choosing color to show skin lighter

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by some1, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. some1

    some1 New Member

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    Jul 11, 2016
    I have white skins. However, my skin is very sensetive to sun. Sun affects my face and hand color similar to following picture

    I live in area which racism is sensible (mostly white). Therefoe, I want to wear clothes which show my face more lighter. what color do you suggest? both business formal and casual

  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Moscow, Idaho
    Your skin is your skin. I suppose that if you wear navies and charcoal suits, your skin will not look noticieably dark compare to your clothing. Or maybe stay out of the sun, if you are really interested in looking like Michael Jackson or Jack White.

  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    What does that even mean? Sounds more that you live in an area that racism is rife and so you're trying to play up your whiteness

    Very dark colours (navy, charcoal etc) will typically make you look paler where as white will make you look darker. Mid colours are more complex and depends exactly what colour your skin is. Casual will be easier as you can simply where dark colours. Formal you'll almost certainly have to wear a light shirt and so its just a case of avoiding white and seeing what colours work best against your exact skin colour - light blue normally is neutral on everyone

  4. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Mar 14, 2008
    Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
    The most significant "clue" by which other people will judge the shade of your skin, is the shade of the skin of people around you.

    If you're standing in a group where most of the people have skin significantly lighter than yours, your skin will be perceived as relatively dark. If you're in a group where most of the people have skin significantly darker than yours, your skin will be perceived as relatively light.

    It's much like height - a 6 foot (1.83m) tall man standing in a group of people who are shorter than 5'6" (1.67m), will appear tall. If the same fellow is surrounded by NBA players (who tend to be closer to 7' (2.13m) tall, than to 6'), he'll be perceived as short.

    You'll doubtless be told that wearing dark colors will make your skin look lighter. There's a kernel of truth to this, but only a kernel. If there were no people around you, the darker fabric might cause an onlooker to be biased slightly toward judging your skin tone as being comparatively light. But if there are any people around you, the human mind will almost always default to measuring you (your height, weight, skin tone, posture, etc.) with reference to those other people. Human are the preferred frame of reference, if you will, when it comes to judging humans attributes.

    Frankly, if your skin tans darkly, and you want to appear as light-skinned as possible, you'll be far, far better off simply not acquiring a sun tan, than you would be adopting a clothing-related approach. Wear long sleeves, to keep your arms from acquiring a dark tan. Wearing sun screen might also be a good idea (which might also have some health benefits).

    (I'm intentionally ignoring the likelihood that by attempting to appear as light-skinned as possible, you're actually perpetuating existing racist attitudes. That may be a valid argument, but I'm also convinced it's not one appropriate for inclusion in the Menswear Advice forum.)

  5. azwealth

    azwealth Member

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    Jul 13, 2016
    I feel you shouldn't let your environment decide who you will be. Instead, try to be yourself; some people will love you for who you are eventually

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