Colour up your personality

Buying the right kind of clothes for your body type and style is tough, but all your efforts will go to waste if you don’t choose the right colours that match your skin tone. Indian men and women don’t have a set standard by which we can measure our skin tone – there is often a wide range from fair to wheatish to dark. Added to that is the difference in complexion brought about by an exposure to sun, rain and other elements. Different kinds of fabric highlight or mute the tone of each colour – so if you are choosing a beautifully embroidered cotton or georgette Chikankari dress, you need to make sure you’re selecting the right one to highlight your natural beauty. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to choose the right coloured ethnic Chikankari outfit for your skin tone:

Actress Sneha dazzles in a yellow Chikankari saree
  1. Go natural: Choose colours that are closer to your skin tone. If you are fair-skinned, go for pastel hues and softer tones such as lilac and baby blue. If your skin tone is wheatish or darker, choose earthy tones like peach and coral, and jewel tones like blue, olive and purple.
  2. Pick the right time: The time of year, day and occasion is key. It is best not to wear very bright colours during the day. Dress according to season – pastels in winter and warm, earthy colours in summer. Wear vibrant colours for happy occasions like weddings, sombre colours for funerals, and light shades for formal events at the workplace.
  3. When in doubt: Standard shades like navy blue, black, white, green and red are great for the average Indian skin tone. Nevertheless, make sure the colour makes your skin look more luminous and highlights your best features.

At RZUstyle, we have a wide range of ethnic handmade Lucknowi Chikankari dresses, sarees and kurtas in a variety of colours and shades to match your personality and style. We aim to make your online shopping experience seamless and efficient. Shop online at:

Pics: Indian Saree Blog


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