Decoding the Color Wheel

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to always look like they have stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine? The answer is that those people have mastered the color wheel.  Fashion is about creating a stylish image with the use of color and fit. However, not everyone understands the relationship that colors have with one another. There are some colors that are meant to be worn together, while other groups of colors should never cross paths. In the interest of all that is right in the world of fashion,  today’s topic is about how to use the color wheel to create stylish options for everyday wear.

Using the color wheel in fashion

When you are working with the color wheel there are several great options that are easy to work with. First of all any colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel will create more intense hues when they are paired together. Then, colors that are next to one another on the color wheel provide great contrast because they share a hue in common. Also any colors that form a “t” or a right angle look great together. Finally, a monochromatic (one color) look always screams chic style.  The looks below will give you some great examples of how to use the color wheel to your advantage.

Colors Directly Across from one Another- blue and orange

styling orange and blue

Colors That are Next to one Another- green and yellow

styling green and yellow

Once you begin exploring the color wheel, you find that it becomes easier and easier to break out of your everyday rut and try new color combinations. In addition, remember the guidance from the color wheel when it comes to choosing accessories. You can pair your orange accessories with a blue top and achieve the same effect we achieved in the outfit above. Also, they key to creating a monochromatic look is to choose colors that do not fade. When you pair two items of the same together, if one fades faster than the other, it becomes very obvious. Finally, when you create a monochromatic look, create a pop of color by choosing bright jewelry,  belts, and shoes. Now the only question remains…how will you master the color wheel?

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About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on January 1, 2013, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist, What I Wore Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Beautiful use of the color wheel! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi there – found your blog through the link up. Can’t wait to read more! Hope you’re having a happy new year 🙂

  3. This is great info. I love your use of the color wheel. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  4. I like the colour combo on the second one best. Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of Wardrobe Wednesday this week. :o)

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