The 4 Most Flattering Clothing Colors

Sunday, December 09, 2007

There are four colors that look fabulous on every woman no matter her skin tone or hair color. They are eggplant, true red, Indian teal and mellow rose. That's the word from Leatrice Eiseman, author of "The Color Answer Book" and director of the Pantone Color Institute, who tells Real Simple magazine that these four colors fall into the middle of the color spectrum, meaning they are not too cool or too warm.

While there are dozens of shades of purple, this one is "the perfect purple," according to Eiseman. Like black, dark brown or navy, it's very versatile but more interesting than these colors and should be a wardrobe staple.

True Red
Dare to be a lady in red! Wearing this bold color makes everyone in the room look at you. New York City makeup artist Sonia Kashuk told Real Simple that it flatters everyone because it "resides in the center of the color spectrum, in between a cool, cherry red and a warm, orangey tomato red."

Indian Teal
This shade of teal is the exact opposite of pink. Remember, opposite colors look beautiful together. (Think red and green.) So when women wear teal, it enhances the healthy flush of the skin. Teal can be worn year round, making it more versatile than lighter, more summery shades of turquoise. It also pairs beautifully with black and brown.

Mellow Rose
More sophisticated than bubble-gum pink, mellow rose is that wonderful shade between light pink and peach. Kashuk says it's more of a neutral color than it is a pastel and highlights skin tone's natural flush so it almost appears to make you glow when you wear it. (P.S. It's a great lipstick color, too!)

Got questions about color? The Color Answer Book has answers. The wide-ranging book covers home, garden and fashion tips.