How to Discover Which Colors Suit You


by Maria



The first thing that we all think when we put on a new outfit for the first time is, does this suit me? And sometimes it can be quite hard to tell, especially if you are experimenting with different styles and attempting to branch out.

Luckily, it is actually quite easy to figure out what clothes look good on you once you discover which colors suit you. Before the style, the length, the fit, you want to be sure about the color because if the color doesn’t suit you, everything else is pointless. Below are our top tips to help you discover which colors suit you and spruce up your wardrobe.

What Colors Suit Your Skin Tone?

This may seem like an obvious step, but it is very easy to misjudge what colors suit your skin tone and end up wearing something that doesn’t look as good. We match plenty of colors in our lives to our skin tones: our nail polish, our hair, our lipstick, but people tend to have a harder time gaging if the color of a full outfit really matches their skin tone.

Skin tones range massively because they can be very light, very dark, or anything in between. You want to choose colors that bring out your skin tone and showcase it fabulously, rather than camouflaging it. For example, if you are very pale, you may want to avoid wearing white or beige because those colors can make you look washed out.

Skin tones are typically divided into cool’ and warm’, depending on your undertones. You can tell by looking at the veins in your wrist. If they appear blue or purple-looking, you have cool undertones, and if they appear greenish, you have warm undertones.

If your skin tone is cool then you should go for colors that are brighter and richer, included emerald green, royal purple, bright blue, ruby red, and rose pink. If you skin tone is warm then you will suit more neutral tones that remind of the warm beauty of nature, including coral, olive green, honey, cream, and gold.

Match Colors To Your Hair And Eyes

Another natural way to figure out which colors suit you is to see how your clothes look against the colors of your hair and eyes. As with your skin tone, you want the color of your clothing to bring out your best features, in this case, your hair and eyes. For example, if you have red hair, you should avoid wearing too much red because it will diminish the vibrancy of your hair. Instead, choose a softer color, like white, or a brighter color, like blue, to really showcase your wonderful hair. If you have very dark hair, you should choose bold colors to help it stand out, and if you have very light hair, you could make it the feature of your look by having it stand out against darker colors.

Similarly, your eye color can really be brought out by the color of your clothes, so long as they are complementary. For blue eyes, go with softer, more pastel shades, such as light pink, lavender, or pale blue. For green eyes, match their brightness with other bright colors, such as red, gold, or bold orange. For brown eyes, contrast the depth with understated yet sophisticated colors, such as deep blue, olive green, or yellow. For hazel eyes, add a pop of color with some pastel shades, or work with their natural color and choose dark colors, such as black or dark gray.

You Are Not Your Outfit

One thing that we tend to worry about most during dressier events is if the outfit is overwhelming us. The best way to discover which colors suit you is to see if they flatter you but also fade into the background of your overall look. For example, red lipstick can be too bright and overwhelming if it doesn’t suit your skin tone, so it will be the first thing people see. The same is true with your clothes: you should be the feature of the look with the colors you wear only elevating you further.

This issue tends to happen with really bold colors, like bright orange, luminous green, and scarlet red. You don’t want the color to take centre stage and end up being all people see when they look at you. Try less vibrant shades of these colours, like burnt orange, olive green, and burgundy red.

You can also end up overwhelmed by more neutral colors in a different way: they wash you out or make you appear too plain. This may occur when you wear white, beige, black, gray, or brown. You don’t want your entire outfit to be a block of just these colors, so you can add a hint of brightness somewhere. Perhaps a colorful piece of jewellery, a sparkly belt, or a vibrant jacket. These pops of color are small but will help to break up the base colors and flatter you.

Dress For The Season

Though you can judge which colors suit you best all year round by consulting your natural features, you should also dress for the season so that you have a broader color palette and look polished every time you go outside. Of course, you should stick primarily to the colors that flatter your features, but you can wear different variations of these colors to fit the season too.

For example, a cool skin tone looks good in richer colors, which are great for the winter months when you want deeper shades to make you stand out against the elements. For spring and summer, you could wear lighter versions of these colors, especially if you are more likely to be tanned when the weather gets hotter. Cool skin tones are also brought out by some pastel shades, so don’t shy away from lavender or baby pink. And for autumn, aim for somewhere in the middle, such as orchid purple, which is a middle option between deep purple and lavender.

For a warmer skin tone, you should absolutely rock the neutral colors, which will make you look effortlessly classy in autumn. For winter, however, you don’t want these shades to wash you out, so make sure you choose richer shades: coral over beige, gold over cream, and honey over white. In the summer, you will look great in yellow, warm red, and orchid purple. Coral is also a perfect summer color. In spring, ease yourself out of your rich winter look by softening the shades slightly, such as choosing a more muted gold, or a softer pink shade to contrast the coral.

So, those are our top tips to help you discover which colors suit you. Once you have found your colors, the most important thing is to make sure you feel confident wearing them because when you feel great, you look even better!

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