Find Your Perfect Colour Palette

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion Tips & Finds

It can be all too easy to stick to the same old neutral colours when it comes to planning our look – many of us find the thought of trying daring new colours a little daunting. However, if you know what colour palette works for your complexion and tone then there’s no reason why you can’t experiment with something a little different, and know you’ll look great!

If you’re lucky enough to still have a summer holiday planned for this year then it’s the perfect opportunity to try something different. Swimwear can be a great area to experiment with and there’s a great range of swimwear online at the moment. The unfamiliarity of a new place gives you free reign to try something new.

We’ve all been in that situation where we’ve tried on a dress that looks fantastic on the model but on us it just doesn’t look right. In the same way as you might not team your red leather handbag with your bright green summer dress, some colours can clash with our hair colour, complexion and even eye colour.

So, to take away some of the stress we’ve put together a failsafe guide to finding your perfect colour palette.

Three foolproof colours

There are certain colours which look great on the majority of skin tones and these are; teal, purple and navy, great for the autumnal months which are approaching. However, if you want to stand out, want to try a vibrant colour palette, or are still basking in the cheerful colours of the summer months then follow this handy guide.

What to wear if you have a light complexion…

If your skin is pale and translucent, if your hair colour is blonde or ash and your eyes are light grey or blue, then cool, pastel colours are the ones for you.

Opt for lilacs, light greens or even a striking aqua which will make the most of your features and enhance your skin tone. Try to avoid dark colours as these may give you a ‘washed out’  look.

What to wear if you have a dark skin tone…

If you have a rich, dark skin tone then you’re in the perfect position to try out some vibrant, striking colours. Unlike with paler skin tones which can be overpowered by strong colours, bright pinks and oranges can look great with a darker complexion. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you could even give neon colours a go.

What to wear if you have a warm complexion…

Perhaps you have olive skin or are lucky enough to have a great tan. You may have dark eye colouring and chestnut or auburn hair. If this is the case then greens and khakis are the best colours to set off your skin tone. Often the more vivid colours can clash with your complexion rather than compliment it.

What to wear if you have a cool tone…

Women who are approaching a certain age in their life and perhaps have a grey colouring to their hair can often be seen to have a cool tone. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to stick to neutral colours; pinks, lilacs and turquoises are perfectly suited to this type of tone.

Finding the right colour palette for you can really transform your wardrobe. You may find you discover colours which you didn’t think would suit you before and you may realise why some colours just weren’t working for you. So, have a think about which skin tone applies to you and follow our trusty guide for your next shopping trip!

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