(Extra)ordinary Dark Winter
It's useful, and also fun, to see unexpected representatives of the seasons. It expands our understanding of both personal color analysis and variety in human coloring.
But it's also instructive to see more typical examples. Textbook cases like these two dark-eyed, dark-haired Dark Winters may not be unexpected, but they're certainly not boring. When you see someone in his or her perfect colors, you want to look and look and look. The eye delights.
See what I mean? You can't stop staring.
This is my beautiful sister. Before analyzing her in person, Dark Autumn had crossed my mind, but Dark Winter did not surprise me. Yellow tones I had often observed in her skin could have been mistaken for warmth -- but Dark Winter colors cleared them.
She posed for these pics several years ago, as a favor for a makeup artist friend. This isn't her normal daytime look. But it's fabulous, isn't it? All black, with red lips... so few women can pull this off.
Which reminds me of one of my personal color analysis shortcut rules: If It Looks Goth, It's Not Winter. A good example:
This is Dita von Teese doing her beautiful-goth-girl thing. She's probably not a Winter. She might not have a career if she were. It's hard to make Winters look goth, you see. Dark clothing and dark lippies bring them to life, which is the opposite of the goth aesthetic.
My sister wasn't a goth girl. I was, though. I suppose I was lucky that my Soft Autumnness allowed me to achieve a corpselike effect with black clothes and burgundy lips, thereby effectively communicating my inner turmoil to the world without having to actually speak. Think of all the poor Winter teenagers who struggle vainly to express their angst through their appearance! Imagine their frustration when they look in the mirror and discover that blood-red lips and head-to-toe black make them look less depressed, not more. Poor things.
But I digress. "Though I can digress with the best of them, I am nothing in my soul if not obsessive. " -- Donna Tartt, The Secret History (one of my favorite novels)
Anyway... here's another gorgeous Dark Winter.
Wow, look at that smile!
I analyzed this friend virtually and later IRL. I tried very hard during the draping to stay open to possibilities other than Dark Winter, but of course I was gratified that my virtual analysis turned out to be correct. This shirt may be DW's icy blue.
Color matters for men too. Personal color is about power. A man in his true colors radiates power. He's unapologetically himself, and if you don't like it, tough.
I've said that personal color is about authenticity, and it is that as well; to be centered in the truth of oneself is to be powerfully positioned.
You write beautifully and very cleverly about colour. I enjoy your blog and your page very much and admit I check everyday for updates. I am very impressed with the wonderful examples you post. Your analysis of the Indian singer is one I have gone back to and read many times. I just wanted you to know that your work is highly appreciated as far away as Denmark (not the East coast but Europe, that is) - in case writing sometimes feels a bit "Hallo - anyone out there?"
8/16/2011 02:30:19 am
First of all, how is your little one doing? It's amazing you find time for your blog with a newborn. But just so you know, we LAP UP this information and it is so helpful. Please, please keep doing more posts. I especially appreciate the posts that show a season done well, in all its glory, compared to when it's done wrong. The pictures of the comparisons themselves (like above) teach so much. Thank you.
8/20/2011 11:52:49 am
Thank you Rachel for another great and entertaining article!
8/22/2011 07:01:19 pm
You are doing an Amazing job! I just discovered your Blog and I love absolutely everything about your Analysis. Im an Image Consultant Myself and often do Color Analysis. It is great to read about someone else s experience!
9/24/2011 04:57:15 pm
Your sister looks amazing in those photos. Is her hair naturally that dark?
2/27/2012 04:11:39 pm
I'm a Dark Winter, and I went Goth I looked corpse-like because I did it all wrong! Haha.
8/19/2013 05:19:14 pm
Yes, so few people can really wear black to their advantage, and yet the winters seems to be such a common PCA results.
8/26/2013 04:23:13 am
11/11/2014 08:25:41 pm
In my opinion Kate Perry looks lika a goth in dark hair, also she has green and brown dots in her eyes. Is she a winter, then?
11/13/2014 07:03:19 am
I agree that Katy Perry isn't her best in pure black hair... but her natural color is brown, as we can see from her roots, and I'm sure she would be lovely in it. (We are all lovely in our natural hair colors.) The perceived color of her eye does not determine her season; season is only determined by how we look in the colors of a palette. I think the True Winter palette is most flattering to her.
3/17/2015 07:04:05 pm
Now that I know more about style types, I'm curious about what your sister is. These are beautiful pictures, and her coloring and make-up are perfect, but her clothing and facial expressions here look more severe than her features do (which means she's probably not a Dramatic, right?).
12/17/2016 07:49:54 pm
I think I am a dark winter. Head to toe black doesn't make me look dead. But even so I am glad, despite being more on the 'alternative' end of the fashion spectrum. I would be happy to look like a winter queen most of the time. If I want a corpse effect I can achieve it easily in other ways. I suppose it depends on your goals. I have always leaned more to loving the glamourous and fae end of the goth spectrum than the sad teen in bad makeup (which is probably the worst summary of the wide variety of alternative looks there are anyway.)
3/21/2018 02:04:05 pm
Hello ^^ Even though I have read your website for a while ( a few years I think) I've never posted a comment before :)
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