Fashion: Colours That Complement

Posted on Mar 14 2018 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

Much like choosing a hair dye that’ll suit your complexion, whether or not an item of clothing will suit you comes down to whether the colour complements your skin tone, hair and eye colour. This is particularly pertinent when we’re online shopping or even gravitating towards items in our favourite colours; we’re often drawn to item that looks great on a model or it’s in a colour we love but end up with complexities when it doesn’t suit us, when it is probably as simple as is, it just isn’t a flattering colour for me.

We’ve put together a brief but handy guide to help determine which colours will suit you best.

As a general rule of thumb, think of colours that could be categorised into warm and cold. Warm colours are colours that have red undertones; this colour range tends to suit darker skin and hair to medium/olive tones. Whereas cool colours have blue undertones; fairer skin tones and lighter hair colours better suit this range. Stick within these boundaries and it’ll suit you every time.

Woman in orange

Skin tone

Dark: red, orange, dark pink, coral, yellow and gold

Medium/olive: brown, peach, medium/light pink, tan, olive green and khaki

Fair/pale: Green, light/baby blue, turquoise, lilac, light/baby pinks and grey- most pastels will be complimentary too.

Eye Colour

Brown: Royal blue, khaki green, powder pinks and gold tones

Hazel: dark neutrals, orange, lavender, deep red and jewel colours.

Green: Forest and jewel greens, coral pink and oranges and pale yellows

Blue: neutrals, pink, deep blues and light greens

Hair Colour

Dark brown/black: Red, dark pink, coral and yellow

Medium brown: Brown, peach, medium/light pink and tan

Blonde/grey/red: Green, light blue, turquoise and lilac

Red hair

If you’re looking to mix and match with colours in the warm/cool spectrum, just ensure that the undertones compliment your skin tone/hair colour. E.g. if you have red hair and want to wear a red top, ensure that the red item of clothing has a blue undertone.

If you’re not happy with the colour spectrums that suit you most or you in fact have seemingly contrasting colours e.g. blonde hair, brown eyes, you can always use hair dye and makeup to alter the colours that compliment.

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