Fundamentals of Style: Understanding Color Part I

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

Quick question, what’s your favorite color? Mine would be red. Funny enough, I seldom wear red and use it more like an accent piece like accessories or layers. I never looked great in red, to be honest. It never complimented my skin color and doesn’t highlight my best features. 

At the beginning of my style journey, the first question I asked was what color I should wear. What to wear comes easy as it is only a matter of preference. So like any style newbie, I started my wardrobe with neutral colors like white, grey, brown, black. While there is no doubt it looked fresh, it does go stale fast. I needed color. 

Yes, color and you indeed gave color to my writing. To be honest, I’ve never expected to reach this far. My expectations about blogging aren’t much, I wanted to do something productive in my free time. So again, thank you so much for giving me the chance to write. 

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When it comes to style, a certain rule must be applied and that is “just because you could, doesn’t mean you should”. That means if you love the color red doesn’t mean you should wear the color red. Wear what suits you and your needs. 

So what color should you wear then? Well, prepare to get your socks rocked off because I got two words for you, Skin Undertone.

Skin undertone is the color underneath the surface of your skin that affects your hue. The colors that suit you all depend on your skin undertone, which is more accurate than skin tone. 

So, how to determine your skin undertone? Take a quick look at your veins on your inner wrist, is it a greenish or purplish-blue? If your veins are greenish then you are of warm skin undertone. If your veins are purplish-blue then you are of cool skin undertone. 

Warm and cool undertones, what does that mean? That means we can now determine what color works best for you.

Warm undertones work well with:

  • Red violet
  • Red
  • Red Orange
  • Orange
  • Yellow Orange
  • Yellow

While cool undertones work well with:

  • Violet
  • Blue Violet
  • Blue
  • Blue Green
  • Green
  • Yellow Green

Now that we’ve covered color, let’s talk about intensity. Intensity or chroma or saturation means the brightness of a color. In my humble opinion, men should stick to a more muted or deep shade of color and avoid intense colors. Some men can pull off brighter shades especially those with lighter skin tone, while most men can’t. Experiment on intensity to figure out what works best for you.

Men should be the master of their style, especially colors. Nothing teaches a man about self-awareness better than developing his sense of style. It teaches a man to be aware that his wants don’t matter all the time. It teaches him that just because he could doesn’t mean he should. 

I’d like you to keep in mind that these are mere guidelines, it is a way among other ways to the path of style. I’d like you to see it for yourself and get your feet wet, see what works great on you. There are so many topics about colors that I wish I could still discuss later, so keep on supporting this blog.


“There are not more than five primary colors, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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  1. i’ve got greenish veins and am a cool. i can’t wear orange or yellow to save my life unless they’re deeper, more autumnal tones or very bright. most pastels wash me out making me look rather dead. lol

    dressing for your body type, both men and women, will also make you look better. for instance, i’m extremely short waisted and have really short legs for my height to boot. empire blouses and dresses are very flattering and longer dresses/skirts make my legs look even shorter.

    fun post today. 🙂 have a great day.

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    1. I got a purplish-blue, so I really can’t wear yellow and orange. I could get away with a deep red or an olive green. Pastel or muted colors work great for me and as for someone who is a bit bottom-heavy, I layer with jackets whenever I got a chance.
      Cheers! 🍸

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    1. Aw… I seldom wear yellow, I only got one muted yellow shirt that I seldom wear and only with navy blue. I usually wear warm colors as accent pieces to make my main colors stand out. 😄


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