Best Colors to Wear for Each Season

When trying to find the best colors to wear each season, you must first understand your own skin tone. The first step — discovering your true skin tone — is the hardest when finding the best colors for you. Your outside skin tone can change due to factors such as sun exposure, sickness or blood pressure, so finding the right skin tone to match with each season can be hard.

To really understand the best colors to wear, you must determine what your undertone is and if you have cool or warm undertones. Skin undertone is determined by three elements — melanin, carotene and hemoglobin. There are a few different ways you can find out whether you have cool or warm undertones. 

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How to Find Your Undertones

The first method to find your undertone is the easiest and most accurate test, which is the foundation test. By adding a dab of pink-based foundation on one cheek and yellow on the other, whichever one blends better is your undertone. If the pink foundation blends better, your undertone is cool. If the yellow foundation blends better, your undertone is warm.

The second way is called the gold and silver test. Use one silver piece of fabric and one gold piece and place them on each hand. The one that blends better to your hand is your undertone. To make sure this test is accurate, make sure you’re in a naturally lit room with no artificial light, you are using enough fabric to discern differences and you test on a part of the body that has little sun exposure, like the inside of your wrist. Silver represents a cool undertone while gold means you have a warm undertone. 

The last test you can perform is the vein test, which is pretty straightforward. Simply look at the veins on your inner wrist under natural light and determine if your veins are more on the blue side or on the green side. Green veins correspond to warm undertones and blue veins correspond to cold undertones.

Once you have determined your undertone, you can find out what seasonal colors you look best in. Next on the list is to determine whether you are better looking with lighter or darker colors. When experimenting with lights and darks, keep in mind that hair color, eye color and skin tone all factor into your considerations.. 

Best Colors for Summer

During the summer months, it is best to wear cool and light-colored clothing. The best coloring for summer involves a low contrast between your hair color, eye color and skin tone. The best colors for summer are pastels, soft neutral colors and you can also experiment with monochromatic outfits — outfits that consist of one color. Softs neutral colors consist of:

  • Taupe
  • Gray
  • Beige
  • Cream
  • Black
  • White

Pastel colors for summer refer to pale, soothing colors like:

  • Pink
  • Mauve
  • Baby blue
  • Mint green
  • Peach
  • Lavender

There are also accessories that you can experiment with when breaking out your summer outfits. Some of the best jewelry consists of metals like pure gold, silver and platinum and pearls with a light gray and dusty pink tone.

Some colors to avoid in your summer styles include all-black outfits, bright clashing colors and dark accessories. 

Best Colors for Winter

During the winter months, you'll want to bundle up in warmer clothes to suit the weather, but that doesn't mean your style has to look utilitarian. In winter, dark colors are much more prevalent, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe is relegated to blacks and greys. The best outfits in winter involve high contrast between hair color, skin tone and eye color. You can also wear colors that increase or “play up” that contrast with your body traits. To enhance the winter look, you'll want to wear icy tones like:

  • Pure white
  • Black 
  • Red 
  • Navy blue

You have more options with accessories in the winter months and have more of an expanded opportunity to experiment. It is best to wear cool-tone metals like silver, platinum and titanium. You can also find pearls in colors white, black, dark gray and navy to match your winter wardrobe.

Most winter styles tend to step away from light colors and toward darker, muted tones, but your winter clothes can still be colorful and fun.

Best Colors for Spring

The best colors for spring are colors that are warm and light. Often, the clothing colors during this season consist of bright colors that bring out that contrast in your skin tone. There is a wider range of colors suitable for this month to experiment with and you have more freedom to find what you like in the spring. Some popular warm and light colors for spring consist of:

  • Cream
  • Peach
  • Golden
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Coral

Spring is the time to go big and bold with accessories like rose gold and bronze jewelry and fun pieces that highlight floral themes of the season. Because spring is a transitional season, there aren't many colors or styles you need to avoid, and it might be fun to blend some of your summer and winter pieces together. 

Best Colors for Fall

The best colors for fall include colors that are warm and dark. When the leaves change colors, the beautiful reds, yellows and oranges can become an inspiration for our fall wardrobe. Additionally, dark earthy tones like forest green, teal and brown are great complimentary colors for fall clothing. Many popular shades for fall have golden undertones, such as:


  • Camel
  • Beige
  • Orange
  • Chocolate brown
  • Burgundy
  • Burt orange
  • Olive
  • Mustard


This season also encourages experimentation with accessories and jewelry, so be daring this fall with copper, gold and bronze metal jewelry. Colors you might not see as often in fall include bright colors like lime green or lavender, and especially pastel tones.

Find Your Best Seasonal Color Palettes

Now that you know the best seasonal colors and how you can adapt your wardrobe to each season, now it is time to experiment and find your best seasonal color palettes. At Perfect Perscilla’s, you can find different pieces of clothing in many different colors to create your very own palette for each season. Check out our size chart to assure that you order the correct sizes for you. 

Our variety of accessories can help you be bold and help you find the perfect jewelry, hatshandbags and scarves for your outfits. Contact us if you have any questions about new styles, color palettes or how you can own your style. Stay informed with new arrivals and become an insider to keep up with new trends and styles that you will love.

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