How to “unmatch”?
After my “when is matchy too matchy” post, I promised to teach you how “unmatch”.
Like the unbirthday of Alice in Wonderland.
This technic can work for each and every piece of your outfit.
I showed several examples in my “how to match colors post“.
But as last time we focused on accessories and small pops of colors, I want to do the same focus on this post.
The old fashioned way to match details was to choose them in the same color: red bag, red shoes, red nails, red lips.
Nowadays, this is outdated and I explained you how to match things in a modern way in this former article.
But then, what should the color relation between you shoes and your bag be? Between your nails and your clutch? Between your top and your shoes? Etc…
The easy way out is to pick neutral colors such as black, beige, white, navy blue, and have only one pop of color (bag or shoes but not both). Easy and stylish.
But ladies, I am sure you read me because you are interested extra stylish is what you are aiming for.
Before we start, let me freshen up you color knowledges.
- Colors that are located opposite to each other are complementary (yellow and violet for instance). But you could also pick the color almost opposite and it’ll still look like a complementary color (green and violet, a classic). The great thing is that these colors complement each other making the other appear even more beautiful.
- Colors that are located next to each other are neighbors colors, they are helpful when you do not want to create too much contrast but want to avoid being matchy matchy. (For instance orange and red, green and yellow).
- Colors that are different shades of the same hue… I call them like this (like red, pink and burgundy)
Here are some style tricks you could use to coordinate the colors pops in your outfit.
1. Match complementary colors
- Yellow coat and pink shoes
As you can see on the color wheel pink and yellow are almost complementary color. Fashion is not an exact science, so for the purpose of this topic, let’s say they are.
- Burgundy and navy blue
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel
Matching two complementary dark colors is easy and non risky.
- Fuchsia pink and forest green
I am speaking glasses and bag here. Do not let the fluffy coat make you attention on what matters here ^^
- Navy blue and sunny yellow
Matching a dark color (navy beanie) with its bright complementary (yellow sandals) is always a good idea
- Primary red and primary green
Could it BE more obvious ? (read this à la Chandler)
Also the shoes and the bag are a neighbor color (yellow/green) which leads us to… trick number 2 (what a transition master I am today).
2. Match neighbor colors
- Red and purple
- Mustard yellow and burgundy
3. Match different shades of the same color
- Burgundy and soft pink
Taylor Tomasi by Citizen couture
Those who read my lookmakers may have noticed I use this trick a lot.
Do the same at home ^^
Browse your closet and get all of your accessories out. Then try to pair them with either a complementary colored accessory, a neighbor colored accessory or an accessory in a different shade of the same color.
Cover collage: Gucci, Unknown