How to blend colors and suits for every man. It really doesn’t matter how well-tailored or clean-cut your custom-made suit gets. If you have chosen the wrong color for your skin complexion, it’s most likely to end up not flattering you. After all the effort you put into making it, sometimes a bad judgment call gets taxing.
Color choosing is a complex scenario for any man, especially if we admit that our favorite color does not always end up being the most complimentary for us. I get you. But first, picture this: after a troublesome week you finally arrive at one of your most anticipated corporate meetings. You feel incredible with the fitting of your suit, it gives you heavenly comfort. But as soon as you cross the inner hall you see yourself reflected in the mirror against the nearby wall. Something looks really off with you. If you didn’t choose a complimentary color based on your skin, you could easily look washed-out, sickly, spray-tanned, flushed, or downright undead. Certainly, you’re about to get all the wrong kind of attention. Then a remorse weight lingers in the back of your head. Should I have worn my trusty black linen suit, just like an average cog? If that’s the case, isn’t it going to keep me from standing out from the crowd?
All those questions may pile up in your mind when you suddenly realize you made a fashion crime.
This is just an example of how things could go from awesome to dreadful in just one heartbeat. To bring some spice to the social table; subtlety and style are a must-have. Without informed guidance, you might end up losing the opportunity to really stand out from the crowd.
For this and many other reasons, Tillman Style decided to explain to you how to choose the right suit color. Making you pop in all the proper ways, will play up your assets more appealingly so you can show who you truly are without straying into the try-too-hard territory.
Easy skin color’s breakdown
Based on your skin complexion you can sort out complementary colors for your next custom-made clothes. Therefore, you should be able to distinguish what color suits you best. In fact, for most, this question is redundant. However, in this affair, things are not just black or white.
Generally speaking, men fall into three categories for their skin color. These categories do not imply ethnicity or racial traits. To be more straightforward, just ignore anything labeled as “winter or autumn coloration”, as those terms are most used for season trends rather than actual skin color suggestions.
In order to pick a nice suit, you only need a general notion of which of the three color variations you fall under. You have to consider that there are also mixtures and shades around the subject. But don’t worry, you’ll match heavily into one of these categories:
Dark-skinned people may be easier to spot, just because their skin leans into the brown, chocolate, and cinnamon colors. If you relate to this, you have a warm coloration. For that reason, you’ve inherited many browns and yellows under your skin.
Medium skin is the trickiest of all. In simple terms, you probably tan with ease and do not burn yourself in the process. You’re lighter than dark-skinned people, but you’re not quite fair either. Your skin leans heavily toward yellow, olive, or beige if you are part of this group.
People with fair skin have the most sun-sensitive one of these three. If you burn easily, have freckles, or inherited tons of pinkish under-coloration, then you’re part of the fair-skinned contingent. But don’t jump ahead so soon… there are fair people with a bluish or greenish sub-tone as well.
So if you lean towards the reddish tones you’re more compatible with warm colors. Otherwise, your skin is friendlier with cold ones.
Here I present to you the major suit colors available. With this list, you’ll have a better idea of which skin color you pair best with. Did you know that hair color also plays a major role as well as patterns? The wiser advice is always to try out something before you make a guessing purchase.
If in doubt, always look for contrast between fabric and skin. The right suit colors will flatter your natural tones. As a bonus tip, remember to avoid items, accessories, and jewelry that tend to emulate your own skin palette, trust me there are plenty of ways to figure out the best colors that suit your skin tone, and the process of picking it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Who Should Wear: Dark, Fair, and Medium
Who Should Avoid: Very Fair and Very Dark
Black isn’t a safe option for everyone. Even if you have heard that black garments look good on everyone. They do not. For instance, an extremely fair person looks rinsed out and plain dead in a deep black. Another misconception shows up when a really dark-skinned man wears blacks. Sometimes, it is too similar and the result is unnerving.
Take a note of this, if you have pale skin and dark hair, you can pull this off, but for those with red or blonde hair, it should be preferably avoided. It makes you look pale and ill. Those with dark skin also must minimize black. It’s a bit of an overkill with earthy skin tones. But, for all you lucky olive-skinned gents out there, black is a smooth ride.
Who Should Wear: People
Who Should Avoid: Non-humans
If we talk about a universal color, Gray is the one. It works with any skin type. Mostly because grays imply a wide range of tonalities. Letting you draw from the hue that best helps you to stand out. A simple cheat to choosing a gray suit goes like this: the darker your skin, the lighter your gray should be.
Slate and similar variations come with too much lightness for fair-complected guys. Charcoal, on the other hand, usually tones down the natural hues of a darker man. Go gray if you hesitate.
Who Should Wear: Light
Who Should Avoid: Medium and Dark
Chocolate tones are the sweetest for light-skinned men. Works to bring some color to your complexion. For all my redheaded ones, brown will make you look trustworthy, while for those who run blonde it helps to bring out some darkness hidden in their hair. This is great because it gives a healthier appearance.
To those inbetweeners; Brown causes a bleeding effect into your skin, making it hard to differentiate skin from fabric. Don’t waste your money on it.
Who Should Wear: Fair and Medium
Who Should Avoid: Dark
Navy is a generous color for most. Please, don’t get it twisted. Deep navy isn’t “True Blue”, the heaviest proof that any clothier could showcase is that people who should wear true blue often look dreadful in navy. This works both ways.
Generally, navy colors look fine on gentlemen. It gives a powerful sense to fair-skinned males and a clear contrast for those in the mid-range. Anyone with blue hues in their skin – usually the very dark or very light – navy can give you a bruised or ghastly look. Personally, I don’t recommend navy for darker skins, since there are tons of lighter shades that look far better on you guys.
Who Should Wear: Dark and Medium
Who Should Avoid: Fair and Light Medium
The lighter shades of blue are fantastic for a darker man. Meanwhile, it makes veins stand out in fair-skinned people. As far as I’m concerned “veiny” isn’t good for any human being. Blue is another right way to go for olive-skinned people. It adds some playfulness and lightness to them. But turning yourself far too sky-like will, definitely, make your yellow undertone pop. It may look jaundiced on you.
Burgundy / Wine
Who Should Wear: Medium and Dark
Who Should Avoid: Fair and Red-Faced
Any red is a brash color. If you can pull off these colors, you’ll have my respect. Sadly, most fair-skinned people can’t pull this off. But those ones with dark eyes and dark hair have most definitely won the genetic lottery and can experiment with pretty much any color without fear of failure. You can turn these shades into a stunning statement, especially if paired with black or charcoal.
Individuals with medium skin, though, should strive for lighter hues. Avoiding looking too ruddy. Deeply tanned people or dark men’s gravity toward burgundy like hummingbirds to nectar. Everyone in the boarding room would look at you in awe, gasping for air. This is a killer look for you.
Who Should Wear: Fair and Dark
Who Should Avoid: Medium
Green is flexible yet holds some caveats. This color could go from dark to blinding light, giving plenty of options to choose from. But for most mixed and medium-skinned guys, it’s a bad choice. Most of them already display some green pigmentation imbued in their flesh. So, it will make you look like a sick child. You should go with a subdued bottle or forest green if you’re among the fairest. In particular those with reddish or strawberry blonde hair. Jade or emerald is a striking accent for dark-complected guys.
Who Should Wear: Dark and Olive
Who Should Avoid: Medium and Fair
Tan, khaki, and caramel belong technically to the brown realm. Nevertheless, some different rules apply to these colors. Darker people and olive-skinned guys look awesome in caramel. It gives calming vibes with a bit of heat from the desert if you know what I mean. In contrast with deeper browns, khaki or tan is too light for pale gents. If you wear it, you’re at risk to be mistaken for a dead soldier in the desert.
Also, these colors do little to no favors for freckles. But somehow, they help to smooth out the skin by darkening the light and in contrast lightening the dark spots.
Who Should Wear: Medium and Dark
Who Should Avoid: Fair
Pastel colors are a big yes for dark or medium-skinned men. More so, the darker you are the finer you’ll look. The only “but” for you is a seasonal liability: pastels hate dark, diffuse, and opaque weather. So, save your custom-made pastel suit for summer or spring occasions. On the contrary, the lighter you are, the farthest you should remain from the pastel palette. Just like ivory, pale people look like white walkers if they dress in those shades.
But, what happened to those pale models wearing faded lily or soft pink in Vogue? You may ask me. The truth is that any rule may be broken if you back it up with confidence and tons of attitude. But, my professional advice remains to leave that to the pros.
Who Should Wear: Dark
Who Should Avoid: Most
When it comes to yellow or red there’s not enough room for everyone. These colors only work fine with dark skin. Knowing this explains why darker guys might have a wider wardrobe array.
For the rest of us out there, please don’t be a pushover. I know rules are made to be bent, but sometimes it is better to take things for what they are. Don’t waste money to look lanky.
Who Should Wear: Dark and Medium
Who Should Avoid: Fair
Wearing white is a common desire. But let’s be honest, it’s a rarity in professional environments. White looks unparalleled on darker individuals. For mixed-skinned guys, it also does the trick. However, white is a death sentence for those starkly fair.
In my expertise though, a white guy can nail it in white attires. Only if he’s got a dark hair color though. Also, it works well combined with deep, dark shirt shades. As long as you go for a French Riviera or higher class style. But a great secret to getting away with this color for pale people is relying on textures, this could bring a different flavor to your overall image. If you still haven’t made up your mind with this blog, don’t worry. Just book me in, and I’ll do the magic for you.