We all know how frustrating it could be seeing so many clothes neatly arranged in the wardrobe and still not ‘finding’ anything to wear. Picking a particular purple shirt and pairing it with the same black skirt you’ve always worn it with, you wonder why there never seems to be anything else to wear despite all the ‘overflowing’ clothes in the wardrobe. Wait, what if you pair the purple shirt with a color other than your usual black? What if you mix and match those colors in your wardrobe? That should give you some new looks without changing the wardrobe right? So, how do you go about mixing and matching those outfits? Let’s start with the basics, shall we?
Black and White are two colors that goes with every other color,we all already know this. They aren’t the only neutral colors though. Brown, grey, gold, silver are other neutral colors that you can combine with almost every other color.
Navy blue and any hues of blue found in denim also goes with almost every other color.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you wear the exact color from head to toe, it can also mean wearing shades of the same color.
THE COLOR WHEEL
Making use of the color wheel is very important if you want to learn how to mix and match colors. You can paste a copy on your wardrobe so you can easily refer to it if the need arises. Here below, is a breakdown of how to mix and match colors using the color wheel.
1. Complementary colors: These are colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Complementary color combinations usually turn out to be very bold and mostly takes someone daring to rock them. It’s always advisable to use the complimentary color as an highlight and not wear it in the same proportion as the base color. You can use any of the primary colors as the base color. Remember them? Red, blue and yellow. An example of a complementary color combination is Orange and Blue. Blue is a primary color while orange is the color directly opposite blue.
2. Analogous colors: These are 2-3 colors directly next to each other. When pairing analogous colors, it’s advisable to choose one color as the dominant color, the second color to support the first color and the third color as an highlight. Never wear the three colors in the same proportion.
3. Triadic: These are color combinations gotten by drawing an equilateral triangle on the color wheel. This will get you three colors which can be paired well with one another. You can let one color take the spotlight and use the other two as accents. You can also use two of the three colors and pair with a neutral color. Example of Triadic combination is combining the colors Blue, Red and Yellow.
4. Tints, Shades and Tones: You can combine tints, shades and tones of the same hues to get beautiful combinations or just the tint and shade. This is simply combining a lighter or less saturated hue with a darker or more saturated version of the same hue. Note that: Hue means color. Tint means a lighter version of the color. That is,white has been added to the color to make it lighter. Shade means a darker version of the color. That is, black has been added to the color to make it darker. Tone means grey has been added to the color.
Don’t be afraid to wear colors other than neutral. Practice and discover what color combinations work best for you. Take pictures when people compliment your outfit so you can always replicate the look on days you have little time to dress up and still want to look great. I hope this helps a little. Keep looking beautiful!