A Hijabi’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Solid Hijab for your Skin Tone
Every hijabi needs no-fail solid hijabs that are perfect for your skin tone – the go-to hijab you grab when you don’t have time to fuss. Your hijab collection should be stocked with no-fail solids across all the materials you love that bring out the best in your skin tone. Read (and watch) on for tips according to your own beautiful skin tone and don’t forget to stock up on our solid hijabs in the colors that make you feel fab!
If you have light skin, the solid color that looks best on you will depend on whether you have pink or yellow undertones. As a general rule, white and black look great on lighter skin (although black could potentially be harsh on lighter skin if you have light features as well) and the colors you want to avoid are beiges, camels and taupes (especially if you have pink undertones) as they do nothing for you.
Don’t be afraid to go bold! (How stunning is Nura in the Premium Jersey Wrap Sapphire!) Bold jewel tones like cobalt, emerald, ruby red, royal violet and bright hues like aqua, canary yellow and bright pink look beautiful on light skin and if you have pink undertones, pastels will do wonders for you, but if you have yellow-ish undertones, be sure to experiment first as they may wash you out.
Above is the perfect example of the difference between yellow and pink undertones. Sara, above left, is spotted in our Everyday Chiffon Hijab Seashell. Because of her pink undertones she wears this pink pastel with ease (I’d venture to say this should be her signature go-to!), whereas Yasmeena on the right (with yellow undertones) balances out the pastels with brighter hues in the Orchid Garden Hijab. Not sure if you have pink or yellow undertones? Do you look best in gold or silver jewelry? Silver denotes pink while gold denotes yellow undertones. Look great in both? Lucky you! You’ll look great in almost any solid!
Colors to stock up on: White, black, charcoal grey, dove grey, silver, sapphire, royal violet, emerald, dark red, pastel pink, baby blue, lavender, canary yellow, hot pink and turquoise.
For ladies who have medium skin tones (like myself) neutrals are your best bet for go-to solids that look amazing anytime. The neutral colors I stock up on across all materials are ivory, beige, taupe, camel, blush and mink. Opt for ivory over white (the coolness in white may wash you out while warm ivory brings out the best in your skin) and while black looks great on most medium skin, it may be too harsh on some, especially if you have light features.
More no-fail colors for medium skin tones are autumn hues – these colors are right in your sweet spot – cranberry, burnt sienna, amber, olive green, teal and indigo. How beautiful is Saba, above right, in the Modal Maxi Wrap in Dark Olive!?
Outside of neutrals and fall hues, stick to bold, jewel tones like emerald, cobalt, royal purple and bold red (my all-red look complemented my skin beautifully!) as well as bright vivid hues like aqua (See Hoda, above right), bright pink, turquoise and coral. Steer clear of pastels – as they wash out medium skin tones.
Colors to stock up on: Ivory, black, gold, taupe, camel, beige, olive, blush, cranberry, burnt sienna, teal, evergreen, amber, cobalt, emerald, red, turquoise, coral, bright pink and aqua.
Depending on what shade of dark skin you have, I’d venture to say that dark skin is the most versatile of all skin tones. Be careful with camels or mocha that literally blend in to your actual skin tone and opt for ivory and gold over white and silver.
Cherice on the left, looks stunning in this darker hue (she’s wearing the Modal Maxi Wrap in Indigo), while Fatima, spotted in the Everyday Chiffon Hijab in Rose works this light (almost pastel!) pink hue to perfection!
Whether it’s bright, muted, neutral or pastel – almost all solid colors complement dark skin with ease. Melva, above left, is glowing in the Jardin Botanico Hijab with bright and bold pinks, aqua and periwinkle while Azzah wears these neutrals hues to perfection. The darker elements in the leopard bring out her features beautifully.
PHOTO CREDIT; HAUTE HIJAB