The Colours You Should Really Be Wearing

(Original story published on Monday March 9th, 2015 on

When it comes to our wardrobe, we all have that list of colours we steer clear of (neon yellow? oh no), the colours we’re unsure about (does blush totally wash me out?) and the colours we depend on day after day (black, white, and some form of both).

To help easily identify the colours you should be wearing and get you out of your comfort zone, we’ve simplified the colour chart to show the safe hues for you, simply based on your skin tone. Complete with images of your fave celebs and examples of pieces that are bound to look great on you, we have everything you need to brighten up your wardrobe. Say goodbye to black and white, and hello to technicolour!

Fair skinned? Your go-to colours should be jewel tones, pale pastels and nudes.

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Jewel Tones
For those of us with fair skin, jewel tones are the way to go for saturated hues. An easy guide? If you’re blonde (like January Jones!)? Go with navy. A brunette? Go with ruby. A red head? Go with emerald.

Shop Jewel Tones
Try J.Crew’s Sleeveless Trench Jumpsuit (US $168).

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Pale Pastels
Pale hues like baby blue, green and pink look gorgeous on fair skin tones. Our advice? Pair the hue with a bold orangey-red lip, like Emma Stone, to make it pop.

Shop Pale Pastels
Try Shopbop’s Saylor Monica Dress ($259).

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Complement ivory skin with matching nudes. Pop the look with dark lashes and a red pout, like Zooey Deschanel.

Shop Nudes
Try Club Monaco’s Greta Silk Dress ($199).

Have medium-coloured skinned? Your go-to colours should be neons, greys and metallics.

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Neon Brights
It can be difficult to wear highlighter hues like yellow, pink and orange, but bronzed beauties like Cameron Diaz prove this shade is a must for those with tanned skin.

Shop Neons
Try Ted Baker’s Acerola Mesh Panel Dress ($330).

A grey colour palette looks chic and elegant on those with medium-coloured skin. Go for a dove grey like Olivia Palermo, or as dark as a charcoal grey.

Shop Greys
Try Aritzia’s Wilfred Bossut Dress($185).

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Sun-kissed bombshells like Lily Aldridge look stunning in metallics, like deep silver.

Shop Metallics
Try ASOS’s Vintage Midi SkateDress in Pleated Lurex with Open Back Detail ($141).

Dark-skinned? Your go-to colours should be reds (in all shades), juicy brights and icy pastels.

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Complement your skin tone with shades of red from fire engine to ruby, like Kerry Washington.

Shop Reds
Try Topshop’s Lace Flippy Dress, (£100).

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Juicy Brights
Bold, bright hues like bubblegum pink, cobalt blue, bright purple, and grass green look incredible against dark skin… just like Rihanna in this Giambattista Valli number.

Shop Brights
Try Zara’s Dress with Zip at the Front ($80).

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Icy Pastels
Pale colours like icy blue, mint green and frosty pink look radiant on cocoa skin, like Lupita Nyong’o in this iconic blue Prada dress.

Shop Icy Pastels
Try The Outnet’s See by Chloé Pleated Voile Dress (was $499, now $284).

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