With summer getting hotter, we subconsciously start to choose brighter colors to upgrade our looks with the bright and colorful spirit of the season. And here tones of questions referring to the possibilities of mixing and matching different colors arise questioning the risks of crossing the lines of trendiness and fashion.
Nevertheless, the fact is, in case of combining colors wisely you not only will be able to create standout and unforgettable looks, but also you can underline your best physical assets. Hence, our suggestion is to create a color palette for your wardrobe. Here we invite you to read on to discover successful color combinations to experiment with confidence, staying cool and comfortable.
How to combine bright colors in outfit: tips & tricks
If you're just starting to experiment with colorplays, we suggest organizing the shift gradually as combinations of several contrasting colors can be too unexpected for your everyday outings. In order to end up with harmonious combinations, choose two or three key shades that will dominate the image. When choosing the main colors, you can rely on the color wheel to be on the safe side.
Color wheels are based on 3 primary colors - red, yellow, blue, 3 secondary colors- orange, green, violet, and the 6 intermediates formed by mixing a primary with a secondary, known as tertiary colors - red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, for a total of 12 main divisions․
Different approaches to creating colorful combinations exist, a few of them are presented below:
Combination of complementary colors: complementary colors are the ones opposite each other on the color wheel. The combination of these colors creates an impactful color clash and ensures a standout outcome.
Triadic color combinations: triadic color scheme is comprised of three colors evenly spaced on the color wheel. In this case, the key is the use of one tone with two opposite shades.
Combine analogous colors: analogous colors are the ones that are neighboring on the color wheel and as a result, they share a mutual hue. So in case you have purchased a standout orange item and are puzzled about how to match it with other pieces, just look at the color wheel and experiment with confidence.
Two extra tricks:
Mix saturated and neutral colors. Combining rich, vibrant colors with neutrals is always a good idea. When you combine several neutral colors with one saturated one, you get the opportunity to create an image that looks very colorful and fresh.
You can use denim as a neutral color and practically chances of failing successfully pairing the colors is next to zero.
2021 color combinations
Every year Pantone experts pick out the colors of the year. The colors of 2021 are PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating. The choice of these colors addresses our emotions of the year: rich, warm, and positive vibes of yellow blended with dependability and stability of gray.
So how to combine gray and yellow with other colors?
Gray is quite a universal color with a wide possibility of creating combinations. In case you want to add an extra charm to the gray pieces you should try combining it with textured or printed items. If you plan to use gray as the main color with a bright accent color, then it is better to choose a solid hue of gray. You can coin successful combinations with soft pastels like baby blue and pink. Also, you can brighten up your looks by matching gray with metallics. Meanwhile, accessories in rich, bold hues combined with gray will add a dramatic pop of color for your looks.
Yellow conveying warm and vivid vibes can be ideally combined with a neutral palette. Black, navy, tan, and white colors look great against yellow, and it makes the experience of wearing such a bold shade less intimidating. Meanwhile, it should be noted that the color can also be combined with brighter hues and shades to coin turn-around looks.
Mistakes to avoid when matching colors
When mixing and matching colors, you should consider that some colors cannot coexist. To avoid getting a look made of conflicting colors, we suggest considering the following:
First of all, you need to avoid combining more than three colors in one look otherwise you might end up looking too motley. The exception might be calm, neutral colors such as white-gray-black.
Another thing you need to consider is your individual features before choosing a color combination. Each person is unique, therefore, the colors of the outfit should be chosen accordingly. The color of hair, skin, and eyes - all this undoubtedly plays a big role in the selection of color solutions in clothes for a person. Meanwhile black makes the wearer look slimmer while white or lighter colors add volume to the figure, so it is recommended to wear such colors for slim or very thin girls, but for ladies in the body it is preferable to wear clothes in dark colors.
If you want to use the power of color to your advantage, one mistake you should always avoid is never straining yourself. Do not try too hard to go too far in mixing and matching different colors. Therefore, play with colors in your looks a little bit, but don’t make too much of an effort.