Charity Shopping for Your Best Colours

Posted by Ceri Heathcote Oxfam Fashion blogger

24th Apr 2012

A helpful guide to finding your best colours when shopping.

When I am shopping, whether it be in charity shops or otherwise, colour is one of the key factors that determines how successful a purchase will be. There are some colours that look good on me. These are the colours that I feel great wearing, that make my skin glow and that I just can't help wearing all the time. There are other colours that no matter how much I want to like them, never look quite right, they make me look pale and drained.

I have made countless mistake purchases in colours that don't suit me including pale pink, turquoise and purple. These colours would look beautiful on someone else but just don't do me any favours and usually end up designed to be scrunched up in the back of the wardrobe,  never to see the light of day.

So I have resolved to learn from these colour mistakes, donate them to Oxfam so that someone else can look amazing in them and try and buy clothes in colours that look great from now on. My favourite charity shop buys are those that I wear day in, day out, simple pieces of clothing in my 'best colours', a bright red cardigan, a black and white striped top and a mustard yellow tunic top.

Many people will instinctively know which colours look great on them but if you don't , here are a few tips to help you find your best colours:-

• Generally, if you have a cool skin tone (undertones of pink, blue and purple), you will look best in pinks, blues and purples, if you have a warm skin tone with undertones of yellow, olive and brown ) you will look best in beiges, reds, yellows and oranges.
• The greater the contrast between your hair and skin colour, the bolder and brighter the colours that will suit you. e.g is your hair and skin are a light brown colour, you will look best in muted or pastel tones, if your hair is dark and your skin very pale, you will look best in bright colours.
• You will usually look good in any of the colours that you can see when you look into the iris of your eye when you look at it in natural light.
• The easiest way to see if a colour suits you is by holding it against your face. You should also aim to wear your 'best colours' near your face for maximum effect.
• The impact of a colour will change depending on what colours it is worn with. Black or a contrasting colour will tend to make it look more intense or bold, whilst white or a complimentary colour will make it more subtle or muted. 
• You could also find a celebrity with a similar colour to yours and see what colours they wear on the red carpet. They are likely to have a very well paid stylist help them choose which colours to wear.

'I can't believe I found this amazing vintage jacket in yellow, one of my best colours'
 

Blog post written by Ceri Heathcote

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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