How To Mix And Match Colors In Your Clothes

How To Mix And Match Colors In Your Clothes

Matching colors to clothing is a fun activity when you have enough time to do it. What do you do when you wake up late in the morning and you have no idea what to wear? But when you are invited to a special event and nothing in your wardrobe seems to be suitable for the distinguished outfit you have to wear?

Using the right colors and matching them perfectly can be a deal maker. Choosing the perfect color for an outfit is what sets you apart. And, that’s why color and its theories continue to be the pivot for not just clothes, but everything else like interiors, hair, makeup, and much more.

The color wheel was first invented by Sir Isaac Newton in the 18th century when he tried to condense the color spectrum into a wheel and visually represent the relationship between them. The wheel has been segregated into the following categories. While we will focus on using it for clothing and outfits, this theory is universal and applies to just about anything that deals with colors.

  • Primary Colors

These comprise red, yellow, and blue. No two colors can be mixed to achieve these shades. Everything else is derived from these colors.

  • Secondary Colors

Secondary colors are a combination of the primary colors. So, red + yellow = orange, red + blue = purple, and blue + yellow = green.

  • Intermediary Colors

These colors are a combination of primary and secondary colors. By mixing these colors, you get shades like mint, aqua colors, corals, etc.

  • Warm And Cool Colors

Hues of colors like red, orange, yellow, brown, etc. are warm colors – they make things look smaller in size, and that’s why most of us prefer wearing warmer colors when we want to look slimmer. Cool colors, like hues of blue, purple, green, etc., are soothing colors.

  • Neutral Colors

Neutral colors are self-explanatory. They are just muted, plain, and subdued. Black, grey, whites, off-whites, taupe, etc., fall into the neutral category.

What Are The Principles For Matching Colors?

One fundamental principle for matching your clothes, or for that matter anything, is combining colors that work in harmony. And, that’s what we need to remember while designing or putting our outfits together.

Here’s how you can match them.


  • Complementary


Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange – complementary colors, as the name goes, work best when put together. These are exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. They might seem bold to look at, but the outputs will be perfect.. While some might argue against this concept, it is actually a matter of choice as some like making bold statements.

  • Analogous

Matching two or three continuous shades on the color wheel that blend well with each other is called analogous color matching. When you put an entire outfit together based on this, it looks both striking and stylish. If you are wondering how to style that orange or camel trench coat of yours, pick a shade on either side of the color in the color wheel and work with that.

  • Triadic

The combination of colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel is called ‘triadic.’ They look great together, but some might argue that they can be over the top. However, you can choose the muted shades of these colors to make your outfit. A pair of green cargos with a pastel pink top and powder blue accessories or shoes will look sophisticated and tasteful.

  • Match It With Your Skin Tone

If you are pale or yellow toned, opt for colors from the colder side of the palette, such as grey, navy blue, varying shades of green, aqua, emerald, burgundy, etc. If you have a deeper skin tone, you can pull off brighter or warmer shades of brown, coral, honey, gold, amber, taupe, etc., as they look amazing on this skin tone. All said and done, an ideal way to do this is to always to strike a balance between warm and cold colors. The same applies to your eye makeup too.

We hope that this information helps you to make the right combination that fit for you. Enjoy playing with colors!

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