The Best Colors to Wear for Your Skin Tone

As far as we've been told, finding the right color for your skin tone is very difficult business. Articles ask us to compare our skin to a season—"Are you a spring or a winter?"—or even examine the color of the veins on our wrist. But figuring out what's most flattering shouldn't have to be so complicated, right?

We wanted to cut through the nonsense and nail down the specific colors that will flatter everyone, so we broke things down by five general skin tones to make things as simple as possible. Below, you'll find our easy guide to complementing your skin tone so you'll never be caught wearing the wrong color again. As an added bonus, it comes complete with shopping options to help you dress your best—totally hassle-free. Ready to check it all out? Read on for our guide to which color is best for your skin tone.

Deep Skin: Cobalt

Bold colors like Claire Most's cobalt blue sweater look incredible against dark skin.

Deep Skin: Light Yellow

Pastel colors like Kellie Brown's light yellow jacket stand out against a darker complexion.

 Deep Skin: Red

Ruby red has never looked better. Pair with deep red for extra style points. 

 Dark Skin: Olive Green

Khaki and olive green both look incredible on your skin tone, and considering utility styles are currently trending, this is just one more reason to opt for the color.

Dark Skin: Cream


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Don't hold back on the white, the fresh color makes your skin literally glow.

Dark Skin: Magenta

Bright pink, though often a hard sell for some, couldn't look better against your skin tone.

Now all you need is a glamorous event to attend. 

Medium Skin: Metallic

Medium Skin: Metallic


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Medium skin tones can pull off most types of metallic, ranging from silver to copper, like these standout gold pants.

Medium Skin: Dove Gray

If your skin tone is in the medium range, consider wearing dove gray. If you've got lighter skin, opt for a charcoal gray, and if you've got darker skin, a very pale gray will look best.

Go ahead and wear your leggings as pants underneath this cozy sweater.

Medium Skin: Neon

Not many can wear highlighter-worthy hues, but as Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert proved in this skirt set, medium-skinned ladies have got this look in the bag.

Light Skin: Baby Blue

A pastel color with just enough pigment, like on this teddy coat, looks gorgeous against pale skin. Our advice? Pair it with a red lip for a pop of color.

Light Skin: Camel

The classic tan color on Caroline Daur's shearling coat creates an appealing contrast with her fair skin.

Camel always makes pieces look more expensive. 

Fair Skin: Seafoam

This pale shade of green is just light enough to complement your fair skin well. Freshen up the look for spring by wearing a seafoam green piece with white ankle boots.

Fair Skin: Blush

Millennial Pink is a term we've all come to use for this particular pale shade of blush. Thankfully, the color is easily found on so many stylish pieces and looks amazing on fair skin tones.

You won't want to take off this cozy pullover.

Fair Skin: Lavender

Fair Skin: Lavender


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Yes, that's right. The It color of the season was tailor-made for fair skin, so feel free to shop all those pretty lavender pieces to your heart's content.

This coat speaks for itselfwear with a plain T-shirt and fun sneakers.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Judith Jones.