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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
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
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.
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