Have you ever put on a really cute outfit that somehow looks so wrong on you? It might have been all in your head, or, you may have worn colours that weren’t quite right for your skin type. Whilst beauty tips on skin tones and their most flattering colours are widely observed, not many are aware that the same rules apply to fashion.
Here at Her World Plus, we believe that knowing what your best fashion colours are can make the difference between a fashion yay and nay.
Of course the first thing you should do is identify your skin tone. We can’t match our clothes if we don’t even know what tone we are! The easiest way is to take a look at the veins on your wrist. If they have a green tinge, your skin tone is warm. If your veins are more blue or purple-ish, your skin is cool toned. If you can’t seem to identify their colour, you may just be neutral toned.
Another way to tell is to hold a white piece of paper next to to your face and study how your face looks next to the paper. If your skin looks brown, greenish or yellowish, you have a warm skin tone. If your skin looks blue-ish or pink, your skin is cool toned. If your face looks grey or somewhat ashen, you probably have a neutral skin tone.
Warm skin tones
You should note that just because you’re warm toned it doesn’t mean that cool colours are off limits; it’s just a question of which shades. If you have a warm skin tone, join the ranks of celebrities like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian and take a lesson from these style queens.
The warm shades that suit warmer skin tones range from red, coral, peach, amber, honey yellow to gold.If you want wear cooler colours, go with dark shades like olive, dark turquoise, orchid and magenta.
Neutral colours like taupe, chocolate, cream and grey also look wonderful with warmer skin tones.
You should avoid any icy cool shades and jewel tones like amethyst, as they’ll make your skin look dull and washed out.
Cool skin tones
If you have a cool skin tone, the best thing would be to embrace the cold shades on the colour spectrum like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.
Cooler tones should flaunt bright and royal blues, jewel tones like rich purples and emeralds as well as lavender and pink.
If you’re feeling the need for some warmth, go with rosey reds, bright pink, ruby and pale pastel yellows.The best neutral colours to wear are navy, grey and pure white.
It would also be a good idea to stay away from super warm colours (duh) like tangerine reds, oranges and bright yellows.
Neutral skin tones
Those with neutral skin tones enjoy somewhat special privileges; they can wear almost any colour on the colour spectrum. You lucky little neutrals! However, it’s generally a good idea to stay away from too many bright colours, as softer and more muted shades will really give your skin that healthy glow. Take a style lesson from other neutrals like Angelina Jolie and Kerry Washington.
Pastel colours will work wonderfully for you if you’re neutral toned, especially colours like faded pinks, jade greens, ocean blues and cornsilk yellows and red. Also, neutral colours like off-whites, sandy browns, taupe, greys and black look amazing on you.
There are, of course, some colours that match with any skin tone. White and black pieces will never let you down, and deep shades like teal and eggplant purple work stylishly for anyone.
It’s worth remembering that although these tips are utilised by the best stylists, your own personal style should come first. If you have any favourite pieces that don’t suit your skin tone, don’t throw them out! It’s fine to use colours that don’t follow these mainstream rules; you could simply wear them such that they aren’t the dominant colours in your outfit.
The most important fashion rule is to wear what you love, because when you look good, you feel good!
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