Does Orange Flatter Older Skin Tones?

Finding out if orange flatters older skin tones by wearing an orange top, beige and cream fitted boating jacket and silver scarf | Fashion for women over 50 | www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

Looking back through my posts and Instagram feed over the last few months, it seems that I’ve been wearing a lot of pinks. In fact, my IG was beginning to look a bit too curated for my tastes, so I threw in a pic of me in my rollers to make up for it 😉

The ‘anti-pink, I don’t wear anything really feminine’ old me would be mortified at this abundance of blush tones in my wardrobe and my seeming insistence on wearing it over and over again.

Not that there’s anything wrong with donning the same colour for days, weeks or months on end – if it makes you happy then wear it – but I do feel it’s time to mix it up a bit.

Finding out if orange flatters older skin tones by wearing an orange top, beige and cream fitted boating jacket and silver scarf | Fashion for women over 50 | www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

Does Orange Flatter Older Skin Tones?

Having worked out a while ago how to wear bright colours (and feel good in them), I knew that I wanted to try something with a bit of zest to it. And what could be more zesty than orange? But does orange flatter older skin tones?

There’s no escaping the fact that, as we get older, our hair and skin tone changes subtly. Basically, what suited us in our twenties may need a rethink as we hit our 40’s, 50’s and beyond. It’s really all down to just HOW much our skin tone has changed. Some of us will stay in the same ballpark, more or less. For others the difference in skin tone, hair and even eye colour will be dramatic.

The same is true for colour as it is for everything in the fashion world – keep mindful of the changes that occur as your body ages, reassess your wardrobe every year and, at the end of the day, wear what makes you happy!

Having olive undertones to my skin means that orange and my slightly sallow completion are a match made in heaven. Orange brings my skin alive, and tends to lift my whole look. So, for me, orange definitely flatters my skin.

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Finding out does orange flatter older skin tones by wearing an orange top, beige and cream fitted boating jacket and silver scarf | Fashion for women over 50 | www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

Finding out does orange flatter older skin tones by wearing an orange top, beige and cream fitted boating jacket and silver scarf | Fashion for women over 50 | www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk
Finding out does orange flatter older skin tones by wearing an orange top, beige and cream fitted boating jacket and silver scarf | Fashion for women over 50 | www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk

Yet there are skin tones that simply don’t work as well with this sunshine colour, so how do you wear a colour if it doesn’t really suit you? Try keeping the colour away from your face. Think belts, shoes, handbags, trousers and skirts. Don’t listen too much to advice on what does and doesn’t suit your colouring. I have known women who have been told categorically that they have warm skin tones who look awful in everything that ‘should’ suit them.

Experiment, have fun, and above all wear what the hell you like as long as it makes you happy!

What do you think? Do you wear the same colours as you always have? Do you reassess as you mature, or do you now really think about the colours you wear?

Trousers – New Look
Shoes – H & M
Coat – Bought in a small boutique but I like this one
Scarf – Bought in a small boutique
Top – F & F ( I can’t find a link but I only purchased it a week ago)
Photographs taken by Catherine 😘 (Not Dressed As Lamb)

15 Comments

  1. Joanna
    May 29, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I like orange close to my face. It seems to bring my complexion alive. On the other hand, blush is too pale for my colouring, so I avoid it wearing it, but I do like it in decor. My go to colour is a blue red. It makes me feel confident and strong. It’s quite amazing how colour effects our emotions.

    • May 31, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      It truly is amazing how colour can completely change our mood and how we feel about ourselves. I’m still experimenting with colour and finding that I like more of the colours I wouldn’t go near when I was younger.

  2. Heide V
    May 29, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Funny, I’ve definitely noticed things have changed for me as well and look best in warm shades of various colours…definitely time to have some fun and try everything lol. Glad zest doesn’t disappear and we are not resigned to boredom when ageing πŸ™‚

  3. May 29, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I used to wear orange all the time and would often be complimented on how much it suited me. And then one day I visited a woman who called herself a colour therapist (or something like that anyway) and she told me to steer clear of it! I believed her of course, because I was a gullible twenty-something. It’s only in the past few years that I’ve started wearing it again! But you’re right, our skin tones do change as we age, making some colours more difficult to wear. You look gorgeous in these colours – and pinks – and your curlers!!! πŸ˜‰
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • May 30, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Omg Suzy I remember those weirdos! I think they’re still around only fewer people believe that nonsense these days. I’m pleased to hear you’re back to wearing orange again πŸ˜‰

      • May 31, 2017 / 6:08 pm

        Ha thanks Suzy! I agree with Michelle above, those people absolutely filled women’s head’s with nonsense. Glad you’ve got your zest back in your life xx

  4. May 30, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I have never really been attracted to orange even when I was younger and it will probably look worse now that my hair is grey. I will stick with my pinks. I am not even tempted to try an orange accessory. I did venture into khaki recently which is supposed to suit most women. However psychologically it did not work that well. I do think colours have a considerable influence.

    • May 31, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! The simple act of wearing a colour thank makes us uncomfortable can completely ruin our mood. I’m still open to experimenting with colour, but there are definitely colours that suit me better than others.

  5. May 30, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    MLD I thought the grey, silver and orange looked really beautiful on you when I saw you last week in this outfit! The textures and subtle pattern make for such a pretty outfit πŸ™‚

    As you know I wear just about every colour going – and I too hated orange up until a couple of years ago… Now I rarely wear anything else! I just wear what feels right and would never even dream of getting my colours “done”. I don’t like being restricted, hehe!

    It was so wonderful to spend the few days with you last week, and I’m so pleased the photos turned out well! We must do photo shoots more often…!

    Catherine xx

    • May 31, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      I simply can’t imagine you hating orange!! It always looks so good on you. I’m so pleased with how the pics turned out – you definitely brought out the best in me and my outfit. A big, fat YES to more outfit shoots please!
      xxx

  6. May 30, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I adore you in this colour combo Michelle but I think it’s how you wear it that is the key. For example if a colour doesn’t suit my skin tone I just wear it away from my face. There really is no reason why we shouldn’t wear what we like – as our clever friend Catherine always says πŸ˜‰
    These photographs are just stunning by the way, you are glowing xxx

  7. May 31, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Thanks Michelle, I put the glow down to Catherine’s prowess with the camera πŸ™‚
    And absolutely, we should all wear whatever the heck we like!! xxxxx

  8. June 2, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I love orange. With you and myself. Actually I love all jewel tones (I think this is the right expression. I mean all bright colours, like fuchsia, red, orange, bright yellow and bright green). They do a lot for me near my face.
    Greetje

    • June 4, 2017 / 9:16 am

      I adore bright colours but I also find myself experimenting with paler tones lately.
      xx

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