Happy Monday lovelies! I thought I would start my week with a colorful post! My passion for fashion is rooted in my love for color and the beauty that comes from striking color combinations that leave an impression. Today’s post is the second of a three post series about the style strategies I rely on, day in and day out. In the first post, my philosophy on buying multiples , I talked about the value of stocking up on multiples of items that are building blocks of my wardrobe, I also talked about the thought process behind stocking up versus passing up on an opportunity (even when there is a really good sale). Today, I am going to talk about the color wheel and how I use it to determine what colors to pair to make fashion statements.
I rely on a few color strategies to build a wardrobe reflective of my personality and put together outfits that are sartorial manifestations of how I feel everyday. I normally coordinate my outfits using one of three color strategies: I pair complementary colors, I pair analogous colors or I wear one hue from head to toe and go for a monochromatic look. For all of these strategies I rely on the color wheel! Sounds elementary I know, but it works! So let’s get into defining these terms:
Complementary colors are colors that are placed across one another in the color wheel. Some popular complementary combos are: Blue and Orange, Purple and Yellow and Yellow and Green. Below are some examples:
On the other hand, Analogous colors are colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. For instance, Red and Purple, Blue and Green and Orange and Red. Below are some outfits featuring the analogous color strategy.
When pairing a top and a bottom, I place the color which complements my skin tone the best on the top half on my body (shirt or scarf) and the other color on the bottom half. The color that complements my skin the most should be the closest to my face. If I’m wearing a dress that is made of a patterned fabric or is primarily one color, I add accessories in a complementary color or an analogous color.
Sometimes, when I am in a really serene mood, I go with one color from head to toe, this look is called monochromatic; monochromatic looks can be tricky to pull off because they can be overwhelming to the eyes when using bright colors. I tend to use this strategy when I am using a muted color like a blush pink or ivory (on my serene days) but if I go with a bright color, I make sure its a color that is super flattering on my skin tone (like Cobalt Blue or Fuschia). Lastly, when I put together a monochromatic look with a vibrant color I tone it down with nude pumps and very sheer natural makeup.
I hope this crash course on color is useful when assembling your outfits. Thanks for stopping in and reading!
Have a colorful week my friends!