Colors That Match Pale Skin?
Hey, Fashionbeans, I'm a new member. I've been reading the AskMen's Style Bible lately to gain some fashion sense before revamping my wardrobe. I finished the book a little while ago but am left with a few questions, especially as it relates to coordinating color with skin tone. I've done some more reading online and looked at the color article in the sidebar at this subreddit and still don't know where I stand in terms of matching colors to my (very pale) skin tone.
Here's an example of some of the confusing advice I hear. The AskMen's Style Bible advises very dark skinned guys to wear colors like pink, white, khaki, baby blue and grey. It justifies this advice in terms of how the former colors contrast and complement dark skin tones. It advises dark skinned guys to avoid dark colors because they're too similar to his skin tone. Makes sense. But, for very pale skinned guys like myself AskMen advises wearing light blue, brown, beige, off-white, and bold blue to blend in with their skin tone. This doesn't make sense. Why should one skin tone look good with contrast and the other with similarity?
It gets even weirder. The Style Bible advises pale skinned guys to avoid the colors red, pink, orange, yellow, and purple. However, the very next section in the book advises pale skinned guys to wear... red, yellow, and orange! What gives? I feel like I'd have an easier time getting fashion advice from tarot cards or chicken entrails. I've done some poking around online and keep stumbling on this dubious "season" method of coordinating with your skin tone, where each type of skin tone is assigned a "season" of the year and you're supposed to wear colors to match that season or something. It honestly sounds more like some New Agey feng shui deal than advice based on serious aesthetics.
Can you give me the 411 on coordinating color with skin tone or am I going to have to raid a KFC dumpster for those entrails?