While being comfortable in one's own skin (and wardrobe) is numero uno, it's safe to say that one thing that no one wants to wear is something that ages them. A youthful appearance is something we all strive for, whether subconsciously or not. One of the most effective ways to achieve that youthful glow is via the colours we chose to wear. Given that there are thousands of Pantone colours at any given time, we turned to an expert in the field to guide us towards the exact colours to wear if you want to look younger. Kate Smith is the president and chief colour maven of Sensational Colour, which is a resource for information on colour trends, meaning, theories, and dos and don'ts.
Smith told us, "With each year, hair and skin tone changes subtly, and at some point those same colours are no longer as flattering as they once were." She added, "To keep your older and wiser self glowing, your colours need to complement how you look right now." She recommended four specific colours that will give your look a lift. Keep scrolling to find out what they are.
"Turquoise is a colour that brings out the glow in every skin tone. There are many variations of this colour that lean either bluer or greener. If you have a lighter skin tone, find the perfect turquoise by turning over your arm and looking at the veins in your wrist. If they look bluer or greener, then find a shade of turquoise that leans towards that colour. If you have a medium-to-dark skin tone, just about any mid-tone turquoise will look great." — Kate Smith
This wrap top is flattering in more ways than one.
"Women, especially those with light skin tones, need to trade pastel pink for medium red-violet. Think rich magenta toned down by red or the colours that range from fuchsia to raspberry. Afraid to trade pastel pink for a deeper shade? All you have to do is look at pictures of Hillary Clinton wearing this colour versus any other colour she wore on the campaign trail. Once you see how much younger she looks wearing [red-violet], you'll want to find your best red-violet, too." — Kate Smith
The cutout detail in the back is what gives this jumper a fashion edge.
"True black is often too severe against the softer tones of mature skin. It can make fine lines, wrinkles, and circles under your eyes appear darker. If black has been your go-to colour, it may be difficult to give it up. Be open to trying charcoal gray, navy blue, or another deep colour. You may just discover how much more flattering your 'new black' is than the one you've been wearing." — Kate Smith
Swap your black coat out for this more flattering one.
"Another colour that flatters a majority of women is medium blue with a touch of purple or violet. Hair and skin tones 'cool' with age, and the blue-based hue, often called periwinkle, works beautifully no matter where you skin tone falls in the range between warm and cool." — Kate Smith
We'll be living in this come January.