How to Choose a Color Scheme For Your Outfit

Okay, so I had planned a totally different article for today, but then I realized that a lot of people don’t know one of the most basic things about how to put together a good outfit: what colors can go together. There are some colors that everyone knows go together well because they’re always put together in superhero costumes. Like red and blue, yellow and red, green and yellow, etc. But what if you want to venture outside of the overused pairings of colors? How do you know what will clash and what will look amazing together? Because honestly, sometimes the colors that can go together can be really surprising, like when orange and blue and orange and purple became the pairings of the season a few years ago. It was fresh and fun because they were two colors people hadn’t really put together before. They were two colors most people didn’t even know could be put together.

So how did they know these colors went with each other? Figuring that out is where the color wheel comes in.

The color wheel is your friend. There are so many different versions of the color wheel, from the most basic with only primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to one with primary and secondary colors (green, purple, and orange), to ones with tertiary colors (red-orange, blue-violet, yellow-orange, red-violet, blue-green, yellow-green), to ones with all these colors and every various tint and shade imaginable.

To start with the basic idea, the color you choose will look good with whatever color is on either side of it as well as what color is directly across from it on the color wheel. So when it’s only the primary colors, they all look good together because they’re all right next to each other.

When you add the secondary colors, this rule comes into play. Red is beside orange and purple (its complimentary colors) and the color directly across from it (its contrasting color), is green. That means that red will look good with any of these three colors.

Then there are the tertiary colors. These are neutral colors made from one primary and one secondary color that will look good with everything, depending on the hue and whether they’re bright versions or matte versions of the color. See, that’s the other thing to take into account when you’re mixing colors. Not just the actual color that it is, but the hue, saturation, value, brightness, tint, and shade of the color. Let me go over those real quick.

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