Choosing The Best Outfit Based on Skin Tone

For those who may be unaware, one quick and easy way to identify your skin tone is by taking a closer look at your veins. If they are blue and purple, you have a cool undertone, whereas lighter blue and light green indicates a neutral undertone, and green or olive veins mean that you have a warm undertone.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what shades of colors go best with your skin tone and some of which to avoid, so that you have all the information necessary to put together great outfits.

Warm Skin Tones 

Since warm skin tones have yellow or golden undertones, colors such as gold, amber, coral, peach, yellow, and orange go really well together with this tone. 

Moreover, earthy tones and neutral colors like browns, deep reds, rich shades of green, mushroom gray, cream, cappuccino, and taupe are all colors you’d want to have in your wardrobe. 

A slick look can be achieved by going for an all-black outfit, so don’t be hesitant when it comes to that. 

For the most part, warmer skin tones don’t usually need to avoid any colors. For some people, it is worth avoiding jewel tones (sapphire, amethyst) and ice blues for the simple reason that they wash out your skin tone, making it appear grayer.

If you make use of spray tan, tanning beds, etc., then your skin falls under the warm skin tone category and for a more in-depth list of colors that go well with tanned skin in particular, check out this article with the 10 Best Colors for tanned skin.

Cool Skin Tones

Due to the bluish undertone a cool skin tone has, bright blues, rosy reds, pale yellow, emeralds, deep purples, and charcoal all look very complimentary and make for a great outfit. 

Frosty shades go really well too, so don’t be afraid to wear lavender, cool blues, or pinks, and neutrals like navy, white, and cool gray 

Avoid colors that are a tad too bold and strong (e.g., electric blue, grass green, orange, bright yellow, tomato red), as these entirely clash with your tone and can make you look pale. 

On the other hand, you can opt for pastel colors to achieve a softened silhouette look, if that’s your kind of style.  

Neutral Skin Tones 

Having a neutral skin tone means that your undertones are roughly the same color as your actual skin tone, and it is the equivalent to winning the lottery when it comes to colors and outfits. 

You can wear any color on the wheel without worry, so life is quite simple and easy for you. I’m sure there are many of you who would still prefer knowing what, if any, colors pop more with your tone, and so you’ve come to the right place. 

Muted and softened shades instead of brighter ones look amazing, so consider pairing items of clothing with dusty pink, lagoon blue, cornsilk yellow, or jade green. 

If neutral colors are more your style, you’re in luck; black, grays in the mid-range, coffee, and off-whites all go very well with your skin tone. 

One shade that is especially worth mentioning for neutral skin tones is red. Not just any red though, a bright, true shade such as crimson will have you turning heads no matter what you’re wearing.