Most people choose black as their go-to color. Black is easy, so many of us turn to classic black or black and white items when we shop for clothing. Unfortunately, this means that we completely ignore bright chartreuse or fuchsia garments.
Why do we continually overlook those beautiful, vibrant colors? Most of us are worried that we’ll wear those colors the wrong way. Women all have their color matching rules, which have probably been passed down from other women. Unfortunately, those rules often contain many “don’ts” and few “dos.”
The good news is that you can wear many beautiful colors. With this helpful guide, you’ll be able to color-match your clothes like an expert, fearlessly choosing the perfect bag and shoes for an outfit without those old rules echoing in your head.
Understanding the Color Wheel
Before you start having fun with clothing colors, take the time to view and understand a color wheel. You’ve probably seen it before in art class, but this color wheel proves useful when you’re trying to match your clothes. With the color wheel to guide you, you can’t go wrong.
The Basics of Matching Colors:
Here’s a helpful look at some of the color matching basics. With this information, you’ll be able to match beautiful colors together to create a gorgeous ensemble.
① Primary Colors
The primary colors include yellow, blue and red. Every other color is made from a combination of the primary colors. If you want to use a single color for your outfit, known as a monochrome look, a primary color is a great choice. Using a primary color from head to toe streamlines and slims the body, leaving you with a chic, modern look.
If the monochrome look isn’t your thing or if you want to experiment, try combining a couple of the primary colors in a single outfit, for an edgy, modern look, as seen below:
② Complementary Colors
To find complementary colors, choose a color on your color wheel and then look at the color that is directly opposite on the color wheel. To add diversity to your wardrobe, do this using secondary or tertiary colors (colors that aren’t primary colors).
When you do this, you’ll find that the colors that are opposite on the color wheel make great pairings. Some nice complementary color pairings to consider include: Maroon/turquoise, blue/orange, and yellow/violet.
③ Analogous Colors
You’ll be able to find analogous colors without a problem on the color wheel as well. Choose a color on your color wheel and look to the left or right of that color to choose another color. Colors that are very close to each other on the color wheel offer you a cohesive, harmonious look. For example, pink and red actually look wonderful together and are analogous colors.
④ Accent Color
Now that you’ve learned a lot about the color wheel, it’s time to find out how to add an accent color to an outfit. Sometimes you’ll need to keep your outfit on the conservative side.
Maybe your boss prefers a traditional/conservative look in the office. If you need to tone down your look, start adding an accent color to your outfit. Keep the base of your outfit in neutral colors, such as navy, cream or black. Then, add a pop of color to accent the outfit.
An Important Reminder About Wearing Color
① Even with all this information, you may doubt that you can pull off all these colors. Next time you think to yourself, “Black is the most slimming color, so I’ll just skip those other colors,” think again.
② Start adding some new colors to your wardrobe. Start with just one color and work your way up to other colors. You can begin by adding just a pop of color, and as you grow more comfortable with colors.
③ You can start combining colors for a fashion-forward look. You can have as much fun with colors as you want – just be brave enough to experiment and work to find the shades that flatter you the most.
What are your thoughts on wearing colors? What kind of color matching tips and rules were passed down to you by the women in your family? Are you ready to take the step towards wearing more colors? Share your ideas and opinions.