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How to Select Shirt Colors: Understanding Skin Tone, Contrast and Seasons

The shirt color is always the first thing people notice when they see a man. On that note, the color you choose determines whether you look unique in a crowd of men, or you just fit in. well, either is fine. The key factor when selecting a shirt color is what you intend to achieve in the long run.

Definitely, you want to look good. When selecting a shirt color, therefore, be sure to go for the one that meets your expectations.


Mix matching different colors to achieve this goal is a tricky exercise. You need to understand more than just color hues. More men than women are colorblind, so they say. This means if color is the only factor, many men will get it wrong. Thankfully, other things like skin tone and contrast determine the decision you make. So, you need to have a complete understanding of the color mixes that compliment you.
Let’s dive right in


Consider your Skin Tone
Skin tone simply means the color of your skin. You can have a warm skin tone, cool tone, or neutral undertone. Your skin tone is one of the key factors to consider when deciding which color to select. Sadly, many people choose the shirt colors based on what’s trending currently, what the celebrities endorse and what they have been wearing in the past.


Moreover, men rarely think about mix-matching. On the contrary, they buy what is readily available, which is a big mistake. Before placing an order, be sure to check whether the shirt you choose matches your skin color.
The role of one’s contrast in shirt color selection


What is contrast? Well, if your skin complexion is different from your hair color, you have a contrast. And, if your hair color is the same color as your skin complexion, you are tonal / muted. Before selecting a shirt color, look at yourself. What’s your skin complexion? How dark or light is it? What about the color of your hair?

Also, look into your eyes; on the mirror, of course. What colors are they? Skin tone and hair color should always be the first things you consider when selecting the shirt color.


Men fall under any of the following contrast categories depending on the degree of their contracts:
• High Contrast
• Medium Contrast
• Low contrast
High contrast men

If your hair color and the color of your skin are in complete contrast, then you fall under this category. For example, you could have black hair and white skin color. Just like the contrast between the hair and the skin, high contrast men should focus on creating a contrast between their shirt and their skin tone. The shirt should be in a compete dissimilarity with the face skin color. In a nutshell, high contrast men should wear high contrast shirts.

Low contrast men
This is the direct opposite of the high contrast men. Low contrast implies that the hair color and the skin tone are also almost the same. The most common scenario is having light hair color and light skin tone. Also, all bald men fall under the low contrast category.

If you are a low contrast man, you are either bald or your hair color is the same as the skin color. Men in this category should seek to do the exact opposite as the high contrast men. Select a shirt color that creates a homochromatic look with your skin tone.

Medium Contrast
This category consists of men who fit in neither high contrast nor low contrast categories. Many Southeast Asian and Hispanic men find themselves in this category. There’s some degree of contrast between the skin color and the hair, but not as perceptible as in high contrast or low contrast men. The best example is a man with brown skin tone and black hair.

Men in this category should wear moderate contrast shirts. For example, if you are a medium-contrast man, you’ll look better in a white shirt and a blue suit, than in a white shirt and a black suit. Get the picture? However, with such a broad selection of skin tones, and hair colors, giving specific and precise advice about what colors to choose can be hard.


If you are finding it hard to understand the contrast in those many words, you should be able to understand this sentence; the contrast between the shirt and the skin must be exactly the same as the one between the hair and the skin. That’s quite straightforward, right?

Choosing a Shirt Color According to the Weather and Seasons
Ever wondered about whether it’s really logical to associate the colors with different seasons? You are not alone. Many people don’t really understand the essence of choosing a particular color during the various seasons.

It’s vital to note that although skin tone and hair colors are the primary factors to consider, the season is also a critical thing to ignore. Different seasons and times call for one to wear particular types of fabrics and shirt colors.

The Summer/Spring
Your contrast might allow you to wear a black shirt and a dark-colored shirt, but if you wear that combination on hot a day during the summer season, you will look magnificent but deep down your heart, you wish you never wore it. During the summer season, it advisable that you go for light and bold colored shirts. Spring and summer are for bold and tinted colors.


Red checked shirts, solid blue, patterned and shirts with gold stripes should be the first to appear in your wardrobe during the summer season.

Winter / Fall
Dark cored shirts with heavy fabric dominate the winter. Winter and fall call for toned and shaded colors. Going for shirt colors that are shaded with black is a brilliant move during the winter and the fall. Alternatively, go for colors that have been muted with black and white. Winter and fall go well with shaded and toned colors.

Finding it hard to understand the relationship between color and seasons? Light colors reflect heat, which means light-colored shirts help people keep cool during the summer. Dark-colored shirts absorb heat, and so, men should wear dark-colored shirts to keep warm during the winter.

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