The basics of color theory is something we all studied about when we were in school. Little did we know, that one day it would be of such great use to us deciding on the color combinations of our outfits! Here are some tips when it comes to colors and hopefully this will guide you on how to make different colors work together!
Let's start with some basics. The basic color wheel has 12 colors. There are 3 primary colors namely red, yellow and blue. Primary colors can be mixed together to get any other color you want. However you can’t mix other colors together to get these 3 colors.
Secondary colors are the ones that are formed by mixing together two primary colors.
Yellow + Red = Orange
Red + Blue = Purple
Blue + Yellow = Green.
Then finally tertiary colors are the ones that you get by mixing a primary color and a secondary color.
If you use this color wheel you can make sure to nail the color combinations with these simple tips!
What are complementary colors? If you look at the color wheel then the colors opposite each other are called complementary colors. So for example red-green or orange-blue. These color combinations are by far the boldest and most striking ones. Usually start with the primary color as the main and focal piece of the look and then find a complementary color in the accessories or your top or skirt. I would recommend making the top the non primary color especially if you have a midi skirt or long pants like I do. The primary color should be the majority in terms of proportions of the look.
You can also vary the levels of saturation of the colors to determine how striking you want the look to be. The more saturated the color the more striking it will be.
Also, even though red-green is a complementary pair, be careful how you style it so that you don’t come off looking like Christmas!
Complementary Color Outfits
Analogous colors are any 2 or more colors that appear side by side on a 12 part color wheel. Since the colors appear next to each other on the wheel these color combinations are very gradual and harmonious. Even though you have 3 colors, try to make sure that you pick one color that will dominate in terms of proportions as well as color saturation. The second color should support the dominant color and the third should be an accessory or just an accent.
In these outfits you can see that that the denim jeans in outfit 1 and the orange top in outfit 2 are the dominating pieces in terms of saturation. Then I have gone in for a less saturated top and skirt respectively, the supporting pieces and completing the 3 analogous colors are the shoes in both looks. The presence of all three colors looks very contiguous.
Analogous Color Outfits
This is one of our favorites after complementary colors because you can make it playful and striking. Split complementary takes the analogous colors and makes it more striking by adding in the complement. This color scheme could be slightly difficult but it's a great one to experiment with.
Let’s see how to make this work. Again, like with most multi-colored outfits, pick one color to be your focal point. Then use the other two colors as the supporter pieces. This color scheme is not as striking as complementary colors but still eye-catching.
Split Complementary Color Outfits
The triad is formed with three colors that are equidistant on the color wheel. An example would be purple, yellow-orange and green. For triad colors make sure that you have one dominant color and the other two are only accents.
In these looks the dominant colors are the vibrant yellow blouse and the orange cardigan. The denim jeans and green romper don't dominate in looks 1 and 3 respectively. Denim is really easy to pair with just about anything! In both looks the bags complete the triad colors without over powering the look. As you can see we have kept the remaining accessories and shoes very neutral so as to not add any other striking colors to the looks
Triad Color Outfits
Neutral + Vibrant Color
Sometimes an all neutral look might feel a tad bit boring. The best part about neutral colors is that you can throw in a neutral shade to just about any vibrant look. Neutral shades are - beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray and shades of white without color, but in many applications these hues often have undertones so be careful. We have created 2 looks to show you how fabulously neutral shades work with vibrant outfits!
Neutral + Vibrant Color Outfits
We hope that these tips will help you when you are deciding your color combinations. Playing with color is so much fun, we love it and we hope that we have made you love it too 🙂