Colors are wonderful and glamorizing-but they must be used with care.
Even the prettiest color, if you wear it everyday, will lose its effect. Color needs change. We wouldn’t appreciate blue skies if they were always blue, it is the clouds, the ever-changing scene, that makes the sky so beautiful.
I often hear, “You’re outfit is so colorful. I never would have thought of wearing those colors together but they look great.”. As Christian Dior stated above, color needs change. The problem is that people either get stuck in a color rut, wearing the same tried and true, comfortable colors (I see a lot of black, grey, white and brown out there people ) or don’t understand how to pair colors. A super simple way to learn how to pair colors is to use a color wheel. Take baby steps towards learning which color combinations work and you’ll be a colorful glamorista in no time.
Complementary Colors :: Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors (example below :: green-yellow and red-violet).
Analogous Colors :: Colors schemes that are next to each other on the color wheel. (example below :: Blue-green and green)
Triadic Colors :: A scheme using colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. (example below :: blue-green, yellow-orange and red-violet)
Split-complementary Colors :: A variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement. (example below :: red, blue-green, yellow-green)
There are tons of flattering color combinations. Understanding that it can be quite confusing, check out the Colors on the Web. It has a great color spinning wheel and many other tools to help make color combining a bit easier. I also recommend purchasing a color wheel. You’ll find a great mini wheel here.