Using the right colours and matching them perfectly can be a deal maker. Choosing the perfect colour for an outfit is what sets you apart. And, that’s why colour and its theories continue to be the pivot for not just clothes, but everything else like interiors, hair, makeup, and much more.
To explain this further, let’s first understand the basis of this whole colour theory.
The Colour Wheel:
- Primary Colours
These comprise red, yellow, and blue. No two colours can be mixed to achieve these shades. Everything else is derived from these colours.
- Secondary Colours
Secondary colours are a combination of the primary colours. So, red+yellow = orange, red +blue = purple, and blue+yellow = green.
- Tertiary Colours
These colours are a combination of primary and secondary colours. By mixing these colours, you get shades like mint, aqua colours, corals, etc.
- Warm And Cool Colours
Hues of colours like red, orange, yellow, brown, etc. are warm colours – they make things look smaller in size, and that’s why most of us prefer wearing warmer colours when we want to look slimmer. Cool colours, like hues of blue, purple, green, etc., are soothing colours.
- Neutral Colours
Neutral colours are self-explanatory. They are just muted, plain, and subdued. Black, grey, whites, off-whites, taupe, etc., fall into the neutral category.
What Are The Principles For Matching Colours?
One fundamental principle for matching your clothes, or for that matter anything, is combining colours that work in harmony. And, that’s what we need to remember while designing or putting our outfits together.
Here’s how you can match them.
Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange – complementary, as the name goes, work best when put together. These are exactly opposite to each other on the colour wheel. They might seem bold to look at, but the outputs will be perfect. If you observe carefully, your spring and summer clothing is mostly designed using complementary colours. While some might argue against this concept, it is actually a matter of choice as some like making bold statements.
Matching two or three continuous shades on the colour wheel that blend well with each other is called analogous colour matching. When you put an entire outfit together based on this, it looks both striking and stylish. If you are wondering how to style that orange or camel trench coat of yours, pick a shade on either side of the colour in the colour wheel and work with that.
The combination of colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour wheel is called ‘triadic.’ They look great together, but some might argue that they can be OTT. However, you can choose the muted shades of these colours to make your outfit. A pair of green cargos with a pastel pink top and powder blue accessories or shoes will look sophisticated and tasteful.