Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Hi guys ,so i just want to say a big thank you to all my lovely readers for your consistent love and dedication to this blog I am so super grateful. Ok so on to today's topic.Sometimes it can be difficult to know which colours you should wear with that green shirt or that blue skirt... but there are some definite rules that govern which colours look best with one another. Of course, once you know the rules you can break them, but it's good to get the basics down first. See step 1 to get starting coordinating your outfits

                                                                 .Knowing Your Colours 

Use the colour wheel. 
All the colour wheel does is tell you how best to combine colours.There are particular colour combinations in the colour wheel that are particularly pleasing to the eye, called colour harmonies. The basic primary colours of red, yellow, and blue are used to create the secondary colours. Tertiary colours are created by mixing primary and secondary colours together.
  • There are warm colours and cool colours. Warm colours tend to be orange, red, yellow, etc. and cool colours are greens, blues, and purples. Mixing warm colours with warm colours and cool colours with cool colours can be a good way for a colour coordination novice to get comfortable with the colours.
  • White, black, and grey are neutral colours (and are very important for properly coordinating clothing).
  • When a colour is tinted that means that it's getting lighter (has white added to it) and when it is a shade it is getting darker (has black added to it). Tones in a colour are created by adding grey. When you're coordinating clothes you'll need to see how different tints, tones, and shades work with one another.
Avoid complementary colours as much as possible.

 These are the colours that emphasize one another and are opposites on the colour wheel (say for example, orange and blue). Don't let the name fool you, these colours are complementary to one another and that doesn't mean that they'll be complementary to you!
  • Now, you don't have to avoid pairing complementary colours completely, especially if you're a bold and confident dresser. A good way to use complementary colons to good effect is to pair 1 complementary colour with a paler tint of its opposite colour. For example, pairing a royal blue dress with a pale gold shawl(optional) and shoes
Use analogous colours. 

These are the colours that are right next to one another on the colour wheel, like green and yellow or red and orange. Because they are close to one another they appear easy on the eyes when paired together.
  • An example of using analogous colours to good effect might be a scarlet red dress with gold jewellery and pink shoes.
  • Try to avoid putting no more than 3 analogous colours in one outfit. To use the above example you've already got 3 analogous colours (pink, red, gold), so you wouldn't want to go overboard and add in orange too or purple.
Use primary colours.

 Primary colours (if you can think back to your basic schooling years) are red, blue, and yellow. These are hard to pair together unless you're really brave, although they can look great when done right. Primary colours are great, though, for the monochrome look, which means that you use only one colour.

  • An example for the monochrome look might be a white top paired with dark blue skinny jeans, dark blue ankle boots, and a dark blue jacket. To alleviate all that blue you might add in red or bright purple scarf.
  • An example of a good use of primary colours together would be to use it in conjunction with multiple neutral colours. So you might pair red chunky heels with blue skinny jeans and yellow jewellery, while breaking up the colours with a black jacket and grey top.
Don't mix certain colours together. 

Some colours simply were not meant to be mixed and yet people still make the mistake of pairing them together. Avoiding these fashion faux pas will help you better coordinate your outfits.
  • Black may go with everything, but there are two colours it does not go well with. Don't pair it with navy blue. They are too close, but not quite to look good together. The other is brown. Don't pair black with brown unless you're really really certain.
  • White and cream also do not go together, because it makes it look as though you were trying to match your colours and failed (cream and brown, however, go together very well).
  • Brown and grey don't go well together, either. They are both too neutral and more or less colourless to enhance one another.
Use neutral colours in your outfits.

 This is one of the most important pieces of advice for creating well coordinated outfits. The neutral colours will enhance your chosen colours and will make them look better coordinated and not overdone.
  • Grey is a particularly good choice for your outfit. Pair a grey skirt with a dark purple top and pale gold scarf, or a pair of grey slacks with a white shirt, a blue blazer and a red tie.
  • Remember that a fitted white shirt is the perfect complement to most outfits and it can be dressed up with a pair of black slacks and a tie or dressed down with a sweater or blazer and a scarf.
  • Avoid coloured trousers, unless you pair them with a neutral top (like red skinny jeans with grey sweater). Usually, however, coloured trousers can overwhelm an ensemble and take the focus.
Use colours with neutrals. 

When you're coordinating your outfits you'll want to make sure that you put neutrals together with your colours, so that you don't go overboard. Remember, the neutrals are there to enhance your colours.
  • Do 1 colour and 1 neutral. For example you might pair a bright red blouse with a black skirt and red flats. Or you might pair your jeans with a white top and a blue scarf.
  • You could do 1 colour and 2 neutrals. For example you could pair an orange dress with a white and black sweater and black converse and white earrings. Or you could pair brown trousers with a cream sweater and a golden scarf.
  • If you get braver you could try 2 colours and 1 neutral. You would want to pick two analogous colours if you aren't sure about your coordinating abilities. So for example you might do a red blazer over a white dress with orange shoes and bag. Or you could do black trousers, a dark blue sweater, and a maroon scarf.
  •  If you're feeling unsure you could stick to using warm neutrals like brown and cream which go very well together and make you look elegant. You can also put these with a more earth toned colour (the colours that have been mixed with grey)like olive green.
Use patterns with neutrals and plain colours.

 Patterns can be really hard to coordinate, so you'll want to make sure that you don't overdo it with your patterns or you don't overshadow the pattern with the rest of your outfit.
    • Try doing 1 pattern with 1 or 2 plain neutrals. For example you might pair a striped purple and black knit tunic with black leggings and grey boots or shoes. You could also pair a flannel shirt with brown corduroy trousers and a white under shirt.
    • You could also try putting 1 pattern with 1 plain colour from within the pattern. For example if you have a red skirt with a yellow and orange sun pattern, you might match your shirt with the orange in the pattern (although you would probably want to make sure you have neutral shoes before you get too exciting!)

  • TIPS
  • Try to avoid going overboard with pastels. A good way to do this is to pair 1 pastel with a neutral colour, or a pastel with the same colour only on a darker, deeper scale.
  • Limit yourself to 3 colours per outfit, including your neutral colours. This will make sure that you don't go overboard with colour
  • A good way to create a little bit of extra colour is to add a small accessory in a matching value scale of your main colour. So for example you might pair yellow earrings with a green top or a blue tie with a red shirt
  • Remember that you're allowed to wear whatever you want to wear. If other people say you don't match, as long as you've got the look you're going for, who cares what they think?
  • As usual, try and avoid putting brown with black unless you're really sure about it. For example, brown shoes with a black outfit will definitely make you look like you don't know what you're doing colour-wise
  • Avoid using two colours that are nearly the same, but not quite. You want to either match your colours exactly, or use a neutral tone, otherwise your outfit may look off.
  • Always remember to practice it never hurts to do so after al it rather makes one perfect.................................

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