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Why I look good in any color (a lesson on warm vs. cool tones)

I wore a top in a deep shade of orange  (persimmon, actually, one of my “pop” colors as a Deep Dominant Color Category) on a class field trip recently. As I checked in at the school office, one of the staff remarked, “Wow, I love that color. Not many people can pull off orange.” It reminded me that, yes…

I look good in any color.

And you can, too!

Watch the Youtube video to see this concept in action!

Looking good in any color has a lot to do with warm vs. cool tones.

If you’re not familiar with warm vs. cool tones, think of it this way.

Warm tones are like fire: red, orange and yellow.

Cool tones are like water: blue, green and purple.

Behold, the color wheel as a visual.

This image comes from a really terrific blog post about your color season. Cool = summer, winter. Warm = spring, autumn. Read more here.

look good in any color by tabithadumas.com warm and cool colors

When it comes to your basic wardrobe pieces and your jewelry, putting warm with warm and cool with cool helps you look more put-together.

Jewelry is the same way. Wear gold with warm colors and silver with cool colors.

White is cool. Black is cool. Silver is cool. It’s a lovely combination, as you can see below.

look good in any color--tabithadumas.com talks about cool vs. warm tones

Cream or off-white is warm. Brown is warm. Gold is warm. You can see why that works in this photo, especially with the orange/red accents.

look good in any color on tabithadumas.com

Your makeup can also be warm or cool and should coordinate with the colors you’re wearing.

You can bet that if I was wearing the black and white outfit, I’d be wearing my silver eye shadow and pink lipstick whereas if I was wearing the cream and brown, I’d be wearing my brown eye shadow and red-orange lipstick.


Look good in any color! tabithadumas.com


Wear warm or cool makeup to complement your outfit. Look good in any color by Tabithadumas.com
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It’s important to note, however, that mixing warm and cool tones is an art. In interior design, a room of all warm or cool tones can actually be jarring and unsettling. The most appealing color schemes typically have warm AND cool tones. The same is true for what you wear.

What appeals to you? Warm? Cool? Or a mix?

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I tend toward cool tones, even in my home decor, but I actually prefer a mix most of the time.

That’s why I love the scarf I’m wearing in this photo, it has both warm orange and rust tones and cool blue and pink tones. I’ve worn it with silver or gold jewelry, or the jewelry pieces I have that are a mix of both. 

look good in any color. Mix warm and cool tones. tabithadumas.com

An important note for my red or silver-haired ladies!

While there are SOME warm silver-haired ladies and SOME cool red-haired ladies, in general…

if you are a Cool Dominant Color Category, stick with cool tones and silver accessories.

Look good in any color! Silver haired ladies should wear cool tones and silver jewelry. tabithadumas.com

If you are a Warm Dominant Color Category, stick with warm tones and gold accessories.

Look good in any color! Redheads should stick to warm tones and gold jewelry. tabithadumas.com

The rest of you can feel free to experiment.

Why do I look good in any color?

I pair my warm tones with other warm tones, or cool tones with cool tones OR mix them up just right. AND I make sure that my makeup coordinates with what I’m wearing.

When in doubt, go with neutral shades of makeup–just make sure they don’t have any warm (orange) or cool (blue) undertones.

Have fun mixing warm and cool tones or wearing all of one or the other.

For fall, shades of rust, copper and butterscotch are delightful, and pair beautifully with shades of blue and green.

You can see more on the Pinterest board:

Follow Tabitha Dumas’ Blog’s board Your Signature Color :: Rust, butterscotch, copper on Pinterest.

You’ll find more COLORFUL ideas on my Color Love Pinterest board: Follow Tabitha Dumas’ Blog’s board Color:: color love on Pinterest.

If you don’t know your Dominant Color Category or want to Discover Your Signature Color…

go here.

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About Tabitha Dumas

Seeing women showing UP to their life authentically and confidently--THAT is what excites me. I am a strategist, bringer of the fun, trail blazer and agent of encouragement offering creative and effective strategies to help women elevate their image and expand their influence. I'm also a magazine junkie, dedicated wife, fun-loving mama, bargain shopper and story teller trying to use my powers for good in this crazy world. I love my life!
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4 thoughts on “Why I look good in any color (a lesson on warm vs. cool tones)

  1. Why is it if you are a warm or cool color and supposodly can only wear those colors .But I have been complemented on the colors yellow , cobalt blue and brown and how good they look on me , so what is the answer here .

    1. Great question! Sometimes ladies are more “neutral” and can pull off almost any color, whereas others are more true warm or cool. Cobalt blue is universally flattering on practically everyone, for example. And sometimes if you’re good at pairing certain colors together, they look better on you than someone else. And various shades and tones, plus how you wear your jewelry and makeup, also makes a difference!

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