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26 Nov

Soft Summer vs Deep Winter: Differences, Similarities & Controversies

Are you wondering what the differences and similarities between Soft Summer vs Deep Winter are?

This article has all the answers!

In my practice, I have discovered that even when people get to know their seasonal color type, they still struggle to understand how to choose clothes.

Many people who have already got typed by some other “professionals” (or sometimes even quite a few) still find it difficult to understand what goes where and what to do once they are in a physical shop.

Someone told them that Magenta is their top-notch color, and they go in search of it, let’s say to Zara, and figure out that either this color is not there, or there might be too many shades of it, so they are clueless about which to pick.

I have encountered a client who has been typed five types by five different “professionals”, giving them five different seasonal types.

Well, that’s a dilemma!

So The Seasonal Color Typing Doesn’t Work At All?

It does; there is so much more to color than what you have been introduced to. Twelve seasonal color types are a very strict “box” which you are trying to squeeze yourself into.

Therefore, TikTok color typing filters and apps don’t work well. Not even to mention that you might be taking these tests with the wrong shading, lighting, makeup, etc.

But that’s not the point, the point is that each and every color can be appropriated to any appearance with its nuances.

Soft Summer vs Deep Winter
Soft Summer vs Deep Winter

For example, you might be a Soft Summer but still thrive in Spring colors and still wear your favorite black dress with a color-blocking scarf or jewelry. It doesn’t require you to change the whole wardrobe if you are not the type you thought you were.

Any color can be worked around and can be appropriated to literally any appearance.

Soft Summer vs Deep Winter

And for that reason, we cannot have only twelve strict seasonal palettes because between each season, and there is still a type that would be in-between, especially those who are in transition.

I have already discussed in the video that Kate Middleton is not a Soft Summer, and Margot Robbie is not a Light Summer.

I would encourage you to review these articles to understand the difference and meanings of an In Transition type.

And for today’s discussion of the Soft Summer type, I will discuss Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian as Deep Winter type.

Soft Summer vs Deep Winter

Soft Summer Color Type Appearance

The summer color type is one of the most common and most diverse appearance color types, and it all depends on the nuances of your appearance. 

Carefully read the description of each subtype, where every detail matters. Depending on the selected subtype, your image will be light or dark, bright or muted.

In our experience, people of the summer color type are often unhappy with their hair color, and it seems to them too faded or ashy-toned. 

Women tend to dye the natural shade brighter and therefore decide on highlighting or other experiments with color.

Your hair may be light blond or brown, depending on the subtype.

I wouldn’t recommend drastically changing your natural shade. Otherwise, choosing clothes for your color type will become even more difficult. 

You better try non-contrast highlighting. The halftones will add volume to your hair.

The summer color type most often has blue, grey or grey-blue-green eyes. 

Sometimes their color is difficult to determine accurately because it changes depending on the shade of clothing and lighting. And it reflects colors from the surroundings and clothes as well.

If you have noticed that an emerald blouse makes your eyes greener and a grey blouse changes color to grey-blue at the moment, you might belong to the summer color type (but not necessarily).

The skin of the summer color type is not as sensitive as that of the Spring, and your skin is easily tanned. 

However, its color does not change dramatically, as is the case with the winter type; the color of your skin normally remains even.

Deep Winter Color Type

Deep Winter is the softest winter color type, which is also called dark Winter. It is more difficult to define it independently than the other subtypes, and choosing the right wardrobe for your color type is even more difficult.

External Features Of Deep Winter Color Type

Eyes: dark brown, black-brown, dark hazel
Hair: dark brown, almost black, salt and pepper
Skin: olive, tans heavily, may be freckled

Differences And Similarities Between Soft Summer & Deep Winter

Obviously, I have chosen two cold color seasonal types. So their common undertone will be cold and soft Summer will be the darkest type from the Summer color chart, and Deep Winter will be the darkest from the Winter chart.

Those are colors from each color palette broken down into each specific conglomerations they consist of. In a nutshell, a Deep Winter is the neighbor of Dark Autumn and will be somewhat interlinked with shades with brownish shades.

As you see, we have added red + black + brown. At the same time, Soft Summer isn’t influenced as much and needs to be diluted with white to create the perfect pastel. So we added yellow + black + white.

The contrast between those two seasons will be slightly different. A soft Summer will have a low to medium contrast potency, and a Winter will have a high.

But there is also something you didn’t know about the contrast.

A cold undertone indeed has a high potential to appropriate higher contrasts, even if it’s not high by default. So it means that it’s easier for Summer to use highly contrasting colors than for Autumn.

Since Winter is high contrast by default, it also means that the contrast can fluctuate backward as well from high to low.

What’s the key here? It’s in their natural contrast. So if your appearance is highly contrasting, that means it will still be amazing on the background of soft, muted shades since your natural asset will be even more emphasized.

For Summer types, it is not the same since their appearance is somewhat muted, by adding a harsh contrast will “eat them” up.

But what they can do is appropriate something from the “in transition” type and select warm and cold colors in one outfit.

And will see these examples on Kim Kardashian and S.J.Parker.

Soft Summer Clothes & Colors

There are many elegant, delicate combinations in the wardrobe of the summer color type. This type, like no other, goes with monochrome images. 

Also, combinations of similar shades look amazingly beautiful on it. 

For example, a grey-blue dress with a light grey shade. Or a soft cashmere sweater in the color of a dusty rose combined with a grey pleated skirt.

Choosing the right print is very important. I recommend working with a classic, graphic or floral print for the summer color type. 

Such moderately geometric ornaments will make the image brighter and sportier. It is important to remember that the print you choose should be done in the pastels of your color palette, not bright colors.

Compared to the cool summer color type, the soft summer subtype definitely need to learn how to combine warm and cold colors – this is almost the basis of their style. 

For example, blue with emerald or grey with berry will be successful combinations for your color type. 

Such interesting combinations can be created in a business wardrobe by choosing an emerald blouse for a blue trouser suit. So in a casual wardrobe, combine dark grey jeans with a soft berry-colored pullover.

Your basic wardrobe should include the following colors:

  • rich, royal and deep blue;
  • light and dark grey, taupe;
  • raspberry, scarlet and tomato red;
  • blue-green and emerald;
  • light and dark olive.

Make a plan to transition from black to lighter looks gradually. You need to audit your wardrobe if you have a lot of dark clothes. 

The Soft Summer color type is the warmest of all summer color types. The complexity of the images of this subtype is that they need to combine warm and cold shades correctly

To do this, you first need to understand in detail your color type. 

Soft Summer Color Type Basic Colors

Your wardrobe cannot be black and white; it must have colorful things. However, you do not need to get rid of black completely, and you can easily integrate this color into your wardrobe.

For example, black may be present in shoes and leather items. Combine them with other colors of your palette: berry and blue.

Basic colors of your wardrobe:

  • Milk chocolate;
  • Night blue;
  • Blue-green;
  • Taupe, dusty rose, pink.

Pink and especially muted, diluted, pastel-shaded pink is one of the best colors in S.J.Perker’s wardrobe.

Here you can see a clear difference when we are talking about the contrasts.

A Soft Summer has a low contrast by default, so you often might encounter a problem with highly contrasting colors like hot pink or red, etc., especially when the outfit has no appropriate color block or a reflector, and it’s from head to toe.

The bright color completely “eats” the actress up, and as she ages and the grey pigmentation takes over more and more, it will be more difficult to incorporate such bright outfits with time.

We would probably leave this discussion away if she had at least a medium contrast by default. But in the case of low contrasted appearance, everything blanks out.

What to avoid? Warm yellow, rusty and mustard shades and too bright neon shades: will take you into the autumn color type and take away the freshness and softness from the image. 

It is important for you to work with colors that are between warm and cold – blue-green, peach, and taupe.

What do we see with this mustard yellow shade? It doesn’t really do anything for her, and nothing stands out, and at the same time, it also doesn’t make her look better or enhanced.

And on the contrary, the pastel yellow, which is from the Soft Summer palette, fits her like a glove.

Even her smile and eyes got brighter because that color compliments her so well. While a bright yellow-green color really requires at least tanned skin.

The same goes for the blue color. We see a transition from a light baby blue shade to bright purple, a no-no combination.

Again, I would leave this latter color to a winter type, not someone with low contrast.

Here in the first example, we can spot the incorporation of even a Spring blue which is still allowed in this case.

However, a greyish tone is incorporated in all her other outfits that really compliment her calm appearance.

All pastels matched with teal blue outfits reflect the best features of her face.

Whenever you don’t know when to use a bright or saturated color, use it as an accessory, not a basic piece of the wardrobe.

Here you can clearly see the difference between light soft, pastel colors and all-black outfits.

The latter one really drags her whole appearance down. Why not opt for a navy blue?

Scarlet red is often advised for Soft Summer, but most people don’t understand why since it’s not Winter type. As if only pastel colors are “prescribed” to them.

However, the red color rises to the higher temperatures of coldness, and being on the brighter side complements their somewhat neutral skin. That happens a lot with “in transition” people.

The same goes for Spring green colors, as this type will also share some Spring palettes.

Here we see how the actress used a hot pink color that doesn’t really work with her. However, it’s not that it needs to be completely ignored, and she used it as smaller accents in her outfit.

That also applies to all the colors that match or don’t match your main palette. She chose a main grey color for the look and kept bright colors as matching points only.

Her grey and pastel-colored outfits match her perfectly well; she hypothetically could use even brighter makeup without any need to complement it with accessories.

Deep Winter Colors Of The Basics

Every wardrobe is based on basic clothing. The harmony of your image as a whole will depend on how dark the Winter picks it up correctly. 

The base also determines whether you are comfortable in your clothes and how you will combine the wardrobe elements with each other.

The main colors of the basic wardrobe:

  • olive
  • beige
  • asphalt black

What colors should a dark winter avoid:

Normally stylists advise being careful with pastel and light combinations in clothes. They might not harmonize well with your contrasting appearance and strong character. However, as we see in this example, Summer pastel shades are one of the basic and staple colors in the wardrobe.

Why does that happen? Because the natural contrast given by default creates an even bigger contrast on the background of pale color. It’s like putting black letters on the background of white paper.

It would be best if you hypothetically avoided too-warm shades, such as orange and sunny yellow. 

Both of these colors provide a very good platform for the contrast to take advantage over.

For a party, we advise you to try bold looks – they perfectly suit your contrasting appearance. This will help you get out of your comfort zone. For example, combine a red color with leather. 

Once again, you can see how well the pastel color and the hot bright pink work well with her appearance. Both are just perfect for the contrast to be revealed on.

We can definitely see why we need to think outside the “box” of the twelve seasonal color palettes and choose a more directional method. And this is why any app or an online filter will never be able to identify the very important nuances of your appearance.

Iryna Fedorchak

Throwing my fashion & color philosophy like confetti ;)