My Colour Story Part Seven – Bright Winter

My Colour Story

Part Seven- Bright Winter

Finally, the concluding episode of my really (Soft Autumn), really (Soft Summer), really (True Summer), really (Light Summer), [takes deep breath before continuing,] really (Dark Winter),  really (True Winter) long colour story is here.  

I thought my colour story had seen its final conclusion. Yet there was another chapter to it, one that I didn’t expect. 

A few years after my analysis where I walked out stunned and delighted with TW, I went to train as an analyst with Christine Scaman of 12Blueprints. Apart from the course, seven drapings are done during those days in Christine’s studio. The first draping was an amazing young woman from South Korea. She turned out a Bright Spring. 

The first one where I handled the drapes myself, was my brother’s. He had come with me to Canada, and was to serve as my second draping model. My brother is very tall, and I knocked him on the head quite a few times while learning to wield drapes – thanks for your patience, bro! (I also remember Christine remarking that first draping attempts should always be with family, because they’ll just say ‘hey, don’t do that!’ instead of being polite ;). ) He turned out a True Winter too.

My analysis was the third one of my training. I was happy and totally at home in True Winter, so I thought it would be a formality. Although I did know that the makeup was a little hard. 

Anyhow, my draping sequence was the same as ever. Autumn went out first, then Spring. Best of the Summers was Light Summer, but any of the Winters is better than Summer. Dark Winter is a little too muddy, so we were left with Bright and True Winter. They’re very close, but too my utter shock Bright Winter turned out slightly better! 

The bottom line: I’m Bright Winter but very close to the border with True Winter. I like to joke that whichever wins depends on what I ate yesterday. Bright Winter did solve some of my makeup issues (although I should have known not to try a True Winter deep berry on my Nordic overtones – that’s just too dark) and why the softer half of True Winter, the colours that are closer to True Summer, never really wanted to work for me. At last I got used to the idea. 

So I’m a sort-of nearly-True-Winter-but-actually-Bright-Winter.

So what I do in real life, is to just wear both. I’m so close to the border that warmer end True Winter is just as good as cooler end Bright Winter. Because the warmer half of Bright Winter is actually a little too loud and bright on me (I have a warm lime green luxury drape in my Bright Winter set that’s just *weird*). For True Winter, the softer, cooler half (bordering True Summer) which I used to wear a lot and wasn’t quite happy with, was just too murky. Simply said, anything really cool Bright Winter, or really bright True Winter works well. 

I’m not too picky with wardrobe colours, especially because I’m outside core sizing and can rarely find items that are small enough (don’t get me started on the children’s department!). Also, my body type is very far from ideal with current fashion trends (it’s all shapeless ‘pillowcases’ these days). So I find stuff that fits and it works with Bright or True Winter, I’ll happily buy it! But secretly, I still like True Winter better. 

My very best colours are any of the ice tones, most of the reds, particularly the red-pinks and red-purples, and teal. Classic black and white colour schemes do not really work well – nothing bad happens to my skin, but my lighter overtones don’t balance the contrast. Those are just a little too attention-grabbing, but that’s fine. I like wearing mid-greys and taupes just as well. 

So that concludes our series. I’m a nearly-True-Winter-but-actually-Bright-Winter. So far, I’ve had a great time learning more about my palette, and the learning keeps continuing. Currently, I’m learning how to a Winter with light hair colour. 

I hope you enjoyed the story – it definitely wasn’t the easiest route to find my best colours, but the experience has proved invaluable, as an analyst in particular.  


P.S. If I turn out a Bright Spring in a few years’ time, I’ll eat my colour fan. 

Just kidding.

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2 thoughts on “My Colour Story Part Seven – Bright Winter

  1. Susan Tellum says:

    Thanks for the honesty and interesting information. It can’t be easy in a system that doesn’t do blends. But your conclusions sound logical- a light winter , up a large notch from light summer. In the old 4 season alphabet you would have been winter but you would tailor it lighter without adding any other season’s warmth.

    • Florentina says:

      Hi Susan, I’m not sure if I would have been an Winter in the old system… My light overtones would probably force me to be a Summer, lol. And I do believe that there are very good reasons that we don’t use colour blends – namely, these are impossible because of the very biology and physics of human sight. But what I do see, with myself and with clients, is that some people straddle the boundaries of the neighbouring Seasons. Soft Summer/Soft Autumn is quite common, and also Bright Spring/Bright Winter. One is always slightly better than the other (I’ve never seen someone sit ‘on’ the boundary, everyone falls of one way or the other – me included). In my case, Bright Winter does enliven my skin where True Winter is better at focusing my features, but at the price of some shadowing. So Bright Winter is better – but the differences are simply quite small. Could you create a custom palette that neatly embraces the biological range of the person along the Season circle? Probably Kathryn Kalisz, the founder of Sci/Art, could. I don’t have the knowledge or skill for it. So like I said in my post, instead of ‘wedging’ myself in between Seasons, I simply wear both.

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