Category: Color Combos

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

 

 

 

A New Perspective on Holiday Outfit Colors

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Pinned from A Ribbon Runs Through It

To get in the holiday feeling, you can add holiday colors to your outfits every day.  Certain color combinations just fit right in to holiday get-togethers of all sorts.

Of course, we all know about red and green.  But rather than true red with true green, try opening yourself up to any shade of red and any shade of green.  Your reds can range from pinks to deep burgundy and from mint to forest green.  Include blue greens, wine, marsala, coral red, etc.  For instance, you might try army green with burgundy:

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A variation of the Christmas colors red and green.

The above picture is from an article, “5 Beautiful Outfit Color Combinations for the Holidays,” on the blog GlamRadar.com.  Here are the other four color themes you will find in that blog post:

  • All nude
  • Red and gray
  • Silver and blue
  • Black and gold

I was delighted to find this article and wanted to share the link with you!  Click on the caption above to see all of the examples of these colors.

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Variation of red and green: blue-green and red

Introducing Spring 2016 Colors and How to Use Them

Pantone Spring 2016
FLORAL FANTASY pinned from patterncurator.org

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to start wearing brighter, lighter clothes.  If you haven’t already seen the Spring color palette being promoted by Pantone Color Institute, here are the top ten colors:

Pantone Spring 2016 Colors
From Pantone Color Institute

Any of these colors that don’t work for you can go a shade up or down, so that it’s close but suits you better.  Of the colors here that do suit you, go ahead and get them in solids or prints.  Mix and match.

According to test results from Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson, my coloring looks best in Spring colors.  So these colors will all look great on me.  But what if your best colors are from Summer, Autumn or Winter palettes?

The usual advice is to buy accessories in colors that are not your best so that they are not right next to your face.  But after comparing the seasonal color palettes, I have come up with an idea about which of these colors can fit each of the other seasonal palettes.  (You’d just have to determine your best season, though.)  Give these a try: Continue Reading

Pulling the Shades: Color Chart

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Colors that Harmonize with the Basic Color of Your Garment

Basic Color – Pale             Secondary Color

White……………………………Black & 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, beige, dark gray

Pink………………………………Beige, purple, navy, gray

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

Mauve……………………………Plum, brown, navy

Pale green………………………Dark green, red Continue Reading