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Dressing For Your Undertone

Understanding your skin undertone

Skin complexion, or skin colour, is the shade of your skin; you can have a light/pale complexion, a medium/olive complexion or dark complexion. Your skin undertone is different to your complexion and will remain the same regardless of your skin colour. In regard to undertone, most people fall between one of three categories: warm, cool and neutral. By understanding what your skin undertone is, it can help you discover the best shades of colour to wear. An easy way of figuring out what your undertone is, is by scanning through the below:

Nail beds: if your nail bed is reddish, pink, or blue toned then you fall into the cool category! If you fall into the warm category, your nail beds will have a peachy or yellow look. Should you see both, you belong to the neutral tone category.

Wrists: look at your veins. If you see blue or purple veins, you're most likely cool-toned, and if you see green, you're warm. If you see both, you fall into the neutral tone category.

Jewellery: warm undertones look best in gold jewellery, whereas cool undertones look great in silver or rose gold. And of course, if all suit you, you are neutral!

Celebrity match: this one is always fun! Look for a celebrity who has a similar skin tone to you and see if you both have warm or cool tones. 


Finding what looks best on your skin tone

Now that you know your skin undertone, read on to find out what colours best suit it. To help you style, we match these colours with our favourite styles from the latest collection! Keep in mind your undertones can provide some insights into what looks best against your natural skin colour. Your personal preferences are more important than what any colour chart suggests so, if you feel happy in a colour that's considered outside of the colour palette, break the rules and go for it! 


Cool Tones

The best colours for cool skin tones are on the cool end of the colour spectrum. Because your skin tone has reddish, pink, or blue undertones, you will look great in colours that reflect these shades! Play around with different versions of blues, teals, lilacs, and soft rose shades. If you want to incorporate warmer colours into your outfit, try out pale yellows, rosey reds and rubies. More neutral colours that work well include stark white, grey and navy.


Soft Pinks
Liv Long Sleeve Slouch Top, Withered Rose / Lounge Tee, Rose / Cocoon Cardi, Withered Rose

Warm Tones

The best colours to dress warm skin tones are those that richly reflect nature; think browns, ivory, tans and play around with different shades of reds. If you are going for a cool-toned look, try warmer versions of cool colours like olive, red-purples, and orchids. Any easier way of thinking is to associate warm colours with warm shades.


Tan & Browns
Duster Jacket, Camel / Pocket Pant, Chocolate / Essential Fleece Top, Spice

If you don't have a clear warm or cool skin tone, and feel that you're neutral, you can wear anything on the colour wheel! Colours for both warm and cool tones will look great on you - but it's typically best to go for softened or muted versions of a colour instead of the brighter ones. Choose colours like dusty pink, placid blues, and jade greens. Neutral tones can also rock different shades of neutral colours so have a play around with off-whites, coffee, greys, and blacks.


Now that you know what your skin tone is and are an expert at matching clothes with skin tone, you're ready to add skin tone appropriate outfits to your wardrobe. If you would like to consult with a fashion professional as you pick out new clothes that match your skin tone, book in for an appointment with our Personal Stylist and Colour Expert, Angela Barbagallo here