Color Co-ordinating

Many people can be shy about introducing bold colors into their outfits. You can’t go wrong when sticking to neutrals, which is why so many people dress neutrally. However, color can help you to stand out and make outfits a lot more exciting.

Use pops of color

The simplest way to ease into color co-ordination is to dress in neutrals with pops of bold colors. A common example of this is handbags and shoes – feel free to pair these up with a bold red or a bright yellow and it will work great against any neutral outfit. Other accessories like scarves, hats and belts can also be used to add pops of color.

Try analogue colors

Analogue colors are two hues that sit next to each other on the color wheel such as light green and yellow. Such colors can work well together and could be worth working into your outfit. Analogue colors work best when there is one dominant color.

Try complementary colors

You can also try wearing complementary colors. These are colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel such as yellow and violet and they can similarly be worn together without clashing. They should however be used with caution as the two hues will look very bold together (as with dressing in analogue colors, it’s best to have one dominant color).

Go monochrome

You can also try dressing all in the same color. By dressing in different shades of the same color and by avoiding overly bright shades you can do this without looking too matchy-matchy. The ombre effect is one common way of dressing all in one color, usually with the lightest shade at the top and the darkest shade at the bottom.

Compliment your hair, eyes and skin

Clothing colors can also be used to compliment your hair, eyes and skin. For instance, you may be able to bring out your green eyes by wearing turquoise shades. There’s also nothing to stop you matching your hair to your outfit – if you’ve got a bright red dress you’d love to wear, why not try seeing a hair color specialist to help get the right hue to match. When it comes to matching your skin tone, cool colors tend to look better against warm skin tones. 

Look into color psychology

Colors can also be used to evoke feelings in other people, which can be useful in certain situations. Blue is a naturally calming color – it can be useful in jobs where you may need to put someone at ease. Red meanwhile is fiery and passionate – studies show that it can make you appear more persuasive in a sales work role and more attractive on a date. You can find more information on color psychology online.

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