All Women's Talk

7 Staple Rules for Colour-coordinating Your Look All Fashionistas Should Know ...

By Lucy

Colour-coordination when it comes to fashion is all about creating combinations that work well together, are cohesive and have a great flow! ❤️

Use these super helpful staple rules to help you get the hang of it, have fun and feel confident that any outfit you choose totally works! 💋

1 Avoid Complimentary Colours

Although the word 'complimentary' might sound like the two colours go well together (and some of the time they do), but unfortunately this doesn't always translate into fashion!

Avoid pairing complimentary colours with each other in an outfit such as yellow and blue or red and green, as these are exact opposites of each other and don't tend to form a cohesive outfit.

2 Use Analogous Colours

Analogous colours are shades that are right next to each other on the colour wheel, such as yellow and orange or red and orange.

The fact that these are similar in colour means they will be easy on the eye and therefore can look really cohesive with a nice flow!

3 Make Use of Primary Colours

The three primary colours are red, blue and yellow. There's a good chance they will create a major colour clash if you paired them all together in one outfit since they're all so different from each other, right?

To avoid this, the best way you can use primary colours is by choosing just one of the three and incorporating it into a monochromatic outfit. So for example, you might have a white dress with black shoes and a red handbag - the latter is your chosen primary colour.

4 Know What Colours to Avoid

Some colours just don't look good together, so it's best to avoid these combinations when possible (unless you're really certain that they work well).

A few examples of these are black with brown, white with cream, black with navy blue and brown with grey.

5 Refer to Neutral Colours

The most common neutral colours are black, white and grey although others fit into this category too such as beige, taupe and ivory.

Use neutral colours in your outfit to offset other colours, especially ones that are particular bold, bright or colourful. So for example you could wear a black skirt with a vibrant, bright red top, since the black will make the red stand out.

6 Pair Patterns with Plain Colours

A big fashion faux pas many of us have probably done at one time or another is wearing two pieces that clash due to the different patterns and/or prints!

Avoid this mistake by choosing one pattern for your outfit and pair it with either a neutral or plain coloured piece. So for example you could wear a striped top with a plain, white skirt or a floral printed skirt with a plain, black top.

7 Explore and Practise

Even though colour-coordinating your outfits might sound like there's a lot of rules or do's and don'ts, it's also fun to practise new combinations using the colour wheel to help you out!

There's so many colours that it should be quite fun to experiment and discover new colour combination favourites. Don't forget to stay open-minded and have fun with it!

Please rate this article