Ways to Mix and Match Colours in Your Outfit

Hi ladies,

Clothes are made in numerous hues and sometimes it can get overwhelming to match them and create an outfit that will speak for itself. Here are some tips and tricks that will help solve your dilemma.

mix and match outfit

The color wheel is your friend


It will barely take 5 minutes but will save you a lot of trouble. Get acquainted with colour wheel and make it your friend. Picking your outfits will become so much easier. You will be able to play around with different colour combinations and will also be able to experiment with new colour combinations after looking at and analysing the colour wheel.

Try neutrals

neutral outfit

White, black, beige, and brown are few examples of neutral colours. They are classic and you can have so much fun styling them. You can wear neutrals interchangeably or you can mix them with any loud or vibrant colours to mellow down a colour or to make any colour pop.

The one colour trick

one color trick

You can wear neutrals with primary colours. The key is to keep everything neutral and just add one piece from primary colour family to pop. This works well when you want all the attention on just one piece.

Analogous colors always work

analogous outfit

Neighbours on the color wheel (colours who are adjacent to each other) flow effortlessly together. Fuchsia, red and orange colours can be great for colour blocking or you can also try olive, navy and denim which are quite pleasing to the eyes.

Cool and warm hues

cool and warm hues

Some colours have a slimming effect while others have bulking effect. Green, blue and cool violet tones will help minimize while red, orange or yellow will accentuate.

Match similar colours for monochromatic look

similar color for monochromatic look

Colors next to each other on the wheel, like yellows and oranges, go well together and make for a great monochromatic look. You can try light and dark variations of similar colour to create a monochrome look.

Use complementary colors to create pops

color pops

Complementary colors lie directly across from each other on the wheel. Opposites on the color wheel create such a huge visual contrast and enhance each other quite nicely. You can try 75 percent of one color and 25 percent of the other to create proportions of colours. You can go for Cobalt and Tangerine or Pink and Sea foam colour combinations.

Vary lightness

shades of a color

You don’t always have to match darker or lighter shades. Play around with different shades of the same colour to create looks that go well together.

Keep it in the family

same family color

If you don’t want to mix and match then try to keep your outfits in the same colour family. For example pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones and jewel tones with jewel tones, etc.

Let a print be your guide

use print as guide

Choose a printed piece and base your outfit around it. You can choose the most flattering colour from that printed piece and add all the elements of that colour only.

When in doubt, wear black and white

black red white

You cannot go wrong with this combination of colours. These colours are safe, flattering and will suit almost all age groups.

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