As a true summer, here are my rules.
(This post is illustrated with looks I love—on other people! I think every celebrity pictured below looks awesome, even if some of them aren’t necessarily wearing their best colors.)
True summer colors are entirely cool.
Orange is always warm, and thus it does not belong in my palette.
Note: I’ve phrased this list in the negative (“No orange”), even though that makes a double-negative with the title (“Your worst color is ‘no orange’?”) because it’s easier for me to read and remember.
There are no reds in my palette, only pinks.
This also means no red lipstick, so I’ll never get to live out my dream of looking like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. Oh well.
There is no gold in the true summer palette, except white gold.
No “autumn leaves” colors
Rich, warm colors like orange, brown, and mustard yellow are the absolute worst on a true summer person.
No olive green
This is a warm green, because there’s a lot of yellow in it. And as you should know by now, anything warm = terrible on me.
No dusty, earthy greens and browns
Still too warm.
I don’t think neons look good on anyone, so here’s Zhang Ziyi looking breathtaking in a not-actually-neon chartreuse gown.
No highly saturated colors
I can wear blue, pink, and yellow, just not when they’re this bright.
It’s not my worst color—anything is better than orange—but it’s definitely not my best.
I sometimes get compliments when I wear black, but that’s because people are either noticing the item itself (it’s wearing me), or my paleness, which is more of a deathly pallor.
(Consider how healthy and alive the women below look in black, even though they’re both pale.)
I keep coming back to it because it’s convenient, but I’m instituting a new rule for myself: No more black!!!
No inky blue
It’s tempting to replace black with navy blue, but I have to be careful. Muted navy is good, but pure, “inky” navy is only slightly less terrible than black on me.
No pure white
Pure white is bright—too bright for me. I need cool, muted white, which means tinted with grey.