The Best Color Swimsuits for Pale Skin - the Ultimate Guide

Learning to embrace your skin tone is a lifelong journey. It’s difficult when the media tells us that tanned skin is “more attractive” or “more desirable” than pale skin. However, there are a lot of perks to naturally pale skin. First, you will never have to worry about tan lines, you can wear whatever swimsuit you’d like! Second, if you desire a natural-looking glow, you can use self-tanner to safely bronze your skin. And third, since you know you aren’t getting tan already, you’ll apply sunscreen and avoid skin cancer and wrinkles!

Here at Geode Swimwear we want you to feel your best in a swimsuit. This is why we have put together this guide for you on the best colors of swimsuits to wear for your skin type. With the right color swimsuit, you will feel ready to bring on summer.

What Type of Pale Skin do You Have?

Did you know that there are actually three types of pale skin? Each one has a different underlying pigment. It’s important to understand which type of skin you have so that you can adequately dress for your skin type. 

There are three types of pale skin:

  1. Pale skin with warm undertones
  2. Pale skin with cool undertones
  3. Pale skin with neutral undertones

To discover which type of skin you have, use a white sheet of paper or even a white piece of clothing and hold it up to your skin. If your skin looks pink or red by comparison, you have cool undertones. If your skin looks yellow by comparison, you have warm undertones. And, if you do not look yellow or pink by comparison, you have neutral undertones.

color wheel for swimsuit picking

The Science Behind What Colors Look Best with Pale Skin

Before we jump into what colors and swimsuits will look best for your skin type, let’s learn about the science behind the colors. Jenna, one of Geode’s founders, has this to say on the subject: “You want something that is higher contrast against your skin. It will wash you out if not. Choosing lighter color swimsuits will bring out the opposite hue of your skin. Like a color wheel - look at what color your swimsuit is and then look at the opposite side of the color wheel and that’s the color that is being projected onto your skin.”

Check out the color wheel and see what colors you’re projecting onto your skin based on the colors you are wearing right now. Look at the color you’re wearing, find it on the wheel, and then follow it to the opposite side of the wheel and that’s the hue that your clothes are projecting onto your skin.

Pale skin with warm undertones

Best Color Swimsuit For Pale Skin with Warm Undertones

Pale skin with warm undertones looks best in colors from the warm side of the color spectrum. Specifically, deep colors, earth tones, and neutrals. 

Best Colors for Pale Skin with Warm Undertones

Wear these colors to make your pale skin shine!

  • Olive green
  • Periwinkle
  • Tomato-red
  • Mustard yellow
  • Brown 
  • Amber 
  • Gold

Colors to Avoid for Pale Skin with Warm Undertones

These colors will wash you out, wear with caution!

  • Icy blues
  • Jewel tones
  • Silver

Best Swimsuits for Pale Skin with Warm Undertones

#1: Sonora Top

The Sonora top is the perfect red tankini top to make your pale skin with warm undertones pop! It is comfortable, cute, and made for great times outdoors. 

olive green swimsuit for pale skin

#2: Willow Top

The Willow is the perfect olive green tankini top for your pale skin type! It has a cute lace-up back and is made for any body shape or size. 

Pale skin with cool undertones

Best Color Swimsuit For Pale Skin with Cool Undertones

Pale skin with cool undertones look best in colors from the cool side of the color spectrum. Specifically, pastels and jewel tones.

Best Colors for Pale Skin with Cool Undertones

Your skin will look best when paired with these colors:

  • Emerald green
  • Royal purple
  • Bright blue
  • Ice blue
  • Lavender
  • Pink
  • Silver
  • Crisp white   

Colors to Avoid for Pale Skin with Cool Undertones

If you want your clothes to complement your skin color, stay away from these colors:

  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Tomato-red

Best Swimsuits for Pale Skin with Cool Undertones

Blue swimsuit for pale skin

#1: Pacific One-Piece

This blue floral one-piece suit is comfortable, supportive, and cute! With sturdy fabric made for adventuring, it’ll look great on your pale skin with cool undertones. 

Two piece swimsuit for pale skin

#2: The Laguna Tankini

The Laguna top and bottom are the perfect set for your skin type. The jewel tones from this set will make you shine! As a bonus, it’s super cute and stylish. 

Best Color Swimsuit For Pale Skin with Neutral Undertones

If you neither have cool or warm undertones then you have neutral pale skin. Colors from both the warm and cool sides of the color spectrum work for you. You will glow when you incorporate both sides of the color spectrum in your outfit!

Best Colors for Pale Skin with Neutral Undertones

These colors will make your skin gleam!

  • Jade green
  • Light pink
  • Muted green
  • Muted orange
  • Muted red

Colors to Avoid for Pale Skin with Neutral Undertones

While you can wear whatever you like, these colors will wash you out compared to the colors that look best on you!

  • Brown
  • Black
  • Navy

Best Swimsuits for Pale Skin with Neutral Undertones

two piece swimsuit for pale skin

#1: The Oahu Textured Tankini Set

The perfect modest, comfortable, and flattering swimsuit in a muted green tone that will make your pale skin look more warm and glowy. Check out the top here and the bottoms here!

modest swimsuit for pale skin

#2: Sandstone Top

This muted rust orange tankini top is a must-have for pale skin with neutral undertones. It is functional, comfortable, and cute. One of our bestsellers!

Whatever shade your skin is, we hope that you found this article helpful. Drop us a comment below if you have more questions or you can think of any colors we may have missed!