Pretty in Pale: Colors and Fabrics that Flatter Fair Skin
By Kelly Mosser
Snooki and that charcoal-colored mother that’s been in the news recently are giving tanning (and New Jersey) a bad name. It’s about time we came to terms with the dangerous reality of tanning, and the laughable reality of orange-tinted creams and sprays. Why not embrace pale this summer? It’s natural, feminine, and delicate, and stars like Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone prove that porcelain skin can be beguiling. In order to wear your fair skin well, it’s important to know which patterns and colors will flatter, and which will make a milky complexion look disagreeably mousy.
With pale skin in summer, it’s advisable to stay away from stark colors that will do nothing to enhance skin’s natural pigment. It’s best to avoid blacks and slate greys, which, as a matter of fact, is a good rule of thumb for all skin tones during the summer months (boring!) Unfortunately, fair-skinned girls should also steer clear of the neon look this season. Sorry ladies, but garish hues like hot pink and lime green are worth skipping while this trend lasts. Navy blues, emerald greens, plums, and rich fuchsias are much more satisfying substitutes. Sweet and cheerful pastels are also a “do,” as they make for a pleasant pairing with the soft appearance of Alabaster coloring.
Floral patterns look enchanting next to milky skin, especially in understated but interesting colors. Prints that are too bold, such as thick stripes or geometric shapes, may appear harsh. Graceful, airy fabrics with lots of movement work well, while stretchy or clingy garments may look unappealing. Lace, chiffon, eyelet, and linen are fantastic summer fabrics to try. If they catch your fancy, ruffles, bows, and other girly elements can also add charm to an ensemble for fair skin.
If you choose to give the bronze a break this summer, stick to feminine patterns, colors, and fabrics that will give fair skin a glamorous glow.