Category: Color Series

How to Easily Chart Out Colorful Outfits

A color chart is a fun tool to use as a starting point when creating outfits.  You can mix colors to your heart’s content to express your true self, or use the chart I have put together for you below.  When using the chart, just choose a piece of clothing in a basic color and see what colors are indicated to go with it.  Color is art, and art is beauty.  You can consider yourself a work of art every day; age doesn’t matter.  Have fun!

Angie Cox of the fashion blog YouLookFab.com commented after viewing the Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear collections, “As far as colours go, I saw it all. Colours seemed to be making a stronger statement than neutrals. From the happiest brights, merriest mid-tones and softest pastels, through to earth tones like mustard, jewel tones like emerald, and greyish mid-tones like mauve, sage green, and air-force blue. They’re remixed in all sorts of combinations, so having a high affinity to colour mixing is in your favour.”

The following chart can help simplify your color choices.

Colors that Harmonize with the Basic Color of Your Garment:

Basic Color – Pale             Secondary Color

White…………………………………….Black, blush, peach, baby blue & all the dark and bright shades

Pale beige……………………………..Black, browns, reds, greens

Pale gray……………………………….Browns, dark greens, dark gray, red

Sky blue………………………………..Browns, dark greens, raspberry, purple, pink, beige, dark gray, light gray, navy, aubergine

Pink……………………………………….Black, white, beige, purple, navy, gray, green

Pale yellow…………………………..Black, navy, brown, gray

Mauve……………………………………Plum, brown, navy

Pale green…………………………….Dark green, red

 

Basic Color – Dark           Secondary Color

Black……………………………………..Terra cotta, beige, white, toast, pink, and clear shades

Brown……………………………………White, beige, black, orange-red, orange

Charcoal……………………………….Beige, black, all the pale and bright colors

Navy Blue……………………………..White, yellow, green, turquoise, raspberry, mauve, orchid, orange, rust, coral, pink

Dark Green…………………………. Sky blue, white, beige, bright red, pale yellow

Plum………………………………………Sky blue

Dark Red……………………………….Black, sky blue, beige

Basic Color – Bright           Secondary Color

Blue (with violet overtones)Black, white, bright green with a bluish cast

True blue………………………………….Black, white, navy, gray, taupe, green, orange, blue-green, blue-violet

Violet…………………………………………Ivory or cream, beige, tan or camel, golden brown, gold, gray, navy, yellow, blue-violet, red-violet

Red…………………………………………….Black, ivory or cream, beige, tan or camel, brown, gold, gray, navy, green, red-orange, red-violet, blue, white, blush, aqua

Orange………………………………………White, beige, camel, dark brown, gold, bronze, olive, blue, red-orange, yellow-orange, tomato red, forest green (for a 70’s effect)

Yellow……………………………………….White or ivory, beige or tan, golden brown, gold, gray, navy, yellow-green, violet, yellow-orange

Green……………………………………….White, black, navy, gray, taupe, blue-green, red, yellow-green

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Simple color wheel

This chart is just a basic guide.  For an in-depth study of how to use color in your wardrobe, see The Style Note.

Dear Reader,

I hope you find this chart useful!  Let us know if you try it, in the comments box below.  Under the comments box is a place to sign up for email to get future blog posts to come to you every Thursday and Saturday.  Feel free to share this post.  And please be sure to follow YourTrueSelfBlog on Instagram and Facebook.

My best to you,

Angie

 

 

 

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