Remember when we talked about the art of mixing patterns like a pro? (Click here for a refresher if you don’t ;)) Believe it or not, pattern mixing is just the tip of the iceberg as far as creating one-of-a-kind outfits is concerned. Just like there’s more than one way to skin a cat, there’s more than one way to build stylish & confidence-boosting looks. So, if patterns aren’t your thing, fear not pretty lady, ’cause I’m about to introduce you to yet another way you can create unforgettable, head-turning outfits.
Combining the right colors together is a great way to personalize your outfits and make them more interesting!
Here are 3 ways you can mix colors with your clothes and instantly flex your personal styling muscles.
Keep it Tonal
**What are Tones? Tones are created when you add white and black (essentially grey) to a color. Depending on the proportions of the black, white and the original color used, tones can be darker or lighter than the original color, and will also appear less saturated or intense than the original color.
The goal here is simple, choose a tone you’re drawn to and would like to wear, then layer them with different pieces in the same tonal family. For example; pastels with pastels, jewel tones with jewel tones or earth tones with earth tones.
Pairing complimentary colors is a bold way to create stunning drama in an outfit. If you’re wondering what exactly a complimentary color is, allow me to me explain; Complimentary colors are colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel (see image of color wheel below). This, essentially is your lifetime cheat sheet to knowing which colors work best together ;) [You’re welcome!] – You don’t have to get as wild as the woman in the example image below, just start by choosing a pair of opposite colors you’re drawn to, and play around with different ways you can combine them with pieces from your closet.
**What are shades? Shades are created when ONLY black is added to a color. This creates a rich and often more intense and darker color.
This is similar to wearing a monochromatic (all one color) look but the variety of shades here will give your outfit much more depth. This combination is easier to put together if you tend to buy a lot of your clothes in similar colors. Of course if you don’t have enough shades in a color to pull this off, you can always carefully shop for new pieces in the color(s) of your choice, to make it happen.
And there you have it love! Three simple ways you can get creative with color combinations in your wardrobe. This pro style tip is so simple to implement, and gives you a ton of possible color combinations that I think you’ll have a lot of fun with. So promise me you’ll try this tip out sooner rather than than later, k? By the way, what’s your relationship with color like in your wardrobe? Do you experiment with different colors or stick to the same ones? Let me know in the comments below.