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How To Avoid Color Clashes In Your Outfit
Be honest: Are you stuck in a fashion rut and would like to start branching out and trying new looks? Perhaps you're excited to start experimenting with different colors of clothing but aren't sure where to start, or maybe you're tempted by this season's brighter tones but worried about clashing. Here are a few tips to avoid color clashes and help you put together the perfect outfit. The good news is that there are very few hard and fast rules when it comes to combining colors, and anyone can learn to use colors harmoniously.
Choose complementary shades
There are countless complementary color combos, but here are some of the classics you'll come across time and time again in fashion, interior design and even in nature!
Red and Green
Yellow and Purple
Blue and Orange
These are the basics, and if you put together an outfit featuring any of these combos, it will (almost) always work. It's important to choose colors from the same color family - for example, if you're wearing a pastel yellow dress and you want to add purple accessories, these should be in a pastel shade, too. Likewise, if you have a bright blue top and want to add an orange scarf, this should be in a similarly bright shade. Another clever tip is to make sure one of your pieces is in a dark, muted shade of your chosen color. It's far easier to combine muted tones than loud, bright colors, so keep this in mind if you're nervous about wearing color combos that are new to you.
Play with pops of color
If you want to start adding more color to your closet - perhaps you want to brighten up your look for summer - a great and easy way to start is by adding simple pops of color to an outfit. This could be something like a chiffon scarf knotted around your neck, a vibrantly colored purse or maybe a loud sun hat! It's far easier to add color and interest to an outfit with a single loud accessory than it is to put together a whole outfit in different colors, and you're unlikely to have any clashes in this way.
Play with neutrals
When people think of neutrals, they often think of bland beiges and creams. In reality, the neutral palette can be very extensive and varied. If you want to add color but wish to avoid clashes, choose from a neutral palette and build a few mix-and-match outfits using several key pieces, such as this Greene St Sand Sweatshirt. Just make sure your accessories are also neutrals. Many natural fabrics and materials are considered neutrals and work well with just about any outfit and any color. For example, a raffia bag and straw hat will go with any colors and look perfect paired with neutrals.
Don't mix different patterns
While some people favor mixing and matching different patterns and colors for an eclectic or eccentric style, it's certainly not for everyone. If this isn't to your taste, avoid mixing different patterns. To avoid clashes in color and style, choose one patterned piece to wear at a time. For example, a ditsy print maxi skirt looks great with a plain t-shirt. If you're wearing a busy pattern - such as a ditsy fabric - pick out one of the colors in the pattern and use this as the basis for the rest of your outfit. If your ditsy print skirt has pink, yellow and blue flowers, choose one of these colors - the yellow, say - and pick a t-shirt in this color. You'll be sure to avoid clashes this way.
Don't use colors that are too similar
Don't be tempted to try to match colors. This rarely works! If you have a bright green top, such as this Green Organic Cotton T-Shirt, don't try to team it with bright green accessories in a slightly different shade of green. This is a surefire way to create clashes of color. You'd be far better choosing a complementary color in a different shade. People often make the mistake of thinking all greens/blues/reds are similar, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Different color temperatures, for example, make a huge difference, and cool tones often look far better with other cool tones in a completely different color than they do with warm tones from the same shade.
The most important thing to remember is that if you like it, nothing else matters. If you feel good in something, your confidence will shine through and you'll always look good.