What to Wear to Highlight Your Tan

Wear clothes that will show off your new tan

Now that you’re freshly tanned, you’ll want to make sure you’re dressing so that your tan is accentuated. We’ve compiled a list of clothing/color suggestions that will make sure your tanned skin tone is getting constant compliments! 

It’s important to understand the difference between warm and cool colors, as wearing them will both do very different, but both helpful, things to your tan. An easy mnemonic device to remember this is warm colors are warm like fire, while cool colors are closer to ice. So red, orange, and yellow are your main warm colors, while the other side of the color wheel, including green, blue, and purple, are considered cool colors.  

Citrusy Colors

If you want to show off your newly tanned skin, think about rocking some red, orange or yellow. All shades of orange, from peach to carrot, will make your tan especially noticeable. You’ll want to stick with the shades of bright yellow, as they will do your skin the most favors. WIth red, you’ll want to try to find a balance somewhere between pink and orange. Finding the right shade of red can be difficult, but it if you can do it, you’ll be surprised at how tan your skin looks!

These bright colors will enhance your tan and really draw focus to your fresh color!

Coral Colors

It’s really all about finding the right colors that highlight your skin. While bright colors are typically recommended to make your tan pop, not everyone feels comfortable in such bold, rich colors. Your tan doesn’t have to suffer because of this!

Consider wearing soft corals. Colors and other warm pinks will accentuate the rosy colors of your tan, making your skin look extra bright and bold!


You may be noticing a trend throughout this post. Bright colors bring out your tan, while darker colors supply contrast that can accentuate your fresh bronze. 

Of course, there is no color brighter than white, making it quite possibly the best color to wear to show off your new tan at the beach. 

Contrasting Colors

While citrusy colors will do wonders to highlight your tan, have you considered trying to contrast it? Your tan could look sharper by contrasting your skin against a lime green shirt. If you don’t have anything lime green in your closet, think about a berry purple or a dark pink. Wearing any of these colors will highlight the distinction between your clothes and your freshly tanned skin!

Blue is the Warmest Color

In general, all shades of blue will help accentuate your tan. However, some shades work especially well. A good rule of thumb to remember is to stick with shades of the sea. Any kind of light, bright blue will yield a combination of contrast as well as highlighting your skin. 

The lighter the shade of blue you wear, the darker your tan will look in comparison. Conversely, the darker your blues, the less noticeable your new tan will be. 


As you can see, understanding the color wheel and knowing color schemes are incredibly important in accentuating your tan. This knowledge of colors can, and should, be applied when you’re choosing accessories as well since the right accessories can do wonders for your tan. 

The right shade of nail polish will make your hands and toes pop! A good, gold necklace can leave you looking (and feeling) like a bronze goddess. Make sure to keep these colors in mind when picking out your summer bathing suit, because chances are you’ll look tannest at the beach, under the direct sunlight. 


You might be noticing a trend with these posts, but the importance of moisturizer cannot be overstated enough. A good moisturizer can do more for your skin than any color shirt or nail polish ever could! While a tan is temporary, implementing a good, consistent moisturizer into your daily routine will have a lasting and noticeably positive impact on your skin’s health and appearance! 

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