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Ways to combine colours and mix and match your outfit

Feb 21, 2019 | News

Mapping colours to your outfit is as much science as it is an art. You can have all the money in the world and flaunt the most expensive outfit possible, but if you do not mix the colours in your outfit well, it is a lost cause. You either need to have an eye for detail or understand the sensibilities of how colours work. Strike a balance, stay sage or go all out, whatever you choose to do know the rules before you break them.

How to match your clothes in an admirable fashion


Using the right colors and matching them perfectly can be a deal maker. Choosing the perfect colour for an outfit is what sets you apart. To understand this better, you must understand the basis of this whole color theory.

The history of colours


The colour wheel was first invented by Sir Isaac Newton in the 18th century when he tried to condensed the colour spectrum into a wheel and visually represent the relationship between them. The heel 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 colours.


  • Primary colours
    These compromises of the colours red, yellow and blue, no two colours can be mixed without the use of the primary colours; everything is derived from these colours.


  • Secondary colours
    Secondary colours are a combination of the primary colours. So Red + Yellow = Orange, Red + Blue = Purple, Blue + Yellow = Green.
  • Tertiary Colours
    These colours are a combination of the Primary and Secondary colours. By mixing these colours, you get shades like mint, aqua colours, coral and so on.
  • Warm and cool colours
    Hues of colors like red, orange, yellow, brown, etc. are warm colours, they make things look smaller in size, and that is why most of us prefer wearing warmer colours when we want to look slimmer. Cool colors like hues of blue, purple, green are soothing colours.

Neutral Colours

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

Here is how you can mix and match the colours you prefer


  • Complementary
    Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange – complementary colours, as the name goes, work best when put together. These are exactly opposite to each other on the colour wheel. They might seem bold to look at, but outputs will be perfect. If you carefully observe your spring and summer clothing is mostly designed using complementary colours, while some might argue against this concept, it is actually a matter of choice as some like making bold statements.

  • Triadic
    The combination of colours that are equidistant from each other on the colour when is called Triadic. They look great together, but some might argue that they be OTT. However, you can choose the muted shades of these colours 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.


Here is a sample outfit from the principles of matching colours:

The three basics relationships outlined above are always good staples for your wardrobe. And remember that you also have tints and shades to play with. Not all your outfits will follow the colour wheel relationship rigidly – don’t worry too much if they don’t. Look for combinations that you feel comfortable in, using the colour wheel schemes as a very basic guideline. A splash of difference here or there is what makes your outfit yours.


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