When I was first told that black and white should only ever be paired with each other, with gray, or with brown, I balked. Talk about a seriously constraining little guideline! And I still don’t totally buy it: Both black and white can look amazing with cool brights, patterns, and in carefully-crafted color mixes. But over the years, I’ve found myself gravitating toward color-on-color mixes and keeping the neutrals mainly to themselves.
Since mixing colors and creating color-free outfits can feel incredibly daunting, I thought I’d share a few tips for finding successful color mixes.
Originally posted 2012-03-29 06:31:56.
Reader Roxane posed this great question:
What’s the difference between accessories that “go” and ones that are “matchy-matchy”? For example, if you’re wearing all silver accessories (necklace, bracelet, shoes) is that matchy-matchy? Would you need to mix metals to have things that “go” and still stay metallic?
I wonder which assumes the need for a large supply of accessories (and thus perhaps a larger budget) – being matchy-matchy or having things that “go.” (Of course, if you stick to a very small color palette, this isn’t an issue.)
Originally posted 2015-08-19 06:16:59.
Reader Jill had this question:
I would love some advice on how to add a third color to an outfit. I just bought a turquoise and brown suit, and I love the colors together. But the jacket needs a cami or top under it, and I don’t know what color to add … and I’m thinking I would carry that color to shoes?
Great question, and one with MANY answers! Let’s start with the scientific one.
Consult a color wheel
I’ll be straight with you: The chances of me, myself, doing this approach zero. Color wheels make me itchy, just like music theory makes me itchy: I’d rather make choices with my gut than be constrained by rules about how to make artistic decisions the “right” way. HOWEVER! Not everyone is wired that way and I know that clear systems with comprehensible rules are absolutely invaluable to many. So, if you’re looking to add a third color to your outfit, you can definitely work with the color wheel. The graphic above is from this post about color schemes that does a spectacular job of explaining why some work and others don’t. This one will help if you’re dealing with neutrals, since brown and gray are shades and tones.
Originally posted 2015-07-14 06:12:06.