Dressing For Your Season: Winter

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Traditionally, men dress in colours that complement their surroundings. We wear blue and grey in the city, brown and green in the country and black for formal wear. We also dress for the season: dark colours for winter, bright warm colours in spring, light, cool pastels for summer and earth tones for autumn. But most people look their best in one season’s colours, and some image consultants will recommend you only dress in colours for that season. In this article we will look at the winter Bonds: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. These men look their best in traditional winter colours. 

Winter is the colouring most associated with Bond. People with a winter complexion are typically characterised by a cool or olive skin tone and dark hair. Dark brown eyes like on Sean Connery and George Lazenby are most common on winters, but winters can have other eye colours, like Timothy Dalton’s grey-green eyes or Pierce Brosnan’s grey-blue eyes. 

Winters look best in clear colours and high contrast. Winters can wear black and white better than any other complexion because of their own high contrast. They look best in a dark true navy and all shades of grey, thus traditional colours for business-wear and formalwear look best on winters. Sean Connery wore mostly grey suits in his Bond films, and he wore all shades of grey very well. His contrasting shirts also suited him well, in cool, icy tones. He wore mostly white and icy blue shirts, as well as icy cream shirts occasionally. Lazenby followed the same colour palate. There are of course exceptions to this, but when the winter Bonds wear brown tones they are always greyed. When they aren’t so greyed, such as the case is with Lazenby’s rusty Ulster coat, they aren’t as flattering. Though beige and tan aren’t in the winter palate, Dalton and Brosnan wear those colours successfully when they are paired with a darker, richer colour (usually navy) closer to the face to provide contrast.

To read more about what colours flatter your complexion best, Carole Jackson’s bestselling book Color for Men gives advice for men of all colouring. But you need to find a balance of dressing to suit your complexion and dressing in the right colour for the occasion. Later this week we will look at how Roger Moore and Daniel Craig differ from the traditional Bond mould in their colouring.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Very interesting and informative article and a clever break from the traditional analysis of a single outfit.

    I have dark brown hair and blue eyes. Though I’m rather pale, I look my best in dark blues and greys contrasted with lighter shades of the same. But I tend to look washed out in simple black and white.

    Does that make me a winter or something else?

  2. Thank you for your blog. It is meticulous, fascinating and eloquent. How would you define “dark true navy”? How far is it from midnight blue?

    • It’s really just half a shade lighter than midnight blue. Midnight blue is technically slightly towards indigo on the spectrum, while navy is a truer blue.

      • Thanks Matt for the info. Also I was told that winters can wear black successfully, specifically ones with black hair. Is it true that black suits are best worn by winters with black hair?

      • Yes, black suits only look good on winters. But just because a black suit can look good on a winter doesn’t make it a good suit to wear for most occasions.

      • Thanks Matt, and thankfully I to know that while black suits are successfully worn by winters, they are far from nessecarry as a suit to be worn a lot and I agree that navy and dark, light grey and charcoal suits are more versatile

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