How to mix colors
Thursday 16 May 2019
The Summer will be full of colors!
If neutral tones were dominant last year, the new season brings yellow, green, orange, pink shades, adding boldness and cheerfulness to our outfits.
Wearing colors, YES…but you should know which colors to choose to highlight your natural assets. Sometimes, loving a color is just not enough: for instance, the lime color can accentuate dullness and tiredness on one person, and reveal a healthy tan on another person. Here’s a quick and useful guide to learn how to choose the colors that will suit you.
1. Know your colorimetry. If you are not familiar with this term, the colorimetry (or color analysis) is a tool that help you find out which colors suit you best according to your complexion. If you have a warm colorimetry, you should wear warn tones (such as orange, fushia pink, brown, earthy tones…), especially around your face. Pastel shades such as lilac, baby blue, pale yellow are cold shades that suit people with a cold colorimetry the best.
Please note: your colorimetry has nothing to do with the darkness of your skin. Somebody with a tan skin can still have a cold colorimetry, and vice-versa. If you are interested in determining your color analysis, I am providing this service here.
2. Mix 3 colors tops. The color-block is very trendy (associating several colors) but for your everyday looks and to avoid fashion faux-pas, I recommend to only wear 3 colors, preferably with 2 colors being from the same family.
Example: if you are wearing a fushia pink suit, choose a different pink for the top (pastel pink, powder pink…) and an accessory with another color.
3. For your jewelry and metal accessories, wear gold if you have a warm colorimetry and silver in the opposite case. In doubt, just mix both !
4. Dare to wear complementary and analogous colors. Refer to the color wheel below to understand the meaning:
To mix colors together, it is recommended to associate analogous colors (that are next to each other on the wheel, such as orange and yellow) or complementary (that are opposite on the color wheel). Therefore, pink goes very well with green !
Get inspired by the following street-styles to learn how to mix colors.