Hi friends! Today I’m here to share a new post that I’m very excited about. Today I wanted to share How to Style Looks Using The Color Wheel! I have been loving the warmer temps lately because it allows me to wear tons of bright colors that fit with the sunny spring days. This year I decided I want to add more color into my Instagram feed, and if you look below, you’ll see that I have accomplished this so far!
In this post, I wanted to share how I’ve started adding more color into my feed + wardrobe, as well as tips on how to mix bright colors in a way that isn’t gaudy! There is a subtle art to mixing vivid colors (as well as mixing prints) and I figured spring was the season to share all my tips and tricks! As someone who graduated with a Fashion Merchandising degree, topics like this get me excited. Keep reading to see how you can style vibrant colors this season!
1. Stick to Colors Opposite Each Other on the Color Wheel
This is a basic rule of color theory, but if you’ve never heard of this, I’m here to explain further! Colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel are deemed to be “complementary colors.” To put this in more normalized terms, that just means the colors will work well together when paired next to each other! For example, in the look below, pink and green complement each other because red and green are opposites on the color wheel!
This is also why yellow and purple work well together, and the same goes for blue and orange. The reason that these colors work is that the high contrast allows each to appear even brighter and more pronounced than it would standing alone! An even simpler way to explain this would be to say that warm colors always pair well with cooler tones. That’s why you often see more summer inspired colors with colors you’d likely see more of in the wintertime!
2. Pair Colors That Are Analogous on the Color Wheel
Ever wonder why pink and red outfits look so good when paired together? That’s because this theory is in play! If you’re newer to wearing colors, take an easier approach when starting out. Analogous colors are those right next to each other on the color wheel! For example, blue and green work really nicely together as well as yellow and orange. The reason behind this is that these colors match well to each other which creates more comfortable pairings.
For the summertime, mixing analogous colors on the warmer side of the color wheel (red, orange, yellow, etc.) will give you the perfect warm weather aesthetic! Opposite to this, in the winter you’ll want to mix cooler color tones on the color wheel. That would be your blues, greens, and purples! Obviously it’s 100% okay to deviate from this, but this is just the way you can create stunning outfits that fit the seasonality of what you’re wearing.
3. Go With a Monochromatic Look
One of my favorite outfit pairings is to go with a monochromatic look. This just means an outfit that is made with all one color! In the outfit below, you’ll see that I made this outfit all out of one color, lilac! It was the first time I toyed with a monochrome look and it was such a hit on Instagram. Virtually the science behind this concept is that when adding white or black paint to a color, you get darker and lighter shades. With this concept in mind, it’ll help you build the perfect look!
It can be harder to find pairings when it comes to monochrome looks, so if you’re struggling to find all of one specific shade, branch out a bit! Wear a darker green blazer and pair of dress pants, and then pair them with a pastel green top and heels. Target often has really great pastel shoes, so if you’re struggling to find some, I would start there first! ASOS is also a great option for this as well.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I love wearing exciting colors so it was fun sharing How to Style Looks Using The Color Wheel. If you guys attempt to try any types of outfit pairings from this post, be sure to tag me on Instagram at @sequinsandsales! I would love to see what you come up with.
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Photos by Hannah Lozano