21 Mar Color Guide
Don’t worry if you’re not sure how the color wheel works because trust me, you aren’t the only person. It takes a minute to grasp the concepts and the “how to’s” when it comes to pairing and adding colors together by using the color wheel. However, nowadays we always test the fashion limits and try out the faux pas, which is why I’ve created a color guide to use as a quick reference when you don’t have time to study the complexity of the color wheel.
The “rules” of the color wheel goes as follows:
- Colors right next to each other (yellow & yellow-orange; violet & blue-violet, etc.)
- Colors that create 90 degree angles with each other (blue & violet; green & orange, etc.)
- Colors straight across from each other ( red & green, yellow & violet, etc.)
- Colors that make a “T” (yellow, violet, & red-orange; red-orange, blue-green, & yellow, etc.)
- Colors that make an “X” (blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
First off, you can pair any two, three, or four colors that you want as long as your “contrast” color is pulled together with an accessory of the same color. There is no such thing as tacky. Tackiness was created by the people who are matchy-matchy. Anything not following the same color scheme, to them, is tacky.
When creating your outfit, you should always have in mind what direction of your outfit you’re going to go in. When I say that, it simply means, do you want to be bright, do you want to blend in, do you want to be bold and noticed, etc. Once you determine your direction, then you choose a type of color then go from there.
Here’s the guidelines for the color guide:
Safe Colors are your safe, go-to colors. They match any and everything. Generally your blacks, grays, browns, and tans.
Harmonious Colors can take the place of your safe colors because they can match just about anything without extra need of accessories or they can be incorporated with any type of colors because of their harmonious nature. These colors can consist of navy, pink, forest green, blush, and wine.
Vivid Colors are bright, vibrant, and eye catching. Wear these to “highlight” your outfit.
Brave Colors stand alone and turn heads. These are your darker, stronger colors.
Pastel Colors are soft colors. They add a type of sweetness to outfits.
Don’t forget, ANY and EVERY color will and can go together, it’s up to you to add in the accessory (shoes are an accessory) of the contrasting color to balance the outfit out.
So let me know in the comments, do you follow the color wheel when you get dressed or do you just get creative?