How to Match Colors in an Outfit

Wow, it’s been ages since my last post, just about a month I think! Anyway, as I was browsing today, looking for fashion inspiration, I came across some interesting blogs, with tips on how to combine colors in your wardrobe, without looking like Ugly Betty. Fashion is like art, you have to know how to combine colors and make them look appealing to your audience. Knowing the right colors to complement your skin, your style, and the event will certainly add an “oomph” to your personality. You definitely do not want to look disoriented, do you? Matching yellow hues with baby blue and light pink shades would make you look like an oversized marshmallow – a total fashion blunder. But with these fashion tips, you’ll be sure to pull off great color combinations. Here’s how to do clothing color coordination using the Color Wheel.

1. Colors directly next to each other (yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet, etc.)
2. Colors that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange, etc.)
3. Colors directly across from each other (yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green, etc.)
4. Colors that form a T (blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
5. Colors that form an X (blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)

Brown, black, white and denim blues are neutral, so they can generally be paired with any colour on the Color Wheel.

So the idea is, next time you can’t think of what to wear, instead of heading to the shops and devastate your wallet, just pick up a Color Wheel and look at your wardrobe again. You can create great color combinations with these fashion tips. Whenever you are going out, try out different clothes first and see if they look good in the mirror. For sure, a part of you will know if something does not look quite right. Browse some fashion magazines and gather tips on color blocking. And before you experiment on a combination, ask for a friend’s comments so that you will know whether the colors you matched look right.

Useful tips:

One very important thing is to match the colors of your clothes to your skin tone and your hair color.

Dark skin and brown hair:

  • Pink and orange
  • Red and black
  • Pink and green mint
  • Green and beige
  • Purple plum and beige
  • Red and gray

Light skin and brown hair

  • Beige and white
  • Navy and beige
  • Brown and yellow
  • Brown and dusty white

Light skin and blond hair

  • Chocolate brown and red
  • White and black
  • Khaki and chocolate brown
  • Grey and black
  • Purple and brown

Also, it’s advisable not to wear more than 3 colors in the same outfit to maintain a coordinated look and avoid looking like a clown. In order to have a good result or if you are in doubt, use the color wheel to help you choose the colors. But remember: “Less is more”.

An outfit must have only one dominant color.

Try using more sober colors for the parts where you want to look thinner.

Vivid colors (neon) are better for the upper part of the body because they light up your face.

Avoid matching: green and blue, maroon and black, red and pink, black and navy blue.

Well, hope it works out for you too! x

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91 thoughts on “How to Match Colors in an Outfit

    1. Well…yeah! If you wanna go pop-shock or a bit hip and happening they can be brilliant together but be careful in over-doing it!

    1. These combinations are difficult, it could work in a multi-color combination but just together they are often not the best friends. Turquoise by itself goes with green, blue! Cobalt blue can go good with yellow.

    1. It can work, but be sure to match the shoes and accessories with the top, not the jeans. I hope you will look fantastic!

    1. I am afraid the black in the stripes will not fit the navy color! But if you accessorize it with black shoes also, it might go well!

  1. I’ve wore an orange t-shirt and light orange almost salmon colored shorts. My wife says they don’t match. Is she right?

    1. If it’s a fuchsia pink ABSOLUTELY not! 🙂
      Also not a very light pink! If your tie had some shades of blue in it, it can go well!

  2. Which other colour combination will go along with these three colours for my weeding red, blue and white? , which colour of suit, shirt and tie will u recomend for me.

  3. I am looking at buying a grey dress for a ball I am going to – would red and black shoes match with this?

  4. Hey love this article !! I have blue green pants and finding very hard to find a top. Any suggestions? ? I tried dark Grey works fairly well but looks very dark overall. I’d like something lighter. Also the color of shoes would help to! The shoes are hard since they ad another element of color. ……

    1. Grey is a dull color…To make it lighter and spicy…I would go for yellow! For shoes try yellow, green or blue!

  5. Tanks a lot you have really help me . Hope to be a great designer some day but can I wear yellow,black and white for my graduation ceremony

    1. You are very welcome, glad I could help! Yellow, black and white are a perfect combi! They go very well together!

    1. For the summer blue green is a perfect color to wear, so for accessories you can go crazy with anything you want!

  6. Lovely article, I saw you discredited matching maroon with black…I have a maroon dress but I don’t know which colour of shoes to go for??

  7. If I wear a maroon shirt with blue jeans I’m brown boots that have a plaid pattern of red and green would that look, or do you think black boots would be better comment Before Christmas this is what I’m planning on wearing for Christmas

  8. hellow I have a brown trouser and a cream shirt iam muslim so I need a hijab which colour of a hijab should I match with?

  9. I’ve bought a yellow blazer to go with a pair of navy skinny jeans
    Would a blue cami top with a bit of orange go or would it clash too much
    I have a matching pair of heels and clutch bag , there yellow with streaks of colour on them
    Thankyou

  10. I have some blue jean big leg pants with with thin stripes in them. Will a yellow top with white print go with it. With brown natural color wedges

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