Colour Combination Guide for Easy Dressing
Let’s face it: Black is the go-to colour for almost everyone. Most of us home in on the simple, classic black and white pieces on a rack while completely ignoring colours with names like fuchsia or chartreuse.
Why are bright, fun colours so often overlooked? We are secretly terrified of styling them the wrong way. Every woman has her own set of colour matching rules that has been passed down – most of them restrictive, involving more “don’t”s than “do”s. But in reality, you can wear more colours together than you think. This easy guide to matching colours will have you fearlessly rocking ruby red heels without Grandma’s belt-shoe-bag rule ringing in your ear.
Introducing: The Colour Wheel
How to Match Colours: The Basics
Below, I’ll show you how to match different hues together for a harmonious ensemble.
Red, blue, and yellow are known as the primary colours. All other colours come from a combination of these three hues. Primary colours can work great for a monochrome look, which means styling an outfit using only one colour.This idea seems basic, but when executed correctly, appears modern and chic. Utilizing only one colour lengthens and streamlines the body. If the monochrome look isn’t your thing and you want to get a little more daring, you can also mix primary colours in one outfit for a mod look, as seen below:
Finding complementary colours is simple: Pick any colour on the colour wheel (for diversity, try a secondary or tertiary colour, i.e. any colour that isn’t red, yellow, or blue), and trace your finger directly across the circle to the opposite portion of the wheel. What you will find is that the colours directly line up and appear to be opposites of one another. Some complementary pairings are: orange/blue, violet/yellow, turquoise/maroon.
Analogous colours are even easier to find on the wheel than complementary colours. Just pick any one colour on the wheel, then choose the colour to the right or the left of the original — you have found your palette. Hues that are similar to one another on the colour wheel create a harmonious and cohesive look. Below, I created an outfit using red and pink – which many say don’t go together, but can actually be combined for a fabulously unexpected look.
One Final Tip About Wearing Colour
I just want to leave you with a little reminder, in case you’re doubting your abilities to wear different hues.
Whatever you do, stop saying to yourself:”Well, black is supposed to be slimming. I cannot be caught dead in orange. Purple dress, purple shoes, purple flowers. Try refreshing your wardrobe with a little colour, and a little confidence – you can do it! In reality, you can wear any colour you want – it’s all about finding your most flattering shades and being willing to experiment.