How to correctly and confidently combine colors in clothes

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Since childhood, in fine arts lessons, we get to know color, learn its characteristics, mix colors with each other, and this is a very exciting process. But as we grow up, more and more color stereotypes appear, and as a result, there are many restrictions. For example, rumors that black should never be worn with brown or blue, or beige with white. And so every time we are less and less willing to take risks, and even when we want to buy some bright thing, out of habit we give preference to the same colors that we already have, staying in our comfort zone. If this is familiar to you, then it’s time to deal with all sorts of restrictions and switch from color to you!Therefore, for everyone who wants to add color to their wardrobe, I want to offer some simple and win-win schemes with which you will stylishly compose bright images, and they will not go unnoticed.But first, so that it was easier to deal with color in general, let’s figure out what colors are. Let’s divide them into three groups:

Achromats, Neutral and Bright.

Achromatic or colorless colors include white, black and gray. They go well with each other and with all other colors. In this combination, we can easily use the stylistic technique “Accentuation”, introducing one color accent into an achromatic image, which is always a winning option (for example, in accessories).

Neutral colors are muted colors , their dark and light shades, as well as pastels. For example, brown, dark blue, light blue, lilac, light yellow, pale pink, mint, milky, beige.

The total look looks very stylish in a neutral palette. Choosing the latest models, the images are very modern and elegant. But the combination of two pastel colors in the color block style is also very popular among fashionistas. For those who want to add color accents to their looks, but are not ready for bright color schemes, this will be an excellent alternative, since the images will turn out to be very fresh and interesting.

And so we have already decided how to combine achromats and confirmed that they can be easily combined with each other, with neutral colors and with bright ones.

We can also easily combine neutral colors with each other and with achromats. What if you combine neutrals with bright ones? I propose a scheme that I love very much, which always works one hundred percent – Total bow in one color, combining neutral and bright colors in different shades, a very interesting and stylish stylistic technique. Also, in this scheme, we can add an achromatic color and go in increasing color – achromat – a neutral and bright color in one palette. For example, from white to purple and purple, or from black to mint and green. This way you will have very prominent images that will definitely attract the eyes, and you will be presented with compliments.

Let’s now take a look at the group that causes the most fear – these are bright colors. Bright we call all saturated and contrasting colors of the rainbow.

For those who are ready to take a little risk and experiment with bright colors, I have prepared several universal schemes for combining bright colors with each other:

Many already know or have heard about Itten’s color wheel, if not, then now we’ll figure it out together. This is a versatile tool that I suggest you use to combine two or more vibrant colors in your looks.

  • Two opposite colors, such as yellow and purple, orange and blue, or green and pink.
Color-block two opposite bright colors


Color-block two opposite bright colors.

Two opposite bright colors.

Two opposite bright colors + achromat.

  • Two similar colors in Itten’s circle, such as purple and blue, yellow and green, or red and orange.


Color block two similar colors.

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Two similar bright colors

  • Triad – three bright colors from close sectors of a circle, two similar colors and one opposite or three equally distant colors. For example, purple, pink and green, or yellow, red and blue.
  • A tetrad – four bright colors located on equal distance between them or three similar and the fourth color contrasting to them, or from colors, close sectors of the circle. For example, green, orange, pink and blue (equidistant), or green, light green, blue and red.


Because all achromats and neutrals are completely universal, we can combine with each other without hesitation, and add the relevance of the image with stylish styles and textures. But now you have schemes that will help you to be on you with bright colors and easily integrate them into your images. Keep the color wheel and experiment for fun.

Good luck, yours fromflorence_withstyle

Author: stylist Alena Palamarchuk

How to correctly and confidently combine colors in clothes
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