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Good Clothing Colors for Tanned Skin

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Good clothing colors for tanned skin

Really, anything goes depending on what you're after. If you want to accentuate your tan, light colors are the best way to go.

"Girl-showing-off-tan" is on the scene! Who cares if you are being predictable in white or other brights? It's your show! Some more interesting options would be DayGlo or fluorescent pink, chartreuse, vivid orange, tangerine. Remember that the more your clothing colors contrast with your skin-tone, the more pounds they will add to your look.

If you want to look as slim and trim as possible, go for less high-contrast and select textiles that compliment eye or hair color regardless of your sun-kissed skin. Your tan will speak for itself.

If accentuating a tan is not your priority, wear colors that would normally appeal to you. Maybe you want to appear dark and mysterious - you can still reach for black, especially if your thing is Goth. Swathe yourself in deep colored raimants, do the dance of seven deep-colored veils if you wish.

The little black dress is also every gal's friend, tanned or not. A string of pearls will accentuate your tan quite nicely while keeping the cocktail-hour neutrality in tact.

You can wear red, taupe, or any shade of green while tanned. There are no color restrictions ... gaudy prints are also OK. Do avoid red if you are sunburned though - the effect could be quite lobster-ish. Be sure you are sporting a deep, rich tan before reaching for any red statement.

Metallics can create quite an allure against tanned skin. Anything from gold to silver - even copper will do. Again, don't pair reddish tones with a sunburn. Save the copper for when your sun-kissed skin mellows into a deep, rich brown.

I honestly can't think of any clothing color that would not be good against tanned skin. Again, it depends on the look you are after.

OK, there's one exception: brown itself. Beige is OK, but brown-on-brown is something to avoid lest no one know where your skin leaves off and your garment begins. Nonetheless, if a "nude" statement is what you are after, consider a skin-tight outfit that matches your particular tan to the identical shade of brown - or dispense with dressing altogether. Of course, you may want to consider jewelry - you do need "something" to accent the total effect.

Now let us consider the effect of hair color with certain tanned fashion statements. If you are blonde, you need not worry - but what IF you are raven-haired? With a dark tan and jet hair, you may wish to reconsider wearing "black" even if it's the very incarnation of a "little cocktail dress." You could end up looking like something right out of the grave, unless you have azure eyes to pull it off.

Redheads can wear just about anything unless it is conspicuously blue and white - tanned or not you may inspire the Pledge of Allegiance (compliment not intended). Then again, if it is Independence Day, knock yourself out.

Mousy brunettes always reap benefits from selecting colors that contrast with their tans - or at least settle for a lot of jewelry accents - the more metallic or glittery, the better. Otherwise, the mousy-types may resemble a piece of teak wood, or worse yet, a brown paper bag.

Remember gals, tanned or not, the colors that were always your friend, probably still are - depending on what you are after.

Vivid violet textiles do work well against any skin tone and will either play up or play down a tan as long as your complexion isn't too ruddy.

Grays and charcoals however chic, are too neither-here-nor-there to complete a summer statement unless they are paired up with up-lifting pastels. In the off-season you may wish to consider these mid-way neutrals, especially as your tan fades.

One more word of caution though - if the your tan is less than perfect - if it is peeling or otherwise mottled in tone, do play it down. Select clothing color that does not clash or contrast with your sun-distressed skin or it will be sure to be showcased.

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