Does This Color Look Good on Me?

03/03/2015 12:15 pm ET | Updated May 03, 2015

I shop a lot. I mean A LOT. While I am out shopping, I commonly see people trying on various clothing items asking someone else or standing in front of a mirror asking: Does this color look good on me?

"Does this color look good on me?" is really an important question to ask and answer (hopefully accurately) before making color choices for your appearance. By not asking the question or incorrectly answering the question, you could be choosing clothing colors that make you look dull, unbalanced, worn, unprofessional and even older.

Colors that look good on someone else, don't necessarily look good on you. Wearing colors that align with you give off your best by adding vibrancy to your look.

Here are 4 questions to ask to assist you in determining whether a color of a garment is giving off your best.

1. When you look at yourself in the mirror or when someone else looks at you, are your eyes / their eyes more naturally drawn to look at the item you are wearing before your face? You want your eyes / their eyes to naturally be drawn to look at your face first. This is a sign indicating that the color of the item is not overpowering you.

2. If the item is something you wear on the upper part of your body (scarf, jacket, blouse, sweater, hair color etc.) -- when someone looks at you or when you look at yourself in the mirror - can your eye color easily be seen and are your eyes sparkling?

3. Does your exposed skin overall (from head to toe) look: a) vibrant, lively, skin imperfections minimized? OR b) sallow, tired, skin imperfections magnified?

4. If the item is something you wear on the upper part of your body - is there shading along your jawline that gives you definition and a natural face lift? If there is no shading or minimal shading, this is a sign that the color is not giving off your ideal best.

[Side note: the above is best seen in natural daylight, not direct sunlight]

Now you have 4 points to assist you to answer the question -- Does this color look good on me? You can review these points with items in your existing wardrobe or in a fitting room when trying on items.

I hope this blog inspires you to wear your authenticity!

Carol Brailey is an Image Consultant who specializes in color analysis. More of her color blogs can be found at and