The Best Colors to Wear for Your Skin Tone – M & S
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The Best Colors to Wear for Your Skin Tone

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As far as we've been told, finding the right color for your skin tone is very difficult business. Articles ask us to compare our skin to a season—"Are you a spring or a winter?"—or even examine the color of the veins on our wrist. But figuring out what's most flattering shouldn't have to be so complicated, right?

We wanted to cut through the nonsense and nail down the specific colors that will flatter everyone, so we broke things down by five general skin tones to make things as simple as possible. Below, you'll find our easy guide to complementing your skin tone so you'll never be caught wearing the wrong color again. As an added bonus, it comes complete with shopping options to help you dress your best—totally hassle-free. Ready to check it all out? Read on for our guide to which color is best for your skin tone.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

Jewel tones are the best way for light-skinned women to wear saturated colors. Need proof? Look no further than Jaime King.
A pastel with just enough pigment like Alexa Chung's sweater looks gorgeous against pale skin. Our advice? Pair it with a red lip for a pop of color.
Fishnet gets a fashion-forward spin.
The classic tan color on January Jones's Leon Max coat creates an appealing contrast against her fair skin.
Camel coats are the number one way to make your outfit look more expensive.
Bronzed skin beauties can pull off most types of metallic, ranging from silver to copper, like Selena Gomez in this ASOS dress.
Nothing says sheer elegance like a silk halter.
If your skin tone is similar to Jessica Alba's, consider wearing dove gray, like her Nina Ricci ensemble. If you've got lighter skin, opt for a charcoal gray, and if you've got darker skin, a very pale gray will look best on you. Get the Look: Calvin Klein Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Pea Coat ($130).
This gray dress is like a blank canvas for all your favorite jackets and accessories. Also available in sizes 1X to 4X.
Not many can wear highlighter-worthy hues, but as Lily Aldridge proved in the dress she designed for Graham & Spencer, tanned ladies have got this look in the bag.
Those sleeves, though.
Bold colors like Lupita's cobalt blue Stella McCartney dress look incredible against dark skin.
Cobalt blue is so flattering.
Pastel colors like Naomie Harris's light yellow Naeem Khan dress stand out against a cocoa complexion.
Your classic gingham piece with a yellow twist!
According to, ruby red like Rihanna's Dior coat is the perfect color to "defeat ashy skin syndrome."
Swap your typical black leather jacket for this bright red one. Want more? Here's how to update your wardrobe for spring. Opening Image: A Love Is Blind

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