How To Use Color to Compliment Your Complexion

Today is about color. Color is a subject that only a handful of men know about and incorporate into their style. Colors that work best for me? What?

This is something every guy should know a little bit about. When you wear a color that compliments your skin and your hair, people notice and come up to you and say, “Wow, that’s a really great color on you!” Wearing the right color will make you look more attractive.

It enhances your features you already have.

And wearing the wrong color, especially if you have fair hair and fair skin, can completely wash you out, making you blend in with the beige walls at work.

The main idea is you want people to look at your face, and then your clothes. So you want to balance the contrast of the clothes you wear to your complexion.The way to fit the right color to your complexion is:

Determine the contrast of your hair & skin. For easier discussion, let’s group the different levels of contrast into three groups: high contrast, medium contrast and low contrast.

  • High contrast is when a person has light skin and dark hair. Africans as well as Eastern Asian skin types are considered high contrast..

  • Low contrast is when a person has light skin and light hair. Anderson Cooper is a perfect example of low contrast.

  • Medium contrast is are tan-skinned brown haired people. Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, etc.

Find out what colors go well to fit your contrast. Remember, the idea is to draw the eye your face, and not the color of your clothes.

For high contrast, this means dressing in darker colored suits. Check out this comparison of Jon Hammk:

In the first picture, he’s wearing a low contrast outfit, which makes him look pale. There’s barely any color differentiation between his shirt and suit, which contrasts with his off-white skin. In the second picture the contrast of his dark suit and light shirt matches the contrast of his hair and and skin, and the dark tie, helps frame his face.

For medium contrast, you can do anything you want. Ya bastards. You look good in everything. You generally don’t have to worry so much about colors washing you out, but stay away from extremely contrasting colors, like black & white, as they can draw attention away from your face. Check out this example of Bradley Cooper.

.The first picture he’s in a tux. It’s no big deal, but your eyes are drawn towards his tux rather than the face. In the second picture, he has a lighter jacket on and his face is the center of attention.

For low contrast, you’re going to want to look for earthy tones and blues that will help balance out your skin color. Avoid too dark of colors that contrast with your skin, and avoid light colors that blend in your with your skin. Blues are you friend – as well as earthy tones such as green and burgundy.


Here’s a great example: Aaron Staton who plays Ken Cosgrove on madmen.

The first picture, his the stark contrast between his shirt and his jacket does his complexion no favors whatsoever. But in the second picture, the nice base of a brown suit with a light blue shirt really brings out his complexion and compliments his hair.

Now a lot of this is really subjective, so you’ll hear varying advice all around. But the basics in this post should get you on the right track to wearing colors that emphasize your skin tone.