Andy, thank you for those resources.
Flanderian, regarding harmonization, I wasn't thinking of the many things that could make a man look good. I was wondering whether the prescription might correctly state one thing that does not.
The prescription didn't arise after thinking about the skin colors or races that have been mentioned. It arose from two things:
a. Years ago in this forum Alexander Kabbas suggested I shop in the company of a talented oil artist. The thinking was the artist, being able to combine colors well, would have a good eye for skin undertones etc. So, sometimes I take my very talented step-uncle shopping with me. On one occasion I mentioned liking a red shirt. He told me to look in the mirror. There he pointed out that my ruddy complexion has much red in it and that the shirt would be adding more of the same and that I shouldn't wear it. That was part one of the prescription's inspiration.
b. The second part occurred when I was fooling around on https://coolors.co
where one may upload a selfie, use a color picker to select five colors from the selfie, and the software will give harmonizing palettes based on those colors. When it did, it included reds similar to those in my face and I was reminded of my step-uncle's instruction. So, I was wondering how to use such software tools but have them show only colors other than those too closely matching the face. But first, I thought I would post a question to see whether members agreed with a prescription based on my step-uncle's thinking.
Flanderian, regarding, "Of course I should add that trying to harmonize colors by racial groups is also futile, and you need to attend to the specific coloring of the individual." Agreed. I wasn't suggesting the former at all and I was suggesting the latter entirely. These online color tools don't know which race or which mix of races the user is. They simply suggest colors harmonizing well with the colors one picks from the selfie. So, they do their thing equally well with every unique skin coloring.
Flanderian, I had assumed it would be fine to use the color picker tool to identify hair color and eye color and match them. I've seen people with dark hair wear colors that match and I've seen people match their eye color in their clothing, both with good results. So, I wasn't proposing a rule to not wear one's hair or eyes.
Matt, regarding "People can look great in clothes that match their skin tone so long as that is not the only colour they are wearing. A small bit of contrast added to the outfit is all that is needed for some people." Matt, since you typed it, I've no doubt that you are correct. How about some example photos to show what you mean so we can put a nice visual mnemonic to what you are saying.
Matt, regarding, "You can wear tan suits, but it needs to be the right shade of tan. Some men look better in a golden tan while others look better in a rosy tan. I have a cool complexion and need a rosy tan. Golden tans wash me out. Undertones are most important." Matt, that is cutting things really finely. Unless someone takes along someone as talented as my step-uncle or you, they are probably unable to notice the distinctions you are mentioning. My proposed prescription to not wear one's face rules out all of these close calls and leaves the user safely choosing from colors that cannot go wrong. I guess my proposed prescription is for those, like myself, and perhaps the majority, who have untalented eyes. (Some may recall my abramost.com idea as another attempt to really simplify things so those of us without talent can avoid mistakes).
Flanderian, regarding your initial impression, the shirts of this guy and his dog come to mind, I'm not sure why. I'll claim their colorings are similar enough to make it relevant, but it could just be someone wearing a face, or, I just think it is funny.