Bright Winter is such a fun season. That’s always the first word that comes to mind when I look at the palette. It’s bold, it’s cheerful, and its dazzling array of clear, cool shades are unlike anything else in the color world. BW can handle more contrast than any other season, and the hues themselves look downright shiny no matter where they’re found. I always seem to describe BW in terms of jewel tones, without even really thinking about it. It’s just that sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond white all evoke the clear, cold, brightness of BW so beautifully.
Things that are easy
- When you think of the classic red Hollywood lip color (I’m looking at you, MAC Ruby Woo), you’ve nailed the signature BW shade. Bright red and hot pink lipsticks that work for BW are everywhere, making this season an easier transition in terms of makeup.
- “Wow” factor
- Statement pieces, such as shoes, bags, coats, and formal wear seem to always come in BW options. Since BW is thought of as more of a “look at me” season, the fashion world loves to use these colors on standout clothing. That said, on a person who IS a BW, these colors will look perfectly at home and not read as loud the way they would on someone not of that season.
- Jewelry with stones
- See above re: shiny jewel tones! So much jewelry works well with this season since polished metals and clear, gleaming gemstones harmonize beautifully with the palette. Though I would love to see more people choose colored stones for their wedding jewelry in general, a classic white diamond is simply lovely on a BW. (But so would be a gorgeous sapphire or yellow diamond!)
Things that are hard
- Casual clothes
- BWs can struggle with plain old jeans and a t-shirt. To support the natural strength of this person’s coloring, they need colors with a high level of saturation, which is sometimes difficult to find outside of business, formal, and athletic wear. Jeans have to be quite dark and very blue-toned, with minimal fading, and cotton fabrics don’t hold bold colors well, particularly after a few washes.
- More subtle shades
- There are certainly colors within the BW range that aren’t bold on their own. The struggle BWs face is finding colors that can harmonize with the bold colors without being overpowered. Black and white are obvious choices here, but light, clear, flat grays can be beautiful, as well as cool espresso browns. The elusive BW taupe (I’ve seen it!) can rein in a more commanding color, or can stand alone for a neutral outfit. BWs simply have to work harder to find and incorporate these colors.
- Those dang icies. Instagram me @thecolorgeek if you find one, because it’s like seeing a unicorn.
Bright Winter doesn’t HAVE to be bright. Hear me out. BW can be a somewhat intimidating season for some people. They take one look at those bright pinks and greens and tell me “I’ll never wear that!” That’s fine! Nobody should wear anything they don’t like. Period. Color analysis comes with suggestions, though, so even if this person doesn’t like bright colors, we focus on the darker colors, the neutrals, and the other ways we can bridge the gap between what we saw in the draping and what works with that person’s unique style. None of this works if you don’t feel amazing and comfortable, and if you don’t want to wear bright, you don’t have to wear bright.
My favorite shade
Hands down, it’s the Bright Winter hot pink. I tell my kids all the time that there are no such things as “girl colors” and “boy colors,” there are just colors. Pink may be associated with the feminine, but I love this shade on every BW. Rock it, friends!
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