In the world of fashion, colour can make or break an entire outfit, and in turn, impact your whole appearance. In fact, with thousands of shades and tones of different colours, it’s all too easy to pick out the wrong hues to dress our bodies in. Sometimes, however, it’s not that we choose to wear the wrong colour for us personally but that we pair up the wrong colours together.
Due to the wide range of colours available, we might find ourselves flustered as we pick out items for our wardrobe. There may be certain colours that we like but hating wearing or even colours that we hate that we know we look good in but can’t bring ourselves to wear it. Just the wide range and complexities of colour alone can make it very hard to shop for new clothing.
However, with the following colour-boosting fashion tips and tricks, you can look fabulous in any outfit you wear, looking like a fashion pro in the process.
Complement colours instead of merely matching them.
When our parents teach us to coordinate our outfits on our own, we were often taught how to match colours. Through adolescence and adulthood, we typically continue matching the colours of our outfits. For example, if our shirt features a forest green collar, we may pair it with forest green shorts.
However, matching colours is not the only way to make an outfit work. Complementary colours, colours that look good together but don’t necessarily “match,” can provide variation for an outfit and offer a unique complexity we wouldn’t be able to get if we merely matched the colours of our garments. Purple and yellow, for example, are complementary colours.
Dress in the hottest hues.
If you really want a grand appearance, opting to wear trendy colours is one of the best ways to make an outfit pop. Not only do certain colours come and go depending on the season, but new trendy colours can also arise year after year
Some of the top colour trends in fashion for spring and summer 2019 include jester red, coral, toffee, aspen gold, and turmeric. Generally, autumn-y mutes and glooms along with vivid jewel tones are especially a hit for this time of year.
Wear colourful jewelry.
Adding jewelry to an outfit is one of the best ways to make an outfit go from “eh” to “wow” in a snap. This is especially true if your wardrobe mostly contains neutrals and darker colours, and you don’t feel like adding colourful garments to your collection.
However, by wearing colourful jewelry like rainbow earrings, there isn’t really a need to wear a lot of colourful garments to make a statement; jewelry can do the work for you.
Do monochromatic right.
Although most of us match and complement colours here and there when coordinating different articles of clothing together, some of us like to go for a monochromatic colour scheme characterized by the use of different shades of just one colour. As an example of this colour scheme, we may wear blue jeans, a baby blue shirt, and dark blue shoes.
While monochromatic outfits may seem easy to put together, the truth is, they can actually be difficult to assemble. Using an online colour calculator, however, you can have a better understanding of how to pair different shades of the same colour to create a monochromatic outfit.
Don’t fear bold colours.
One of the biggest mistakes we tend to make when the dressing is steering clear of colours we consider too bold. Often, we don’t avoid these colours because we think they won’t suit us well. Rather, we usually avoid these colours because we fear they will make us the centre of attention, and thus, leave us feeling embarrassed and vulnerable.
Although you may believe bold colours aren’t your thing, there’s a bold hue for every complexion. Remember that bold colours don’t necessarily mean warm-toned and neon. Boldness can come in variant brightnesses and tones from royal purple to highlighter chartreuse.
Add a neutral to provide contrast to your colourful outfit.
Colour is great on its own, but it can even be more powerful when it’s paired with a neutral. The contrast between a blander neutral against a vivid colour can provide the right amount of contrast to really make a hue pop while generally helping to provide balance for an outfit at the same time.
Colour combinations like a light grey with coral and orange or black with teal are just a couple of examples that offer both colour and a neutral to provide a favorable amount of contrast for an entire outfit.
Add vivid accessories to your neutral outfit.
Not everyone is comfortable dressing in a lot of colour. Everyone has their personal reasons. For instance, someone with unnaturally-coloured hair, low self-esteem, a shy or introverted personality, or a negative body image may gravitate towards darker neutrals rather than bold, fun, inviting colours.
For those who are a little shy when it comes to colour, consider wearing a neutral outfit and pairing it with colourful accessories. Accessories might include a scarf, a hair barrette or headband, a hat, or a belt.
Wear colours that complement your complexion.
It’s not enough to merely create an outfit with garments whose colours look good together. It’s also important that the colours you choose to place on your body look good with your complexion. For example, those with darker skin tones often look best in coral, cream, honey, and olive while those with lighter, cooler tones look great in lavender, rose, grey, and blue.
The colour of your hair and eyes can also make a difference in whether or not a certain colour will look good on you. Wearing certain colours can clash with your hair or eye colour or even make them pop more depending on the colours you opt to wear.
Outfit too colourful? Mask some of it with neutral layers.
Some of us like to dress in an overload of different colours from magenta to deep-sea blue. However, there may be certain occasions where it may be inappropriate to wear too much colour. Without compromising your outfit, you can simply tone down on your colourful outfit with neutral layers like a black scarf or a beige cardigan.
Garments and accessories like the latter can not only physically cover up some of the colour featured on your outfit but can also gravitate the eyes to other parts of the body rather than merely towards the brightest, most colourful parts of the outfit.
Coordinate your makeup with your outfit.
If you wear makeup and want to add more colour to your overall appearance, consider coordinating your makeup with your outfit. Although this is completely optional, this is a quick and easy way to make the colour of your outfit pop and better integrate with the rest of your appearance.
For instance, if your outfit features a lot of brown, complement this Earth-y tone by wearing green eyeshadow. If, for instance, you’re wearing a blue dress with red polka dots, accentuate the red polka dots by wearing a red lipstick that matches it.
Experiment with pastels and mutes.
Too often we think that in order to have a colourful outfit, we must mainly select vibrant, bold, bright colours like sunshine yellow, lime, or electric blue. While these colours are certainly eye-catching, not everyone feels comfortable wearing hues this loud.
The good news is, pastels and mutes can also be considered eye-catching and colourful if the right hues are paired together. For instance, orange sherbet and muted purple-grey, which are contrasting colours on the colour wheel, can make for a blissful, fun, and happy pairing.
Remember that sometimes less is more.
As much as most of us love colour, there is such a thing as too much. If you put on an outfit and feel like a walking rainbow, it’s probably a good sign that you’re wearing too much and too many different colours. At that point, one of the best things you can do is scale back.
When trying to select an outfit that’s colourful without being “too much,” it’s important to focus on wearing no more than three or four colours at a time, that is, unless one of your garments features a design or pattern that contains several colours.
Remember, an outfit featuring only two different colours can still be viewed as colourful and even more put-together than an outfit with five colours. More colour does not equate a better outfit automatically.
If our world was limited to only a small set of different colours, we’d all be colour experts, and in turn, fashion pros. However, there are millions of hues from warm- to cool-toned and pastel to bold, making matching and complementing our outfits an even more complex task than ever before.
However, thanks to the latter fashion tips, you can utilize colour properly when it comes to the garments you pick out, allowing you to draw all eyes in for the right reasons. Colour is such a physically and psychologically attractive component of fashion; make it count, not clash.