Turquoise For 12 Seasons

Turquoise is an IT color this year.

Q: If there’s a shade than flatters both Reese and Julia’s skin tone perfectly, what is it?

A: Trick Q. There isn’t one.

Better to find the precise shade(s) that looks riveting on you. Have an accurate 12 Season Personal Colour Analysis, and you will know for sure, forever after.

The colors shown are by no means the only turquoise option you have, whatever your Season (except True Winter). Since this is a blue and yellow based colour, Seasons intimate with those colours, the Summers and Springs respectively, have more choices among their Color Analysis swatches.
Turquoise is warm and cool at once, so every Season has at least one choice.

True Springâ colours are juicy and intensely happy. They are ripe and dripping with pigment.
Bright Spring is clean, crisp, and pure. They are found in compositions that are the same, like this dress. These persons are deceptively Wintery in their appearance, and they wear clothes that are not-quite-Winter. The overall effect is light, not dark.

Light Spring is a Carribean shoreline on a sunny day.
True Summer is gauzy sheer, but not particularly light. Refreshing but gentle, like Blue Fescue grass.
Light Summer is ranges from icing to sherbet colours.
Soft Summer is grayed. Adding Autumn gold to Summer blue mixes complementary colours. The result is gray, like sage.
True Autumn turquoise is greener.
Dark Autumn turquoises are dark enough to be teal. Indeed, teal is the Autumn version of this colour.
Soft Autumn turquoise is how colour appears in the desert.

True Winter has less choice because of its absolute coolness.
Dark Winter is bluer and sharper than Dark Autumn.
Bright Winter is electric acid turquoise. Fascinating that it only looks that way when worn by another type of colouring. On a Bright Winter, it looks like turquoise.



20 thoughts on “Turquoise For 12 Seasons”

  1. This is really useful. It really helps to see a comparison of all the seaons side by side. Thanks for this.

  2. Well, I guess I’ve been wearing true autumn and light spring AND light summer’s colors, and looking good in all of ’em!!!

  3. Why is Bright Winter’s turquoise warmer than the Bright Spring’s one and the True Winter’s one is the warmest, almost green? I don’t get it.

    You wrote that Bright Springs are “deceptively wintery” and “Bright Springs can make color analysts nervous because of their superficial resemblance to Autumns”. How do they look, anyway? I suspect a bit of Spring yellowishness in my natural colours.

    (I wouldn’t be very happy about being a Spring, but nevermind…)

  4. Thank you for this in-depth description. Learning color by comparison is truly fascinating. Most of these colors I wouldn’t have defined as turquoise and there are some authentic surprises here, like the true winter emerald turquoise looking very warm from what I see in my monitor (even warmer than bright winter turquoise), or the navy turquoise in the dark winter palette (a beautiful color, I remember seeing a photo of you Christine wearing that color in a top or dress and looking stunning).

  5. A thought regarding True Winter:
    If, according to Munsell, blue becomes darker as it becomes more saturated, but yellow becomes lighter, then add dark and light and it begins to be greyed/softened, hence True Summer having a number of variations.

    That seems flawed, though, so I’m not sure. Why doesn’t this then happen with the Brights? I’ll have to think about this further.

  6. Re: bright winter vs bright spring

    I too am interested in knowing more about the affinity betweene the two seasons and how to see the differences in them. I found some palettes online (not Sci/art) and noticed that one of the differences is that while bright spring has olive and stone, bright winter has pine and pure white instead. This makes things very clear to me, if the difference is one of these I have no lingering doubts that I might be a bright winter afterall, but I wonder, is this really so even in the Sci/art swatches?

  7. Turquoise is one of the hardest colors to get “right.” (Good reason to carry a swatchbook .) Actually, most of the things I’m seeing in the stores now — even as summer approaches — is a lot of muted, warm turquoise. (Not so good for winters and springs.) I love the idea of a bright color paired with black, or black in the pattern.

  8. Isolating one color from the swatch collection of 60 opens a can of worms. Nobody could identify their Season from the palette above. If you could see the swatches laid out, you’d appreciate far greater differences and trends than the monitor can show.

    Bright Spring can look very unusual, or very usual till you notice the deceptively colored eyes. I can’t even think of a celebrity, based solely on looks. Seeing one would not help you understand the group.

    Ellen, I get what you mean. There’s something we need to elucidate here but I can’t quite formulate where I’m stuck.

    Lucretia, the colors you mention, they’re too broad of a category. Pine green and olive could be put in several, depending on the shade. Bright Winter can balance shiny pure intense sapphire. It will look aggressive and dark on Bright Spring, who looks spectacular in clear light turquoise.

    The Bright Winter and Spring swatches as they appear above, probably interchangeable.

  9. Wow, there are so many shades of turquoise, some of them are really far from the idea of turquoise I’ve always had in my mind :) Regarding the True Winter one, I would have expected it to be the same hue as the True Summer one, just darker and brighter. I don’t know about you, but the True Winter shade of the picture seems almost warm to me…it’s interesting, considering that it’s a true (cool) season, not a blend :) maybe it’s just me, but I really can’t help seeing it as “almost warm”. Anyway I’m more and more convinced that I’m a True Summer. It seems I can wear both True Summer’s and Light Summer’s turquoise, as long as the latter it’s not too icy, while the Soft Summer one makes my face grey and tired looking :(

  10. I am looking at the shade for dark autumn and I have an outfit in that exact color. My mother picked it out for me, and I was making noises about the color being too outrageous for me, I didn’t have anything in turquoise in the closet at the time.. but when I tried it that shade made my skin look amazing.

  11. Chiara,

    Partly monitor differences, partly needing to see (and wear) the color alongside the rest of the palette.


    Dark Autumn can definitely do a version of outrageous, but there are many noisemakers among the Season who have trouble realizing they look amazing when they’re not trying to look invisible. : )

  12. Looking at these swatches make me smile. Years ago, when I was being draped with colors, my consultant draped me with a beautiful shade of Winter Torq. I immediately yanked the drape off. My color consultant was surprised and asked me why I did that. I really had no answer for my actions! So she told me she was going to put it back around me, and that I should take a moment to just look at the way it looked on me. I told her I really like Torq. but just not “ON” me, At that time I felt it was one of the flashiest of all my colors, and I was uncomfortable being flashy (even though most of winter’s colors could be considered Bold or Flashy) She advised me to get an inexpensive t-shirt in Torq. to get used to the color. It worked! I am now a “FAN” of Torq. LOL!

  13. Especially having pondered the comments about True Winter’s turquoise being very green, I wonder if part of the reason there is only one might be that they don’t really have any “blended” colors (warm+cool), but that this is one of Winter’s GREENS – which has to be very blue.

    (I also wonder if Winter would have more than one turquoise had there been more than 60 “slots” for colors.)

  14. I think you’re exactly right, Rachel. Turquoise, like peach, is inherently warm and cool (yellow and blue). So only a cool yellow can be used to make TW’s, limiting the scope. Also agree that the colour could be developed.

  15. Very interesting to see this… I’ve been browsing through this site and a few others (mostly yours, your posts tend to address the nuance of the seasons which I really like) trying to decide what season I might be. I’m pretty sure it’s a soft season, and looking at the soft summer I recognize that shade of turquoise in a cardigan I have. I was wearing it the other day and felt that the color really “fit” me, which is one of the reasons I’m leaning heavily towards thinking I’m a soft summer. Interestingly, the color doesn’t look so muted on me – it’s a good example of how the right colors don’t seem “pale” or “muted” or “bright” or whatever COMPARED to the person wearing them, rather than compared to each other or to a different person.

  16. we want PINK for all season please!!!! I’am a romantic dark winter and i love all pink shade.

  17. I might try to find that on Pinterest. If I photograph my fabrics, any of the many turquoises for BW, I promise you won’t see it as it really looks. I’ll see what I can find.

  18. Shades can be varied by mixung a similar shade on your palatte.chinese and hot tuquoise,i like the addition of emeeald tuqoise to true winter also plums and raspberries.i thought to increase my pallette i went to brighter autumns but im not a deep winter but with light tan skin and taupe brown hair that used to be black perhaps a less contrast wintter to black hair ivory.ppl say oh you must be deep winter but no its true winter and i look best in deepest winter colours with true.there is a true orange but they delete that from winter pallette..im trying to see which colors to add to it.the original pallette was perfect and she said you could wear orange if darker.midnight blue and midnight purple suit true winter,which found in deep but marigold and lime just dont make it for me and pastels have to be icy.sometimes i find heather colous that cintain only the pallette.discoverd bamboo (taupe with icy yellow )and teak taupe with true orange.more necessary neutrals to add to winter pallette.its easy to become enamoured with autumn colour with deep colouring until you realize you look like sh..in pimpkin and brown brown and gold.oh add that puce coliur..no other can wear it except true winter and deep vrilliant plum.how about adding grey to true blue..haven done si yet..are there intense neutrals to stop me from buying all black.love blac onyx but jee all day,variety.i think ee can wear every colour in our spectrum including orange.i must be a deep true winter because deep is too gold for some.

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