Have you ever wondered how to dress correctly for your skin tone? How many of us even know what our skin tone actually is? Sure, everyone knows their ethnicity. But within every ethnicity, all over the world, skin tones have cool, warm and neutral tones which can dramatically affect the way the colours you wear affect your appearance.
So, how do you figure out your own skin tone and what are the rules around dressing for it?
How-To Fashion Guide: Colour and your Complexion
Fashion and your skin type
I thought I knew my skin colour. What’s my complexion got to do with my skin tone?
Well, everyone’s skin has a tinge that’s either golden or cool. Golden complexions are the “warm” tones and there will be a slightly yellow tint if you hold a piece of white paper up to your skin in natural light. If your skin tone is “cool”, you will notice a slight blue tint when you hold up the piece of paper. A few people really can’t figure this out. If this sounds like you, it’s possible you have a “neutral” skin tone. This opens up the whole spectrum to you, but caution against going for the brightest variation of any colour as your best colours are the ones that fall in the more subtle shades.
We always say, when choosing what to wear the number one rule is, do what makes you feel your best. But since we’re looking at a very specific, often confusing part of how to look great, we’ll try to get a bit more scientific here. It’s quite easy really. Once you know your skin’s undertone, try to match it with the colours that you wear.
How best to approach matching tone on tone
To wear the season’s hottest colours doesn’t mean you should rush out and invest in an entire new wardrobe every few months. Keep wearing your favourite wardrobe staples but mix them up with accents that you can buy seasonally, like a great scarf or handbag in winter, and in summer some statement accessories like fun earrings or strappy coloured sandals. There’s no reason that anyone can’t wear any colour, as long as the colours right next to your face correspond to your skin tone.
Examples of models and their skin tones
In the pictures below, Layinah and Eden are both warm-skin tones while Dumisa has cool skin. Thus, Layina and Eden will look amazing in warm, golden colours and neutrals such as fawn, camel and creamy white. Dumisa will be radiant in cooler tones with an icy quality and neutrals such as black, navy, dark grey and pure white.
Dressing for your personality
While your skin tone might match certain colours, your personality might not. What will happen if you’re a quieter, more introverted person and you wear a colour that’s too “loud” for your personality is that your outfit will “wear you”. You’ll stand out like a sore thumb and seem out of place. If you’re flamboyant and yet you wear colours that are washed out and insipid, you’re personality won’t match-up and there will seem to be something off-keel.
My number one tip for always being on trend in terms of colour is this: buy the majority of your wardrobe staples, the expensive bits, in your suitable “neutrals”. Then, seasonally buy the odd piece in the fashionable colours which you can then use to modernise your look.
Nothing gets a gal’s blood racing faster than a well-turned out, well coordinated guy, who takes care of himself down to the subtlest detail while still appearing rugged and effortless.
A favourite men’s look? The matching watch-strap. The strap compliments your shoes, or your belt or both.
A Whole Load of Straps
Thus I was a bit eager and admittedly, uncool with excitement when I received an email from Daniel Wellington, asking if I would like to review their product on my blog. It was only just earlier that week when I discovered the Daniel Wellington collection. It was love at first sight. Interchangeable straps mean whatever the outfit, you’ll always look polished.
I love the classic men’s styles – so elegant!
The best news is, they make watches for us gals too!
Here are some of my favourites from this year’s collection:
You can also choose your metal. Rose gold for you? Or would you prefer silver? The ultimate customisable watch.
Bloggers Gawn Wiiiiild!
Such a clever marketing strategy. One of the early brands to understand the power of the fashion blogger on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and all the crazy relatives in the social media family. These watches are literally all over the net. And it’s not through sheer bribery, though admittedly that might have been the bait. The fact is, these uber-affordable watches are timeless, classic, elegant and beautiful. They’re lekker to wear and they’re more versatile than cream cheese.
My husband and I are fighting over the Classic Bristol I received. He does wear it very well…
Looks like I’m going to be needing to take a little squiz at their online store to get myself my own chic lil’ DW! (And you can too, with a 15% discount code “voguefox”)
Delivery was super fast and the watch is beautifully packaged. Christmas in July!
What do you think?
My colleague Melanie always looks chic, no matter how casual she is it just seems effortless. So who better to ask, when posing the question,
“how do I go to gym and look good while I train?”
This may not seem like a concern to many, but gym spots are renowned for meetups and chance encounters. Making an effort to look presentable could make all the difference in turning what would have been a cringe-worthy moment into a happy connection.
Here are Melanie’s tips:
How to look good at gym:
Looking great while working up a sweat is no easy task, it takes a lot of effort to look effortlessly good while working out. Here I have come up with a few tips to assist you in your search for easy gym style.[/fusion_text]
Choosing lightweight and breathable fabrics is the basic of any gym outfit, try avoid cotton as it will cling to your body and absorbs heat rather opting for polyester or spandex. Don’t make the mistake of wearing a light coloured or white T-shirt as this will easily show sweat marks, look for a darker solid colour instead.
It’s generally a good idea to stick to one solid dark coloured workout legging to provide a sleeker silhouette, who doesn’t need a bit of help creating a slimmer looking leg and booty while doing squats.
Add a bit of excitement and personality to your simple outfit with a fun coloured or unusual print workout shoe.
A well fitted sports bra is a must, not just to keep your breasts from bouncing all over but to prevent back and neck pain too.
Never wear a full face of make up to the gym, foundation and eye liner smearing all over your face is never a good look. Rather opt for a lightweight BB cream or tinted moisturiser, a bit of waterproof mascara and a tinted lip gloss to enhance your natural workout glow.
Ensure your hair is tied up, sweaty hair that sticks to your face is never going to be attractive. A chic topknot or elegant high ponytail are easy options.
Thanks Melanie. These tips should go a long way to helping us all feel a lot more confident appearing at the gym!
This morning, scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across this simple statement which embodies why it is I do what I do, and why I personally try to make a bit of an effort when I get ready every the morning.
Posted on Instagram by BigBadWolf
There is so much confusion and noise it seems, about fashion and feminism, empowering women and dressing to please others. The taboos of wearing make up and the taboos of not wearing make up. Heels are bad for you. Heels are sexist. Heels are gorgeous. Heels are compulsory. Never judge a book by its cover, beauty is only skin deep. Etcetera etcetera. I’m sure you have quite a number of your own to add to these cliches.
High Heels – Torture in The Office. The Week, June 2016
So to quieten the noise, today I’m zero-ing in on this one, simple idea: that to present yourself as well as you can, always, is to pay the utmost respect to yourself as well as the rest of humanity.
What do you think?
I spoke to Elana Afrika on the Expresso Morning Show last week about capsule wardrobes, storage and dressing solutions.
The station received loads of enquiries and calls after the slot for the “Image Makers” list, so here is is for you to download.
Your Secret Weapon
Print it out, stick it inside your wardrobe with a pencil, and keep track of the outfits you put together and wear so that on “rushed” days, you merely have to glance at a record of what’s worked for you before, without having to spend time trying to be creative.You saw it here first!
A great way to add interest to any outfit is by considering the different textures.
If you think about the run-of-the-mill, every-day outfits we see on most people, and perhaps wear ourselves, there are generally only two textures that have been used (excluding the shoes). The top, and the bottom.
Anything less than 3 different textures in an outfit just looks ordinary, not very interesting. So challenge yourself to wear at least 3 different textures in an outfit to make it a bit more glamorous.
A Variety of Textures
Tweed is so in at the moment, and will remain so into the coming winters. Not only will it keep you warm, it’s a fascinating texture to work with. It’s a rough, woollen fabric which originated in Scotland, and you can usually find 3 to 4 different colours in the weave.
Printed fabrics have a great way of adding the idea of another texture in your outfit. Try to stick to patterns which have a maximum of 4 main, bold colours to avoid looking overdecorated. And try not to mix more than 1 different printed item per outfit.
Soft, silky fabrics
Sheer fabrics that slither and slip are a great way to add some interest to outfits where more common fabrics like cotton and wool are the main event.
To stay warm this winter, chunky knits and layering are once again the way to go. You can make the knit the main focal texture of your outfit by toning down the texture of the other items in your ensemble, using simple cottons and smooth silks.