Thecolours in your wardrobespeak volumes about who you are – combine them well and half the style battle is won . Our style guide provides tips and inspiration for all fashion enthusiasts this season. Learn how you can mix 'n' match your colours , and create a look that suits you best! Are you ready to add asplash of colour to your wardrobe?!
How much time do you think you might spend standing in front of your wardrobe thinking: Can I wear these shoes with that? Which top goes best with these trousers? And, do red and green really go together?!
This extensive pondering usually comes to an end when you opt for that "safe" outfit choice in black or grey and leave the colour coordinating for another day. Sound familiar? Then you need to discover the art of colour coordinating! If you've ever taken any art classes, then you probably have a good idea of the primary and secondary colours.Combining clothing colours works on a similar principle. Red, blue and yellow are the primary colours that make up the secondary colours; orange, purple and green . Together, they form a harmonious circle, which comprises of a total of twelve colour gradations. The colour mixing chart will help you figure outwhich colours work well togetherand which colours will clash.
The logic is very simple: opposing tones are complementary colours . For example, combining a pair of blue jeans with an orange T-shirt looks really good. Shades of the same colour work really well together too, for example, a dark navy blue looks great with a light pastel blue.
Then there are the so-called contrasting colours . These colours are exactly three shades apart in the wheel. A classic example isred and blue. Contrast colours are perfect choices for colour blocking. Beware: not all contrasting shades are equally pleasing to the eye.
There are many different ways of combining colours, but it's not always easy to do. You may have a piece of clothing that you love, but it's an obscure shade that is difficult to match with the rest of your outfit. Then, you're left asking yourself, what goes with an obscure colour such as burgundy or lime green?!
Lighter greens, such as lime green, fresh mint and neon, are more often regarded as vibrant, youthful colours. Therefore, as a contrast, these lighter shades of green go well with warmer tones ,such as yellows and reds. You could also combine your lime green with white to make the colour pop!
Beige or brown are popular neutral colours that are perfect for creating a versatile colour scheme in your wardrobe . But how can you combine them most successfully? Here's a good trick: combine with other earthy tones such as olive, rust or terracotta. A bolder option would be to combine with yellows, oranges and reds.
Blue can be found as a staple colour in almost every wardrobe. It's a colour we most often associate with the ocean and nautical charm. Warm colours such as reds or oranges perfectly compliment cool, fresh blue tones . If you don't like too much contrast in your look, try combining with neutral tones such as beige or cream. A navy blue shirt + beige chinos = a timeless classic!
Red... the colour of love, passion and emotion! So, if you're drawn towards shades of red (or even a rich burgundy!) then you are probably a bit of a romantic. Go for tender greens, light yellows or duller earth tones for your red look . For a striking contrast, wear red paired with black or a rich burgundy with navy.
Mystic, majestic, elegant are words that describe the colour purple the best. Yellow and orange tones on the colour wheel are great combinations . Olive green looks stunning too. To bring out the best in purple, go for black or grey and for a refreshing look, white.
Orange is such an aesthetically appealing colour and a favourite for so many. It stands for pleasure, happiness and the joy of life. It works wonders with muted shades of green, reds or yellows . Wear it with blue or mauve for a cool contrast look.
Gold and yellow: sunny, bright and powerful! Matt golden hues, bright lemon yellow, subdued mustard or pretty pastel shades – the numerous variations of this colour make it easy to combine . Match with green for a fresh look. For a stronger contrast, try blues or purples!
Of course, there are a host of other colours and possible combinations. What are the colours that go with teal or cream, for instance? White, or shades of green work very well with teal and cream respectively. However, the main rule of thumb for combining colours: follow your intuition and be bold and brave in whatever you feel most comfortable in !
Each year, Pantone (the world-renowned colour company) predicts which colour will be the hottest shade of the year. This year's colour? Ultraviolet ! Did you know that this blue-based hue is associated with originality and visionary thinking? At the same time, ultraviolet manages to soothe the nerves and is often used to create a relaxing effect. Here's a curated collection of fashion pieces in this tone that you can integrate into your everyday look! Check out our gallery below:
These are the 6 simple rules to ensure that your colour scheme is always looking on fleek: