Most of us get our ethnic fashion inspiration from our favourite Bollywood celebrities. However, what looks good on them might not always sit well with your skin tone. Since Indian wear comes in a rainbow of shades, it’s important to understand what works for your specific skin tone. Here’s our guide to help you pick the right shades!
Jewel Hues For Dusky Skin Tones
If you have a dusky skin tone, you have a deeply pigmented complexion that usually doesn’t tan easily. You can go ahead and wear both jewel tones and neutral colours as they will suit you.
Colours such as sapphire blue, emerald green and ruby red are called jewel tones and are great to highlight your complexion during special occasions.
Style Tip: Maroon goes especially with duskier skin tones. Look for a maroon Anarkali suit with gold detailing and embroidery. Pair it with dainty gold-toned earrings and bangles. Complete the look with your favourite pair of gold, bronze or tan heels for a perfect summer wedding look.
Neutral Colours For Dusky Skin Tones
If you want to go for neutral tints, colours such as cream, ocher and peach stand out against your skin and can be worn every day.
Style Tip: Warm days call for light colours and materials that let your skin breathe, so go for a peach cotton kurta this season. You can pair it with ankle-length white palazzo pants for a simple everyday look that’s perfect for college! Wear a pair of silver jhumkas and ankle-strap peach heels to bring the outfit together.
Marine Shades For Olive Skin Tones
If you have an olive skin tone, you have a medium skin tone which is neither dark nor fair. ‘Wheatish’ is another word that is sometimes used to describe this skin tone. Both warm and cool colours suit you.
Cool shades such as jade, turquoise and aquamarine will suit your skin tone perfectly.
Style Tip: Pair a jade or sea green kurta with a contrasting pair of churidar pants in rust orange or maroon for an outfit that will turn heads at any party you go to. Accessorise this look with silver heels and matching silver jewellery to complete your look.
Warm Colours For Olive Skin Tone
Warm colours such as red, gold and orange can also complement your sun-kissed skin. Shades of yellow, like mustard, would suit your skin tone well.
Style Tip: Opt for a long mustard-coloured kurta with a side slit and pair it with cropped white pants or a white churidar. Matte-finish gold-toned dangler earrings will add the finishing touch to this look.
Floral Shades For Fair Skin Tones
If you have a fair skin tone, you probably have peachy-pink undertones and tend to burn easily in the sun. It is best to pick bright colours that will complement and highlight your skin tone. Avoid pastel shades and light colours such as cream or beige as they can make you look washed out. Instead, stick to colours such as blue, sea green, lavender and dark pink.
Style Tip: For those weekdays when you’re hurriedly dressing for work, choose a simple blue straight-cut kurta to look professional and put-together. While you might be tempted to go for navy blue, choose shades such as aquamarine, turquoise or cobalt blue to add some variety in your wardrobe. Pair the kurta with mustard pants and earrings, and you’re all set for the day!
Light Colours For Fair Skin Tones
Choosing light colours for fair skin tones can be tricky, but not impossible. For those days when you want to go for a cool light kurta our tunic, try shades of lavendar, pink, and mellow yellow.
Style Tip: A long mandarin collar kurta set in a pretty shade of lavender is exactly what you need to add to your closet. Wear silver jewellery and heels to match the embroidery in this outfit and take your style game up by a few notches.
The next time you’re looking for some celebrity inspiration, make sure to choose styles that complement your appearance. You can check Shoppers Stop online and in-stores for the latest in ethnic wear!
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