How to Combine Colors : Complementary Colors

17 Apr

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Top : Forever 21 (similar)

Skirt : Macy’s (similar)

Scarf : Unknown (similar)

Shoes : Charlotte Russe

In art, you put two complementary colors next to each other to make them both appear more vivid, and this same technique easily translates over to fashion. Complementary colors are colors that are across from each other on the color wheel. Here I used the complementary colors yellow and purple in my outfit.

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As complementary colors tend to really intense, I’d suggest to tend to the darker or lighter end of the color wedge for each color, and to also limit one of the colors to   an accent color like I did here.

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My favorite complementary color combinations are turquoise and coral, mustard and purple, and cobalt and orange. I’d also suggest to avoid the pairing of red and green because it typically reads very Christmas, but other than that, feel free to experiment!

If you haven’t already, take a moment to check out part 1 of this series :

How to Combine Colors : Analogous Colors

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3 Responses to “How to Combine Colors : Complementary Colors”

  1. Stylewithfriends April 22, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    Love that skirt so pretty.
    Style With Friends

    • Mega R. April 27, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Thanks! The ruffles are a great detail that adds a lot of movement.

  2. Alois parisienne March 27, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    Pretty mix. I also wrote an article on the same subjec if you wanna give it a look: http://dresslikeaparisian.com/how-to-match-colors/
    Bises de Paris!

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