Colours can be a lot of fun. There are so many different hues, and so much to explore! But they can get equally daunting pretty quickly too. While you might be aware that you could stand to win a few style points by giving hues outside your comfort zone a go, selecting colours that work for your complexion is often easier said than done. It’s quite like finding the right haircut for the shape of your face. While it’s important for what you’re wearing on the top to match what you’re wearing below, and for it all of it to match your footwear, it’s also crucial for your entire ensemble to match your skin tone. But with such a myriad of shades on offer, sifting out YOUR hue from all of them is no cakewalk.
Now, you could disagree. You could say that it’s not exactly rocket science, but merely a matter of picking something you like, trying it on and getting a good look in the changing room mirror before you make the decision to purchase it. Right, but only to a certain extent. If you really want to save yourself some time or just want to be more confident shopping online, it’s more than worth familiarising yourself with a few rules of thumb to find the tones that are sure to complement you.
To find out which colours should set the tone for your wardrobe, you’ll first need to figure out whether your skin is pale, medium/olive, or dark. Once you’ve got that out of the way, just follow the guide below to find the colours that will make you look like a million bucks, and some styling suggestions to go along!
Are you constantly hiding from the glares of the ruthless sun? Have light brown hair (or not)? Well, here’s the lowdown if you’ve got pale skin and light features. Colours that clearly contrast with your skin tone will — quite literally — bring out the colour of your skin! So darker hues such as greys, browns, burgundy, dark green, navy, and of course, a jet black will all work wonders against the pallor of your skin.
Just avoid softer shades like pastels or bright hues, as those will only wash you out further. The same applies to neutrals; so choose richer shades such as khaki or slate grey over the whites and beiges.
If you’ve got a medium skin tone that tends to tan quickly, then you have what’s also called a ‘warm’ complexion, and you literally warm up to most of the colours out there. This skin tone suits quite a wide spectrum of colours than fairer skin or ‘cool’ complexions. But while most colours work with a medium skin tone, you gotta look your best, c’mon!
So, choose shades that are either slightly brighter or darker than the middle ground. You’d want to choose pale beige over warm sand if you’re opting for light neutrals, or try a bolder shade of purple (such as violet) rather than a lilac. But avoid wearing shades of green or yellow, since your skin already has those undertones.
You couldn’t be luckier if you’re a guy with dark skin! Quite like guys with medium skin, even you can try your hand at pretty much any colour on the spectrum without much consideration. The world’s your oyster, really. This skin tone reigns supreme primarily because it’s hard to wash it out, unlike paler hues. There are, however, just a few caveats to this. You still have to be mindful of maintaining a balance in your outfit with a colour that holds it together, so choose a single pop of colour or two at max, and always make sure they complement rather than compete with each other.
Avoid brown, though. Quite like how pastel shades wash out paler skin tones, brown doesn’t really contrast well enough with a darker skin tone. And even though black and navy are two key colours in any man’s wardrobe, keeping them to a minimum will really help make the most of your exquisitely versatile skin tone.