The Power of Color: Complementary Colors in Fashion

We are creatures of habit. I, for one, love schedules and structure but get bored easily with routine. Sounds crazy, but it took me a while to understand my last statement myself. Example: I love to get up at the same time everyday (schedule) but I don’t like working on the same task for more that 2 hours (routine). Variety is the spice of life, in all aspects of life.

I love schedules and structure but get bored easily with routine. Sounds crazy, but it took me a while to understand my last statement myself #Complementarycolor #womensfashion #style Personalized styling, in person, virtual styling, interior design.

In working with my clients, I find they tend to fall into habit/routine when it comes to color choices. Most times it’s because it is easier to follow routine than put the energy into trying something new. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Once I start talking about color pairs and possibilities, my clients start to see there are more options than just add a neutral like black or white.

Color is powerful. It has existed since the beginning of time and we encounter color everyday in the natural world. Color has been theorized and studied by a variety of people from artists to scientists to determine things like: how it is made; how colors affect one another; how colors affect people emotionally and physiologically; how colors can be combined to achieve specific results; and what color combinations make pleasing color harmonies or schemes.



Here are a few color basics that can help you start to introduce color into you closet today!

  1. The 3 Primary colors are red, yellow and blue and can be found equidistant on the color wheel.

  2. The 3 Secondary colors are placed between the primaries and are a result of mixing any two of the primary colors:

    Red + Yellow = Orange

    Yellow + Blue = Green

    Blue + Red = Violet (purple)

  3. Mixing a primary and secondary will result in a Tertiary color:

    Example: Yellow + Orange = Yellow-Orange  Note: The primary color name is listed first. These colors are located between a primary and secondary color on the color wheel.


Color Schemes

Below are outfit examples of 4 different color schemes and how to achieve them using the color wheel.

Note: the color wheel is a great tool to use to understand color and how colors work together BUT does not need to be used literally. Have fun with it!

Having some color basics in your back pocket can bring some new life to items you already have in your existing wardrobe. Who doesn’t love getting more bang for their buck?

Stay fabulous,

Jen