Southern Charm: The 12 Loveliest Fashion Colors for the Olive Skin Type

Brown eyes, dark hair and a natural olive or golden brown complexion? These rich shades express a perfectly warm Latin or Mediterranean flair that does not need much to impress. We searched and found the most flattering hues for this color type!

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The olive skin type is distinguished by a natural bronzen complexion that becomes easily brown under the sun. This color type awakens the illusion of warmth and joy, and owns the magnetic radiance of tropical flowers. In the novel Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon, written by the Brazilian author Jorge Amado, this beauty type became a literary monument: It is the story of Gabriela, a cinnamon colored woman, whose skin emanated the scent of cloves. The idea behind this novel is a beautiful source of inspiration for us: The spicy colors of cinnamon, cloves, red pepper, saffron and caraway offer us the most flattering fashion hues for this color type!

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The warm shades of spices offer a great color inspiration for the olive skin type. Image: Pixabay on Pexels.

If you recognize yourself in the description of the olive skin type, you will find below the twelve most flattering fashion shades for your color type. For each hue, we searched and matched the most appealing fashion looks for you, as well!

1. Cheerful in Bright Red

The olive skin type has a single color that proves to be its best companion: Red! Light, bright red shades, either fiery or fruity, will flatter this type like no other, and look gorgeous on a suntanned skin. A beautiful fashion piece in this color, like the lady-like Dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi is ideal for this effect and can be combined with these Pumps by Prada and the Bag by Alexander McQueen, in beige and red each, for a refined fashion look.

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2. Characterful in True Red

Deeper, richer true red shades enwrap the olive skin type with an intensive aura, and are the ideal choice for characterful fashion statements. In soft, flowing fabrics, they look specially charming, and flatter self-confident personalities with a nonchalant touch. Such an impressive impact can be easily reached with this red Silk dress by Valentino, which looks at its best with the Pumps Sadira by Jimmy Choo and the Bag Lou Lou by Yves Saint Laurent, both in black.

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3. Elegant in Bordeaux Red

Extremely refined and irresistibly sensual: This is the exact effect that Bordeaux red can have on the olive skin type! Specially ideal for evening gowns, this color hue unfolds an intensive power of attraction under artificial light. A gorgeous fashion creation with this effect can be found in this exquisite Silk dress by Giambattista Valli, which we preferably combine with the Pumps Pigalle Follies and the Tasche Rubylou, both by Christian Louboutin, for a glamorous finish.

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4. Magnetic in Burgund Red

Specially in the winter, and if the olive skin type wishes to set some dramatic accents, the choice should fall on Burgundy red. This hue has a quiet, warm, charming elegance and appears specially sinuous in this Wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg. We accomplish this truly magnetic fashion look with the velvety Pumps Rockstud Spike by Valentino Garavani and the Bag Grace Box Mini by Mark Cross, both in the same color!

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5. Warm in Cognac or Rusty Orange

For soft, very refined moments the whole year round, the olive skin type should always resort to the warm, earthy hues of cognac and rusty orange. Fashion pieces in these hues look specially lively and intense in airy, smooth fabrics, as seen in this Silk dress by Jonathan Simkhai. We find the perfect match for this delicate piece in the Pumps by Gianvito Rossi and the Bag Trunk von Marni, for a nonchalantly elegant effect!

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6. Classy in Soft Brown

Brown is a deep warm color that easily becomes the absolute classic for the olive skin type: Truly versatile, this hue owns a very subtle, elegant touch. In summer, or in winter, for luxury gowns, or casual ensembles: A fashion look in a soft brown hue is the ideal choice for extremely refined fashion statements! Our choice falls on this beautiful Wrap dress by Valentino, which we gladly combine with the beige Pumps Deneuve by Aquazzura and the brown Bag Loulou Monogram by Saint Laurent for a gracefully feminine fashion look.

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7. Radiant in Yellow

Yellow is one of the most flattering colors for the stylish olive skin type. In its spiciest versions -like mustard yellow- this shade looks specially favorable on a suntanned complexion! Our best choice for this effect falls on this Dress by Johanna Ortiz, which we beautifully combine with the Pumps Romy by Jimmy Choo and the Bag Gg Marmont Mini by Gucci, both in soft cream.

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8. Lively in Bright Green

The olive skin type who does not have a strong likeness for warm colors, will prefer her looks in cool shades. Green offers a refreshing choice, specially in its juiciest versions like for instance leaf green. This Dress by Dolce & Gabbana with its appealing fruity prints demonstrates perfectly this effect. For an accomplished look, we match this lively fashion piece with the Bag Grace Box Large by Mark Cross in green and the Pumps Plexi by Gianvito Rossi in white!

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9. Soft in Sky Blue

Soft color shades that come close to sky blue give the olive skin type with a very subtle, delicate light. If your choice falls on a friendly light blue hue, you just get a very airy, feminine touch, as seen in this Silk dress by Altuzarra. We match this exquisite piece with these Pumps by Prada in a similar hue and the Bag by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC in white, for a fashion look as refreshing as a spring breeze!

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10. Subtle in Beige or Sand

All color shades between beige and sand are the best neutral allrounders for the olive skin type. Specially in monochromatic looks, these shades are perfect for a discreet effect with elegance and personality. Our choice in this rage falls on this comfortable Knitted dress by Ryan Roche which we match with monochromatic piece like the Pumps by Gianvito Rossi and the Bag Dionysius Small von Gucci for a stylish finish.

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11. Graceful in White or Cream

There is are no neutral color that look more charming on the olive color type than white and cream. These hues are ideal for any occasion and find their best expressions in soft, flowing fashion pieces like this wavy dress Silk dress by Stella McCartney. We accomplish a very refined puristic fashion look with the Pumps Erin by Jimmy Choo and the Bag Small Nile by Chloé.

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12. Ravishing in Gold!

Formally speaking, the color gold could be formally considered as neutral, since it suits almost every color type. On the olive skin type this color gains a very strong personality as is the perfect choice for absolutely ravishing fashion looks! A gorgeous fashion piece for this effect can be appreciated in this Silk dress by Johanna Ortiz, which can be combined best with the Pumps Liberty by Aquazzura and the Bag Flower Buckle Envelope by Roger Vivier, both in metallic gold, for a truly stellar radiance!

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And what about you? Do you know more fashion colors that can amazingly flatter the olive skin type?

Sofia Bartra de Loayza

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