Monday, November 7, 2011

Matching Colours in Your Outfit

Let’s face it: Black is the go-to colour for almost everyone. Most of us hone 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.

You may recognize this spinning little rainbow (albeit stationary for our purposes) from your many years of mandatory art classes. This circle of colour is going to serve as a grown-up guide to matching colours. Trust me, it’s foolproof!

Below, I’ll show you how to match different hues together for a harmonious ensemble.
Primary Colours
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 mix primary colours in one outfit for a mode look, as seen below: 

Complementary Colours

Finding complementary colours is simple: Pick any coluor 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

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.

Accent Colour
So you’ve mastered the colour wheel. You know how to pair a killer lemon heel with a navy romper. Sometimes, though, situations require more subdued and conservative looks. For example, as much as you would love to wear your summery brights year round, your boss isn’t exactly a fan of the colour wheel (boo).
When you have to tone down the rainbow, try adding just a pop of colour to your ensemble. Keep a neutral palette by using black, navy, or cream, and add just a hint of colour in the right place. Fashion is all about self-expression and versatility.

One Final Tip About Wearing Colour
Before we go, 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. (Oh my!)” 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.

Give it a shot!

Peace, Love & Blaze,


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