Pick the perfect dress color

It’s time for a special event.

A dance, a ball, a gala, a premiere, whatever it is, it’s on your calendar with a big red circle around it, and your Google alert sends you a reminder every two hours.


All you need to make it perfect is that special dress. You delve into the Mac Duggal Fall 2013 collection, your eyes soaking up the gorgeous gowns and all their exquisite detailing, your heartbeat picks up at the thought of slipping into one of these festive, fabulous frocks.

But you’re stuck on one little detail. What color should I wear?

If you have ever Googled one of those “how to find your perfect color” guides, you know the very next step after clicking on one of the hundreds of thousands of links is to then hit up Google for the definitions of half the words you just read.

Winter, summer, autumn tones, oranges, blues, cool, warm, pink, natural, muted, glowing, deep… figuring out what your precise skin coloring is just to find what shade will look best on you can be exhausting. Some “helpful” sites are even packed with flowcharts similar to this:

flowchartEasy as pie.

The truth is, unless you naturally “get” what it means to go through all those color analysis charts, you probably need professional help if you want to use them to find your perfect color. Because even following the instructions to a tee can make you go mad. And no one wants to see that.

But there are simpler ways to get to the root of your best color. One is to determine the undertone of your skin. The other, simply look to guides for what colors look good with your locks.

Hair Color

Generally speaking, the color of your hair can be a good determination for the color that looks great on you. While there are certainly more considerations, and darker or lighter skin tones may affect the outcome, as a guide, it’s a good place to start.


Style 61041 from the Black White Red Collection is bold in red, looking glam on blondes.

Blonde – If you go the way of Reese Witherspoon and Marilyn Monroe, you might want to try bold colors, such as red, orange, coral, emerald and peacock, as well as neutral tones like nude, tan or taupe.


Style 76541 from the Homecoming Collection is a feisty orange, which complements the gal with darker locks.

Brunette – They say blondes have more fun, but brunettes seem to have more variety. Whether your locks are a warm chestnut or a sultry raven, saturated colors are yours for the taking! Dark hair pairs well with several colors, including varying shades of pink, blue, brown, green, and orange.

Redhead – The skin tone of a lady with fiery locks can vary wildly, and the lighter the tone, the more washed out you’ll look in light colors. But in general, a redhead can shine in mocha, sapphire, emerald, and ivory.

Grey – If you find that you’re becoming a silver fox, and you have no intention of changing that, then go with bright colors. Bold shades of red, purple, blue, green and gold can look fantastic with grey, but keep away from anything too pale in color.

Skin Undertone

You can figure out your undertone by squeezing the tip of your finger. See how the color changes slightly? THAT is the undertone!

coolIf the undertone appears blue, pink, reddish-purple or rosy, then cool colors are likely for you.

warmIf what you see is peachy, gold, coral or a brighter red, then warm colors will probably be the most flattering against your skin.

Warm and cool are exactly like they sound – warm colors produce the illusion of the feel of warmth. Cool colors look like a cooling breeze feels.


Yellow and red are warm colors, such as Mac Duggal style 7245 in lemon, and  style 81702 in red.


Blue and green are cool colors, like these Mac Duggal gowns, style 64511 in ocean blue, and style 64412 in key lime.

Classic Glamour

Colors giving you grief? Why not try the most classic look of all?


A stunning Mac Duggal creation in Black, such as style 55006, can look beautiful on anyone, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to length, embellishments, and cut.

friendsFinally, don’t underestimate the power of perception. Bring your friends with you. Ask them questions. Tell them to BE HONEST. Holding up dress after dress is a tough sell when it’s just you and the mirror. But through the eyes of another person, you are getting a much better picture of what really looks great on you.

And in the end, remember, it’s YOUR dress. If you love it, then LOVE it. We’re sure you’ll look fantastic.

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