How to Combine Colors : Analogous Colors

15 Apr

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Top : Old Navy
Jeans : Forever 21
Shoes : Jessica Simpson (similar)

As the weather gets warmer, people tend towards brighter colors, and while colors are fun, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. But there’s no need to fear color. Picking colors that go together is really very simple, and with this color mixing series I hope to show you just that.

Putting together colorful outfits is easy when you have this powerful tool :

the color wheel : your color mixing necessity

One trick to putting together colorful outfits is to use analogous colors : colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. In this outfit, I’m using the analogous colors blue and aqua.

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You’ll notice that each color wedge of the wheel has a light, medium, and dark section.  Here I used the darker blue and the medium aqua, but I could have just as well switched those out for any of the other shades. Any of the colors within a wedge can be used interchangeably.

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Tip : For something a little more subtle, you can wear a piece of clothing in one color, and add on accessories in a different but analogous color.

What are your favorite analogous color combinations?


14 Responses to “How to Combine Colors : Analogous Colors”

  1. Kimbercrafts April 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    I love the cobalt and aqua pairing – so cheery! I enjoy pairing red and purple together in my own outfits. Until seeing your post, it never occurred to me that they are next to each other on the color wheel!

    • Mega R. April 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Thanks Kim! I’ve never tried red and purple together but it sounds like it would be great. I’ll definitely try that next time! Hope the analogous colors tip also inspires you to try new color combinations :).

  2. Seepz April 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    That is a great fashion tip! Love your outfit.. My favorite combination would be Red and Fuchsia.

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    • Mega R. April 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Seepz! It’s always great to hear from new readers. I have not tried the red and fuchsia combo before, but you’re the second one to mention it so it must be fantastic! I’ll make sure to try it next time.

  3. melina April 16, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    i’m always trying to explain the color wheel to friends but find it difficult to put into words since… it’s about seeing.

    • Mega R. April 17, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Melina! Haha, you should print it out and show it to them…or you could send them a link to this post ;).

  4. Majotron April 16, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Great advice!

    • Mega R. April 17, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Majotron! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  5. Elisa B April 21, 2013 at 3:54 am #

    I love the way you matched these two colours! That’s why I love fashion blogs, sometimes I see things I would have never thought of doing myself.
    By the way, I usually do it the opposite way, i.e. using complimentary colours like you pointed out in your other post! I especially love yellow + purple! It’s one of my favourite matches!

    • Mega R. April 21, 2013 at 11:34 am #

      I love complementary colors too Elisa! They’re such bright and fun combinations. I hope this post inspires you to experiment with more analogous colors too 🙂

  6. Danielle April 24, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Great colour combination and congrats on links a la mode. Love Dani xx

  7. Nerline June 30, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    My favorite combination would be violet and light purple.
    I love your blog. I am now following you with bloglovin’.

    • Mega R. July 7, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      I love using different shades of the same color 🙂 Thanks Nerline!


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