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Dressing for Skin Tone

Apr 11, 2011 / By Yvadney Davis for

There are no hard and fast rules for style, but it’s a different story when it comes to wearing color. Whatever your complexion, some colors will make you look sickly while others will bring your skin to life. Yes, it’s easy to cling to boring black, but why not create a fashion rainbow just for you that will make dressing to impress easy?



Get Under Your Skin

Knowing your skin and understanding its undertones is the first step. There are simple tests such as looking at the color of your veins, your eyes, your hair. See if the undertone is warm (yellow & peach) or cool (pink & red). The “Daily Mail” suggests holding a cream (warm) and then a white (cool) sheet up to your face; whichever makes your eyes glow determines your coloring.

Golden Girls Wear the Sun on Their Sleeves

If your skin tone and coloring is fair, bright and sun-kissed, you can relate to celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Kidman. You have blond, copper or red hair, with peachy skin that tans easily. How to dress? Glow in muted shades such as taupe, ivory and khaki, but wear turquoise and red and you’re on fire. For day to day color injection, choose subdued shades of rose, jade, aubergine, chocolate and navy.

Be the Fairest of Them All

Porcelain, ivory, pale, white … if you would use these words to describe your skin tone, then you are known in the color analysis industry as “summer.” You have a delicate and cool complexion and should celebrate it. “If you are cool and light it’s best to wear pastel colors like light pinks, light blues, mints and lavender,” suggests Michelle T. Sterling, author of The Sterling Style Academy’s “What Are My True Colors?” booklet.

Glow For It

Like the season you are named after, take your cue from the autumn landscape. Honey, caramel and earthy are how people would describe your warm coloring. You’re in good company — Zoe Saldana, Eva Mendes and Angelina Jolie all share your delicious and versatile tones. The best colors for you to wear are nudes, crisp white, yellows and coppers, which will harmonize your hue. You are the one skin tone that black genuinely compliments.

Ice Queens Pop in Bright Colors

If you find a kindred skin tone in the likes of Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek and Jennifer Hudson, you are “winter.” With your cool, crisp and dark coloring you can be very daring in your dressing style. Stick to blue or pink-based colors, which will show off your beautiful chocolate complexion. Dazzle in rich jewel tones, jazzy bold colors and crisp white to make your everyday style pop.

Breaking the Rules

Don’t be afraid to switch things up every now and then to show off your style savvy. “It’s fine to break the rules as long as you first know if your skin is warm or cool,” says Sterling. “Warm skin should wear gold accessories and cool skin should wear silver accessories near the face if you’re not wearing the appropriate colors on your body.”


If you are tired of using color analysis drapes and swatches to work with your clients during the consultation process and you are you looking for a more current resource,  the Sterling Style Academy introduces our color analysis booklet called What Are My True Colors – A Modern Guide to Color Analysis.  The booklet has a brief introduction about color theory, and then showcases individuals who are of different color qualities from around the world.  It then features up to date, fashion forward clothing samples within the different color qualities to provide you with a wonderful product to give to your clients.  Best of all, it is pocket size and fits easily into a woman’s everyday handbag.

The color palettes in this booklet  will help you during your color analysis consultations – providing you with a modern day solution for the modern day woman.

The booklet can be purchased individually for US$34.97 or in a 4- pack for US$99.47.  For details and to make your investment, please click here.  If you are interested in learning more about our 3-day color consultant, fashion stylist, and personal shopper training in New York, Dubai, or London, please click here.  This course is great for beginners or seasoned professionals who are seeking further education.

About the Sterling Style Academy

The Sterling Style Academy is a leader in the field of image consultant training and offers a variety of certification programs including Personal Stylist and Personal Shopper. Our training courses attract students from across the globe who are interested in launching a career in the fashion and style industry. On-location training programs are held in fashion capitals around the world including Miami, New York, Paris, London, Dubai, and Hong Kong. In addition, the Sterling Style Academy offers interactive Online Training, Teleclasses, and Short eCourses. Sterling Style Academy enables students to become style experts and icons by giving them a competitive edge in the image consulting and personal styling field.

Other countries with a growing interest in color consultations, image consulting, personal shopping, and personal styling are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The emerging market country indices included are: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Angola, Congo, Bangladesh, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

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The Sterling Style Academy is a leader in the field of image consultant training and offers a variety of certification programs as an Image Consultant, Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper, and Fashion & Style Consultant.

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