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Your Best Shades of Violet and Red-Violet and How to Wear Them

Your Best Violets and Red-Violets and How to Wear Them

As we reach part seven of our series on color and the end of the rainbow and color wheel we find ourselves in the Violet and Red-Violet range.

Red-violet is the main undertone found in the cool seasonal color types of Summer and Winter so if you fall into either one of these categories the red-violet shades in your color palette will be especially flattering on you and will greatly enhance your natural coloring.

If you are a warm seasonal color type these colors will be equally flattering on you since they are complementary to your yellow and yellow-orange undertones. More on this later…

Violet and Red-Violet in the Rainbow

Image by skeeze from Pixabay

The meanings behind these two colors and the look that is projected when you wear them is as follows –

  • Uplifting
  • Spiritual/Creative
  • Calming
  • Luxurious
  • Noble/Royal
  • Powerful/Ambitious
  • Independent/Mysterious
  • Magical
  • Devoted
  • Passion/Desire
  • Sexy
  • Strength/Power

So keep the above in mind when wearing either one of these hues. These can be good colors to wear to a job interview or an important meeting or event.

The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Winters

Best Violets and Red-Violets for Winters

The violets in the Winter color palette are mostly bright and deep. A couple of the purples in this palette are actually muted but they have a deep value (how light or dark a color is) which is in harmony with Winter’s natural coloring. Winter is the darkest time of year with the shortest days hence the overall deep value of the palette.

The red-violets range from lighter hot pinks to deep but bright and intense fuchsias. You will find these pinks in your skin tone and you may have red-violet highlights in your hair or even in your eyes if you have a deeper eye color.

Winters best shades are as follows –

  • Light Hot Pink/Sunrise Pink
  • Very Deep Hot Pink
  • Deep Hot Pink
  • Deep Magenta
  • Deep Fuchsia
  • Twilight Mauve (medium-deep muted red-violet)
  • Deep Intense Red-Violet
  • Medium-Deep (slightly muted) Lavender
  • Medium-Deep Periwinkle
  • Medium-Deep Bright Violet
  • Very Deep Purple

You will find these colors during this time of year in the dusk and dawn, colorful light displays of the Arora Borealis, and even in some of the flowers that bloom in Winter such as Phlox.

The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Springs

Best Violets and Red-Violets for Springs

Spring’s violets are higher in chroma (how bright or soft a color is) than those in the Winter palette. Even the deepest shade has an intense brightness peaking through. The red-violets are also brighter in general and contain a little less blue which warms them up just enough so that they are in harmony with the mainly warm undertones of Springs. Mother nature makes no mistakes and knows exactly what she is doing.

These colors will enhance the natural warm pink tones in your skin. Even if you are super pale or have a deeper skin tone these shades are there. This is one of the things I love about color. Some shades are not always visible to the naked eye right away. They can be sneaky and surprise you. This is why comparing colors is so important especially when you are trying to figure out your color type.

The most flattering violets and red-violets for Springs are…

  • Carnation Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Azalea Pink
  • Bright Rose
  • Medium Red-Violet (more red than violet)
  • Deep Red-Violet (again more on the red than the violet side)
  • Light Magenta
  • Fuchsia
  • Bright Magenta
  • Bright Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Bright Violet/Hyacinth
  • Deep Bright Red-Violet (dark purple with a bright fuchsia undertone)

You will find these colors in the many gorgeous flowers that bloom in springtime as pictured above. The light in springtime is at its brightest hence the overall bright and light quality of the colors in this palette.

The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Summers

Best Violets and Red-Violets for Summers

Just like Winters, red-violet is the main undertone found in Summer coloring the chroma is just a bit more muted. Therefore the red-violets in the Summer color palette are very harmonizing. You may find cool red highlights in the hair and darker eyes may be a red-brown because of this.

The violets are a bit softer and have more blue than those in the springtime of course since the light has changed and is gradually getting lower and softer especially in late summer as the season moves towards autumn and the darker time of year.

Summers best violets and red-violets are as follows –

  • Cotton Candy Pink/Pastel Pink
  • Hibiscus Pink
  • True Pink
  • Rose Pink
  • Soft Fuchsia
  • Beet Root
  • Mauve
  • Orchid
  • Plum
  • Eggplant Purple
  • Blackberry
  • Violet

You find these colors in nature as pictured above in the fruits and flowers of the summer season as well as the beautiful soft twilight skies.

The Best Violets and Red-Violets for Autumns

Best Violets and Red-Violets for Autumns

The Autumn violets and red-violets are medium to deep in value the chroma is a bit softer and the colors are a little less cool than those found in Summer. Since the main undertone of Autumn’s skin and hair is yellow-orange these hues are complementary and help to enhance the lovely golden tones. They also coordinate nicely with the other warm tones of the autumn season as you can see in the pictures above.

Autumn’s best violets and red-violets are…

  • Deep Rose
  • Slightly Muted Medium Magenta
  • Turnip Purple/Antiqued Violet
  • Soft Deep Red-Violet
  • Deep Purple
  • Medium Violet
  • Concord Grape
  • Blackberry

These colors can be seen as shown above in the lovely fruits and flowers of Autumn.

How to Wear Violet and Red-Violet for Your Seasonal Color Type

How to Wear Violet and Red-Violet for Your Seasonal Color Type

The violets and red-violets in your color palette are very versatile. You can wear them all over or you can just use them as a nice accent color. The choice is yours and as with fashion and beauty, in general, it is all about personal preference.

As a general rule of thumb, you can use these hues for –

  • Suits, Jackets, and Coats
  • Tops/Sweaters
  • Dresses/Evening Wear
  • Ties, Hats, Scarves, Shoes, Belts, Handbags, and other accessories
  • Makeup like eyeshadow and lipstick
  • Nail Polish

For color combining as I mentioned earlier, these shades are opposite Yellow and Yellow-Orange on the color wheel so for a complementary color scheme you can blend these. Of course, they work well with all of the other colors in your palette as well. Purple and green look nice together red-violet and red, violet and blue, wear them with any of your neutral colors. The sky’s the limit!

Winter Violet Color Combinations

Violet Sunset + Winter Sun

Violet Sunset and Winter Sun

Magenta + Sunset Yellow

Magenta and Sunset Yellow

Twilight Lavender + Hot Pink Sunrise

Twilight Lavender and Hot Pink Sunrise

Spring Violet Color Combinations

Fuchsia + Golden Mist

Fuchsia and Golden Mist

Lilac + Daffodil

Lilac and Daffodil

Rhubarb + Deep Bright Rose

Rhubarb and Deep Bright Rose

Summer Violet Color Combinations

Mauve + Banana

Mauve and Banana

Plum + Summer Squash

Plum and Summer Squash

Violet + Orchid

Violet and Orchid

Autumn Violet Color Combinations

Soft Deep Rose + Chanterelle

Soft Deep Rose and Chanterelle

Blackberry + Golden Sunset

Blackberry and Golden Sunset

Concord Grape + Purple Aster

Concord Grape and Purple Aster

What are some of your favorite ways to wear these colors? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “Your Best Shades of Violet and Red-Violet and How to Wear Them

  1. This is a really great article. I especially liked it as I love the color violet 🙂 And it’s so exciting to learn how to combine your colors! It adds a whole new dimension to your wardrobe. Please write more on this subject!

    1. Hi there! I am so glad you like this post. I will definitely be writing a lot more on this subject so stay tuned! 🙂

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