FASH 101

Coordinating colors in your outfit. Not as easy as it looks as there are hundreds of colors that for the most part look like the next. In case like myself, you are trying to switch it up and break from the usual black and white with pop of color outfit, here are some more tips on how to get color coding right.

Secondary or tertiary colors. These are all the other colors that aren’t the primaries. Blue + Yellow= secondary color Green. Adding more blue would cause the green to be a darker shade and more yellow would cause the green to be a lighter tint (think pastels).

Complementary colors are essentially colors that work well together- they complement each other (not to be confused with compliment). These colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. Combining colors that are opposite each other creates a “POW” outfit. Think Purple + Yellow- recognizable los Angeles Lakers colors.
Check out Ashley’s complementary color outfit (orange shift dress with blue scarf & Mary Kate’s pop of color with her wine colored peep toes).

Analogous colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel. Example: Choose Green. On one side of green is yellow, on the other side of green is blue. And here’s where it gets tricky- you can also do a trio of colors with the analogous color scheme for a more vibrant palette. Pick one color from the wheel, for example green. Starting from green, make a 90 degree turn. The color you fall on is your second color. From that color, make another 90 degree turn to the third color. If you start at green, your second color is purple, the third being orange.
Check out Camilla Belle’s triad (3 analogous colors in one outfit):

The accent color is the pop of color. Wearing an all-black outfit and want a pop of color? Swap an article of clothing. For example, change a black top for one that is colored; black shoes for colored shoe or black accessories for ones that have more color. Yeah, it really is that simple with the accent colors.

Don’t be afraid of color. Experiment to see what works for you and what doesn’t. You can still keep your sense of style and still have fun with your outfits.



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