Lisa asked for “favorite colour combos and some tips on how to combine colours in unusual ways,” and as a self-proclaimed color fanatic, I’m happy to oblige!
But first, a confession: I cheat. Although I keep a Pinterest board of my own bold color combos, I mostly pin images of color combos I’d NEVER have dreamed up on my own. And I use this as a cheat sheet. It comes in especially handy when I have a solid-colored garment staring me down and cannot think of any other colors that would complement it.
In terms of my favorite color combos …
COBALT AND CITRON
Two trendy colors that work beautifully together! I never thought I’d dig a neon color after living through the 80s, but really do love how the tangy brightness plays off of the bold, rich blues. I generally round out this pairing with neutral accents, but love how pink and red create an even wilder mix.
RED AND BURGUNDY
Pairing different shades or values of the same color is usually a good bet, and I’ve really loved doing bright reds with rich burgundies. Orange, tan, and yellow all add to the overall warmth of this look. Brighter accents can recall flames, while subdued ones create a dusty, autumnal mix.
PALE BLUES AND YELLOWS
Clearly, I’m a fan of blue-yellow pairings. I couldn’t find lots of examples of mustard yellow with a specific blue, or robin’s egg with a particular yellow, but there were lots of outfits that put yellow with some variant of pale blue. I wouldn’t do black with this pairing, but browns, grays, and burgundys all work beautifully.
Besides those three, I couldn’t find any other pairing trends in my own dressing habits. BUT! I do default to color families when I dress. Such as …
JEWEL TONE MIXES
Piling a bunch of jewel tones into an outfit is one of my fallbacks. These rich hues look marvelous together, and doing three or more in a mix still works. There’s an outfit above that utilizes black, but I’m more apt to reach for gray if I’m bringing in a neutral. It creates a less harsh contrast with the dustiness of the jewel tones.
I think I default to multiple pastels in an outfit because I am new to this color family. I loathed pastels for so long that I’ve had very little practice wearing them! As with jewel tones, it’s nearly foolproof to put multiple pastels in a single outfit. Especially for summer, white is my neutral accent of choice.
For tips on how to combine colors in unusual ways, check these previous posts:
- How to Create Color Mixes in Your Outfits
- Reader Request: Color Combos
- Color Simplified
- All Already Pretty color posts
Originally posted 2013-07-19 06:25:23.