deep Winters can sometimes be confused with Deep Summer in the 16 season system.
How does hair color affect my Deep Winter palette?
Hair color itself has minimal impact on determining your seasonal palette, which is mostly based on how your skin reacts to color. However, hair color can help ascertain your level of contrast, which is useful for wardrobe planning.
Can Deep Winter wear Gold?
The answer to this depends on your personal hue attribute, aka whether your are cool or neutral. Since Deep Winter sits next to a warm season, many of these types can wear gold. Rose Gold may be a perfect middle ground.
Can Deep Winter wear Beige?
Beige is a classic neutral and works well with other neutrals. For the Deep Winter, beige may be a color that is kept away from the face. It is likely too light and warm.
Can Deep Winter wear Orange?
Orange is a color best suited to the warm seasons. Orange on a deep winter is likely to create a yellow cast to the skin and look unflattering.
Can Deep Winter wear White?
Absolutely! As a high contrast season with a mostly cool undertone, white is perfect. However, depending on depth, deep winter may find off white, cream, or alabaster more congruent.
Can Deep Winter wear Yellow?
Pure yellow is in the big 4 winter season, so deep winter can play with this color. Leaning into deep autumn, the deep winter may find that warmer yellows like honey are a good fit. Every season has a perfect yellow, you just have to find yours!
Can Deep Winter wear Olive?
Olive is another great “color” neutral and works well for deep winter. Choose an olive that is dark and neutral, rather than one that is muted and murky.
Can Deep Winter wear Coral?
Coral is classified as a warm pink, and many deep winter types can wear this color. It will depend on your personal attributes, particularly hue and chroma as to whether true coral works.
Can I still wear black?
Of COURSE you can still wear black. I personally believe that black is a staple in any wardrobe. Fortunately black is a powerhouse for deep winter and this color makes a great base for a capsule wardrobe.
I hate these colors, could my season be wrong?
Yes absolutely, it could be true. But I want to challenge you, what is it that you hate? Is it the neutrals that you don’t like? Perhaps you don’t like gray? Is it one of the color families, yellow or green perhaps? Don’t wear them! Just because a palette includes all these colors doesn’t mean you should wear them all. I dare you to look at your closet and see if you naturally gravitate to any of these colors. If the answer is no, and you still feel this is completely wrong, let me know! I can help!
How Do I Build a Deep Winter Capsule Wardrobe?
Building a Deep Winter capsule wardrobe is straightforward when you zero in on your season’s top colors. Start with neutrals like black and charcoal, which will be your wardrobe’s cornerstone. Then incorporate your main color and 2-3 accent colors from the Deep Winter palette. Bold reds, icy silvers, and deep blues can be excellent choices.
Here’s a simple guide to create your color palette:
- Base Colors: Black and Charcoal
- Dark Neutral: Midnight Navy or Olive
- Light Neutral: Lightest Silver or Off-white
- Main Color: Choose one like deep red or dark pink
- Accent Colors: Select 2-3 from your palette, such as deep blues and purples.
Can I only wear these colors?
No way! You should wear what you love! If you want to wear blush pink, then go for it! You may find, however, that learning your season affects how other colors make you feel. If you feel confident rocking a color, then it’s yours to own. But if you don’t, feel free to leave it to the seasons that wear it well. If you’re looking to expand your palette, you can also consider sister seasons.
The following are sister seasons for deep winter:
Related Color Analysis Articles:
- Explore the 12 Seasons of Color
- Color Theory for Color Analysis
- Eye Patterns and Color Analysis
- Personality and Color Analysis
- Discover your Color Season
Deep Winter sits on the cusp of winter and autumn and is cool and dark.
Stacey is the owner and creator behind Radiantly Dressed. She is a certified image consultant and AICI member focusing on creating simplicity in wardrobes via color and style.