When someone says “New York City and Paris”, what comes to mind? Perhaps, you think of monuments like the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower, or world class museums like the MET and Louvre. But, let’s not forget fashion. Women in NYC and Paris have “je ne sais quois”, or “I don’t know what” when it comes to fashion. They just seem to know what to wear and how to wear it. Having spent plenty of time in both places, I think I figured out the “what” and want to let you in on their secret. These chic, urban women have a super power that you and I can master – they understand color and walk the streets with confidence.
C O L O R
We all have a love/hate relationship with color. While some colors can make us appear washed out, others can complement our complexion, making us appear naturally radiant and healthy. The trick is understanding color and recognizing which colors look best on your skin. I call this super power number one.
Colors with the same undertone as your skin will make you look more radiant and healthy. While skin tone varies from person to person, skin undertones come in cool, warm, or neutral. That’s it. Find blouses with the same undertone as your skin, and voila! You’ve figured out styling super power number one.
What’s my skin undertone anyway?
I’ve got a few tricks to help you figure that out.
Check Your Veins: Push your sleeves up right now and look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. Are they blue or green? If they look more blue or purple, you likely have cool undertones. If the veins look greenish, you’re warm. It’s worth noting, warm girls, that you’re veins aren’t actually green—they look it because you’re seeing them through yellow-toned skin (yellow + blue = green.) If you can’t tell the difference, then you might be neutral.
The Old Jewelry Trick: Try on something gold and something silver. Which one looks better? Not which metal you like more, but which actually makes you look more radiant, glowing, and awake. Typically, women with cool undertones look better in silver and platinum metals, and warm-toned women look better in gold. Neutrals tend to lack that radiant effect, but still look good with either one.
Paper Test: Hold up a sheet of paper to your neck under natural light. If the paper makes your skin appear reddish, then you’re cool. If it makes your skin appear more yellow, then count yourself warm. Gray? You’re most likely neutral.
Now that we’ve got your undertone figured out, here are some colors for you to work with. Again, these are the colors that look best closest to your face. Match your undertone with the dominate color on your blouse or dress. You can wear everything on this list, just be smart about position and balance.
Are there colors for everyone?
Yes! Everyone looks good in rose gold, true red, eggplant, rose, and a neutral teal.
Stay turned for the second fashion super power! Until then, share your colors with us! #itsmytimetocolor