Hello SOTGC community,
I’m a big proponent of incorporating color, in addition to your go-to neutrals, into your professional wardrobe.
Color is a powerful and persuasive form of nonverbal communication.
It encourages a visceral reaction by both the observer and the wearer. And when worn well, color can benefit you on the job.
Ready for my shocking reversal of a ‘dyed (pun totally intended!) in the wool’, fashion rule? I believe you can wear any color. The trick is simply finding the ideal hues for your skin tone. For example, sky blue is very different from turquoise blue, but while both are blue, the former flatters one skin tone, while the latter flatters another.
Of course, there’s a sometimes complicated art and science to finding your best colors.
Ultimately, your best color tones will enliven your complexion (perfect for those late nights at the office) as well as brighten your eyes and whiten your teeth.
Here are two quick tests to determine whether your skin’s got a warm or cool undertone.
The Vein Test
In natural light (during the day, stand by an open window) make a fist and examine your inner wrist. What color are your veins?
Green veins = Warm undertone
Blue veins = Cool undertone
The Paper Test
Stand 2-3 feet away from a mirror (with natural light); place a sheet of white paper below your chin. Close your eyes for a few seconds now open them. What did you see first?
White paper = Warm undertone
Your Face = Cool undertone
Once you discover your skin’s undertone, then refer to warm/cool color charts for a general ‘best colors’ color guide (see sample, here). But, remember, if you don’t want to limit yourself color-wise, you don’t have to.
Image credit: Stella De Zotti