What the Heck are my Best Colors??

Last week, I posted a how-to on figuring out your body type, which is important to know if you’re looking for those perfectly flattering garments. Now let’s check out some tips for finding your best colors.

Why should I know my best colors, you ask? So you can LOOK your best, my friend! If you’re wearing flattering clothes for your body type and the perfect colors for your skin tone, then BAM! You look awesome and are on your way to hitting the style jackpot.

What are my “Color Options”?

There are two distinct color categories: warm and cool. Cool colors have a blue or pink undertone, while warm ones have a golden or yellow undertone.  Your skin tone, whether your skin is dark or light, can be either warm or cool as well, depending on these undertones.

Well, how do I know which I am, you ask? Try these quick tests:

1. Look at your hair

Does it have red or goldish highlights? If so, you’re probably Warm. If your hair has an ash tone, you’re probably Cool.

2. Look at your wrist

Sounds weird, I know. Under natural sunlight, check out the veins on the underside of your wrist. Are they greenish? You’re probably Warm. Are they blueish-purpleish? You’re probably Cool.

3. Put on some jewelry

Compare how you look in silver jewelry as compared to gold jewelry. You can even take pics to help you compare. If silver looks best on you, you’re probably Cool. If gold looks best, you’re probably Warm.

Keep in mind that some people have “neutral” skin tones, and can look good in both Warm and Cool colors. If that’s you, hooray!

What Should I Wear?

If you have determined that you’re Warm, try items like these:

If you're Warm, good colors include: golden yellow, olive green, rust, tomato red, red-purple, golden brown and peach

If you’re Warm, good colors include: golden yellow, olive green, rust, tomato red, red-purple, golden brown and peach

If you have determined that you’re Cool, check these out:

If you're Cool, good colors for you include: mint green, stark white, deep purple, turquoise, yellow-green, pink, periwinkle, and lavender

If you’re Cool, good colors for you include: mint green, stark white, deep purple, turquoise, yellow-green, pink, periwinkle, and lavender

Just FYI, you can click on the pics above, which will take you to Polyvore where you can see where to buy the items you see.

Hope this helps! Got any another methods for determining your skin tone? Let us know in the comments.

Kristen P.

For more info on color and color categories, check these out:

Introduction to Color Theory from Tiger Color

Color Me Beautiful – offers seasonal color analysis.

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2 responses to “What the Heck are my Best Colors??”

  1. fashionfollowsher says :

    Can’t beat a red coat for winter….

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