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CLOTHING  COLOURS  FOR  DIFFERENT  SKIN  TONES  
 
Skin   tone   is   one   method   of   determining   your   ideal   clothing   colours.   Skin   tone   is   most  
accurately  described  in  terms  of  both  its  top  colour  and  its  undertone,  which  can  be  warm,  
cool   or   neutral.   Ideal   colour   selection   of   clothing   to   match   or   complement   your   skin   type  
can  facilitate  a  very  appealing  look.  The  colours  we  wear  play  a  crucial  role  in  whether  we  
look   bright,   fresh   or   dull   and   washed-­‐out.   Some   serious   style   points   by   giving   colours  
outside   our   comfort   zone   a   go,   but   finding   hues   that   work   with   your   complexion   is   often  
easier   said   than   done   –   with   such   a   kaleidoscopic   spectrum   of   shades   on   offer,   it’s   no   mean  
feat  sorting  the  wheat  from  the  chaff.  
 
DUSKY  SKIN  TONE  
 
The  colour  of  your  skin  is  perfectly  positioned  to  marry  well  with  the  vast  majority  of  hues  
and  shades,  as  it  doesn’t  run  the  risk  of  being  washed  out  like  comparatively  pale  skin  tones.  
Having  a  licence  to  wear  bold,  bright  colours  like  jade  green  or  cobalt  blue  is  great  but  be  
mindful  of  adding  balance  to  your  outfit  with  a  containing  colour,  which  will  hold  the  look  
together.    
 
Cream   is   one   of   the   colours   that   does   fire   up   fair   complexion   but   looks   striking   on   dusky  
women.   Cream   is   a   light   colour   and   looks   great   on   the   background   of   dark   skin.   Beige   is  
again  a  very  light  English  colour.  While  it  looks  all  right  on  fair  people,  it  looks  significantly  
better   on   dusky   women.   Always   wear   Western   outfits   in   beige   colour.   Reserve   the   bright  
colours  for  your  Indian  outfits.    
 
Many   of   you   might   shy   away   from   Cobalt   blue,   but   you   would   be   pleasantly   surprised   to  
know  that  it  looks  great  on  most  Dusky  skin  tones.  Golden  and  grey,  Mustard  yellow,  Earthy  
green,   Magenta,   Maroon,   Teal   green   -­‐   a   very   rare   low-­‐intensity   shade   of   green   will   also   suit  
you.    
 
Colours   to   Avoid:   Brown   is   pretty   much   a   no-­‐go.   Much   like   how   pastel   shades   wash   out  
paler  skin  tones,  brown  won’t  contrast  clearly  enough  with  your  skin,  resulting  in  your  look  
‘bleeding’  into  your  skin.  
 
 
WHEATISH  SKIN  TONE  
 
Most  colours  will  work  perfectly  fine  with  a  medium  skin  tone,  you  can  ensure  you  look  your  
best  by  opting  for  shades  that  are  either  a  little  brighter  or  darker  than  the  middle  ground.  
Olive-­‐toned  skin  that  tends  to  tan  rather  than  toast  in  the  sun,  then  you  have  what’s  known  
as  a  ‘warm’  complexion  which  suits  a  much  wider  spectrum  of  colours  than  those  with  fair  
skin  or  ‘cool’  complexions.  
 
Muted  bright  colours  -­‐  Pastel  hues  like  white,  sky  blue  and  soft  pink  bring  out  the  best  of  
your   yellow   undertones.   Stark   colours   like   fuchsia,   tangerine   and   cobalt   highlight   facial  
features   better.   It   is   the   primary   colours   that   work   for   medium   brown   to   wheatish   skin.  

Choose  pale  beige  rather  than  warm  sand  if  you’re  opting  for  light  neutrals  or  try  a  bolder  
shade  of  purple  (such  as  magenta)  rather  than  mauve.  With  white  being  the  obvious  choice,  
try   some   subtle   tonal   dressing   with   a   white   linen   shirt   and   a   stone   pair   of   chinos,   which   will  
accentuate  your  skin  tone.    
 
Different   shades   of   green,   white,   pink   and   violet   should   be   experimented   with   such  
complexions.  The  most  suitable  will  be  mustard  and  turquoise  blue.  A  warm  rich  orange  red  
colour  theme  will  look  perfect.    
 
It   is   better   to   avoid   bright   and   harsh   blue,   icy   silver   and   dark   pink   since   these   shades   will  
make   you   look   dark.   Avoid   neons.   Choose   the   colours   that   are   warm,   rich   and   spicy.   Proper  
balancing  of  bright  and  muted  colours  is  a  must.  
 
 
FAIR  SKIN  TONE  
 
Fair  women  generally  have  peachy-­‐pink  undertones,  which  at  times  make  their  complexion  
look  pale.  Keep  your  look  radiant  and  fresh  with  bright  colours  like  pink,  green  and  peach.  If  
you’re   fair   skinned   with   cooler   undertones,   you   look   great   in   the   berry   family.   Think  
strawberry   or   deep   red,   raspberry   pink,   boysenberry   and   deep   purple.   It   creates   a   nice  
contrast  with  your  skin  and  can  bring  out  a  hint  of  colour  in  your  cheeks.  Jewel  tones  can  
also  really  flatter  your  skin.  Emerald,  turquoise  and  amethyst  as  for  metallics  stay  away  from  
silver   and   stick   with   gold.   Darker   colours   like   grey,   brown,   burgundy,   bottle   green,   navy   and  
bolder  shades  of  blue  will  all  work  well  as  these  shades  contrast  with  your  skin  tone.  
 
Go  for  golden  or  copper  shades  the  mixture  of  both  can  do  miracles  on  you.  Fair  complexion  
then   colour   likes   true   red,   dark   pink,   icy   aqua   and   silver   suits   you   the   best.   Such   colours  
without   sharpness   can   make   you   look   pale.   Even   deeper   colours   like   violet,   blue   and   brown  
or  a  nude  shift  dress  would  complement  your  skin  tone.  Pastel  hues  and  softer  tones  such  as  
lilac  and  baby  blue  will  work  in  most  situations.  
 
Colours  to  Avoid  -­‐  You’ll  want  to  avoid  an  abundance  of  soft,  pastel  shades  or  bright  colours  
as  they’ll  only  wash  you  out.  This  goes  for  neutrals  too;  rather  than  white,  light  beige  and  
stone,   choose   richer   shades   such   as   sand,   camel,   khaki   and   slate   grey.   Red,   though   not   best  
suited  to  the  ruddier,  rosy-­‐cheeked  pale  person,  can  work  for  more  alabaster  pale  skin  tones  
when  worn  in  bold  shades  like  crimson.  
 
Know  more  about  what  clothes  suits  you  by  visiting  https://www.selekt.in/  


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