All out glamour.
All out colour. Such flamboyance of colour that it takes Bright Winters time to get used to wearing it. Not Myles. He got it instantly, like he had always known it.
Men are usually more intensely coloured than women of the same Season. This natural colouring is a great example of that. The concentration of pigment in the hair colour alone is a testament to the high colour saturation of the entire person. It is less obvious in the Bright Winter woman, but Jocelyn (Jocelyn Is A Bright Winter) could still dominate every colour she wore, almost including black.
As a Bright Winter, in 12 Season (Tone) Colour Analysis, he is fundamentally a Winter, but incorporates a small element of Spring. That means that the True Winter palette, with its dark reds, blues, and especially purples, has a pale yellow light shining on it. Colours become lighter and so slightly yellowed. The effect is of brightness and high energy, conveyed by the highest colour saturation in the spectrum. (To understand saturation better, see the article What Are Clear And Soft Colours?)
You met Myles before in Clear and Muted Orange In Eyes, in the first photograph illustrating beer bottle transparency in the browns and oranges coloring the iris. Here is his eye, once more. Notice the very sharp transitions between hair/skin/eye colour, and how generously pigmented the colors are.
Myles had one of the most sophisticated internal colour guidance systems that I have seen, man or woman. He could see the effects with ease, in others and in himself. He could describe what was happening under the colour influence using unconventional analogies that scratched well beyond the surface. He could direct his own analysis after having watched his wife. He originated the expression, the face in hi-def, that I have used to describe the sharp focus of the facial structure in right colour.
On such uncommon colouring, we were bound to see some extraordinary effects. The draping begins with 4 drapes representing extremes of the 4 True Seasons. The Spring drape is a deep shimmering golden caramel. Those eyes of his were enormous and glowed with a shockingly golden yellow light, not something I had ever seen at 10AM, or any other time. It was like meeting an owl in a dark night forest.
His skin was too yellow in the Spring drape. It follows that the whites of his eyes were quite yellow. That was bound to happen in a pure Spring drape on a person of predominantly cool skin, since Myles is a Winter type. We quickly got all that sorted, but for a moment, the blazing luminosity in the eye made you forget everything else.
The PCA proceeded quite quickly because the optical effects were so undeniable. There was no other Season to which he could possibly have belonged.
Among the Bright Winter test drapes is a gleaming dark sapphire fabric. Not only is it electric blue, it is very shiny. Nobody, but nobody, can balance that color unless they are Bright Winter. It dominates even True Winter unquestionably. Myles wore it with ease, and without fidgeting the way men do in shiny fabric. He felt confident, attractive, and relaxed.
The final point is to notice the very fine quality of the skin texture. Many Springs have this very youthful, poreless appearance in the skin. If the skin were fabric, Spring would be handkerchief cotton to satin. Many Springs also have a triangular or pointed feature, like this finely carved nose.
The uplifted outer corners of Audrey Hepburn eyes are another example. On a child, they look like the eyes of an elf or Tinkerbell. You might see the more pointed chin of a heart shaped face, a prominent bow in the upper lip, or the outer corners of the mouth tipped upwards. For these reasons, Springs can look very youthful and alert.
The Bright Winter Man
Men are harder to know from their attire because there is more social pressure on them to conform to guy looks and behaviors. I see it already in my 13 year old son. A woman can communicate the unrestrained allure of a Bright Winter with jewels, shiny accessories, luxurious fabric, and large blocks of very bright colour.
What does a man do? First of all, what is he trying to communicate?
The Bright Winter man combines the Winter power signal with Spring positivity and enthusiasm. His subliminal statement is dynamic force. He is the contrast of sunshine and ice. Is there a more glorious, energizing place to be than a ski hill in March? The bracing wind, the speed of the run, the sun we have waited all winter to feel on our skin, combined. No wonder people are euphoric.
The overall effect of his look should be dark, like all Winters. It should also of the highest contrast, the most important component of Winter dressing. There is maxed separation between the lightness of the skin and the darkness of the hair, so clothing combinations feel right to look at when they repeat that.
Spring makes this personal colour palette the lightest of the 3 Winters, so he wears white extremely well. White combined with a bigger dark block is better. White (or icy light)+bigger very dark block+small bright accent=even better. Dark + bright is equally great. Only Bright Winter men can still be taken seriously in these pairings. Men of other Seasons are somewhere between dominated-by-clothing and rapper-snowboarder-silly.
His biggest problem may be not looking too formal. Even a black-brown or ink-navy suit will look like a tux with a white shirt. Dark charcoal gray will be a fantastic suit color. With an icy violet shirt? Only one guy in the room will be doing that, the only one everyone is looking at. He looks commanding and interesting, but that violet softens him a bit. It even hints at playfulness.
When he wants to look formal, dominant, imposing, and authoritative, he can wear the night sky suit, even better with a little shine in it, the white shirt, and what about ties?
I love ties. I can look at them for hours. A man can say more with a tie than a woman can with anything. This guy can go as wild as his Bright Spring brother can, his Winter reserve just would not let him. He is better on the formal side. When he chooses more traditional (still high contrast) designs with larger dark blocks that repeat the suit colour, the element of bright colour will seem less bold.
Winter does not want to come across as unpredictable or random. Nor do you want a design where all the colours and lines seem to flow together, which happens when the pieces of the puzzle are small. The Winter exterior should look composed and quiet, but dramatic.
Lines should be thicker, rather than fine, which balances the strength of the colors better. The print should be obvious, which tie designers seem to do mostly in stripes. The other choice is 10,000 ladybugs, lots of colour but from a distance, they blur together. The edges of each color block should be crisp, since they are in the natural colouring. This tie could be worn well by the Bright Spring, and even the Bright Spring man. The tie is here, at Nordstrom.
As a Neutral Season, meaning a blend of 2 True Seasons, the palette offers a warmer go-to golden red and a cooler blue-red, a strong fuchsia. Even as a very small constituent in the overall look, the harmony gets noticed. Women can create this effect with lipstick or eyeglass frames. The red in this tie repeats that golden, strawberry red undertone, and looks electric on this coloring. It is here, at J.Crew.
I like this tie too. It is a Winter grey, like clean sharp steel, a blade, a knife edge, a scalpel. There is a slight jewel effect in the lighter stripes, like platinum, or crystallized sugar, that sparkles without being obnoxious. Tie here at Nordstrom.
On no group of man does safe colour fall flatter. Casual clothing in general is very difficult because of the inherent formality and intensity of the appearance. All 3 Winters have some difficulty with jeans, but this group most of all. Nothing works, not the faded colour, the almost-sloppiness, the rugged strong quality. Jeans should be the darkest possible black or blue in a classic cut.
T-shirts should be shockingly saturated with color, hopefully more IRL than in the photo. The diagonal line in this polo (here at Nordstrom) gives a triangular effect that repeats that physical traits we talked about earlier. Zigzag lines add energy and asymmetry, both Spring influences.
For men, Colour Analysis is more about looking good than the spiritual journey that it becomes for women. They understand that the viewer interprets appearance as education, social status, risk-taking, and creativity. For a man, clothing is an investment in themselves and their business. Fair or not, appearance is a factor that helps people decide how much money they are willing to give us.
Men, you attract trust with your clothing, a commodity that men don’t come by easily. Making these choices is not what your wife is for (until after your PCA).