First off, if you haven’t read part 1 of this series, go read it now! (I’ll wait.) If you have already read part one and are curious for more, then read on!
So hopefully, after reading the previous post, you have decided that maybe color isn’t such a difficult thing — that with some experimentation, it is workable into your wardrobe. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but does it look like there are more colors in the style gallery than before? In hopes that this will continue (either in my mind or in reality) here are a few more color theory-approved ways to combine colors.
The secondary colors are green, purple, and orange. They are called secondary colors because each is created from a mixture of two primary colors. I have to admit that personally, I’m not very good with this color combo since I tend to gravitate toward primary-colored pieces. In my outfit photo, I am trying my very hardest to use the few green, orange, and purple pieces I actually own to make a wearable outfit. So if I can do it, I’m sure you can too. :)
To get back to color theory… these colors have about the same amount of tension as the primary colors do, but can be done very well, especially when matched with a few neutrals like I have done (the navy blazer and the beige top). Neutrals might actually be somewhat necessary for you to avoid looking like a cartoon character, though Daphne from Scooby Doo pulls it off extremely well!
Slightly-Off Color Combos
Color combos that are slightly off are hugely appealing to me because they have slightly less visual tension and are easier to pull off than the primary, complementary, and secondary color combos that I’ve shown you already, but are still wonderfully vibrant. Basically you would take any one of the previously mentioned color combos (except for analogous) and you would change one of the colors for an adjacent color on the color wheel. One example would be my outfit in the previous post , in which I substituted pink for red in my primary color-based outfit. It’s a bit subtler but still very colorful.
Other examples of this: fashionfake’s green, purple, and yellow outfit, which would be a secondary color outfit except for the substitution of yellow for orange. Ringo’s blue and yellow combination, which would be complementary but for the substitution of yellow for orange.
Be a Rebel!
In the end, color theory is only a set of guidelines, and you can wear color in virtually any way you please. I don’t know if rules for color in an outfit can really be adequately or holistically explained, so the key is to just keep experimenting and have no fear! MSroboto embodies this very well, with her very daring use of color.
Still kind of intimidated by color? Stay tuned for the final part 3, in which I’ll go over some fun and easy ways to wear color without looking like Rainbow Brite.
P.S. Two inadvertent cartoon character references In one post? Must be a testament to my maturity. :D