- Keeping It In the Family
Keeping it in the family is a mantra you need to remember. The safest way to do this is by blending different shades of the same colour. However, that will inevitably get monotonous and boring very soon. Remember how we discussed complementary colours? (Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange.) Play around with a combination of these colours; they will look great when put together.
- The Ombre Test
Ombre is taking over everything from hairstyles and cakes to nail art and decor, and not to forget, outfits. Party-wear outfits, bridesmaid dresses or just a simple jeans and top in ombre can turn heads. Diminishing shades of the same color either in ascending or descending order works great. If you are sporting separates, you need to bring it all together with the top, bottom, shoes, and accessories being in sync. Wear ombre outfits for your Christmas or winter parties, goes perfectly with the theme, and the weather too.
- Monochrome Look
It seems like a no-brainer because it’s just one colour in the same shade for the entire outfit. However, it is the hardest to pull off, for obvious reasons. The good news is monochrome looks have caught up and are not considered weird anymore. Start with comfortable and neutral colours like greys, blues, whites, and blacks, then progress to pastel undertones. Monochrome looks can be customised depending on the season or occasion. If it’s a formal set up, stick to neutrals, blues or whites, otherwise explore the pastels, yellows or even brighter shades if you please.
- One Thing At A Time
If it’s a printed or patterned outfit, let the print take over. Prints and patterns are usually a combination of one or more colours, so you must leave it at that. Keep the accessories in the neighbourhood; more colours only makes it clumsier and unruly.
- The Balancing Act
Another trick of the trade is to balance out any colours you choose to mix carefully. Anything done proportionately is a foolproof way of coordinating your outfit. Like they say, too much of anything is good for nothing.
- Match It With Your Skin Tone
If you are pale or yellow toned, opt for colours from the colder side of the palette, such as grey, navy blue, varying shades of green, aqua, emerald, burgundy, etc. If you have a deeper skin tone, you can pull off brighter or warmer shades of brown, coral, honey, gold, amber, taupe, etc., as they look amazing on this skin tone. All said and done, an ideal way to do this is to always to strike a balance between warm and cold colours. The same applies to your eye makeup too.
- When In Doubt – Err On The Neutral Side
Some people just prefer being muted and subdued with their choice of colours, and end up opting for just the neutral shades. If this is you and you do not want to change drastically, go with one cool or warm colour, and leave everything else neutral. It’s always best to keep it this way!