Do you open your closet sometimes and see all these great clothes that are waiting to be worn? You were out shopping and found a beautiful colored top in the store and it looked amazing at the time. But once you brought it home, you had trouble matching it with something already in your wardrobe. Or perhaps you found a spectacular dress and brought it home only to find that you don’t have the right accessories to pair with it? So now, instead of taking the effort to match that beautiful top or spectacular dress with something, you settle for wearing black and grey because it’s your “safe” outfit? Rest assured, you are not alone in this because it’s happened to all of us at some point!

This week’s blog post will attempt to put all those worries to ease.  I will explain color theory and how you can use a color wheel (yes, the same color wheel you learned when you were a kid!) to understand the relationship between different colors.  A new color combination can add excitement to a dull wardrobe and carry the outfit through all seasons.  Not only is color theory relevant to style, but it can also be used in makeup choices, interior design, and all other aspects of art and design.

Let’s first understand the color composition of the color wheel.  As seen below, the color wheel consists of 12 colors.

Additionally, neutrals are not part of the color wheel, but I want to introduce them now. Neutrals generally do not pop out or attract a lot of attention to the eye and include colors such as black, beige, taupe, navy, burgundy and grey. These “safe” colors literally go with everything and anything, and can be used to slowly integrate color into your wardrobe by pairing bolder color combinations with them.

Now that the basics have been introduced, you can start combining the different colors. The opportunities are endless!

Remember, the color wheel holds hundreds of combinations which include all the tints, shades, and hues of the 12 colors.  The above combinations are just a few examples of color pairings using the color wheel.  The best way to become comfortable with using the color wheel is to experiment!

Although color theory can be intimidating, I hope the tips and examples I’ve provided have helped you realize that color matching can be easy and provide a great structure for you to mix and match garments in your wardrobe and create outfits that can be worn through different seasons. Color is a beautiful thing so we should all learn how to embrace it! Thanks as always for reading, and please leave your comments on this article below!