Discover the Best Swimsuit for Your Skin Undertone

There’s more to finding the right swimsuit than selecting the proper fit. Choosing a suit that harmonizes with your skin tone can accentuate your natural beauty and give you a captivating, sun-kissed glow. Find out which colors may be best suited for your particular skin tone, and how to use the color wheel to your advantage.

What Color Bathing Suit Should I Get?

Determine Your Skin Undertone

You probably already know if your skin tone is light, medium, or dark, but determining your skin undertone can be a bit more difficult. While the actual color of your skin can change depending on the season, your undertone is constant. The color of your skin is beautiful art, and your skin undertone describes the color of the canvas beneath it! Your undertone will either be warm, cool, or neutral. Your skin tone is WARM if:
  • It looks slightly yellow next to something that is stark white
  • Your veins appear more green than blue
  • You tan easily in the sun
  • You would describe your natural hair color as golden, honey, or strawberry blonde, golden/caramel brown, brown-black, copper, or creamy/pewter white
Your skin tone is COOL if:
  • It looks slightly blue next to something that is stark white
  • Your veins appear more blue than green
  • You tend to burn, rather than tan in the sun
  • You would describe your natural hair color as ash-blonde, sandy blonde, dark brown, black with blue undertones, auburn, or snow white/silvery gray
Your skin tone is NEUTRAL if:
  • It has a mix of warm and cool characteristics
  • You would describe your natural hair color as blonde, brown, red, or white/gray, all with both warm and cool tones

Select Your Best Colors

An easy rule to remember when choosing the most flattering swimsuit color is to complement your undertone, contrast your tone. In other words, choose a color in the same family as your undertone (warm or cool), and then a shade that contrasts how dark or light you are.

For lighter skin with warm undertones

Fair-skinned beauties with warm undertones look gorgeous in darker shades of warm colors. Suits in fuchsia and magenta look particularly flattering, bringing out your naturally warm glow while providing stunning contrast against lighter skin. Your best neutral is black.

 @fashionablyjess in Black Threading Along Halter One Piece 

@fashionablyjess in Black Threading Along Halter One Piece

For lighter skin with cool undertones

For light-skinned stunners with cool undertones, swimsuits in colors like Apollo-blue, hunter-green, dark-mint, and midnight will turn heads. These cool colors enhance your undertones, and darker shades look beautiful against fair skin. Black swimsuits are your no-fail neutral, too.

@stylemehighblog in jewel-tone Over the Horizon Wrap Front Plunge One Piece

@stylemehighblog in jewel-tone Over the Horizon Wrap Front Plunge One Piece

Darker skin with warm undertones

Bombshells with darker skin and warm undertones look phenomenal in lighter shades of warm colors. In particular, colors like light-coral, coral-reef, and pebble accentuate your natural warmth and really pop against dark skin. If you’re shopping for a nice neutral, you can't go wrong with a white swimsuit.


Darker skin with cool undertones

If you have dark skin with cool undertones, you’ll wow in lighter shades of cool-colored swimsuits. Consider colors like seafoam and blue-suede, which will look like they were designed just for you! The lighter shades will pop, while the coolness will complement your coloring. If you’re steering away from color altogether, head straight toward a white swimsuit!  @bronav in White Island Goddess Keyhole Halter One Piece


Dark or light skin with neutral undertones

If you have neutral undertones, lucky you! You can naturally pull off a wide variety of colors, so don’t be afraid to play around, mix and match, and have fun swimsuit shopping.

@MINI_MARLEY in Magenta Island Goddess Keyhole Halter One Piece


@mini_marley in Magenta Island Goddess Keyhole Halter One Piece


Use the Color Wheel to Your Advantage

When it comes to mixing and matching solid color swimsuit tops and bottoms, the color wheel is your best friend. With this handy resource, you can figure out which colors are naturally harmonious and which colors provide a striking contrast. To select two pieces that are naturally harmonious, pick analogous colors– colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, cool colors green and blue go together naturally, while orange and red combinations are equally pleasing and peaceful. To bring out the natural beauty of your skin, choose colors that are either warm or cool, depending on your undertones. If you’d prefer a vibrant, bold combination rather than a calm, harmonious one, choose complementary colors – colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. These are combinations of yellow and purple, blue and orange, or red and green. Complementary colors are the way to go if you want to make a statement with your swimwear!

Beach babe, @mystylediaries, expertly mixing and matching magenta and red.


Beach babe, @mystylediaries, expertly mixing and matching magenta and red. 

Keep in mind that there are some colors that flatter all skin tones and hair colors because they provide an equal balance of warm and cool. True blue, blush pink, teal, and eggplant all tend to be incredibly flattering colors, no matter your skin tone or undertone! Now that you know a bit more about selecting the best swimsuit color for your skin, it’s time to start exploring your options! Dive into summer looking your best. Shop solid colored La Blanca swimsuits and enjoy free shipping and returns on orders over $75. Mix and match to get a look that’s all your own!