Mix and Match Wardrobe: How To Pick Your Colour Palette

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, but I promise that you will soon find out the reason of my absence. I’ve been working on something really fun, and I can’t wait to tell you what’s that all about!

A few weeks ago I talked about how I’ve been building mix and match wardrobe, and how important that is to pick a colour palette for your wardrobe and stick to it. Choosing the right hues for your complexion is no rocket science, but you need to determine your “type” correctly and keep a couple of guidelines in mind. To be honest, I underestimated the importance of this for many years, and it simply resulted in an enormous waste of time spent in dressing rooms and figuring out why a particular colour doesn’t look as good on me as on models or my girlfriends. Please, trust me, understanding the basics of colour matching will save you lots of time, trouble and money, especially if you are into mix and match fashion.

Basically, there are three types of skin tones:

  • Pale, or fair. If your hair is blond, red, or light brown like mine, your eyes are grey or blue, and the sun is not your skin’s best friend, chances are that you have that “cool” complexion. I am quite a good example here, actually.
  • Olive, or medium. These girls usually have dark hair, brown eyes and tend to tan pretty well. Basically, that’s what “warm” undertones are all about. Think Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba and Rihanna.
  • Dark. Well, dark complexion is the easiest one to determine. If you’ve got brown or black hair, deep brown eyes and never get sunburns (lucky you), then you are among beauties like Lupita Nyong’o, Kerry Washington and Naomi Campbell.

By the way, if you are having a hard time figuring out whether you have a “cool” or “warm” complexion, simply check the veins on the inside of your wrist: if they are bluish, then you belong to the first group, if they are greenish, that means you’re “warm”.

Now, let me quickly explain you why my mix and match wardrobe consists of quite a few dark grey and navy pieces.

  • “Cool” complexion people like me need colours that will contrast with our skin, because light, pastel shades simply make us look more pale. The same is true for bright colours; I usually stay away from these, unless I want to mix and match dark pieces with lighter ones in my outfit. If you check my look below from earlier this spring, you’ll see what I mean.
  • If your skin type is “medium”, the principle is somewhat similar: you should simply avoid colours that blend with your skin, and opt for shades that are lighter or darker than your skin tone instead. Off-white tops and dresses should be your best friends in summer!
  • Dark skin complexion is the most versatile one when it comes to matching colours. You can go for any colour you want, with just a couple of exceptions: brown, navy and black. If you absolutely must wear one of these, don’t forget to combine it with contrasting colours. But, seriously, the world is your oyster.

Let me know in comments if you tried dressing up based on your skin tone; I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts!

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

Mix and Match Wardrobe: How to Pick Your Colour Palette

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Yulia

25 Comments

  1. I must admit that I usually just go for colors I like, without giving my skin tone a lot of thought:) I’ve never heard of the vein trick before, but what a great way to determine your tone. I think I’m olive?

  2. I’ve never dressed for my skin tone, but now I’m seriously curious about it! I’m just such a monochromatic person I never really even considered it. Next time I’m shopping for something colored I’m definitely keeping this in mind. Gorgeous look!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  3. My palette has always been pink…bright pink….lighter pink….rose…and black, lol! Great article, it definitely is defined very much by skin tone as to what looks fabulous and what falls flat!

  4. Great article! I got my mother’s fair Irish skin and my Dad’s dark hair and eye’s so I have a unique cool complexion. 🙂
    Loving the jeans! I have been looking for a pair just like those. 🙂

  5. I haven’t really thought about my undertones while getting dressed before. I think I’ve just subconsciously avoided colors that I think look terrible with my skintone. Thanks for all the tips though 🙂 Now I’ll be a more informed dresser lol Also love this look! The kick flare jeans look so good with the ankle boots 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  6. I have fair to medium skin tone with cool complexion and it is true that some colours suit more than others, however I don’t really dress according to it. I just get whatever I think looks good 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

  7. This is such a lovely outfit babe!!! You are just stunning!!! Such an interesting article, I had honestly never thought about choosing close to match with my complexion, but it make so much sense! Xx

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