Basic Coordinating Rules for a Flawless Look

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With virtually endless color combinations to try, it is hard to develop a fool-proof way to achieve a perfectly coordinated outfit. And the last thing you want is to walk out the door looking like a fashion victim! So how can you create flattering, visually appealing looks using different colors? Here are our tips:

Start with the Color Wheel

To create perfectly coordinated outfits, you need to learn what colors look well with others, what colors clashes and what to avoid. You can do that by looking at the color wheel. Essentially, the  color wheel features the primary colors (red, yellow and blue). These colors are the base for all other colors in the wheel.

Different combination of the primary colors makes up the secondary colors (orange, green and violet). The last group of colors in the second wheel is colors made by combining a primary color with a secondary color. The names of the hues will correspond to the names of the primary color and secondary color combined (red-orange, blue-green, yellow-green). Feel free to play around with the color wheel to get to know your primary and secondary colors.

One thing to consider is the opposing color of a certain hue. This opposing color will complement the other very well. This tip will serve you well once you start picking your outfit!

How to Start Coordinating Your Outfit

Working with Primary Colors

Red, yellow and blue are perfect for creating a monochromatic look. The monochromatic look will lengthen the body and create a streamlined silhouette. If you are going after a “safe,” classic look, then put together an outfit based on primary colors. When done right, the end result will look timeless and chic!

Working with Complementary Colors

Choosing complementary colors that work is surprisingly easy. Get your color wheel and pick any color. Now trace your finger directly to the opposing color on the wheel. That is the complementing color of the hue you chose. For instance, if you chose orange, the complementing color opposite it blue. If you chose yellow, the complementing color opposite it is violet and so on. Once you decided what color and complementing color to use, you can build your outfit around the hues.

Analogous Colors

Analogue colors are hues that sit on the right or left side of the colors you chose. Essentially, these are colors that are in the same color family as your chosen color. Because analogue colors look similar to your chosen color, you can use them to create a harmonious, cohesive outfit. For instance, red and pink are in the same color family. So is blue and green or orange and yellow. Putting together an outfit based on analogue colors create a visually impactful look!

Using Accent Colors Correctly

As the name implies, an accent color is meant to accentuate an outfit. The accent color can be anything from a pop of bright pink or a deep midnight blue. Using accent colors are perfect for simple, conservative looks. The unexpected pop of pink to an all-black ensemble makes the outfit timeless yet youthful. The key to using accent color is to do so in little doses. Do not use different accent colors or your outfit will look too busy!


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