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"The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you". Coco Chanel
There was a time when bright colours were considered appropriate only for young women, and middle aged women were expected to keep it subdued by wearing pastels. But all that has changed in the past few years. With colour blocking and neon colours being in vogue, bold colours are now in everybody’s wardrobe.
"I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all." Coco Chanel
Bold colours are a huge trend for A/W 2018. However, it can become a tricky situation, especially if you’re unsure of how to mix and match these colours to avoid looking tacky.
Keep scrolling down to learn a few tips and tricks for creating cool statement colours just by following a few simple rules without looking too OTT or attention-seeking.
Balance It Out
The best way to tone down your bright pink purse or that electric red top is to balance them out with neutrals. I find that blacks, whites, greys and beige work so well with bright colours. Once you know how to wear your bright colours with neutrals, you’ll never have to worry about going overboard with bold colours. The pop of colour ensures that you look striking, but not over-the-top.
Pair it with Denim
For some reason, bright colours and denim work so well together but then denim goes well with almost everything. The denim helps to offset the bright colour and makes the look more appealing and casual chic.
Experiment with patterns
You don’t always have to limit yourself to an outfit featuring only one bold colour. Colour block or patterned dresses help to fuse several shocking colours together to create an arresting look. It may be wise to stay away from accessories to avoid introducing more colours and the so not wanted OTT look.
I quite like trying out super crazy combinations on the weekends and then I tone it down to more acceptable colour combinations during the working week
Stick to one colour family
This is probably my favourite trick, mixing and matching the tints and shades of one colour, for example, red and burgundy, to create a go-to outfit for those days you feel like you’re on top of the world. If you have a minute have a quick look at my previous post and how I matched red and burgundy hues to create an elegant look.
Play with bright accessories
If you’re not ready to go all out just yet try accessories as a way to wear bold colours. All you need is a splash of colour over your neutrals to stand out. Accessories could mean anything from earrings to belts, so have fun mixing it up.
Use the Colour Wheel for Guidance
How to use the wheel?
We have three groups of colours, primary, secondary and tertiary.
- Primary colours are red, yellow and blue. Primary colours are the basis for all other colour and any colour can be made using a combination of primary colours.
- Secondary colours are made by mixing two primary colours from the colour wheel. The results are orange, green and violet. These are centred between the colours mixed to make them on the wheel.
- Tertiary colours are made from mixing a primary and secondary colour, for example blue and green become teal, and red and purple mixed together become magenta. Tertiary colours rest between the colours used to form each on the colour wheel.
TIP: In order to separate the warm colours (reds, oranges, yellows) from cool colours (blues, greens, purples) draw a line through the centre of the wheel,
Now let’s dive into colour wheel combinations, complementary, analogous and triad.
- Complementary colours are colours that are across from each other on the colour wheel, such as red and green. This creates a high-contrast, high – drama look. A complementary colour scheme is great for small pops of colour to make items stand out. Pick a colour on the colour wheel then draw a straight line across the colour wheel, this is the colour’s complement.
- Analogous colours are colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel, like blue-green, green, and yellow-green. When creating an analogous colour scheme, one colour will dominate, one will support and another will accent.
- Triadic colours are colours on the colour wheel that form a triangle. One example of a triadic colour scheme is purple, orange, and green.
Choose a colour on the colour wheel then draw an equilateral triangle to find the two other colours. You will notice that each colour has 3 colours between them to form the triangle.
Take Baby Steps
If you are used to wearing pastels and are a little unsure when it comes to bold colours, then you should start by taking baby steps. Add a pop of colour with a pair of fuchsia shoes or a bag to your pastel clothing and then see if you like it and want to take the next step toward bright coloured clothing.
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