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Here's the Trick to Mixing and Matching Colors Like a Fashion Pro

All you need is a little science.
Here's the Trick to Mixing and Matching Colors Like a Fashion Pro
All you need is a little science.

Trendy fashion pieces or luxury brands won't save you from the fashion police if you don't know how to put the right colors together. It's one aspect of dressing up that people tend to overlook—but TBH, it can easily make or break an outfit. The default move is to play it safe by pairing a single color with neutrals (a.k.a. black, white, and grey) or to just go for neutrals altogether. While this isn't a bad thing, you may eventually get bored with this repetitive route. Instead, stand out from the crowd and brave the world of color! So here, we're going to help you learn how to mix and match colors together like a pro. 

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Let's start with the color wheel. Designed by Sir Isaac Newton himself, the wheel is a spectrum showing the relationship of colors and how they fit together. To map out the right colors for your next outfit, you need to pair colors that exist in harmony with each other, and learning the three basic color schemes will make this task easy as pie.


Complementary colors are the colors oppposite each other in the color wheel. Red and green, purple and yellow, etc—they are usually worn together to create bold statements. If pairing two vibrant colors feels overwhelming to you, or if you want a more toned down vibe, try using the muted or pastel hues of these colors. Another trick is to let one color be the dominant piece, and use its complementary to introduce a small harmonious variation to your outfit. Blue and orange are trendy complementary colors because a cool blue can tone down a vibrant orange.



Analogous colors are those that sit right by each other on the color wheel. Because they're so close together and seamlessly blend well, an analogous outfit can be good for a more restrained yet elegant look with the right pieces. Celebs have been favoring analogous clothing lately and a combination of reds and pinks has been a hot trend.


Triadic colors are equidistant from each other in the color wheel. Basic triads include the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and green, purple and, orange. Take note that brown may be considered a darker shade of orange. Using this color scheme is advisable when you're putting a number of pieces together. 

Come off put together instead of loud by finding the right ratio between the three colors. The trick is to either settle on a dominant color and use the other two as accents, or to find an equal balance between two colors and allow the third to pop out from the outfit. Liz Uy demonstrates this triadic combination perfectly.

So, which color combo are you eyeing to wear next?