Style Solution: For Caucasian women, clothing and accessories in colors related to skin tone can soften a look, making the effect more feminine and/or approachable. For women of color, clothing that includes skin tones creates the same POP of visual connection that hair color creates for Caucasians.
A repeat of most Caucasian skin tones is Soft Blush. Not exactly pink … not quite peach … just a dusty and subtle Blush. One amazing attribute of this color is its ability to work in combination with virtually every neutral and most pseudo-neutrals too. Replace your standard white shirt with a blush shell under a suit and see how much more sophisticated it looks … and friendlier too. That “friendlier” thing also makes Blush a great First Date choice if you’re in that phase of life.
It is challenging to wear head-to-toe. On women with pale coloring, the effect is utterly washed-out. And on women with strong personal coloring the pale Blush creates a color value imbalance like you see in the left-hand example below.
But it works beautifully as a blouse under a contrasting jacket or a jacket over a contrasting color column. Here are some current choices in Blush. Each image is a link to more information about the item.
Women of color can also were their skin tone to great effect, but in a slightly different way. This group women have greater variety in their skin colors – some more golden, others more peachy and still others with a red-brown cast. Matching closely is critical to a flattering look. We used a golden camel in our examples.
Darker skin tones are especially chic worn with black, but they mix well with other deep, rich solids too. The mix might be a patterned garment or a combination of solid pieces.
Here are some examples of skin tones mixed with black – so much smarter than a black-and-white combination where the bright white overpowers the woman’s face. These gals can have a field day with all the warm-toned skin prints that are in the spotlight this season … and they can keep right on wearing them for years.