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For a quick fashion fix, it’s all about the colour combinations

Published on 07 May 2018|
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If you didn’t sleep through art class, you’d know primary, secondary, and tertiary colours. But how does it relate to fashion?

by Louise M, Carrybeans

Remember the colour wheel? Who knew those colours could go beyond painting beautiful scenery. Before you can make sense of why some colours look great together and not with another, you need to have an understanding of how colours work and their position in the wheel.

A quick lesson on the colour wheel

Primary colours are the source of all other colours. Secondary colours are colours resulting from the mixing of two primary colours. Tertiary colours are colours resulting from the mixing of one primary colour with the nearest secondary colours. Get it?

Okay, so you might be wondering how this works with what you wear, but think about it. Colours attract our eyes.

The basic black and white that we all have in our wardrobe is the easiest colour combination. They could also pair very well with any of the colours on the colour wheel. Always in style, it is a safe colour choice either for a casual or a more formal look.

However, if you only have these two colours in your wardrobe you’re going to end up looking rather monotonous. Plus, not everyone can pull off a chic look just by wearing these two colours alone.

How to colour-match your outfit

Begin by mixing the primary colours: blue, red, and yellow. They look great colour-blocked (one colour as your top, another as your bottom) or worn all together in patterns.

Use complementary colours which are any two colours opposite each other on the wheel.  This creates a high contrast so use it when you want something to stand out. For example, blue and orange.

Think about analogous tones which are three colours next to each other on the wheel. The colours will look great when styled together. For example, blue-violet, violet and red-violet.

When you’ve mastered putting your coloured pieces together, you can go up a notch and experiment with prints. The key is to mix and match.

Using colour palettes as a guide

A colour palette gives you a quick visual aid for putting your (coloured) looks together. Notice how black and white are complementary colours in this palette.

Remember, use your best judgement when choosing complementing colours for your outfit. Stick to three or four different colours in your overall look with one colour that pulls your look together. You don’t want to end up looking like a clown. Also, since we all have different coloured skin tones, it’s better to know what colours work best for you.

Sometimes, it’s not always easy to find the perfect clothing colour combinations so do have fun and you’ll soon find the colours that will give you the confidence boost you need.

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Featured Image Credit: Parker Burchfield 

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