Mastering the Art of Color Mixing

At one point in our lives we have either heard or asked these questions, will this blouse go with these pants? What dress should I wear? Matching colors can be really tricky and if you are not careful, you will look like a circus clown! Choosing the perfect color for an outfit is what sets you apart and that’s why color theories continue to be the centerpiece for ultimate styling. Most people tend to shy away from colors because they don’t know how to wear them effortlessly and as such, they only wear neutrals (black, white and grey etc.)

Yes, I agree that mixing and matching colors in your outfit could be one of the hardest things ever but it doesn’t have to be so. Color mixing/matching is one interesting aspect of fashion and styling every style-conscious person needs to know and I am here to help you know how to light up your wardrobe with the art of color mixing. Let’s go on;

Principles for Matching Colors

Even if you ignore the full-color range and only look at basic colors, you still have a ton of possible combinations. One key thing we need to remember when putting outfits together is that the fundamental principle of matching your clothes is combining colors that work together.

But before we go into anything, you need to know about neutrals. Neutrals should be a key component of any wardrobe, and if you have already read through my previous post on wardrobe essentials, you should have neutrals in it by now.

Neutral colors also known as earth tones are colors that work well with all other colors. They don’t compete with anything else in a space. With a neutral color as a supporting piece, our opportunities are endless. Instead of trying to match colors together, you simply wear a maximum of one color in your outfit and keep the rest neutral. Go with one cool or warm color, and leave everything else neutral, this little splash of color will be enough to add a little pop to make your outfit stand out.

Examples of neutral colors are:

  • Black
  • White
  • Grey
  • Navy and Brown (all shades of brown)

       

Complementary

These are colors that go together; they work best when combined together. These colors are exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. Now, just because they’re on different sides of the color wheel doesn’t mean they don’t go together. You might think it will be too “shouting” to look at, but trust me if you do your job well it will come out really good. Take your color matching up a notch, try wearing contrasting colors but mix tones like pairing a pastel pink with a green trouser.

Analogous

Analogous color matching is matching two or three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. It doesn’t matter which end you’re taking from, just as long as they’re neighbors. When you put an entire outfit together based on this, it looks both striking and stylish because analogous are harmonious are pleasing to the eyes.

 

Matching Your Skin Tone

Know what colors suit your skin tone and use them to your advantage. If you are pale or yellow toned, opt for colors from the colder side of the palette, such as grey, navy blue, varying shades of green, aqua, emerald, burgundy, etc. If you have a deeper skin tone, you can pull off brighter or warmer shades of brown, coral, honey, gold, amber, taupe, etc., as they look amazing on this skin tone. All said and done, an ideal way to do this is to always to strike a balance between warm and cold colors.

 Monochrome

Monochrome is all about mixing one particular color together. The look can be customized depending on the season or the occasion. Mixing different colors can be scary for most people and this is why you should start with one color, I mean, wearing only a particular shade of color in every piece of your outfit. Start with comfortable and neutral colors like greys, blues, whites, and blacks, and then once you’re ready to branch out, move to pastel undertones or start mixing in variations on tone(darkening a color slightly by adding grey).

Final Tips

  • Do not wear more than 3 colors in the same outfit so as to have an organized look and avoid looking like a circus clown.
  • When in doubt, use the color wheel to help you choose the colors that go well with each other.

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