Have you ever heard someone say, or have you ever said, “I can’t wear that blouse/skirt/dress because [insert color here] looks terrible on me”?  As a boutique owner, I hear this all the time.  I’m here to tell you that your affinity towards some colors and away from others is completely justified.  This week we will determine what colors look best on your skin tone, and if you fall into the “warm” category, some styles that will highlight all of your best assets (stay tuned…“cool” colors will be covered on Thursday).

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First thing first:  Are you cool or are you warm?  I am not talking about your personality, demeanor, or anything other than your skin undertone.  Determining this is actually quite simple.  Flip your palms over and look at the underside of your wrists.  If your veins look blue or purple, you have a cool undertone; if they look green or have a yellow hue, you are warm.

Tyler Boe Bamboo Dress in Peony

Tyler Boe Bamboo Dress in Peony

Next, we need to go back to second grade art class (I know, I am throwing it WAY back for some of us!) and talk about the color wheel.  Bottom line: If you have a warm undertone, the colors on the warm side of the wheel will look best on you.  If you have a cool undertone, then cool colors will look best. The same goes with jewelry (silver=cool, gold=warm).

Newport Anorak Jacket

Newport Anorak Jacket

However, it can be a bit more complicated than that.  Even though red falls on the warm side of the aforementioned line, red can be either warm OR cool (did I just blow your mind?).  Comparatively, red is much warmer than blue, but if you were to hold up 10 red shirts, they will likely not match.  The reason?  Some reds will be more of an orangey-red, and others will fall closer to a raspberry color.  People with warm undertones will be able to pull off the orangey-red better than the raspberry, and vice versa for cool.

Tolani Monica Red Top

Tolani Monica Red Top

Still channeling second grade art class, I have an activity!  Close your eyes and go back to a bright fall day.  The leaves are changing and the sun is shining.  When it comes to fashion, these are your warm colors; earthy shades such as burnt orange, brown, dark leafy green, cream, and the like. 

BCBG Mariko Elm Suede Top

BCBG Mariko Elm Suede Top

Nicole Miller Coral Gold Strappy Dress

Nicole Miller Coral Gold Strappy Dress

oie Tsoline Blouse

oie Tsoline Blouse

Hopefully you have been able to determine your undertone and have some “hot” ideas for outfits if you have a warm undertone.  Come back Thursday for some cool outfits, and understand “crossover colors,” which are colors that walk the warm/cool line (all puns intended)!