Hue Right: Southeast Asian Skin Tones feat. Wes

October 24th, 2016

The beauty of having an ongoing dialogue with our reader and client base is that you guys can directly fuel the type of content we create for you.

For example, after kicking-off the “Hue Right” series with our redheaded brother Greg Hauxhurst, we received a number of requests for an installment featuring our very own Westley Dimagiba.

So I’ll let him take it from here…

First, some colors to avoid.

Avoid: Beige, Cream, Taupe, Yellow, Light Olive


“Many of my Southeast Asian brothers will have warm complexions with yellow or olive undertones, and dark brown or black hair. The idea of flattering your skin with fabrics and colors is to create a contrast that allows your natural coloring to shine and grab attention, against a backdrop that provides the eye with shades from the other side of the color spectrum. The worst thing you can do is wash-out your color profile by wearing hues that are too similar to your natural coloring.”

Go For: Saturated Burgundy & Dark Browns


Small Batch Burgundy Suit & Blue Broadcloth Shirt by Articles of Style, Tie Vintage

“It’s not so much about the color, as it is about the shade. A couple tones lighter and this would be a poor example, but a saturated burgundy pulls out the natural warmth in my skin, so people tend to look me in the eyes before noticing my clothes – and I like that… For my vintage heads out there, I still dig regularly. This is one of my favorite ties – I think I got it for $2.”

Go For: Midnight Blue


Essential Navy Suit & Subtle Sky Graph Check Shirt by Articles of Style

“With our light coloring and dark hair, we look badass in really dark, saturated colors – like midnight blue, charcoal gray, and yes, black. There’s a reason why we, at AoS, always recommend starting with a blue suit as your first purchase – because every guy looks great in dark blue.”

Go For: Dark Olives & Greens


Olive Cotton Cashmere Suit & Pale Pink Broadcloth Shirt by Articles of Style

“Similar to the first look, saturated earth tones go miles when it comes to adding versatility to a wardrobe. This is a cotton/cashmere brushed cotton fabric (sometimes called “moleskin“) that we’ve been testing for Winter. Think of it like a corduroy suit, without the fuzziness or the ribbed texture. More on this later.”

Go For: Medium Grays


Triple Chalkstripe Windowpane Suit & Navy Bengal Stripe Shirt by Articles of Style

“Charcoal is an obvious choice, but don’t be afraid to go a shade lighter, toward mid gray. A cool medium gray can create a very fresh contrast against our warmer skin tone. Anchor it down with a dark tie, and don’t be afraid of a strong pattern!”

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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  • john roberts

    what about beige blazer? how can u work that in into a suite or clothe pairing. similar to this color’

  • maximus

    What about East Asian skin tones (Chinese/Korea/Japanese)…are there anything that should be done differently?

  • Kim

    Hey Wes,

    What is the brand of the tie you wore with the navy suit? Drake’s?

    • Westley Dimagiba

      Hey Kim,

      That tie is from Marshall Anthony, although we’re not sure if they’re still making ties. Hope this helps.

  • TYnomite

    Just tossed out anything beige and cream that lived in my closet!!! Now, I gotta go buy some new clothes. DAMN YOU WES!

  • Khalid

    Wes is looking great! Glad to see him return, even if he is substantially less thrifty. :)

    I’ve been trying to crack the code of colour myself, but it’s tricky. South Asians (like SE Asians) come in a very wide range of browns, and there seem to be other factors at work than merely skin colour. Some colours work on my brother (who looks very different despite having a similar skin colour) that don’t work on me. e.g. burgundy tends to make me look ruddy and my skin less glowy. I hope that this series of articles goes into greater detail, comparing things that work and don’t work on people within the same colour family.

    • Westley Dimagiba

      Khalid, don’t worry there will be more posts on thrifting in the future.

      You make a great point, if you’ve seen my brother on the site before he is much darker than me which would lead to a different range of colors and shades that’s appropriate for him. “Hue Right” is a series we’ve just begun and rest assured we will be expanding on this much more in the future.

    • Westley Dimagiba

      Thanks Khalid, we’ll be adding more posts on thrifting soon.

      If you’ve seen my brother on here before, his complexion is much darker than I am so certain colors won’t work as well as they do on me. As far as “Hue Right” goes, it’s a series we’ve only just begun so rest assured we will be expanding on it in the near future.

  • TO

    That Burgundy almost steals the show…

    • Westley Dimagiba

      it’s my favorite piece from the collection TBH.

      • TO

        Wait for the chocolate boucle… ;-)

  • Jeanscuffed

    “….so they look at me instead of what I’m wearing.” Wes stop it, you know ppl look at the threads first before asking who’s that fine looking young man lol….well that’s just what happens to me anyways

    • Westley Dimagiba