Choosing which colors go well together can be a confusing thing to do. You might think that all of your fashion icons have a natural instinct for colors, but in fact, many of them are following a set of rules designed to make an outfit have the maximum aesthetic impact. Below are some of our top tips to keep you stylish and avoiding a fashion faux pas.
Before you start mixing and matching the different colors in your wardrobe, you need to identify the different tones of your clothes.
These are perfect for spring and are some of my favourite color tones. These tend to be considered “cute” colors and include shades such as mint green, baby blue and lavender.
Jewel tones are named after the vibrancy of gemstones such as amethyst purple, sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green. These bold colors are great in the summer but can be worn all year round. If you’re wearing them later in the year they work really well with neutral tones such as a dark pair of jeans.
These shades such as black, grey, white and beige don’t have much color. These can serve to either help another color to stand out or to appear more neutral. The fundamental colors: white, black and grey, tend to go well with almost any color.
Earth tones are warm, autumnal tones that emulate the colors of nature. They include dark brown, tan, dark green and more. These offer a cooler feeling alternative to the neutral tones.
2. Color Wheel
The color wheel is an important thing to understand. It’s simple – colors on opposite sides of the wheel compliment each other. Every color has a correponding opposite which makes those colors together particularly appealing on the eye.
Warm and cool colors tend to be opposites. For example, red and orange are warm colors, whilst green and blue are cool colors.
When using the color wheel it’s a good idea not to directly pair the complementary colors unless you’re going for a particularly bold look. One option is to try wearing a paler tone of the opposite color. For example navy denim and light beige.
A group of colors that are together in a color wheel are known as analogous. For example, pale blue, lime green, and lemon yellow. These colors work well for choosing accessories as they can clash when wearing too many of them.
Triadic tones are chosen from three separate points within the circle at an equal distance apart. Pink, green, and brown is one popular example of where this works to look mature but fashionable.
3. Use Designer Color Schemes
Look online and search for your favourite designers and browse through their work. If you don’t know the names of any designers then try researching different brands and styles until you find something that captures your imagination.
When you find a color combination you life, make a note of the colors used and the ratios in which they appear. You can then plan your outfit around these.