A Guide to Understanding Skin Tone Concept And Dressing For Men | HolloMen

A Guide to Understanding Skin Tone Concept And Dressing For Men | HolloMen


Getting out feeling more confident and looking dapper is always the goal. Dressing can be simple. However, maintaining a staggering and great style requires a little more input. Stepping out as an outstanding fashionable gentleman is not all about the type of outfits you own or whether you are trendy and timeless. Wearing outfits with colors that go well with your skin tone also plays a paramount role when it comes to having an awe-inspiring look. 

As the stereotype goes, men are not always good with colors. Nonetheless, getting your colors right has become very important since it helps you define your style in a more refined and elegant way as a gentleman. Let’s dive into the simple aspects that will go a long way when it comes to being impeccable with colors.


What Exactly is Skin Tone?

A lot of concepts have been developed in a bid to explain the idea of skin tone. Skin tone is composed of the surface tone and undertone. Most people refer to surface tone as skin tone. Surface tone is what you see when you look in the mirror. It is the amount of melanin on the outermost layer of your skin, the epidermis. Melanin composition is a result of underlying black or dark brown pigments in the human skin. Whenever the skin is exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, melanin is responsible for absorbing these rays.

It is important to note that skin tone can change under certain conditions. Sometimes the skin tone subtly changes with the season.

Everybody has unique hues, but surface tone can be generalized into three main categories;


  • Dark: People in this category are characterized by darker complexions. It is majorly associated with areas that experienced or experienced continued ultraviolet radiation.
  • Light: Light surface tone, also called fair tone, is associated with people in cooler areas. The skin is paler.
  • Medium: Medium tone complexion is a blend between the two extremes.

    The Difference Between Surface/Skin Tone and Undertone

    Skin undertone, on the other hand, is what can be seen immediately below the outermost layer of the skin. It is not affected by the surface tone. People with a common surface tone can have different undertones. Most of the time, it is identified by the color of your veins, especially around the wrist. Undertones are categorized into;

  • Warm: It is identified by peachy, yellowish, golden, and sometimes greenish veins.
  • Cool: Characterized by red, pink and bluish undertones.
  • Neutral: This is identified by olive veins or a mixture of warm and cool undertone attributes.

    Choosing The Right Outfit Color For Your Skin Tone

    As earlier stated, skin tone is an imperative consideration when selecting your outfits. Certain colors blend perfectly with specific skin tones. This, however, should not completely dictate the color of the whole ensemble but should give you a foundation, a starting point for your dressing.

    Colors For Warm Skin Undertone 

    If you’ve successfully identified your skin tone as warm, earth colors are good for you. This means colors such as brown, green, yellow and red should be what you majorly consider while picking your outfit. For accessories, your go-to colors are the golden shades.

    Colors For Cool Skin Undertone

    If you have a cool skin undertone, outfits of purple, blue, and green shades will work perfectly for you. Lavender and shades of pink will blend well with your undertone. When it comes to metals, silver should be your dominant color.

    Outfit Colors For Neutral Skin Undertone 

    Being of a neutral skin tone means that you are quite lucky! You can basically blend well with all colors in the cool and warm categories. However, you should be keen to ensure that the contrast level isn’t alarming.

    The contrast level is a consideration that is determined by your skin surface tone. For light skin tone, the contrast level of your outfit should be minimized as much as possible. People with medium skin tone should also maintain minimal contrast levels. On the other hand, the dark surface tone gentleman can play around with high contrasts.

    These simple considerations of matching the right colors for your skin tone will completely revolutionize your look. Information is power; with the understanding of skin tones, you’re empowered to look dapper! 


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