What can the colour palette tell you? We all love colours and a wardrobe with a majority of colours is even a lovelier sight to behold. However, the reality is a bit harsh which is that not every colour is made for you. Some can bring out that natural glow of yours while some can dull your appearance much to your dismay. How to design your own colour palette?
Therefore, knowing which colours work best for you to wear is an essential skill these days if you love turning heads with your elegant style. Most professional colour analysts help people find their personal colour palettes for their clothing. However, with little more details on hand, you can easily find yours.
Here we’ve enlisted few ways generally used by fashion stylists. Keep reading on how to pick the right colour palette for your clothes!
The first and foremost part is to get you familiar with this special wheel of hues. It is widely used by professional stylists and colour analysts to come up with the best contrasts and combinations as it makes quite easier to decide which colour to play and pair with. Refer to the picture (warm & cool sides). This information will come in handy for you.
Colours That Suits Everyone:
Before we proceed to differentiate between different types of people and ideal colours for them, let’s first revise the list of neutral colours that bring out the best in everyone’s look.
You guessed right! We meant Black & White. These two subdued colours can very well make you stand out and that’s why lots of people like to wear them on important occasions.
Some best neutral colours that can also be a good addition in your wardrobe are marine, taupe, grey, cream, ivory, khaki, and beige. These colours tend to lighten up any outfit if used as a secondary colour. Aside from these, an alluring & deep red, eggplant purple, pure white, blush, and teal with the perfect blend of green and blue hues are few astonishing shades which will never disappoint when it comes to your wish of flattering looks from every angle.
1- Choose Color According to Your Skin Tone:
Most Fashion stylists will first observe your skin tone to tell which colours will harmonize with your physical appearance.
Just like the cut of your dress has to do with your body type, the colour of your outfit depends on your skin tone. Many of you may have already heard about skin tones i.e. Warm, Cool and Neutral. It’s a high time you learn more about it as this piece of information will help you determine which colours are truly yours!
- Warm Skin tone refers to the skin with yellowish/golden appearance.
- Cool Skin tone refers to the skin with rosy/pink appearance.
- Neutral Skin tone refers to the skin with both types of appearances.
To know what side are you on, check your inner wrist. Green veins indicate warm undertone, blue veins mean cool undertone and if you can’t pinpoint the actual colour, then chances are it is a neutral tone.
Best recommended colours for Cool Skin:
The cool spectrum of colours will welcome you. You should opt for oceanic and frosty hues such as ice blue, bright blue, sapphire, royal blue, lavender, lilac, emeralds, cobalt, deep purple and pastels of these.
From the warmer side, you can wear pale yellows, rosy reds, and shocking pink. However, stay away from too-bright yellows and oranges as your primary colours because they tend to clash with your natural undertones.
Best recommended colours for Warm Skin:
The warmer side of the colour wheel is your “go-to section” in this case. You should go for earthy hues such as golden, fiery reds, shades of oranges, peach, rusty, amber, and corals.
You would also look flattering in some cool colours like olive, orchid, green moss, magenta and turquoise. Try to skip frosty blue shades.
Best recommended colours for Neutral Skin Tone:
People with this type of skin tone can luckily rock in a wide range of colours from both sections of the colour wheel but the middle section is thought to be more suitable. In simple words, one with neutral skin tone should go for softer shades of yellow, jade green, peach, cameo green, lagoon blue, dusty pink, coffee, and pastels.
We don’t recommend bright and oversaturated colours such as magenta for a neutral group.
2- Choose Colour Palette According to SEASONAL Coloring Method:
This is a worldwide famous method among beauty professionals which is based on seasonal groups, i.e. summer, winter, spring, and autumn. The former two belongs to Cool skin tones while the latter are grouped in Warmer tones.
- Skin: Pale to Ashy appearance
- Eyes: grey-green, grey-blue to dark brown
- Hair: Ashy or Light brown
- Best Colors To Wear: Smoky and pastel shades of blue, pink, yellow, green, beige and grey.
- Skin: Extremely light or porcelain appearance.
- Eyes: Vibrant green, dark blue or brown.
- Hair: Black or dark brown
- Best Colors to Wear: Silver, Oversaturated and darker shades of brown, black, grey, red, pink, blue and purple.
- Skin: Light/Transparent appearance with freckles (not always)
- Eyes: Lighter shades of blue, green or brown
- Hair: Light blonde & brown shades
- Best Colors to Wear: Radiant versions of colours like dusty pink, apricot, peach, cream, rosy red, orange, teal, turquoise, aqua, coral, etc.
- Skin: Golden appearance with light tinted bronze & freckles
- Eyes: warm brown, amber, chestnut, and nut brown.
- Hair: Vibrant red, copper and ginger.
- Best Colors to Wear: Golden and naturally warm earthy hues like mustard, amber, ocher, bronze, golden, copper, reddish-brown and bright shades of orange.
3- Choose colour palette According to the Occasion:
Sometimes it’s not all about your skin tone and personal style statement to decide. Instead, you need to pick the appropriate colours depending on the occasion type. No matter how good you look in white or how classy you are in black, avoid wearing these two colours when invited to a wedding. Colours like red, black, green and purple are good for an impressive first date outfit.
During a job interview, bright colours such as yellow & orange are a big “NO- NO” and you’ve to stick to the rule of blue, black and white for professional reasons. However, if your job is all about art and creativity, then you can play with your favourite hues.
IN A NUTSHELL:
Colours play a vital role in our lives especially when it comes to fashion choice and give you reasons to like or dislike outfits instantly when shopping or designing clothes. Though you can wear any shade your heart desires but wearing something that pleases onlooker’s eyes is a priority when it comes to formal and semi-formal dressings. So it’s best to stick to the colours palette which suits your skin tones and overall facial colouring if you want to enhance your natural looks. And let’s not forget how much confidence booster that can be!