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A lot of people are afraid to wear color and neglect to add vibrant splashes to their wardrobes. It is possible to wear bright colors without looking over the top. Instead of opting for black day in and day out, find out which colors are most flattering on you. While black can look great, a completely dark outfit doesn’t have personality. Keep black to a minimum and inject some color into your outfits. When searching for colors to wear, consider the best shades for your skin tone. Instead of simply adding outrageous colors, you’ll be showing off great taste and style.

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Wear white, pink, gray, baby blue and khaki if you have a dark skin tone. People who have dark skin also tend to have dark hair and eyes. The best colors for this skin tone contrast with dark features in order to brighten the look. The darker your skin, the more bright colors you can wear. Dark shades and tropical colors are not very flattering against dark skin. Keep black, brown and navy blue to a minimum while completely avoiding magenta, turquoise and mint green.

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Wear black, pink, burgundy, beige, royal blue and navy blue if you have medium-toned skin. People with medium skin tones have varying hair and eye colors, from light to dark. Most colors flatter this skin tone, including earth tones. Tanned skin will also look great against an even larger number of colors. Avoid colors that blend in with your skin. For example, don’t wear olive green or brown if you have an olive complexion. Stay away from pistachio green, mauve, red and dark brown as well.

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Wear off-white, light blue, brown, bold blue and beige if you have fair skin. People with fair skin often have red or blonde hair and light eyes. Pastels and other subdued colors look best on this skin tone. Avoid bright or harsh colors which will contrast too severely with light skin. Try not to wear purple, red, orange or yellow.


Shop with a friend you trust will give you an honest opinion. If you prefer to shop solo, bring along a camera to snap photos that you can study later; save your hard-earned money until you’re ready to buy flattering clothing!

You don’t have to limit your color choices to just clothing; opt for colored accessories as well, such as jewelry, ties or scarves.

Incorporate one bold color into your outfit instead of several different colors.

Avoid colored pants. Brown, black, gray, blue and white are acceptable.

Try not to purchase cheaply-made items. If you’re hoping for a color to stand out, you won’t want that piece of clothing to look cheap.

About the Author

Lindsay Pietroluongo

As a full-time writer in New York's Hudson Valley, Lindsay Pietroluongo's nightlife column and photos have appeared regularly in the "Poughkeepsie Journal" since 2007. Additional publications include "Chronogram," the "New Paltz Sojourn," "About Town" newspaper and "Outsider" magazine. Pietroluongo graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in English.