When it comes to clothes, we’re always looking for items that best suit us, and we do that by shopping according to our body type and personality. We also tend to adjust our style whenever we get a hair makeover. According to experts, there’s another factor that contributes to looking our best, and that’s skin tone.
Looking at Filipinas as a whole, we all come in a variety of shades, from ivory to deep brown. If had one girl per shade in the spectrum wear a basic white tee, you’d notice that white looks better on some, while others might look slightly washed out.
Of course, you are free to wear whatever colors you wish, but if you’re curious about what hues are most flattering for your complexion, then read on!
There are two things that you need to keep in mind when choosing your wardrobe according to your skin tone:
- How light or dark your skin is
- What are your skin’s undertones
Let’s discuss the first factor.
If you have light or fair skin…
Go for colors that complement your skin tone without making you look pale. You’re basically aiming for hues that prove you do have color in your skin by going for the contrast. These include deep purple, maroon, brown and navy. This Asymmetrical Sleeve Chiffon Blouse below is the perfect example. If you want to go for neutrals, it’s better to go for darker grays and avoiding white altogether to avoid looking like an entirely blank canvas.
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If you have medium skin…
Almost anything goes, but the main thing to keep a lookout for are greens and yellows, which may be too close to your olive-toned skin. White pieces, like our Loose Tank Top, look remarkable on medium skin tones, especially if you want to look more tanned.
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If you have dark skin…
Pastels work wonders on dark skin. That color family holds really well against a darker complexion, so our Casual Long Sleeve Chiffon Shirt would be perfect. White would also look great. The one color to avoid would be brown, unless you’re going for that nude shade.
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Let’s move on to the undertones
What undertones do you have?
Figuring out what undertones you have sounds more complicated than it actually is. All you really have to do is see what color your veins are on the underside of your wrist.
If you’ve got green veins, you have warm undertones.
If the color of your veins are hard to distinguish, you’ve got neutral undertones.
If you’ve got blue or purple veins, you have cool undertones.
Now that you’ve established what kind of undertones you have, let’s see how that determines your wardrobe palette. The clue is in the name, but let’s go over the specifics.
If you have warm undertones…
Earth tones like reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns are what you should go for, as they all have that yellow base. Magenta also works, since it still fits into the brightness of warm undertones. The neutrals you definitely don’t want to be caught dead in are white and black, since they enhance the whiteness of your skin. Instead, wear off-white shades and darker grays.
If you have neutral undertones…
Muted colors are what you need. So generally, you can go for any color of the rainbow, so long as it’s the paler, lighter version of it. Think pastels and other soft colors. Brighter hues don’t seem to work well against neutral undertones.
If you have cool undertones…
Jewel tones are the color family to work with. That includes magenta, pink, blue, blue green and deeper reds. If you’re shopping for neutrals, pure white and grays are what you should go for.
Shopping according to your complexion seems rather complex. If all of this is too much to remember, it never hurts to try on your clothes and look at yourself in the mirror. You can be the judge whether a certain color works with or against your skin tone.
The great thing about this kind of color-based styling is that it doesn’t just apply to your wardrobe. It also works for makeup, as well as hair color, so you can keep this color analysis in mind when coming up with a makeup look, or deciding what crazy shade to dye your hair next.
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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.