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.
Bold colors like Claire Most's cobalt blue sweater look incredible against dark skin.
That blue is so flattering.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Pastel colors like Kellie Brown's light yellow jacket stand out against a darker complexion.
You might need the coordinating jacket to finish off this yellow corduroy suit.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Raf Simons's designs are some of the best Calvin Klein pieces to date.
Available in sizes 46 to 52.
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.
Best when worn with combat boots.
Available in sizes 24 to 31.
Don't hold back on the white, the fresh color makes your skin literally glow.
The perfect cardigan to cozy up in.
Available in sizes 14 to 24.
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 wear this dress to.
Available in sizes 00 to 3.
Medium skin tones can pull off most types of metallic, ranging from silver to copper, like these standout gold pants.
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 cocoon-like sweater.
Available in one size.
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.
We're predicting everyone will swap their trusted jeans for a pair of plaid pants this spring.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Jewel tones are a great way for light-skinned women to wear saturated colors. Need proof? Look no further than this stylish suit.
Just add a beaded handbag.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
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.
Your work shirts are ready for a pretty update like this.
Available in sizes 10 to 18.
The classic tan color on Caroline Daur's shearling coat creates an appealing contrast with her fair skin.
Camel coats are the number one way to make your outfit look more expensive.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
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.
The perfect top to dress up jeans.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
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 fuzzy sweater.
Available in sizes S to L.
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.
Let these trousers speak for themselves—wear with a plain T-shirt and fun sneakers.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.