Originally Posted by josepidal
I was wondering if brown is not as good for people with black hair, particularly for Asians who have fair skin and black hair. For those who have it, I have Flusser's book and the sample photos on complexions in mind.
Browns are perfectly fine when worn away from the face - meaning shoes, belts, watch straps, etc. It's with the suit, shirt, and tie (or pullover etc) that one needs to be more concerned. EVery colour can be worn in the context of the outfit - do the pieces complement or neutralise each other? That probably doesn't convey my meaning but I'm not sure how to better say it. The most important function of rules like Flusser's or whoever's is not to set tight restrictions but to communicate the underlying logic of some of those rules and the associations with them that will affect how other people perceive you. I think a black tie with a white shirt can look amazing on people with high contrast complexions, yet not always does one wish to appear so strikingly lit up. One may want to look "washed out" one day and proceed to defy Flusser's advice. I suspect a guy who knows that much about what look he imparts can wear contrarian outfits well. Attitude trumps all.
Finally, darker browns work very well with Asian complexions. Chocolate turtlenecks, for example, can be very striking.