How to dress for your skin tone

Picking out clothes is just downright difficult. You have to think of comfort, style, your body shape, the weather and let's be honest, it can be a bit of a minefield.

One aspect which is commonly overlooked is skin tone. Do you dress according to your skin tone? Do you even know how?

Fear not, we have everything you need to think about when dressing for your skin tone and hair colour:

Find your undertone

Firstly, you need to work out your skin’s undertone. Most will fall under Cool, Warm or Neutral.

By finding your own undertone, it will help to determine which colours work best for you.

Here’s how

Colour Spot

Look at your skin. Are there any colours, in particular, that stand out? Cool-toned has more pink, red or blue to their skin while warm-toned has yellow, peach and golds.

Check your wrist

Turn your wrist over and look at your veins. If they are blue or purple-ish, you are more than likely cool-toned. If they are green, you are warm.

Eyes are the windows to the soul

Check your eye colour. Cool-toned eyes will have blue or grey flecks whilst warm-tone will have some golden flecks. Usually, cool-toned eyes are blue, grey or green while warm-toned eyes are usually brown, hazel or amber.


Much like the eyes, the undertone of your hair colour can determine your skin's undertone. Cool-tones will have silver or ash undertones and warm-toned will have red or orange undertones.

If you don’t fall into any of these categories, you are most likely neutral which means you will suit both cool tones and warm tones.

Some general colour guidelines based on skin undertone:

Warm undertones- gold jewellery

Flattering clothing colours- red, orange and yellow

Cool undertones- silver jewellery

Flattering clothing colours- blue, green, purple

Here is a general idea of different tones and colours that go well with them.


Very Fair

Flattering hair colours: Platinum blonde, ice/silver-blonde, red, ashy blonde, champagne, gold, honey

Flattering clothing colours: Neutrals, pastels, jewel tones


Flattering hair colours: Golden brown, caramel, ash brown, dark brown

Flattering clothing colours: Olive, Purple, Mustard, Cranberry, Forest Green, Royal Blue, pink


Flattering hair colours: Golden blonde/brown, caramel, chocolate brown

Flattering clothing colours: Earth tones, green, orange, olive, blue, navy, pink, emerald, burgundy


Flattering hair colours: Espresso, jet black, honey blonde (for warm tones)

Flattering clothing colours: Jewel tones, plum, white, orange, pink, yellow, ruby



Flattering hair colours: Jet black

Flattering clothing colours: Jewel tones, white, fuchsia, yellow, royal blue, blush

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