How to match colors: an outfit guide

It may be a daunting task to introduce bold colors into your wardrobe. Hopefully after reading this post, you will feel at least a little more confident! I’m going to walk you through this using the color wheel. The most basic method of matching colors consists of using complementary colors–the color positioned directly across, aka 180 degrees from your color of interest. For example, in the color wheel below the complementary color of red is blue. This is not the traditional color wheel, where red is complementary with green, but I find it more conducive to fashion because I tend to stray away from looking like a Christmas tree. If possible, complementary colors will be more harmonious if you use colors of the same tone. As you can see, the deepest color tones are located in the outer most part of the color wheel, and the lightest colors are located in the center of the color wheel.


You can get a little more adventurous by using the triadic approach. Which is when you select three colors equidistant from each other. For example, each point in the triangle below are spaced 3 colors apart from each other.

You can also be an even bigger risk taker and use 4 colors with the quadratic approach. Or, you can be like me and just use 3 out of the 4 colors–I’m wearing a yellow top, pink skirt, and a very deep violet bag. As you can see, the equidistant nature of the basic methods I am laying out are not stringent. Drifting a little does not give you a disastrous combination.

All the pieces I’m wearing are old. Only the nude mesh boots linked below are actually the same as what I’m wearing. Sorry! But, here are some pieces I have found to jump start your color matching mission! Hahaha

FYI this post is NOT sponsored by amazon. But, I’ve been buying clothes from amazon recently and have been very satisfied thus far. The links are sponsored–meaning, I may earn a commission if you use my links to buy something. All the earnings go straight to my medical school education, which is actually VERY cringe-worthily expensive–so I appreciate your support!

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Hi, I’m Youna. Fashion Composium is a personal fashion, lifestyle and beauty blog. This site is my creative outlet: a place to share my undeniably unique fashion sense, potentially helpful lifestyle tips, and top secret beauty practices *wink wink* My aim is to inspire everyone to develop their own style aesthetic and celebrate their individuality through an appreciation for the art of fashion. Besides being a fashion enthusiast, I am also a science nerd. I double majored in Molecular Biology and Kinesiology and received my Bachelor of Science in December of 2014. Currently, I’m an MD candidate in medical school. This may, or may not be the cause of my sporadic posting habits, hehehe.

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