How-To: Complimentary Colors

Elevated Style | J.Crew Classic Mini in Heather Felted Wool Red 1

J.Crew Classic Mini in Heather Felted Wool; Talbots Top; Banana Republic Classic Trench

Elevated Style | J.Crew Classic Mini in Heather Felted Wool Red 2

I never used to wear bright colors because I didn’t know how to match them and because I didn’t want to draw any more attention to my height.¬†Enter the color wheel.

One of the easiest ways to put together an outfit is by choosing complimentary colors, as they bring out and emphasize each other. The outfit above utilizes two complementary colors; red-orange and blue-green.

Because they are complete opposites, complementary colors can sometimes make an outfit look too intense, especially if the colors are primary. If this is the case, here are some tips:

  • Choose complementary color schemes that use intermediate colors (i.e. red-orange and blue-green).
  • Wear one color with a paler tint of its opposite, such as green with light pink.
  • Tone down the look by throwing in a neutral color, as I did with the black tights and trench coat.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors if you’re tall!

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I am no longer afraid to wear bright colors and I will certainly try incorporating complementary colors into my wardrobe from now on.

Readers: Will you try wearing complimentary colors?

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