Toned Winter Color Palette and Wardrobe Outfit Ideas | 16 Seasonal Color Types

Toned / Soft Winter Color Type

Hey there, color lovers! Remember my last post about 16 types of color analysis? Well, it got so much love that I couldn't resist sharing more about each color type with you! So, today, I'm super excited to introduce you to a color season that you may not have heard of before - the toned/soft winter color season. This color season wasn't there until the 4x4 color system, which means many of you may have been mistyped as Dark Autumn or Summer (yikes, that could cost a pretty penny!).


But don't worry, I've got your back! In this blog post, I'm going to dive deep into this color season and explain everything you need to know about it. So, let's have some fun and explore the world of colors together!

Soft Winter Moodboard

The soft winter color type is a vision of wintry elegance, a delicate balance between cool and warm tones that create a subtle yet stunning look. Imagine the icy blues of a frozen lake, blended with the muted mauves of a winter sunset, all wrapped up in the softest greys and dusty pinks. This color type is like a whisper of snow falling, light and airy yet still striking in its beauty.  Soft winter types look best in cool, muted shades, such as slate grey, dusty rose, dark lavender, and maroon.

For those with a soft winter color type, it's important to avoid the Dark Winter color palette and the bright colors of True Winter. Instead, opt for shades that are a bit more subdued with a grey overcast. These muted tones will complement the soft winter type's complexion and create a more harmonious look.

To better understand the impact of color on the soft winter color type, take a look at different photos of Brooke Shields, who is a perfect example of this color type. When she wears muted colors that are closer to her natural skin tone, her softness and delicate features shine through. In contrast, dark and bright colors can be overpowering and mask her natural beauty.


For example, in this photo you can see how a combination of muted grey and dark magenta makes her skin glow, highlighting her soft winter color type. This is a great example of how choosing the right colors can enhance your natural features.

Outfit Color Schemes for Soft Winter

When building a wardrobe for the soft/toned winter color type, it's crucial to choose muted colors for clothing items that will be worn near the face. Bright or dark colors can be used for bottoms, but maintaining a consistent tone throughout the wardrobe makes it easier to mix and match pieces. So, it is up to you how you'd like to approach color coordination. 


To simplify your wardrobe, I recommend choosing three main colors and three neutrals. This approach ensures that everything blends together seamlessly, creating a cohesive wardrobe without sacrificing variety. Don't worry about your wardrobe looking boring, either! You can always play with different textures, patterns, and accessories to create unique and interesting outfits.


By following these tips, you can create a streamlined wardrobe that perfectly complements your soft/toned winter color type. Not only will you save time and energy getting dressed in the morning, but you'll also feel confident and put-together in every outfit you wear.

Outfit Ideas for Soft Winter

It's generally not recommended for those with a soft winter color type to use high contrast between colors. Instead, opting for medium levels of contrast is the best option. This approach helps to create a more harmonious look that complements the soft winter's delicate features. So, if you're in a soft winter, consider choosing colors with similar tones and intensity to create a cohesive outfit that looks effortless and elegant.

For those with a soft winter color type, the best options for color mixing are the monochromatic and analogous methods. These techniques involve using colors that are closely related to one another, either by using different shades and tones of a single color (monochromatic) or by combining colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel (analogous).

You can learn more on how to mix & match colors in my FREE guide here:

Makeup Ideas for Soft Winter

When it comes to makeup, the soft/toned winter color type should aim for a natural and understated look that enhances their delicate features. Soft, muted tones work best, like cool pinks, soft berries, and dusty mauves.


For the complexion, a foundation with cool undertones that matches your skin tone is essential. You can then add a touch of color with a subtle pink or berry blush. Stick to matte finishes for a more sophisticated look.


For the eyes, soft winters should choose eyeshadows in cool-toned pastels, such as soft pinks, purples, or icy blue-grey. For a more dramatic look, you can add a touch of charcoal or deep grey along the lash line. Finish with a few coats of mascara to make your eyes pop.

When it comes to lips, soft winters should stick to cool, muted shades like dusty rose, mauve, and cool, dusted pink. Avoid warm or bright reds, as they can clash with the soft winter color type's delicate features.


Overall, the key to makeup for the soft/toned winter color type is to keep things soft, subtle, and natural. With the right color choices, you can enhance your natural beauty and create a stunning look that's perfect for any occasion.

How to Truly Know if You're Soft Winter?

The only way is to get a consultation from a professional stylist. I don't mind DIY methods; however, there are subtle nuances that can change the whole picture. It's about ensuring you've correctly identified your temperature and analyzing the contrast (using black and white filters on your photos won't suffice!). After that, you need to check the tonality of your skin and other factors to discover your true color type.


Instead of guessing which colors suit you best and potentially making expensive shopping mistakes, I can help you determine your exact seasonal color type and provide personalized recommendations for your wardrobe and makeup.


Don't hesitate to book a consultation with me and take the first step towards creating a wardrobe that makes you look and feel confident and beautiful. I provide online color analysis sessions and use the best color system (16 seasonal color types) to truly highlight your appearance. You can book your FREE consultation with me here!

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