Color Up Your Party Dress: A Definitive Guide

IMG_7839Are you in a “black rut” when it comes to party dresses?  If so, you’re not the only one. It’s the #1 complaint from my clients. My friend Rosy, a self-proclaimed black clothing addict, jumped out of her comfort zone and wore a flattering blue floral dress and purple pashmina to her office holiday party. She received a shower of compliments and was kind enough to let me post our picture together (I, too, was in an office party dress). Holiday/New Years parties are a great time to ditch black– when we think festive, we think COLOR!

Here are a few tips for choosing the best colors based on your skin tone. Visit Ely Organics for a great chart to figure out your skin temperature.  If you have questions, feel free to email me or tweet @Over40Style.  Of course, these tips work for women of any age, not just #Over40 ladies!

Click the pics to buy anything in these looks. Including regular, plus and petite sizes. I featured dresses because of the wide price range and dependable return policy.


Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 3.53.41 PMPale skin, pink skin… any skin that burns easily or is quick to blush are indicative of cool skin temps. BTW, African American women with silvery black skin fall into this category.  Your blood vessels may look blue or pink through your skin rather than green like darker/warmer skin tones.

Ocean blues, pine greens, cool purples/reds, pinks, and silver or rose gold are great options to try.

Here are 25 Dresses picked just for you. Click the “Lookbook” icon and they are grouped by BODY TYPE!  See?  A definitive guide 🙂







Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 3.01.38 PMIf you tan easily, told you have “olive” skin or have greenish veins showing through your wrists, you have a warm skin tone. Think peachy, yellow or olive undertones.

Teal and turquoise blues, olive and emerald green, reds, plums and golds light up your face and stand out at evening affairs.

Here are 25 Dresses you’ll rock.  If you click the “LookBook” icon on the page, you’ll see dresses grouped by BODY TYPE, too.  It’s a complete holiday dress guide at its finest 🙂







It happens! Mimic your color scheme in your outfit.  If you wear a cool color dress, wear warm accessories to create balance.  And vice versa. Sometimes a lower-intensity color is easier to wear. Rather than a cherry red, look at dusty roses.  Rather than electric blue, try seaside blues.  Winter whites are a good neutral.   Click on the links above. Dresses that you find in both categories (called “Crossover Colors”) may be a good fit for you!

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