How to choose the right color for your clothes

How to choose the right color for your clothes
How to choose the right color for your clothes

We all have a favorite color, but this isn't necessarily the color that looks best on us. Each person has indeed a group of colors that best enhance them and another group of colors that look particularly bad on their complexion. Knowing how to combine the right colors can make all the difference between a great outfit and a dreadful outfit.


Part 1 of 3: find your profile color

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Step 1. Determine the undertone of your skin

You should basically wear colors that match your undertone. While there are many different skin colors, there are only two undertones: warm and cool. Warm skin tones tend to be orange or yellow, while cold skin tones tend more towards blue or pink. There are two main ways to determine the undertone of your skin.

  • The vein test: look at the color of the veins on your wrist or the palm of your hand. If your undertone is warm, your veins will appear green, while if your undertone is cold, your veins will be blue or purplish.
  • The Jewelry Test: In natural light, wear a silver bracelet on one wrist and a gold bracelet on the other wrist. Look at each of your forearms and determine which piece of jewelry highlights your skin color the best. If it's gold, your skin has a warm undertone, if it's silver, your undertone is cold.
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Step 2. Learn how to determine if a color is warm or cool

The general rule is that warm colors tend towards yellow, while cold colors tend towards blue. Understanding this dichotomy, however, takes practice. Here is a general list of warm and cool colors.

  • Warm colors: reds, oranges, yellows, yellow greens.
  • Cool colors: true greens, blues, purples.
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Step 3. Consider your skin color

In addition to your undertones, your main skin color will also determine which color groups will look best on you. Remember above all that the colors that contrast with the color of your skin in daylight are the most flattering. If your skin is dark, saturated oranges and yellows will almost always highlight you, even if your undertones are cool. Likewise, bright, rich colors like emerald green, ruby ​​red, and amethyst purple enhance fair skin regardless of its undertones.

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Step 4. Wear clothes that will bring out the color of your eyes

To make your eyes stand out, be sure to wear the right color close to your face, for example on your top or scarf. You will then have to choose a garment or accessory of a shade similar to those of your irises or of a color that will produce a significant contrast. Deep reds bring out the depth of brown eyes and create a sublime contrast to light eyes.

Part 2 of 3: Choosing Your Neutral Shades

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Step 1. Take six neutral colored objects

Gather a light gray object, a dark gray object, a light brown object, another dark brown object, a navy blue object and a last black object. Browns and grays can be warm or cool, so choose items that match your profile in color. Make sure the chosen objects are more or less the length of your face and one color.

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Step 2. Place each object near your face

Stand in natural light with a pocket mirror and look at your skin next to each of the chosen objects. Try to figure out which color looks best on you. Along with the right color, your eyes will be brighter and your skin brighter. Neutral shades that make your skin appear reddish or waxy should be avoided. If you're having trouble choosing, ask a friend whose sartorial tastes you admire for his opinion.

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Step 3. Choose one or two neutral colors

These colors will form the basis of your wardrobe. The vast majority of your pants, dresses, jackets and shoes will then need to be the neutral color (or neutral colors) that you have chosen for yourself. Also avoid combining two neutral colors in an outfit.

Part 3 of 3: building your wardrobe

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Step 1. Choose colorful clothes

Pick a few of your favorite colors, from those that match your skin tone, and make them your main colors. This could be a little tricky, so be sure to take the mirror test to be sure the colors you choose look great on you. Theoretically, you could choose as many colors as you want. In practice, you are likely to be limited by your budget, the size of your closets, and your patience in crafting outfits. A pretty outfit will usually consist of a neutral color and a main color and sometimes a little touch of an additional color. By wearing more colors, your outfit will quickly appear overloaded.

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Step 2. Choose your accessories

To bring small touches of color to your outfits, choose a few accessories in complementary and contrasting colors to those of your clothes. Then use these pieces sparingly, to wake up an outfit. For example, a tie or an orange pocket square can add a touch of cheerfulness to a navy blue suit. In the same way, a turquoise belt on a salmon dress will give an outfit, certainly original, but very elegant.

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Step 3. Choose a type of metal

For your accessories and jewelry, always choose the same metal. Although these pieces are only a small part of your outfits, the shine of the metal quickly catches the eye. By combining two types of metal, your outfit could quickly appear mismatched or overloaded, especially if you are already wearing multiple colors. Silver and platinum are cool-hued metals, while gold and bronze have warm hues.

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Step 4. Practice making outfits

If your current wardrobe is limited, use an online app. Create several virtual outfits, combining different pieces, until you find your ideal look. In order to get an idea of ​​what you are looking for, before you start shopping, design several outfits. Once you have enlarged your wardrobe, you can do the same with the pieces you own and practice creating outfits. If you are looking for the clothes you will wear for an important interview or a date, it is in your best interest to plan your outfit in advance, to make sure that it is well constructed and that it fits you well. Put on your chosen clothes and accessories and look at yourself in the mirror. Depending on the weather, also make sure your coat or hat goes with the rest of your outfit, for a more sophisticated look.

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Step 5. Know which image you want to return

Not all colors will return the same image. Highlights and neutrals will make you appear as a soft and approachable person, while bright tones will attract more attention. In a monochrome and dark outfit, you will appear confident and strict. To stay discreet, turn to pale and neutral shades. Bright and bold colors, especially purple, will make you appear as a creative person.


  • It is not always easy to determine the color of your profile. If you are not sure which color will suit you, the best way to find out will be to try it out.
  • Note the colors you wear when people are complimenting you. This way you will know which shades make you stand out the most.
  • Some colors, like burgundy, are both warm and cool. You will then have to determine for yourself if they suit your complexion.
  • The neutral color that looks best on you will usually be close to your natural hair color.
  • Avoid wearing clothes that are too close to your skin color.

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