… or does colour wear you?
I’ve had a fantastic career working as a model for big name brands and as a stylist, personal shopper and event manager for my own business Fashion Candy Style. This has allowed me to work
with big names in the fashion industry and pick up a thing or two! As EAUX resident fashion editor I’m here to help you look your very best.
The colours you wear say a lot about you; they may indicate your mood, your style or your attitude. The way they blend with each other and your complexion is important to building a versatile wardrobe because colour makes the initial impact.
In the fashion industry there are certain buzzwords for colour matching – warm undertones and cool undertones – and once you know what they are you’ll find shopping becomes much easier. Our skin’s surface tone is the colour that you would describe yourself as having (ivory, light, medium, tan, dark) and the undertone is the hue that shines through beneath the surface.
Once you find out which shades work best for you shopping for clothes becomes much easier, providing you with a greater selection for putting outfits together.
There are three dominant colouring types: fair, medium and neutral. People will usually put themselves into one of these categories.
For women, there are three dominant colouring types. If you are blonde you will usually be classed as fair/warm. You will usually have a delicate look which is soft and warm. Your depth of colouring is light so choose a darker tone and contrast with a light apricot colour to complement. When choosing clothes opt for warm colours with golden undertones.
If you have brown or auburn hair you will most likely have a medium/cool skin tone. You will usually have a warm, golden look. When wearing neutral colours make sure to balance them with lighter shades. When choosing clothes opt for pinks, reds, blues and violets with green undertones.
If you have dark or olive skin your will have a cool/neutral skin tone. This means you can wear shades from porcelain to black and all the shades in between. You have a strong look with a cool undertone. Bold colours bring out the best in your skin.
When it comes to the gents there are three main colouring types, too. High contrast is where the complexion and hair colour are contrasting, for example, pale skin with black hair. If you fall into this category you should be looking to mimic this colour contrast with your clothing. Team dark suits with light coloured shirts to complement your skin.
Men who are low contrast are most commonly those with light skin and light hair colour, however, red-haired and bald men also tend to fall into this category. If you are in this category you should opt for a monochrome look to avoid looking washed out. Choose earth toned suits paired with light coloured shirts so as not to draw too much attention away from your face.
If you don’t fall into high or low contrast categories you will be medium contrast. You have dark or tanned skin with black or brown hair, light complexion with light brown hair or light complexion with grey hair. If you fall into this category you will have the most leeway when picking colours to wear; however, you should be careful to pick colours that, when combined, will have some ‘pop’ to them. If you have darker skin always try to opt for clothes which have high contrast to the skin for the wow factor.
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