How to Look Your Best Without Changing Your Eating, Sleeping or Lifestyle Habits

By Liz Kenney

February 26, 2016   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

It’s the one comment that we all hate hearing: “You look tired today.” These four little words can swiftly and deftly demolish your self-confidence, especially when you’re not actually tired. They can make you think you need to make dramatic lifestyle changes, because if what you’re doing makes you look like a zombie, it can’t be fine, can it?


Sure, sometimes it is true that you might need to start sleeping more or eating better or whatever, but did you know that “looking tired” can also simply be due to what you’re wearing?

Not all colours look good on everyone, and which colours look good on you depend on a the combination of your skin, hair and eye colour-tones. All of these phenotypic colour-tones together make up your colour-type, which is a major determinant of what outfits and colours will look good on you, and what will make you look like a walking corpse.

While of course there are many possible different colour-types, and a lot of people might be on the line between two types, a simple way to break things down is according to the seasons: summer types, spring types, winter types and autumn types.

Summer types are generally dominated by light, cool tones: they generally have cool skin undertones and fair-coloured features. These types look great in light, cool pastel shades, as well classic reds, purples and just about any shade of blue. During the colder months, summer types can wear chocolate brown and anthracite, but should avoid black, as it tends to make them look too pale. In general, summer types should avoid all colours with gold or yellow undertones, such as orange and ochre.

In total contrast to the summer types, autumn types are dominated by warmer, darker tones: with warm skin undertones and darker features. Autumn types, naturally, look amazing in the colours we generally associate with the season, such as orange, ochre, moss green, aubergine and burgundy. What’s great about these colours is that most can be easily worn year-round, and in summer, beige and deep vanilla looks amazing with autumn types’ warm skin-tones. Unfortunately, autumn types don’t look their best in pastels or especially bright colours, and pure white and black are also not the first choice for them, but that’s alright: these people can rock classic warm colours like no one else.

Winter types are also dominated by cooler hues, but their typically dark hair and also, possibly, their dark eyes are what set them apart from summer types. As unlikely as this might sound, winter types actually look great in bright colours, especially neons! They also happen to be the only colour type that can wear black with absolutely no problem. While colours with warm undertones like orange, peach or coral tend not to look great on winter types, classic shades like scarlet red, cobalt and emerald also look fantastic on winter types, offering them an unbeatable air of sophistication.

Finally, spring types are blessed with warm skin undertones and light features that offer them a very youthful appearance. Spring types look best in fresh, bright colours with yellow undertones such as coral, tangerine, vanilla and lime. In the colder months, spring types can easily opt for moss greens and ink blues, and browns are also not bad choices. So long as spring types avoid cool pastel colours and crisp whites, they’re good to go in just about anything!

Liz Kenney

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