Tips for women: how to combine clothing colours

For women, learning how to combine clothing colours is a great asset to improve the effect of outfits. Wearing the same tones or colours is not only boring, but also indicates lack of style or imagination. Also, there is nothing more unpleasant to the eyes than splashes of colours which clash. Why not take the time to know the basics of combining clothing colours and make a new wardrobe out of your old clothes?

The guide

  • Learn to use the colour wheel

Get yourself a colour wheel or circle if you can’t visualise the primary and secondary hues in your minds. With practice and over time, you’ll be one of those women who knows how to combine clothing colours in an instant. But, as you are learning the ropes, use that colour wheel as a reference.

  • Understand the colour wheel

You’ll see that there are 3 sets of hues on your colour circle:

1. Primary – blue, red, and yellow

2. Secondary – green, orange, and violet

3. Tertiary - red–orange, red–violet, yellow–orange, yellow–green, blue–violet and blue–green.

Other colour circles have another layer to include more intermediaries forming up to 24 hues.

  • Contrasting colours give an intense effect

Therefore, pairing a red shirt with green trousers makes a great effect. However, if you find that this pairing is too intense or loud for your taste, you can always tone it down by using blue instead of red. The intensity of the hues also plays a role. Thus, you can choose a lighter shade of orange and a darker hue of blue for better effect.

  • Colours next to each other

Not much can go wrong when you use colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel. Hence, putting on a green jumper and blue-green skirt will match and so on.

  • Colours forming a right angle, X or T also work

Although this is a bit tricky, it’s better to stick to 2 colours first from the triad and see how they work. Imagine wearing a yellow skirt with a red-orange blouse. If you think you’re going to look so outrageous and something out of a comics book, stick to 2 colours or add a neutral colour to your ensemble. The same logic applies to colours that form an X or T. Combinations which are far too complicated must be avoided for the results can be disastrous.

What about neutral colours?

Browns, blacks, greys, and whites are easy to pair with any of the primary, secondary, and tertiary colours. Black and white, brown and red, brown and pink, black and red are fantastic colour combinations. With a lot of practice, women who know how to combine clothing colours will no longer appear in the same ensemble over again and instead, don fabulous outfits without spending extra money.

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