The media has very skewed perceptions of beauty. From long, straight hair to slim figures, it’s hard to be a confident girl or woman in this day and age. Arguably one of the most irritating of all Filipina beauty ideals is the idea of lighter or whiter skin.
It’s hard ignoring the billboards and commercials that associate “dark” with words like “dirty” and “ugly.” And it doesn’t help that it’s deeply-seated in our culture that skin tones mirror economic status. It sounds ridiculous to us now, but the way that the beauty industry goes on about achieving a fairer complexion, it’s obvious the shame from having dark skin still exists.
Despite the countless ads that promote whiter skin, remember this: you are beautiful just the way you are, whether you have light or dark skin. Your skin color shows off your heritage and there is no shame in that. And if you happen to get darker because you’ve spent your time in the sun, so what? A little tan never hurt anybody, and it’s time that we learned how to comfortable in our own skin (literally). Also, we really should be celebrating our ancestry by wearing clothes that highlight our skin tones, rather than lighten them.
How should us brown girls dress? It’s all about choosing the right colors to bring out your skin color, so let’s find out which ones suit us best.
1. Earth tones are great for casual outfits
Style experts across the web say that earthy colors are what works best with the Morena complexion, which does make sense. Browns and creams look great against darker skin, and greens at a nice pop of color into your ensemble. One color that comes highly recommended is olive green. It’s a great neutral to have in your wardrobe, and it looks awesome on pants, utility jackets, blouses, shorts, you name it. For an effortless olive green top that matches well with denim cutoffs and pleather leggings, check out our Loose Bat Sleeve Shirt.
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2. There’s a gray tone for every Morena
According to Who What Wear, gray is another color that brown girls should have in their closets. For sisters on the darker side, light gray is best. Medium skinned girls should go for dove gray, while lighter ladies should opt for charcoal gray.
3. Crazy colors like metallic and neon highlight medium skin
You might have heard that bright colors are no-no’s for brown-skinned girls. While metallic and neon hues tend to dull darken skin because of the contrast, medium skin tones strike that balance that neutralize the crazy colors.
Remember not to go overboard with either the metallics or neon. Unless it’s a pantsuit, the general rule of thumb is to limit the metallic or neon to one piece. You can also add a matching accessory to streamline the outfit. For example, you could wear our Slim Business Blazer with a matching pink heel.
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4. Navy blue is the perfect color for evening occasions
Darker colors tend to be more popular for nighttime soirees, but it holds especially true for brown girls. Some girls may be more conscious of dim lighting and aren’t sure how well colors they would wear in the daytime will fair in the evening. Navy blue is a safe bet, especially when it comes in a gradient as that is said to accentuate the figure. However, a basic navy dress like our Slim Long Sleeved Midi Dress will do.
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Don’t limit yourself to navy blue, though. Feel free to experiment with other deep tones, such as a dark purple or burgundy.
5. When in doubt, go with black or white (or both!)
The two colors that you can always count on, no matter what your skin tone is, are black and white. For those that want to enhance their tans, or simply enrich their complexion, white will do the trick. Black, on the other hand, has somewhat of a luminous effect to your complexion. People say it draws out the gold tone in your skin. Whether you agree with that last statement or not, you can’t argue against the fact that black is an absolute must for your wardrobe.
Got any tips for colors or style for your brown sisters? Feel free to add them in the comments below!
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.