Myles Is A Bright Winter

Myles Is A Bright Winter

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All out glamour.

All out colour. Such purity of colour some may need time to get used to wearing it. Not Myles. He got it instantly, as if 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.

As a Bright Winter, in 12 Season 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, is very similar and appears to have a pale yellow light shining on it. Colours become lighter, slightly warmer, and brighter.

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 in anyone. He could see the effects with ease, in others and in himself. He could describe what was happening under colour influence using unconventional analogies that scratched well beyond the surface. He could direct his own analysis after having watched that of his wife.

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 shiny. Nobody, but nobody, can balance that color unless they are Bright Winter.  Myles wore it with ease, and appeared confident, attractive, and relaxed.

The Bright Winter Man

How does a man wear this palette? First, for every person creating an effective appearance, what do they hope 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.

The overall effect of his look should be medium dark but has a wide latitude in this lightest of the 3 Winter types. Contrast, or separation between light and dark, is high to represent the natural appearance.

White and black are very good, as on all Winters. With the sun shining on it, you can see that Myles’ hair is the darkest brown with a slight purple tinge, a good visual for Bright Winter black. Teal reflections are not uncommon and Myles’ hair appears to have some of each.

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)  with a medium or dark neutral block and the addition of a bright accent area may be his best look. This may be as easy as a navy suit, white shirt, and navy tie with an emerald or fuchsia stripe.

Forma wear takes no planning. 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, and looking commanding and interesting. The violet softens him a bit and hints at playfulness.

Casual wear may need more planning to avoid looking faded. As long as he sticks with items that colourful, he will do well. For the neutral blocks, Winter’s guidelines of grays with little visible colour, like stainless steel to charcoal, will work with everything. No colour should seem faded, not even gray.

A man can speak volumes with a tie. The Spring in him gives him lots of play with colour combinations and designs, but you can see just from his picture that he has some formality. When he chooses more traditional designs, in high contrast, in colours that repeat the suit colour, smaller areas of  bright colour appear planned, adult, and strategic.

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.

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.


143 Thoughts on Myles Is A Bright Winter

  • I have a skirt made from fabric looking just like the gleaming sapphire drape. It’s definitely one of my best colours. I guess I’m a Bright Winter after all, since I have never seen a colour that is too saturated or too dominating for me (and my eyes have uplifted outer corners ;))

    One more thing: in the CMB system there are Clear seasons, the equivalent of Brights. I noticed that your examples of Brights (Myles, Jocelyn, Audrey Hepburn) are dark-eyed, while CMB Clears have light eyes. Interesting.

    • Itari – that whole clear-eye thing… it’s a confusion…so is using photos of people, because the tendency is to read absolute-ness into a random example. There are many Bright Seasons people with very light bottle-blue-green eyes. I’m told they’re called turtle eyes in Virginia.

      Denise – get analyzed in person. Something is being misinterpreted and/or the colors you’re testing with are not measured accurately enough.

      Betty – everyone should wear their eye and/or hair color somehow every day. Problem is knowing which of the hundred tones in each to pick out to perfect the skin. The Colours Book includes them automatically. They are always there, because they are in the skin too. Pulling together a casual look just means never getting too casual. Dark jeans/yoga pants that fit well. Dark sweaters, fleece, well-fitting shirts. You just always look a bit fancier than everyone else, because you look that way even before you dress. Ask me some more specific Q. Tell me what you try that doesn’t work. I can build an article better from that.

      Jessica – best thing by far about PCA is the people it brings into my life. The men have left the usual “guy” stuff far behind. They’re masculine, sensitive, chivalrous, kind, perceptive, and free of the less evolved stereotypic behaviours. Myles is as natural and unaffected as he is handsome.

  • Interesting article. Great pictures!

    Christine, as you know I was analyzed as a bright winter but I have my doubts (especially since I was also done as a soft autumn (and in another system soft summer). When I wear bright winter clothes I see the face in hi def image along with undereye circles and smile lines in hi def. When I wear soft autumn the edges of my face go blurry and perhaps heavier but the circles and lines also get softer. This may seem like a dumb question – but how do you know which effect is better?


  • I must say, your model reminds me a bit of a younger George Clooney 😉

  • Christine, This was such a good article. I hope I don’t annoy you by asking simular questions as in other articles. You wrote in this article that Myles is going to run into the problem of being too formal. That is my issue also. Do you have any tips on dressing casual for Winters. I agree jeans unless very dark or black do not blend well with very saturated intense colors. I’ve got work clothes down, and also dresses that I would wear to a place of worship. But my casual clothes are a mess, I just can’t seem to find my nich. Can you write an article about that, or better yet, a video would be fantastic.
    Also would Myles wear his eye color? I guess that is another part of the 12 tones that I don’t get yet. Do all the 12 tones get to wear their eye color?

  • Betty

    I have the exact same problem when it comes to casual wear for us Bright Winters 🙂 I’d appreaciate some guidance too.

  • Me too. Nothing in the casual arena works well – and it frustrates me because work and formal are so easy.


  • Hi
    I so agree about the casual clothes. I have resorted to cotton flowy shirts. Cargo pants don’t really work for winters…

  • Christine,

    I came to the same conclusion about needing to be analyzed by someone else (again!). Had a careful analysis and turned out to be true winter. It makes sense to me.

    Thanks for your encouragement.


  • Christine,
    As I said earlier, I have work, worship, and even excersise wear pretty much undercontrol. But I need help with casual wear. For instance, I live in very casual California ( people wear pj’s to the Donut shop on Saturday mornings…not me of course!) Summer wear should be easy, Brite colored T-shirts with black capris or shorts. But Black anything is not a good idea in 109 degree temps. When I go to summer pinics, with my hubby’s friend’s, I have to work doubly hard to be friendly to make the other ladies, know that I am not stuck-up, or aloof. Also my hubby is quiet the outdoorsman, and likes me to (try) tag along camping, hiking, kayaking etc. Quite often I’m ready to go, and he will look at me and say “are you wearing that”, or “don’t you know how to relax?”. I was wearing a red button up top, black capris and flat black sandals. Cold weather clothing is a bit easier, but still abit too formal. I was just wondering if you had any ideas, in being more approachable.

  • Betty,
    I am not a Bright Winter, so I cannot say from my own experience, but I think there are some shades of grey in the Bright Winter palette that can be worn instead of black. Bright colors with grey are more casual than combinations with black. Bright Winter also has icy colors and pure white when you want something lighter for hot weather, maybe together with black sunglasses to add some contrast. Just my suggestion 🙂

  • Thanks Andrea! I feel a little foolish now…as I saw Charcoal gray (and the other shades of gray) as “cold weather colors”…lol. I have serveral gray sweaters and wool skirts in differing shades! How funny. Has anybody else done this? Ok, time to re-look at my colors with this new perspective. 🙂
    Another problem I have with Hot weather casual clothing in Winter colors, is that casual clothing seems to fade quickly after a few washes. So next year I will need to look at the fabric content to prevent the fading issue.

    • Betty
      – agreed about the fading problem; everyone who wear saturated color and crisp white goes through this; certain textiles hold onto color better, like wool, but practically speaking, yes, it is annoying to keep replacing colors, darks, AND whites
      – Andrea’s suggestion about grey is excellent; remember too that you could do a stone colored pant with a dark top; as a Winter, the overall effect should be pretty dark, but a stone capri and dark peacock top is lovely
      – as far as lowering your contrast level, yeah maybe. Your colors are inherently highly saturated so contrasts tend to be sharper anyhow. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the whole blending in thing. Being a toned-down version of me and muddying my real self would send me a message internally that I’d be uncomfortable with, maybe like a compromise I’m just not willing to make. I is what I is, and I’m not diminishing myself because of how society tells us we should look. Many of these reservations exist more in our own minds than anyone else’s, I think – meaning that others might feel less daunted than you fear if you just presented yourself as you. A white tank, a turquoise tank layered on top, looks casual. A silver necklace. Charcaol, white, or stone capris. It’s all out there. Maybe it’s just practice shopping and forbidding your eyes from seeing black. Let black become invisible and you’ll be amazed at what pops out on shelves, and in your imagination.
      -Jeannie , you’re well on your way, just keep working at it. A navy turtleneck and black jeans is simple but not too fancy for the coffee shop. Get to know your purples, they’re uncanny on True Winter. So you look better dressed than the ripped jeans and hoodies. You’ve earned it. Bootcut yoga pants and high end athletic tops are great.

  • Also, when everyone else is wearing khaki pants with muted shirts, there’s nothing in the palette that doesn’t stand out (when worn by a winter). The old Color Me Wonderful system recommends wearing the right colors but with a lower level of contrast than we would normally. That might work.

  • Thanks Denise, I’ll try to look at that option too! Wearing high contrast clothing is very comfortable to me in every arena of my life except the casual, or times when I want to be more approachable. Or (saying this with tongue in cheek) I’ll just have to find a bunch of Winter friends to hang out with, so I won’t stick out so much lol! Thanks you all for your ideas, this is a great sharing forum. 🙂

  • Betty,
    I went out to eat with my husband for our anniversary…wore a nice black dress with a simple necklace….EVERYONE in the restaurant was wearing jeans and t-shirts. It was a nice restaurant, I didn’t think I was that dress up but I certainly was. It is hard to find Winter gray in summer fabrics, I always find blue-grays. I have seen some gray jeans along with some simple athletic suits in nice winter colors, a contrasty t-shirt would be nice with it.

  • Jeannie,
    What is this world coming to?? I would love to dress up to go to a nice restaurant, especially for a celebration like an anniversary (congrats by the way. This is good news considering that most do not honor their marriages anymore).
    My husband wears suits for work everyday so he balks at having to wear one at any other time. Also he is an ultra casual guy, like most of his friends (and darnit! he looks great in faded jeans and a faded gray blue t-shirt, it really brings out his dreamy blue eyes!)
    Thanks for the ideas, I am on the hunt nice athletic suits, and or yoga pants in dark navy,maybe that will “look” a bit more casual. 🙂

  • Thanks Betty, I am pround I have been married 17 years, something my parents didn’t do 🙂 I also had the thought of bootcut legging with a fitted tunic…could still be in your color but definitely a more relaxed feel to it. My husband is a True Summer and jeans are a staple for him too.

  • I have a translucent skin color, blue gray eyes with yellow tone around the iris.
    I was a dark brunette. Some say I look good in bright colors. What Season am I?
    Thank you

    • Sue,
      Not only can I not know Season from verbal description, I can’t even figure it from photos. For me, only a 2 hour draping process will give us that answer.

  • I have decided, when I I’m watching a TV show and I see a cute outfit (casual or otherwise) to try and imagine them in my ‘Winter colors’. Today I was watching the Food Network and was watching Rachel Ray and Giada Di Larentis (I might have spelled her name wrong). Giada was on the beach with a cute Lavander short sleeve hoodie and navy capris, I think I could use that idea for next years casual summer wear. 🙂

  • Thanks Christine,
    I think you are right, I was letting black dominate my wordrobe, and therefore limiting my the wardrobe possiblities. I need to re-think and study my color palette, to open up new possiblities. I have tried stone and white capris before, so thanks for the reminder that, that is an option. It is still a little more formal, than the super casual environment that I live in, so I will just need to ‘get over it’, and just be proud of how great my wardrobe looks, and how well it makes the “real me look”. Thanks everybody! 😉

  • Just switched to Illamasqua from MAC. I thinks it’s a brand that will work really well for the brighter colour types as thier colours are really ‘clean’ – proper red blushers, proper grey eye shadows which are just black and white- not murky or muted at all.

    I was getting fed up with MAC for the follwing reasons:
    -They bring out limited editions every month and it’s getting too gimiky
    -Thier colours are a tad on the muted side, too murky- not ‘clean’
    -Thier skin colour range is rubbish- i’m tired of mixing shades
    – They just stopped public access to the pro site so I can’t order any new pro products (which are not that good actually anyway)

    I was matched to the shade 115 at Illamasqua (very light with neutral undertones) and it’s perfect- it was a tie with Nars Siberia though. I got the rich liquid foundatioin, the loose and pressed powder and the under eye concealer. I’m planning on the light foundation, the spot concealer, the satin primer (the matte one was too dry for the foudnation) and the gleam cream next.

    • Trish,
      I hear what you’re saying. I’m never entirely comfortable with blind, automatic adulation, which too many of the huge brands carry. They’re making colored powder to meet a certain economic market. Instead of distinguishing themselves by NOT trying to please everybody, many of these companies do the opposite. Or paint clowns. Fine if you’re 22 and never need to be employed. They’re rich and consumers are frustrated. I like brands like J.Crew, who manage to supply a wide market, but also go out on a limb for color and commit to doing it uniquely, expressing uniqueness instead of bizarreness. Where do you buy Illamasqua? I must look it up, I’m hearing more about it.

  • Hi all,
    Thanks Christine for another informative article!
    I have some thoughts regarding lipstick colors for Bright Winter. I don’t like bright lipstick colors – on anyone. Not even on Bright Winters and Springs. To my eye, natural or should I say, naturally occurring lip colors are much more flattering. A matter of opinion, sure. But look at Myles and picture him, if you will, with a bright lip color. Yes, I know he’s a guy and doesn’t wear lipstick. But in a way the whole idea becomes so clear – pardon the pun – when it’s a guy, since there is no being used to seeing color added to the lips of a guy and therefore a lesser risk of not being objective. Do you see what I mean? Even if a bright, clear pink would look good on him in a shirt, it just doesn’t seem like it would fit on his face. Nobody has bright colored lips. Some women can pull off those colors, but there has to be a certain element of a bright personality to go with it, and I don’t think every Bright Winter (or Spring) necessarily has that personality.
    There MUST be natural looking lip colors that can fit the Brights. There must be. Anybody have any tips?

    • Utterly agree with you, Kristina. Supposing though, that we put eyeliner and blush on the face. Suddenly, a lipstick that matches a person’s gray-pink-flesh lip color doesn’t balance the rest of the makeup, let alone the bright, dark, clear clothing the person wears.
      We were just discussing this on Facebook, with respect to Revlon’s Colorburst lipsticks in Ruby and Fuchsia. Both clear, both bright. The problem is that once the colorist has committed to this degree of clarity and coolness, they are designing a Winter color. Too cool and bright for anyone else. So, unless the colorist adds enough purple to darken the color enough, it just looks too light, like a bright azalea. Obvious, fake, not natural at all. That’s the problem the True and Bright Winters face. The Darks have an opposite problem, where most makeup is over darkened.
      If the lipstick were, say, sugarplums, or the frosted cranberries on a Christmas table, it really does mesh with this face most tastefully. Anything lighter is so dominated that the lips appear grayish.
      Also, don’t picture it as a gunky thick lacquered gloss, or an opaque dry lip. Just imagine the stain of pomegranate juice. What do you think? Can you picture it, or no?

  • Hi Christine,

    Yes, I can picture the stain of pomegranate juice! I totally agree with everything you just wrote and it dawned on me that yes, that elusive “natural” color for Winter is next to impossible to create in a lipstick tube, because just like you say, the colors will be too light and no longer fit Winter if they don’t make it cool and bright enough. You’re spot on!
    This has me thinking about Bobbi Brown’s mantra, that a lipcolor that looks like your natural lipcolor is the one that will be the perfect match to you. And by saying this I mean, a Bright Winter (or Spring) ought to look good in her own natural lip color without it being too flat/light/dull/colorless etc. Yes, there might be the issue of the lip not being colorful enough once the eyes have been made up, and although that’s a very good and valid point, there must be another half of that truth somewhere. I guess what I’m after is that elusive lip color one gets after having exercised. In my book that would be a lip color very much like some of True Winter’s blueish reds or possibly even Summer’s blue-reds. In any case a deeper lip color than one would have when just sitting still doing nothing. What do you think?

  • Hi Christine

    I’m in the UK and I got my Illamasqua at Selfridges in Manchester- The rich liquid is quite powdery though and shows up my pores( like a kaolin clay mask does- where it absorbs oil) but i hear if you mix it with the satin primer it goes on nicely- and also I’ve just had a cold so my skin is a little dry but over-compensating with it’s oil production at the same time! It’s not as good as the MAC studio stick in NW15 – which is actually more like a NW10 but it’s sadly discontinued.

    I actually love bright lipstick on both bright springs and bright winters- I wear a pinky red- MAC Ruby Woo and a red-pink- Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow. I have a kind of Snow white thing going on (porcelian skin and dark brown hair with grey eyes) and it just really suits me, so much so that my Mum hates it when I’ve got no lippy on. Yes it looks very fake but it can look very chic too.

    Also on the topic of shimmer- I was experimenting with my bright spring sister at the weekend and shimmer looked playful on her but just really wrong on me… its really interesting – if anyone needed an illustration between the two brights they need look no further than us two- the difference is so subtle but so obvious once you notice it 🙂

  • Trish,
    I don’t mean to be rude when I say that I don’t like bright lipstick on anyone. I recognize that it suits a person if she’s a Bright season, sure – but even so, I don’t like the look. Do you see what I mean? I guess I just like the feeling of someone’s face being “approachable” and to me, bright lipstick doesn’t give me that feeling. It’s just a question of my personal taste. 🙂
    I just had a lightbulb moment the other day. In another post on AGT you had written something along the lines of “it’s not what you look like here today, it’s how your skin reacts to a set of colors”. I know you’ve preached this a hundred times, still I didn’t absorb it fully until now. I finally realized that I’m a Bright Winter after all, because those colors suit me so well. Getting the palette (through my dear friend Fil, whom I “met” on AGT) has verified it. Who cares if I don’t fit the stereotype Snow White or Elizabeth Taylor look? These colors make my skin look clear and rested like no other colors do. I can even wear the greens! I’ve never ever found a green color before that hasn’t made ME turn green, but these clear my skin and make my own colors pop. Amazing, amazing, amazing. 🙂

  • Hi again,
    I just wanted to add that it’s all thanks to the wonderful and extraordinary Fil that I found my season! She’s spent hours discussing colors back and forth with me, tireless in her quest to help me. And would you believe she actually GAVE me the Bright Winter palette as a gift? She deserves the Nobel Prize (and I can say that, being a Swede, LOL). I can’t say how much figuring out my season has actually meant to me, but it’s like now I finally understand so many things that didn’t seem logical before. For example, why I like salmon (there’s a salmon in the palette), why I look good in blues (plenty of those as well), why shimmery eyeshadow was nothing short of a revelation, why so many makeup colors look “muddy” on me, etc, etc. It’s a whole new world opening up.
    And finding a good friend on “the other side of the pond” as Fil so amusingly put it – that is a wonderful gift that I truly cherish.

  • I live in the uk; any recommendations as to who offers colour analysis using this system. I struggle between deciding whether I am a bright winter, dark winter/true winter – I do have exactly the same colour eyes as Myles though – so that is interesting. Which means whenever I have had make-overs, the make-up artist insists on using brown, warm eyeshadows!! I have been reading above re colour trousers (pants) for summer; I have moved away from black, have tried the charcoal options/dark stone; seems to work much better with the bright tops and I feel exactly the same re trying to find suitable colours for summer when everyone else is wearing toned down stuff.

    • Hello, Heidy,
      The only Sci\ART analysts I know are listed along the right column of the blog articles. Lynda Tarantino will do a Sci\ART analysis online. I hear you about the warm brown eyeshadow when they see brown eyes, and it is indeed impossible on a Bright Spring.

  • Thanks Christine, I will have a look at the blog articles. Heidy

  • Hi, I’ve been reading through this site to understand more about color analysis and so far I’m learning a lot. I am having a hard time finding my season. For the longest time I thought I was an autumn of some sort but I am having doubts. My hair is a medium chestnut brown, and my eyes are a deep hazel color that is very much like the bright winter man, Myles. My skin color is extremely pale like Anne Hathaway or Emmy Rossum. I always have to wear the lightest foundation that isn’t too yellow/biege. Overall people say my skin is cool. I think I may be some sort of high contrast summer or a winter but there may be a dash of warmth. I think the eye color I have makes things confusing for me.

  • Does Bright Winter look better in Clear Warm red or Cool/Cherry red lipsticks?

  • Can I just say how freaking awesome it is to read these Bright Winter articles. The things you wrote in it such as the facial features,the clearing of the skin,and so much more is right on the dot with me. If I had found your article earlier it would have been no problem. And its true that Bright Clear colors just look right on the bright season and mutted colors just look muddy and make us look dull/thick. My mom is also a winter and in pictures next to her I always noticed the clear bright look that I had. And she commented on this to when in group pictures with others.

  • Do you know where I can find a good list of Clear/Bright winter famous people?

    • Jade,

      BW is a Neutral Seasons. All 8 Neutral Seasons have both warm and cool colours in their skin since they’re a mix of warm and cool parent Seasons, and so their palette contains warm and cool versions of every colour. There will be a more golden strawberry red and a cool fuchsia or cherry red.
      A list of BW – look at and – not lists, but good photos and examples and intelligent discussion. Some terminology may differ, opinions about celebs may differ, PCA systems may differ, but both very good.

  • What are the facial features for a TA?

    • Think about Barbara Walters, Cathy Lee Gifford, Jennifer Lopez. Google their Images. Ignore their hair (though notice they are not as attractive blonde as darker choices). Square jaw, round cheekbones. Often square shoulders, not a round or soft body. Often squared type face. That’s why they look so right wearing right angles.

  • Well I was just analysed as a Bright Winter by Nikki B in London, and it’s been a revelation. She put a similar Sapphire satin drape on me near the end of my analysis, and we just started grinning at each other in the mirror.

    I bought your book from Nikki at the same time as my analysis, and apart from the cost of my PCA itself, it’s the best £25 I’ve ever spent. I’m so giddy with the colours I’d be tempted to go Bright Spring and wear them all, all at the same time. RTYNC is reining me in a little and keeping me on my Bright Winter path 🙂

  • Interesting! I had pegged myself as a True Winter, but I can easily wear electric blue (and hot pink, and bright yellow). I wonder if I should consider Bright Winter? I don’t think I look good in lime green … then again, I don’t think anyone looks good in lime green, even the example pictures that experienced analysts put up. 🙂

    • Anyone who can write easily and electric blue in the same sentence should certainly look at BW. About lime green – what if it weren’t a turtleneck, but a jewel? And yes, many Winters have personal taste issues with yellow and yellow greens. They can certainly wear a version of them, but they have fewer choices than some other groups might. They really need to understand their colouring to get that one right.

  • Well, amazing! I did a little self-draping project using Bright Winter colors and they worked really well! Even the lime green looked pretty good. (I think it helped that the Sterilite lid I used is maybe halfway between fluorescent and kelly green.) I’d even venture to call it stunning as an accent color. Who would’ve guessed? 🙂

    I admit, that does explain many things I’ve wondered about over the years. Like the time I looked good in a too-warm sky blue top. Or when I put on a garishly neon life jacket and my husband complimented me on it. Or how I can wear gold jewelry as well as silver. Or why many True Winter colors look so drab on me. And the list goes on …

    What a fascinating discovery! I’ve been living in all black for years — safe and easy, and maybe also because True Winter colors weren’t working for me — and I’m so ready to try something new! Thanks for writing, I’m loving your blog!

  • Hi there. I read this article and honestly it has helped me to choose colors of clothing much more easily than before! I’m very similar to Myles and believe I am a BW. I have only one question though.. You wrote in the article that winters, especially BW’s, can pull off white easily. I live on the east coast and in the winter, I’m definitely on the paler side. Sometimes I feel like white can wash me out if I don’t have a tan. Is this true? Maybe it is simply the lighting as in certain lighting I think white looks good on me but in other lighting I think It almost washes me out. I have very similar feature as myles (very dark brown hair, and medium brown eyes). I would appreciate any feedback!

    • You want a white that has a touch of yellow in it. I wonder if the washout effect is coming from the lack of contrast (white face and white shirt) rather than the white being incorrect. Winters, even light ones, need elements of darkness to make light blocks effective. A person with dark skin, hair, and/or eyes can wear white or an icy light alone. Fair people do better when a dark or bright element is added, though the size of that block in not terribly important.

  • Wouldn’t winters, especially BW’s, want to wear a true or bright white shirt rather than one with a touch of yellow in it? Also, as far as contrast goes, would a white shirt with dark navy pants or dark jeans create that contrast?

  • Also, fair skin with very dark hair and brown eyes still creates a contrast with a pure white shirt right?

  • Also, Even if a winter is fair skin, wouldn’t the very dark hair plus dark eyes create enough of a contrast with a white shirt?

  • Chris, read some more about Bright Winter, it’s a neutral season between Winter and Spring – therefore there is a touch of yellow in the white, making the white a little softer (warmer) than blued True Winters one, the black of BW is also a little softer (warmer) because of Springs influence. Bright season usually need some contrast in clothing, don’t know why but I experience the same as a Bright Spring with pale face. PCA takes some time to understand and isn’t easy to self diagnose from what I know.

  • Right but in the piece above about myles being a BW, it just says he does wonderfully wearing white, and I’m assuming she means true or stark white, as that would follow the logic behind colors that BW wears well and also there is no mention in the above article about adding a touch of yellow in white clothing

    • Myles is great in pure white or white with enough yellow not to add heat, but to add a brilliance. It doesn’t read as yellowed. If you saw the white, it would just look pure white until you put it next to a cooler white. There’s degrees upon degrees, Chris. He’s good in shiny white too. The whites that don’t look best are blued-white or a white with any trace of dullness.
      Yes, dark hair and eyes can create enough contrast to wear white on its own. And yes, a white shirt and dark pants would create that contrast.

  • Chris, there is a lot of knowledge behind PCA, one article does not cover all by any means. You’ve assumed wrong cause you need to learn more or get PCA to see it with your own eyes. BW colours are not only bright (high chroma), they have it’s own hue and value, Bright Winter has a touch of warmth in all colours, including white. A touch of yellow is making the white less cool – there is no yellow or cream effect. For people familiar with PCA or science of colour it’s quite obvious cause it follows logic of each Seasons colour palette and there is no need to mention it each time. All seasons have it’s own white – but these whites are different, sometimes the difference is very, very subtle but makes a lot of difference in how your face looks. Pure, stark, little blued white belongs with True Winter cause it’s cooler season.

  • Chris, I couldn’t get excited about BW white at first either. Needed to get the makeup right and especially the fabric . Sheen/fine gauge/smooth, in a garment with some structure. The right white has now become a favorite and essential color. The downside is I’ll be searching and stockpiling it till the end of my days 🙂

  • What would be the best eyeliner for Myles’ eye color, charcoal or black brown? (Yes, I know he’s a man.)

  • I was recently draped as a BW by Gabi in the UK. I thought I had already read all your BW articles, but it occurred to me last night that if I could find information relating to BW men (I’m a woman), it might be useful as I am struggling with the BW colours. I prefer darker colours generally, and fairly minimalist clothing. A lot of this is really useful – thank you.

    • Men’s information is excellent. Styling is more limited and we can see colours more objectively, just like landscapes, interior design, anything that takes us outside ourselves. Rachel and I have begun a Men’s board at Pinterest

      as much for women as men.

      Either charcoal or cool-neutral black brown would be fine. I have no leaning or preference. If the eye were aqua or blue, I may move closer to gray but even then, it would depend on the hair colour and how close the person is to Bright Spring. Makeup is very individual.

  • Hi thanks for the advice above, and also for sharing that pinterest link of your board. Any way you could pin some more outfits for Bright Winter as I only see on pin for BW? Thanks!

  • also, i keep saying words like “classic”, “dramatic”, “natural” man, how do you determine which one you are? is there a link for something on this site that shows you what each are?

    • Will work on it, Chris. Look at You can also finds lots online if you search David Kibbe or body archetypes, or the words dramatic, romantic, gamine, natural and classic – but so much of this information pertains to women. It takes an expert in archetypes and clothing for men to type a man, I think. Rachel at Best Dressed is the one you want to ask but I am not sure if her analysis services extend to men at the moment. Getting a basic sense of the meaning of those words in fashion from the internet, and looking at Rachel’s Pin boards for the types, and then watching the Men’s and Women’s apparel boards on Pinterest to see how it plays out in clothing, are useful.

  • Thanks for the info and for adding more pins to the board!! I have one other question concerning BW and red.. Which one of these reds would look better on BW?

    (Click on color “Flame Heather”)

    (click on color “RL 2000 red”

    • Happy to do it, Charlie. Point out the the blanks and I’ll get them filled in.

      GOOD images! RL 2000 is closer to Bright Winter. I had to open the windows side by side to decide, red being Winter’s natural home. In this colour, see how light is coming out of it. It still reads as very red, so one of the Winters very likely IRL.
      In Flame Heather, which does look W though I always hesitate when the word Heather appears in a W colour, it goes towards darkness. RL2000 feels light, the other one (Dark or True Winter) heavy by comparison.
      A fun trick: when you switch the colours, watch the model’s face not the shirt. Of course it doesn’t change, but he looks more Spring-influenced than Autumn. Relax your eyes and take in the whole image. Looking at his face and being aware of the shirt colour in the overall visual field, which red just feels good under his head. Watch his skin, eyes, hair.

      Not sure if Liquid Blue, New Hyacinth, or Racing Red are on the agenda but I know some women who would follow you around. Because they want the shirt, I mean 🙂

  • thanks for all the help! the pinterest board is also very helpful.. it is interesting to see how you and others describe men and their features.. especially the “dramatic” ones.. I always wondered why I just felt and looked better when my hair was styled/sculpted, rather than just wearing it natural, and i guess it is because i have this “drama” you refer to….. atleast, i think thats right!

  • would you say the “green” color in this v-neck tshirt is a good color for a bright winter?

    • Not for BW, but amazing on True Summer, I would think. If a colour is heathered, it’s unlikely to fit into the Winters, esp if the textile is cotton, wool, or something that’s hard to saturate (as opposed to modern knits and nylons). I also don’t see the trace of sunshine I look for in BW. You’re looking for intense colour, sort of thing Nautica and Polo does.

  • in chlorophyll green color

  • Or diablo green

    • Yes! Good eye to pick up on the differences without going too overboard. Both look in the right ballpark.

  • Charlie- My husband and teenage son are both Bright Winters and it’s been a challenge helping them find BW colors in men’s clothing. My teenager has an easier time of it as he can just throw on those obnoxious neon green or yellow t-shirts from Walmart and look fantastic. My husband has had a harder time finding professional clothes in these colors and learning how to combine them.
    I’ve been meaning to break up my ridiculously huge BW Pinterest board and make separate ones, including one for BW men’s clothes, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I did up load a picture of my husband’s BW dress shirts, which you can find if you do a search for “men’s dress shirts bright winter” on Pinterest. The picture is a little washed out as my camera is low grade, but you can still get an idea of the range and intensity of BW in men’s wear.
    I would really suggest you buy yourself a color fan. True Colour International in Australia has a corporate version of the BW color fan that would make your shopping much easier. Every shirt in the picture of my husband’s dress shirts was matched to a True Color International BW color fan or the Invent Your Image BW color fan. My husband uses the BW color fans when he goes clothes shopping. He loves using it because he says that it makes getting the right color “a no brainer.”
    And I have to agree with Christine. A BW man wearing his best BW colors is compelling to look at. I don’t know if you’ll have women following you around, but you will draw a lot of attention if you have the courage to wear those colors with confidence.

  • OK, search feature wasn’t working great for Pinterest, so here’s the direct link for the Bright Winter men’s dress shirts:

  • Also, i am trying to find an appropriate tie in grey/silver, would this be a good fit for a BW?

  • Charles-I would really suggest purchasing a Bright Winter color fan. True Colour International has a corporate version of the bright winter palatte that is perfect for men. The blue shirt that you linked above seems way too low in saturation to be in the BW palette (it seems more Summer to me). The ties also seemed a little low saturation. I put together a bright winter men’s board on Pinterest if you want to scan through it. It will give you an idea of what kind of saturation you’re looking for. I have examples of blue button up shirts and silver/grey ties on their. Here’s a link to a pin from that board showing the saturation level of a blue men’s dress shirt that would work for bright winter coloring:

  • Charles- Correction, I thought you were looking at the the color “Newport Navy” which is way too low saturation. The “Hammond Blue” doesn’t quite seem to harmonize with either of my Bright Winter color fans, though I can’t quite figure out why. Maybe this color is a better fit in the Light Summer/Light Spring palette but it might still work fine for BW. For what it’s worth, I have the hardest time with the lighter colors on the BW fan, especially the light blues and aquas. It’s really hard to tell sometimes if a color is saturated or clear enough when it’s that light. Hopefully Christine will weigh in with some insight.

  • thank you for your input KH. I am still learning and I think I have a better grasp now on what dress shirts look good on me. Just another question though- in the article above, it talks about “icy violet” , would this shirt in the color “Wisteria purple” be considered icy and would it look good on BW? If not, what other colors listed for this shirt would be appropriate for BW?

  • Charles-yes, that shirt looks like an icy violet to me. My husband has a shirt this color and it is stunning when worn with grey slacks, black belt, and a silvery tie. If you’re ordering off of a website, though, be prepared to return it if the shirt looks dusty or greyed in real life. It’s tough to discern between icy lights and pastels in real life, so a digital screen may be leading us astray with just how “icy” this shirt really is. I would suggest reading the article “In Search of 12-Tones Icy Lights” on the True Colour International blog:
    I can’t link directly to the article, but if you scroll down and click on “Bright Winter” under the categories section on the right it should be the first article that pops up.

  • Charles- as for the other shirts that would work for bright winter, most of the blues and blue-green shirts would work (Bottle Blue, Bounty Blue, Ultramarine, Scuba, and Surf Spray). I’m unsure about the one called Mint Ice. It looks like an icy mint to me but I’m not sure if it’s Bright Winter’s or if it belongs to one of the other Winter palettes.

    • Christine Scaman

      Thank you, KH, for helping Charles with his Q! It’s hard for me to be here in a timely manner when someone wants an answer fairly soon.
      Charles, thanks for those tie bar links, that’s a brilliant site. The fact that you can try on shirts and jackets makes a world of difference (and probably in how many less returns they have to process). Of the 2 tie links, I didn’t see either as BW. The mini dots is quite warm with nothing really bold about it. I see where you were going with it though, just need to take it a little further. The tie need not be bold but it does have to able to balance bold colours since that’s what BW people are painted with. If you start putting jackets with it, the darker the jacket, the more the tie fades, weakens, and goes away. If this is a W tie, even BW, it will balance strong colour and fairly high darkness without becoming compromised. The same applies for the solid coloured tie, it’s pinkish blue, makes me think of Summer rainclouds. Put the blue and white gingham shirt with it, which might not be exactly BW but it’s not far off, and you can see that they make no sense together. Look for feelings of cold, hard, in your face, mafia, frosted, like that. Maybe these:

      which might not be BW but you’re looking at that level of presence and energy. Gotta balance a dark coal jacket and white or bright shirt.

  • Thanks for the help. I really like that second tie you linked, the silver with the light blue stripes. I think it is BW and would look good on me

  • Charlie, it harmonizes with my Bright Winter color fan, so my vote would be “yes.”

  • Thanks KH. As far as jewlery goes, like for a watch, since BW is a neutral season, gold or rose gold, and silver both work, correct?

  • Charles, agree with Christine about the metals needing to be very very shiny. Really, the shinier they are the better they work. We haven’t had much luck with rose gold, though. Don’t really know why, maybe the tone is too warm or something. Most of the gold that works really well is the really bright yellow-gold, as shiny as you can get it. Same goes for silver colored jewelry. The brighter it is the better it looks. Platinum looks especially good. The duller silver/stainless steel still works but it doesn’t look as good. Brushed metals don’t work as well, regardless of color or type of metal. So watches, rings, pocket watches & chains, tie bars, tie chains, collar bars, etc., don’t be afraid to go for the ones that reflect the most light. They will go the best with the BW color shirts that you wear.

  • Do you have any examples of a good brown tie for a BW?

    • Charlie-there is actually no brown in the Bright Winter palette. The only thing that comes close is a very very dark brownish black. It’s one of those colors that you hold up to the light and still can’t tell if it’s supposed to be black or brown-black.

      Your tie should be your show piece. A completely neutral tie on a BW feels very boring to look at. A tie is a man’s version of jewelry, so don’t be afraid to go a little flashy with it. If you’re wearing a really bright shirt and are afraid you’ll feel like a clown adding an equally bright tie, look for ties in a darker or lighter version of the shirt color you’re wearing (still looking for BW high saturation) but make sure it has one or two of the neutral colors in it as well to help tone it down a bit.

      So, bright colored ties that also have a BW neutral like black, stone, grey, silver, and in some instances a darker navy blue are examples of neutrals added to a brightly colored tie that can help you avoid having a bright stripe of color down the front of your chest, if bright on bright isn’t working for you.

      • Christine Scaman

        Thank you for your reply to Charlie’s Q, KH. I might add that there are many colours not in the standard palettes that certainly harmonize with the Season. The Winter oranges might be one example. Browns are another, esp in the Bright Seasons where the colour might be under-represented. IDK if you own any of the True Colour Intl. palettes, Charlie, but you might look into both the Classic and Corporate fans. We have several brown Luxury drapes at this point but we did find them a bit by accident. I couldn’t show you one in a photo, they will all look Autumn-like. Winter’s are more purple.

  • Thanks for all your help on clothes! I recently started looking at colors more closely when purchasing clothes, especially after stumbling upon this site! And it’s been nothing short of astounding! Who knew that colors could make such a difference, even on a guy! I’ve basically purchased a whole new wardrobe. Everything from suits and ties to tshirts and shorts. I’ve also received several compliments on my new attire! I even received a compliment the other day from a friend (female) when I wore this bright/mint green polo. She said it looked great and not many guys could have pulled off that color! It was something I never would have bought before finding this site! So thanks again for everything! And I’m sure I’ll be back to ask more questions as I think of them.

  • is it possible for a neutral color, like this sort of olive green/moss green cardigan , to be good on a BW?

  • ive also been trying to find a nice light-colored summer suit (possibly in grey), would this one be good for BW? I still cant quite tell the difference between a good light grey suit for BW and one that is for another season.

    • Christine Scaman

      You know, that could work really well, Charles. If it looks great with B&W, it can do well in Winter.

    • Certainly possible, Charles. Not a bad choice at all. No way by looking of telling it from the other Winters, but ur in the ballpark.

  • also, FYI, after reading this article, it has been a lot more difficult finding clothes! Haha, i now find myself analyzing the colors and I have found that there aren’t as many options as i’d like for BW. I guess its a difficult season to shop for!

  • Hi

    As a newly analyzed BW man, I am trying to understand the palette in real life.

    1. Flannels – do they work? Note they have the heather component? example:

    2. Plain Tweeds – do they work? example:

    3. Patterned tweeds – do they work?

    4. What color shirts would go well with navy, black and grey suits?

  • I have recently been analyzed as a BW. I like classic British men’s clothing. My question: are the flannels and tweeds that are part of classic menswear aligned with a BW color palette? I am led to believe that BW need stark, sharp, saturated and lustrous fabric. Is that correct?

    Some examples below.



    • I’d be happy to help, Jack, but the information I can share from photographs of near-grey fabrics photographed with nothing else to compare in the image will of little value to you. In general, tweed and flannel do not reach the colour purity to harmonize with BW colouring. In general, gray that reminds of shark, stainless steel, and charcoal will be better than pigeon-mauve-pink-gray or blue-gray. For the real answer on how to select fabrics now and forever more, go back to your colour analyst. If she was a member of our community, she will explain how to use the palette to select fabrics and find harmonies if the particular garment colour is not in the swatch book, and many will not be. If she did that already and you’ve practiced but find neutral colours difficult, welcome to our group. We all find this. Still, the solution is to re-visit the analyst and let her show you how it’s done. If your analysis result came from another PCA company, they may have their own methods for educating clients.

  • Hi Christine

    Thanks for your response. The PCA analyst who draped and determined I am a BW was very helpful, but…for men like me who have never trained their eye for color its a challenge harmonizing the corporate fan. One difficulty is finding highly saturated and crisp/bright natural fabrics – cotton, linen, wool. I think its easier in silk. In general it seems the BW choice is limited to synthetics or blends with nylon, polyester and spandex which unfortunately are not very breathable. Another challenge is that I seldom wear ties as in both my work and social environment the attire is generally more casual. I am redoing my wardrobe to be more dark blocks with light (white). Do you have suggestions for how to incorporate more interesting wool weaves like pin heads, birdseye, pick&pick that don’t have the clear, sharp, lustrous look? And, are there some characteristics of the fabric that could make flannel and tweed a viable option?


    • Since what we do is so visual, let me see if I can find some images for Pinterest. Not sure if you follow the Well Dressed Men board, but you can find it from the links in the lower L side column of this site. We can talk there to refine what you’re looking for. I get it about the nylon thing, but there is no problem finding you clothes. Learning what icy colour looks like for shirts is essential. As a Winter, once colour is cool and dark, you’re in the right area regardless of the textile. I’ll have to Google what all those weave types even look like 🙂

  • Wow, when Myles wore the bright royal blue drape his eyes shined like rare jewels. May he never wear soft, muted colors, lol.

  • ive been trying to find an icy purple shirt (like this one on your pinterest-
    but i cant seem to find one anywhere. Have any ideas?

    • I really don’t, Charlie, other than to keep looking. Surprising that you can’t find one though, doesn’t seem like it should be that hard. I assume you’ve looked at all the usual places. Might be that this colour will be more available when spring and summer draw nearer.

    • Certainly wouldn’t be bad, Charlie. Sometimes, cotton textiles and broken in looks don’t saturate high enough but this colour does have a lot going for it.

  • what do bright winters transition into as they age? i am asking because my dad also probably a bright winter like myself when he was younger but now his hair and eyebrows have greyed so not all of the typical BW colors suit him.

    • Hi Charlie, I know your question was meant for Christine but I don’t think one’s hair color is relevant in sci/art. I’ve never been draped but I know one’s hair is covered during a draping anyway. I think what an analyst is looking for is how the skin reacts to the drapes, anyway. With that said, I wonder how a sci/art analyst would cover eyebrows, particularly when it’s been dyed unlike your dad’s. For example, my sister has artificial red eyebrows and I’ve wondered how much that may affect an accurate analysis if she ever has a PCA. I would love to have Christine address this question.

    • Christine Scaman

      Most people don’t change, Charlie. Because they look different, they might use their colours differently, wear lighter neutrals, find new breathtaking colours,and various other strategies, but the palette stays the same. Nothing applies to everyone of course, and if a new PCA is needed, if only to answer these new questions, it is well worthwhile.

  • Hi again, Charlie, I just thought of something else. On a certain 12 blueprints analyst’s website, there is a picture of an older lady with White hair who looks relaxed and drop-dead gorgeous in the same bright winter blue sapphire drape that Myles is also photographed in. And like Myles, the drape does not overwhelm her. If this lady was analyzed in her youth, she probably would have been a bright winter then. If your dad can’t seem to wear bright winter colors well now, isn’t it likely that he couldn’t do so when he was 25? Has he ever been a bona fide bright winter to begin with? We won’t know that unless he is draped. Also, if gray hair potentially changed one’s seasonal palette in sci/art, isn’t it like saying our skin undertones… Our genetic imprint… Change as we get older?

  • after discovering this site and realizing how much of a difference the right colors make, it is insane that most people do not know the first thing about their “right” colors. Even celebrities who have their own stylists often come up short. Its crazy to think that just by reading this site, I can now dress myself better than many celebrity stylists could. Even in men’s magazines like GQ, there is hardly,if ever, a mention about color. You’ll have guys modeling clothes who are winters for example, and theyll be wearing beige and light brown and it just all looks horrible. You gotta wonder how much a site like this could open people’s eyes.

  • I think that people worry too much about what’s “in style” which then leads them to make huge mistakes in how they dress. Magazines like GQ illustrate this point perfectly. For example- they’ll show some faded, washed out green or brown shirt and say “This is the shirt every man needs to have”, and on probably 90%+ of guys, it would look absolutely terrible, and thats because theyre not wearing their colors….. I should be an editor for GQ!!

    • Charlie,
      I agree that everyone would look so much better if they knew the right colors for them. I think the aim of magazines that are selling the latest clothing, etc. is to get you to look at the item for sale, not focus on how great the model looks. If the color were a perfect match for the model, you would be looking at his face, not his shirt. They want the shirt to stand out, which is actually easier when it doesn’t harmonize with the person wearing it.

      You’ll see this all the time in lipstick ads where the model is wearing a very vibrant lipstick that she can’t balance. The model’s face fades into the background and the lipstick is all you see, which is exactly what the advertisers want. Never mind that the model would look so much better in something else.

      I think True Colour International had a blog post on this called “is disharmony ever good”, or something like that. Motive is everything and advertisers are much more interested in selling you their latest product, that they produced 5,000 of this year, than making you look your personal best. Sounds a bit cynical, I know, but that’s their bottom line.

  • I love this post so much, and I really enjoyed your comments, Charlie & KH.

    Charlie, I appreciate your male perspective on wearing the right colors. A certain color professional once said that because men don’t usually wear makeup or color their hair nearly as much as women do, they REALLY do wear their colors. For example, my father has this olive-y green scarf that looks terrible on him. I’ve warned him that if ever goes to work wearing it, his coworkers would think he is either febrile or heavily intoxicated. On the flip side, if a man I know is wearing a flattering color I usually let him know. My assumption is that men usually like this kind of feedback from women, even if it’s not coming from his significant other.

    KH, I shop for makeup all the time so I know what you are talking about. It is rare to see a woman who is wearing makeup which brings HER forward and in full focus, illuminating her skin and harmonizing with all of her features. Those vibrant lipsticks in real life look like they can only be fully balanced by someone of Bright Spring or Bright Winter coloring.

    I posted (and Christine replied) in another Winter blog about the recent “True Winter Trend” in Australia. For example, I’ve seen many women wearing black and white striped clothing. They do not seem to have a clue that for many of them, their clothes are actually wearing THEM. They can’t seem to harmonize with the pure black and snow white resembling the TW palette, much less its combination. I’ve also seen many makeup professionals in stores wearing dark, cool makeup that is actually wearing many of THEM. Even though they deal with makeup and skin all the time, I wonder if any of them realize that they themselves have gray shadows all over their faces, their facial lines are accentuated, and their eyes seem to be struggling to come forward.

    Then again, even if one can balance high-chroma colors and sharp contrast, I know there is always the issue of color compatibility. I can fully balance bright orange lipstick, but despite my love of orange I’ve had to admit that I develop jaundice whenever I wear it. Even though she doesn’t seem to care about color at all, I am a bit jealous (lol) of my mother who can wear the same color and look 10 years younger… as if she just had a face lift.

  • FFM- I have actually received many compliments on my clothing ever since reading this website, specifically thus BW post. I’ve never gotten an actual color analysis but in one of Christine’s post about BW coloring, she entitled it “when you can’t be anything else” (or something to that effect), and I definitely related to that. I was able to sermize that I am definitely a winter and then I was able to narrow it down from there- aka “when you can’t be anything else”. Also- another reason I know I am I certainly a BW is because of the compliments I have received when wearing BW clothing, as I alluded to earlier in my post. I’ve worn an emerald colored $10 old navy tee shirt and had a female friend look at me and go “that is definitely your color”. Likewise, I also own a relatively cheap sweater that is this bright purple color and have also received compliments on it, and how “it’s a great color on you/I love that color on you” . Conversely, I also own expensive/names brand tees that aren’t for a BW, and I always used to think they looked great on me (namely because they were expensive/designer). However, I rarely received compilments, and the few times I did- it was more related to the shirt itself (i.e. That’s a nice shirt), rather than how good the shirt made ME look. Again, this site has been both helpful and fascinating- pretty crazy how much of an effect a certain color can have.

  • Also, FFM- i think it is very helpful (and welcomed) when females give feedback on men’s clothing. When I started caring more about what I wore (around the time I started college), I immediately went to what was trendy/in-style and designer. I just assumed it was what was cool and what made me look good. However, I noticed that there were a couple of shirts that I generally, and consistently, received compliments on. And it usually had to do with the color of it. Then, I started paying more attention to this and ended up doing some research about it on google- and that is where I stumbled upon this website! Lastly, correct me if I’m wrong but I feel as if people who are BW are helped the MOST by wearing their colors. What i mean by this is that when other seasons don’t wear their colors, they may not look good, but at the same time, they dont look as BAD as a BW does when they are not wearing their color palette. Its almost as if BW get boosted the most from wearing their colors but at the same time, they also look worse than most when not wearing their colors (maybe because their color scheme is so extreme and bright that any other colors just don’t do the season justice?)

  • any suggestions for good sunglasses for BW?

  • I feel like BW men are very uncommon. I see BW women fairly often but I couldn’t name you another man I know who is BW, friend family celebrity or otherwise (except for myles, of course)

    • I type people pretty evenly among the Neutral Seasons, and quite a few True Summers and True Winters. Soft Autumn is fairly rare, and Light Spring least common. I don’t find BW men less numerous than women. You probably do know some BW men but you’re thinking they are something else. Until you see the colour reactions in real time, you have no idea what could happen. It’s pretty amazing. Celebrities…probably a few. Wouldn’t surprise me about Elvis Presley, Robt Downey Jr, probably many others.

  • is this a good example of icy violet? it says the color is “ice purple” but im not sure if its correct or not. What do u think?|BS|BA&slotId=20

  • Could u add some examples of good bright winter white on your board? Like men’s tees or dress shirts? Is regular icy white fine for BW? I generally where that and I feel like it looks good but I can’t seem to find a shirt that has that touch of yellow in it like you say a BW white would have.

  • jon hamm is definitely a great example of a bright winter male

    • Looks pretty good, Charlie, and still looks nice and white on the man who is likely some sort of Winter.

    • The site is losing me in sales and popups and thumbnails. Let me see if I can find BW icy yellow for the Pin boards.

  • Did you delete the Well Dressed Men board? I tried looking for it but it says board not found! It was a big help!

  • hi christine- i havent been able to find the well dressed men board on your pinterest in a while? also, another question- since BW is considered a neutral season, does that also mean that BW’s have neutral undertones? (as opposed to warm and cool)

    • I moved all the pins into their Season boards, Charlie, including men, cosmetics, hair, and so on. Much easier for people to find what pertains to them and seeing the Season in other formats and applications may be helpful. I’d say that Neutral Seasons have neutral undertones. The reason for the hesitation is because of my own uncertainty as to what undertone actually means – which colour(s) and where are they located? I’m overthinking it though, and it probably refers to an average colour temperature through all the colours, together or separate.

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