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Pantone Greenery for the 3 Winters

Pantone Greenery for the 3 Winters

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Continuing with our series showing Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017 for the 12 Seasons.

Previous posts are here for the 3 Autumns, and here for the 3 Summers.

The three panels below show Greenery in the swatch card in the lower right corner, in the third row-far right sample, along with other colours for 2017. The colour appears to be bright and warm, with some Spring influence. How will a person coloured with Winter pigments use it?

Every item shown might not fit into the Season exactly. I hope it doesn’t, actually, because that might feed a beastie that thinks everything has to be perfect to work. It totally doesn’t. Colour is for everybody and everybody can do this. What I want for you is to learn how to use fashion retail to your advantage with Every. Single. Purchase. Your colour analyst can show you tips and techniques to help make that much easier.

A personal colour analysis (PCA) palette is like a source of renewable energy. Whatever the fashion climate or era, you pull it out of your purse or pocket and it goes to work for your wardrobe. Although every swatch is the same size in a palette, it doesn’t have to be that way in your closet. In your colour territory, wear as much or as little of any colour as you like.

True Winter

In some ways, True Winter is a very yellow Season, but just because it’s yellow doesn’t mean it’s warm. All human colouring contains yellow. The important question is, which yellow?

True Winter’s is very cool and very saturated, so you can see it in many colours and neutrals. Summer yellow is softer and doesn’t register as much. As all non-native yellows can, True Winter yellow can make people with other colouring look yellow in an unhealthy way. Only True Winter looks entirely normal and present, neither over- nor under-defined, not overheated or jaundiced or sallow, just sitting there wondering what everyone is staring at and how they could possibly make use of this colour.

In the panels, you may see a strong yellow in some items and I’ve included various darkness levels to give you a better idea of how it might look. On your screen, it could look different and hopefully the comparisons give you a general idea.

Greenery out of the box contains someone else’s yellow. True Winter will be more magnificent in emerald, if they migrate over to the image of the bamboo stalks for their colours.

Blue-green has overlaps with True Summer. The handbag under and to the left of the word True could be great for them, in part because the yellow is less obvious (on my screen) than in the earrings below it.

Pantone true winter colours


Dark Winter

This Season has a jungle green that we looked at in this post, about Green and Purple for Dark Winter.

The bracelet at the lower left is more jade and could be part of an Autumn wardrobe; the one at the middle right is glassier and appears in the Bright Winter panel. For a Dark Winter woman wearing either one, I’d think, “Great!”

They share more than they differ, are small in area, and  are not right next to her face (colour proximity raises the effect of colour interactions (aka, simultaneous contrast)). Both pieces could participate in ensembles, and better if she removed or replaced the light gold medallion on the jade bracelet with something deeper and shinier.

I’m a big believer in everyone in a Season wearing the entire palette, though how much they wear of each colour and where they use it can have as many interpretations as there are people in the Season. Some have cool-looking skin and warm-looking eyes. Some (like me, depending on who you ask) are the opposite. Whether that is due to undertone or it just is, I don’t know. They all react to colour in the same way.

Cosmetics are applied right on the face, in immediate contact and the closest proximity with natural pigments, so they have to be individualized a bit more. They also interact with skin chemistry. Once you know your Season, this part is easy. You know what not to bother with. You try a few colours with your colour analyst and narrow down to a good place.

The drop earrings and one-shoulder top above it will appear in the post for Springs, which will complete this series. If we asked ourselves about the earrings, “Are they based in yellow or gold?”, they may look more yellow, though somehow they don’t seem candy enough for Spring and have enough of a deep opacity to do interesting things next to yellow green in eyes, which Dark Winters often have.

The top might be also be based in yellow. You might see gold. It’s a little candy and a little jungle. I might see the top better with Dark Winter lipstick, you might love it with Bright Spring neutrals. There are many ways of being right, and when it comes to personal taste, they all count. The other colours in the outfit will find all that they have in common and make sense of them.

Pantone dark winter colours


Bright Winter

With the Bright Seasons, Greenery is becoming recognizable in its native state. The warm and cool greens in the curled leaf image look about right.

As ever with Winter yellow, it has a sharp quality that makes it hard to call it warm. There is nothing cozy or buttery about it, though in Bright Winter, it is getting slightly sweeter. In the items below, the type of yellow looks more clear and daffodil (Spring, for Bright Winter whose colouring is blend of Winter and Spring) than velvety and gold (an Autumn ingredient, for Dark Winter above, who is coloured with a lot of Winter and a little Autumn).

Neon is neon on everybody. Humans are not made of these kinds of pigments, but the Brights can balance them so that the person and their clothing still appear united. The colour might be used more for accents and accessories than coats and pants. Bright Winter emerald is beautiful on this colouring so I included a few items down the left side. The multi strand bracelet near the centre has both yellow-green and emerald. I love warm and cool colours together on colouring that has influence from both. The person looks intuitive or tuned-in to themselves in a very cool way.

Pantone colours for bright winter  

The green, blue, and white tunic is interesting. It might be Dark Winter but I didn’t care for it with the lipsticks. It might be Bright Spring but those colours faded a bit, though they could certainly use it since the white areas are small. I’ll add it to the Bright Spring panel and we can see what happens.

And it might be Bright Winter; I like it with the white pants.  I always wonder how many of these they sell and to whom. More items might have moved more out the door if the white and periwinkle had been the largest areas, but high five for getting out the box and looking great. PCA is all about that and looking like the original work of art that you are.


5 Thoughts on Pantone Greenery for the 3 Winters

  • "; ?> Laura

    As you know, spring green is one of my favourite colours so I’ve been reading these posts with a great deal of interest. Can’t wait to see the Spring version to compare with this one. Thanks so much for all you do for us.

  • "; ?> Mary Archer

    I like your use of words, Christine. “Glassy” for Bright Winter is quite nice. “Velvety” for Dark Winter is gorgeous, but I admit I have a hard time seeing myself in its mysterious air (I’m DIY thinking DW).

    I also wonder about anything winter being based in gold. I meant like, you know how there’s a gold and silver test in the DIY community? You get some jewelry, test yourself. If it comes out silver, a cooler season wins. Like that. I put much stock in the test, I think, and now am trying to understand about DW gold. Do you wear gold jewelry Christine? How do you describe it? Comparing DW gold to Dark Autumn gold, DW gold is more yellow, no? But less yellow than a Spring contender.

    I like how you mention lipstick as well. Have you always thought about pairing clothing color and lipstick as a way of conceptualizing season, or is this something that has come about recently? How do you use the lipstick? Do you imagine how it would look, or do you hold up a tube? As a DIYer, I’ve gone down the lipstick draping hole. It would be nice to get some more use out of them.

    It’s really nice to see these yellow green colors covered extensively. They have been of particular fascination to me. I like the way you describe DW green colors as “jungle.” Over the years I’ve been fascinated with your multi-faceted, multi-sensory approach to the analysis and taking in of color. Have you noticed any particular association of the color greenery for the twelve seasons with food items, food or drink branding, or fragrant plant items? I remember once an association of Bright Spring with 7Up. Does that still hold?

    Looking forward to future posts, as always.

    • "; ?> Christine Scaman

      I do wear gold, Mary, often. I don’t worry a lot about the colour so long as it’s not extreme in being dark, green-toned, orange, or too brushed in texture. DA gold might be any of those relative to DW. Picturing lipsticks is entirely imaginary and therefore could easily be wrong if tried in real life. There are plenty of people whose colouring is fantastic in a Season when you didn’t expect it to be. Like any mind game, I recognize its limitations when played out in the real world, and like all conceptualized design, respect that no conclusive call can be made without trying it out. Interesting Q about associations with greenery because none come to mind. If I saw the particular colour in fabric or a person, something might drift in, which is probably true of many colours that are only viewed on screens, and more so when the colours is essentially a wall or solid curtain rather than participating in a landscape or creating some sort of energetic voice. Like colours in cartoon characters, they don’t really come to life. When they are in front of you, in your hands or your eyes, they seem to take on more meaning and it is easier to look inwards and find associations.

  • "; ?> Mary Archer

    Thank you for describing DW gold in the way you did, Christine. I like the contrast. It’s really cool when you can give a name to a nuance of color, like the heightened “green” tone which can be present in DA gold. I can imagine that.

    Is there an article where you discuss imagining lipstick a little more? I think it is an excellent exercise, and I’m feeling my mind getting some aerobic training as I try it now. I like to think about the unexpected cases you encounter. I can imagine much insight is gained, and progress made. It would be nice to hear of your discoveries!

    It’s interesting to hear about fabric (and other tactile items) bringing context and “energetic voice,” the kind needed to evoke association and response. There’s something to think about in that. On another note, I often find insight in your use of fabric to give a sense of season. I’m thinking about how I might have heard about semi-sheer fabric and Summer, or as here, velvet (or “velvety”) and Dark Winter. I’m thinking about how I might’ve read Summer skin has a translucent qualify, and winter skin can appear opaque. And “glassy,” while not a fabric, exactly, works for Bright Winter on some level I don’t quite comprehend. The clarity? The sense of sunlight and shine? Would you say BW skin has transparency, and DW has more opacity, linking to the ideas of the “heavy,” “somber” or quality of brown-black?

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