Let’s face it, color and summer go together like the ocean and sand, but when it comes to mixing and matching your favorite brights, the task can sometimes seem a bit daunting. In high school my closet was made up of 90% black and grey pieces, mainly because I was terrified to stand out. Not only was I scared to wear color, I didn’t know how to mix it either. It wasn’t until college that I learned the basic rules of color mixing and I gained the confidence to stray from my go-to shades of grey.
This summer no hue is off limits and I think its super important that we all make mental notes of the basic color rules to prevent overdosing on a crazy color concoction. Some of my favorite things about having been a fashion major were getting to play with different textures and shades. In my aesthetics and textile classes I learned fashion rules that I still refer to everyday!
In school, I always had a color wheel tucked into my notebook to help on various projects. Nowadays, I’ve got the wheel completely memorized, which is extremely helpful, especially when I’m at the mall trying to quickly pull together an outfit for an upcoming event. Whether you have a go-to color combination, enjoy the classics, or you’re crushing on trendy palettes like neons or pastels, simple color rules can easily help you style and accessorize an editorial-worthy look in mere seconds.
Below are the three basic color schemes:
Analogous Color Scheme
These are the colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. The analogous color scheme is the most pleasing to the eye and will always give your ensemble a harmonious look. When styling these colors it’s important to allow them to play against each other using one as the dominant color and the other as fashionable accents.
Complementary Color Scheme
These are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. When combining these vibrant, high-contrast colors it’s easy to create an eye-catching color blocked ensemble.
Monochromatic Color Scheme
A monochromatic color scheme consists of different shades and tints of one single color. To avoid overloading on this tonal palette, use white or black to break up your ensemble to help you achieve a chic and crisp appearance.
Fash Tip: Try placing a color wheel in your closet so you can refer to it when putting together your outfits. This will help to inspire creative color combinations that you may not have previously thought of! Good luck, girls. Bring on the color!
Which of these color schemes is your favorite? Are you ready to embrace summer brights?