Finding the Right Colours for Your Skin ToneThe use of colours can be a tricky beast in fashion. Most people know how easy it can be to win some serious style points by giving unusual colours a shot, choosing the right hues and shades for your wardrobe are truly what make you look effortlessly great.

Finding the hues that work with your complexion is often easier said than done, however. With such a kaleidoscopic spectrum of shades to choose from, it is not easy separating the wheat from the chaff.

Here is a quick guide to make the process seem less overwhelming:

For the Fair or Pale-Skinned

Colours that clearly contrast with their skin tone will help bring some colour to the complexion of those who have pale skin and light features.

Try wearing darker hues, such as burgundy and black Crooks and Castles clothing, for instance—these shades will contrast well with your skin tone. On the other hand, avoid wearing pastel shades or bright colours, as these will only wash you out. This does not mean, however, that you cannot express yourself through colour. As a general rule, base your outfit around darker colours and then combine them with lighter ones.

For the Olive or Medium-Skinned

Those who have olive or medium skin tones suit a much wider spectrum of colours than those who have fair skin. Some of the best colours for the medium-skinned include those that are a little brighter or darker than the middle ground. For instance, instead of choosing mauve, opt for a bolder shade of purple like magenta.

Yellow or green undertones are always likely for those with olive skin tones, so it would be wise to avoid wearing these shades—and other colours that are too close to your skin tone.

For the Dark-Skinned

Much like men with medium skin, men with darker skin can wear any colour. Your skin marries well with the vast majority of hues and shades, since you do not run the risk of being washed out unlike those with pale skin tones.

The only colour to avoid is brown. Much like how pastel colours wash out those with paler skin tones, brown will not contrast clearly enough with your skin.

These are not unbreakable ‘rules’—they are simply guidelines you can use when you want to make your skin colour stand out. Remember, style is (and has always been) about self-expression, and if there is a colour you like, go and wear it with confidence.

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