Color Mixing Guides to Create A Stylish Outfit



Combining colors in your outfit can be challenging, especially if you usually rely on grayscale tones. Some people think that the art of color mixing is more like a talent. But actually, there is a science behind that you can learn. Here is the guideline:


  • Start with Neutrals

Combining neutral colors is a safe start because it has a low chance of failing. Neutral colors are not just black, white, and shades of gray. Brown, cream, denim blue, and metallic colors also fall in this category. Try mixing colors with different saturation to avoid being too monotonous.


  • Know the Color Wheel

Before jumping into color mixing, you might need to understand the science of the color wheel. Understand what primary, secondary, and tertiary colors are. And then, see how each color relates to other colors. It is the fundamental knowledge to master.


  • Play Safe with Monochrome

Going monochrome is the easiest way to start wearing colors. It can also create a simple yet sweet appearance. Pick a color that you like and wear that hue in different shadows. For example, you can wear a blush top, a maroon skirt, and a dusty pink hat.


  • Trying Out Analogous

Analogous colors are those that are side by side on the color wheel. Some examples are yellow-green, magenta-purple, blue-teal-green, and yellow-amber-orange. These combinations can give you a colorful appearance without being too luminous.


  • Brighten Up in Triadic

If you are ready to appear in vivid contrast, combining triadic mixing can be something to consider as well. It is three colors with even spaces to each other, such as the primary colors (red-blue-yellow), the secondary colors (orange-green-purple), and the tertiary colors (teal-amber-magenta). To reduce the glare, you can tone it down to pastels or adding white elements to your outfit.


  • Contrasting With Complementary

Complementary colors are two colors that have opposite positions in the color wheel. Some examples are amber-violet, teal-vermilion, and purple-yellow. Use this combination to create an ultimate color-mixing harmony.


  • Split Complementary

When your confidence in color mixing has reached its peak, maybe it is time for a split complementary color combination. Take one color in the wheel, and combine it with two other colors on either side of its opposite. Some examples are yellow-violet-magenta, red-teal-orange, red-chartreuse-teal.



It may take a little while before you have enough confidence to have playful colors on your outfit. But once you have mastered the art and sharpened your senses, experimenting with colorful clothes will be such a fun challenge. Even better, you will feel how wonderful colors can impact your mood of the day.