Color can be a cruel lover. Most of us know that if we try colors outside of our comfort zone, we can gain a few style points. But – like finding the right haircut for your face shape – choosing colors that work with your complexion is often easier said than done. With such a kaleidoscopic spectrum of shades, separating the wheat from the chaff is no easy task.
Well, some of you are sure to disagree and say it's not rocket science, it's just a matter of trying to do something before buying and measure in a changing room mirror. And to a certain extent you are right. However, if you want to take the time or shop more safely online, you should familiarize yourself with a few basic rules to know the tones that you are sure to complement.
First step? Delete the bookmarks you created for these online tests, which are based on supposedly sophisticated algorithms. Scrap the leaders who think they are doing you a favor by tagging them with a season (seriously, WTF?). This may be fine for a little light conversation, but knowing that your skin is "wintery" isn't too useful when it comes to taking action.
Second, look at your forearm. To judge which colors are at the heart of your wardrobe, you need to determine whether your skin is pale, medium / olive or dark. As soon as this is no longer possible, read a short guide to find the right colors for you.
Hell / Blasse Haut
Are you constantly looking for a place where you can donate shade from the summer sun? More freckles than a speckled goose egg? Or at least red, blonde or light brown hair? You are probably the proud owner of a milky pallor.
Colors to Wear
If you have light skin and light features, colors that stand out clearly from your skin tone – quite literally – bring color to your complexion.
"I would recommend matching your outfit to darker colors that you can combine with lighter colors," says Selfridges personal shopper and stylist Daniel Rhone.
Dark colors such as gray, brown, burgundy, bottle green, navy, and stronger shades of blue go well with your skin tone.
Colors to Avoid
Given that, at least with the wrong lighting, you might be mistaken for a carcass. You should avoid soft pastel shades or light colors, as these only wash you out. The same applies to neutrals. Instead of white, light beige or stone, choose stronger colors such as sand, camel, khaki and slate gray.
"This doesn't mean you can't express yourself through color. It just means that you have to mix light colors with dark colors," added Rhone.
Red is not on best suited for the more reddish, rosy-cheeked, pale person, but when worn it can have strong tones like purple for more pale alabaster skin tones.
Olive / Medium Skin
If you have olive skin that tends to tan rather than roast in the sun , then you have a so-called warm complexion that is suitable for a much wider range of colors than those with fair skin or "cool" tones.
Colors to Wear
While most colors work with a medium skin tone, you can make sure that you look your best by choosing the colors that are either a little lighter or darker than the middle ground.
What does that mean exactly? Choose light beige ra as warm sand if you choose light neutral shades or if you choose a stronger purple tone (e.g. magenta) instead of purple.
"I would recommend a lighter color palette with white. This is the obvious choice to emphasize your skin tone," says Rhone. So it's good news that the strong hue is no longer limited to linen. Outside of the sunny season, wear white jeans with a dark jacket for a great look.
Colors to Avoid
Because your skin is likely to have yellow or green undertones, it is advisable to wear them. Avoid wearing shades of these colors that come too close to your skin tone.
What you want to avoid here is to look naked, that is, to melt your skin with your clothes. Shades you should probably choose include pistachio, mustard, olive, and mocha brown.
If you have a trickier look like white or pastel on pastel, make sure you are sufficiently browned (closer to black) rather than green olives, if you will, to wear without look washed out.