How to choose the color of your prom dress

Mar 3rd 2022

Choosing your prom dress is an important decision. You want to look and feel your best in whatever you choose, and you want the color to flatter your features. Of course, no color is off limits, and there are so many to choose from, but here are some considerations as you choose the color of your prom dress.

Surface Skin Tone

Skin tones can really change the way a dress looks on a person, but it's also important to know that skin tone goes well beyond dark and light. There are also cool and warm undertones that affect how color looks on a person.

First, take a look at your surface skin tone. Is it light, dark or somewhere in between? Dark skin tones tend to look good with bright colors, like bright red, turquoise and emerald. Pastel colors also look nice, as they contrast with the skin color. Gold is a great color for a dark skin tone.

Medium skin tones, such as olive, look great with earthy colors like brown, deep yellow, dark red and gold.

Light skin tones are flattered by pastel colors and, a popular color for this year, periwinkle. Heather gray is also a nice, classy color for a light skin tone, and it can be jazzed up with some glitter or jewels.

Skin Undertones

Now, let's take a look at your skin's undertones. To determine which undertones you have, take a look at the veins on your wrists. If your veins look blue, you likely have cool undertones. If they look green, you have warm undertones.

Another way to determine undertones is too look at your eye color. Blue-, gray- and green-eyed people tend to have cool undertones, while brown-, hazel- and amber-eyed people tend to have warm undertones.

The way you skin reacts to the sun can also help determine undertones. If you burn easily in the sun, you likely have cool undertones. If you tend to tan, you likely have warm undertones.

Finally, silver tends to look better on people with cool undertones, while gold tends to look better on people with warm undertones.

Warm undertones tend to look good with earthy colors like brown, mustard yellow, red and sometimes even pink. Jewel tones, like turquoise and emerald green, do not usually look as good on skin with warm undertones.

Colors like bright blues, greens and purples tend to complement skin with a cool undertone. Dark colors also flatter this skin tone, but oranges and yellows typically do not look quite so good on skin with cool undertones.

Hair Color

Hair color does play a part in choosing a dress as well, so consider your hair color in tandem with your skin color and undertone. Dark brown hair tends to look great with red, and light brown looks great with purple and emerald green.

Cool blonde hair looks good with pastel colors like lavender and mint. Warm blonde hair is better with red, orange, purple and even black.

Red or ginger colored hair looks great with peach, emerald green or deep blue. Metallic colors like gold and silver also complement this shade of hair.

Black hair looks great with a variety of colors, such as metallic shades, deep colors like purple and green, red and bright or navy blue.