How to Pick the Right Colors for Your Wardrobe

Color Fan Deck

Color Guide

How do you know what color is right for you or for your wardrobe?  One way that you could find out which colors you’d look best in is to hire a color consultant.  But be forewarned that although worth their weight in gold, their services don’t come cheap.  Fortunately, there is a free alternative that you can use if a professional consultant is not in your budget.

Here’s what you do…When you’re in a fabric or clothing store, take a bolt or swatch of fabric or a solid color t-shirt to a mirror and put it up to your face. Then pay careful attention to how this color looks against your skin tone and how it brings out your eye color.

If it’s your color, your eyes will be drawn first to your face and eyes and you will notice the color swatch as an afterthought.  If it isn’t your color, the color swatch will stand out against your skin so that your mind is drawn first to the swatch and then to your skin. Another thing that you might notice if this is not your color is that your eyes will look tired and dull.

In addition to doing this at the store you can also do this with what you have inside your wardrobe right now.  The reason that this works is that all colors have undertones-this holds true for your skin as well as your clothes.  The two major classifications that fabric color specialists use to describe these undertones are “warm” and “cool”.

As a rule of thumb warm colors tend to be your reds, yellows, and oranges.  Whereas, the color industry typically recognizes blues, greens, and violets as cool colors.

Color Wheel-warm and cool colors

Warm and Cool Colors

If you’d like to learn more about undertones here’s a page that does a great job explaining the difference between warm and cool colors.

As a general rule of thumb, you should achieve the most harmony in your colors when you match the undertones in your skin to the undertones in your clothes.  For example, if you have warm undertones in your skin you shouldn’t wear clothes with cool undertones.   If you do the colors will clash.

Again though, if you are able to have your colors professionally done, then I’d highly suggest you doing that. Because there’s nothing better than being able to take your own personal color palette and comparing the colors on your palette to outfits that you’re considering purchasing.  On the other hand if you prefer to do your own color analysis you now have the tools to do that, as well.  Whichever way you go, DIY or professional, what matters the most is that you wear colors that suit you, as this gives you a clear path to style and confidence beyond measure.

Also worth mentioning is that whether cool undertones or warm undertones you can rest assured that Rock Bottom T-Shirts has your colors.

Please let us know what you thought about our color lesson.  If you have questions, we’d be happy to answer them for you-just post your comment below or you could even post your thoughts on our Fan Page.

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5 responses to “How to Pick the Right Colors for Your Wardrobe

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