Did you ever find a color that you loved, but had a hard time wear because it looked a little too much like, well, like you? As in, it was so close to your own skin color that wearing it made you feel as if you were literally wearing a second skin?
That’s kind of how I felt about this double-brushed poly fabric from So Sew English.
I love this shade of pink, but I have pink shades in my skin, so it’s hard for me to wear without feeling like I’m all one color. Since it’s so close to my own coloring, I try to follow a few guidelines when I wear colors like this.
How to wear skin-toned colors:
- First and foremost, when I wear flesh-toned fabrics, I try to keep them away from my face. That’s the approach I took with this Diva Patterns Mermaid Maxi Skirt. The fabric was perfect for a skirt like this, and since it’s a skirt rather than a dress, I’m able to keep a little distance between the pink and my pink-ish face.
- Pull it in with shoes and accessories. If a color is hard for me to wear in large amounts, I like to pull it into my outfit through my accessories. Mauve shoes or a necklace can be a lot more palatable and a lot less overwhelming than all-over color.
- Use it in prints. A floral or stripe with shades of your favorite skin tone color can be a great way to bring it in without overwhelming. The other colors in the print will help provide a visual break.
I was glad that I found a way to make this fabric work so well for this fabulous skirt! I’m not a huge fan of double-brushed poly, but the weight and drape of it really was perfect for the Mermaid Maxi Skirt. I shortened my skirt by about 6″ from the original pattern because I knew I wanted it midi length rather than maxi length.
Only maxi lengths are included in the pattern, but shortening it turned out to be fairly straightforward. I wanted to keep the length in the flare part at the end, so I simply cut it right above the flare, removed the 6″ I wanted, and then smoothed out the transition at the cut when I cut my fabric. Easy peasy!
And my skirt is so swishy!