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Clothing color combinations or just color combinations can be difficult. If you are here, it is likely because you have been faced with this challenge at least once before. How many of us would like to be able to combine colors better and be more attractive in the way we dress? And above all, being able to achieve that without having to consult millions of references or books.
There’s an enormous amount of content online, so I thank you for choosing my blog as a source of information.
By the end of the article, you will know that you have invested your time well. I want to share with you some strategies on how to match the colors of your clothing so that they go well together, and so that it’s easy for you to create your combinations in a simple way. I attended the Fine Arts Academy and worked in the field of design and photography. This is the information I acquired, while many of the bloggers and YouTubers who talk about combining colors have no practical experience. In fact, most of the color matching cards found on the net are futile without this key information.
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By the end of this article you will find out:
My goal is to help you understand why two or more things can go together, rather than simply showing you a color chart.
Neutral colors are the best colors, because they combine with each other easily and without problems. This concept is so simple. You cannot make any mistakes by combining these colors.
They combine well with each other. You can create so many color schemes that you may not need to add any other colors. The only exception is of course black. If you dress in a black suit, you must never wear brown shoes.
In any case, make sure there is adequate contrast. A beige shirt with khaki pants must have a good contrast, not look similar.
The garments are matched only by color, patterns, texture and types of fabrics. The purpose of color when you dress is to make your face stand out. I have discussed this in detail in this article that I invite you to read. None of this should create difficulties for you. You don’t have to study eight hours to understand your skin tone or anything else.
The trick when you buy a new garment is not to focus so much on the item you are buying or fashion trends, but to think about how it will fit in an outfit, and how it can be combined with the clothes you already have.
You do not need to learn the entire color theory. This is why the cards you find on the Internet do not work very well. When you examine a color, you have to take into account three variants to be able to associate it with other colors.
The colors are the colors that make up the fabric itself and there can be more than one, obviously. Colors can be warm, cold, bright, dull, light or dark.
I explain these concepts in greater detail in this article.
As you can see in this image, although the color is always red, there are 3 variations to consider.
Warm colors lean more towards orange-red, while cold colors lean towards purple-blue. Note that this remains true, even in an imperceptible way. When you combine two garments of the same color, make sure they are both warm or cold. Otherwise they won’t combine well. In the combination of two of the same colors, try to combine bright colors with dull colors, light colors with dark colors, but never warm colors with cold ones of the same color. I refer above to brown, green and navy blue. This also applies to colors like white and gray. In fact, white is often not a real white but a very light color, as well as gray. When these colors are combined, it is advisable to check that they are really neutral (that is, they are not dyed). For more information, I invite you to read this article I wrote on grays.
In combining this underlying outfit, for example, they simply used light and dark colors (among other things, only neutral colors I mentioned earlier). The result is very harmonious. The pants are cream-colored (a very light brown color), the beige shirt and the Prince of Wales jacket. A very nice touch is made by the blue of the handkerchief that comes out of the jacket’s pocket.
A fabric can already contain a combination of colors. In this case, you should look at it closely to determine what the colors are and match the same colors in other clothes. For example, if you look at a pair of jeans, you will notice that it is made up of white threads, blue threads and brown stitching.
If you use blue, light blue and light and dark brown, the combination will be more than guaranteed (we are still talking about neutral colors).
In fact, fabrics are often the ones that already reveal important combinations. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel. As in the next case, place a cold brown (if you don’t remember what I’m talking about, re-read the first part of the article) with another cold color variant–it will simply be perfect.
Remember that you can play with lighter, darker or more saturated colors, but try to respect the color temperature (warm and cold). If a color is cold, approach it with variations of another cold color.
Patterns are generally repeated motifs that decorate the fabric: stripes, paintings, polka dots, etc. In the image above, the jacket has a checkered pattern.
Attention should be paid to associating very different fantasies, so as to create adequate contrast. In fact, too similar fantasies annoy the eye.
If you are in doubt, choose two very different patterns. In fact, patterns that are too similar merge with one another as in the first example.
If you wear a plaid jacket, you will want to wear a neutral shirt (without patterns and decorations) and a tie with non-plaid patterns. If you have two identical patterns in an outfit, the scale and size of these designs will necessarily have to be different.
In general, it is better for an outfit (the jacket, tie and shirt) to have fewer fantasies, because they attract attention, thus, making the outfit overly eccentric.
Textures are the finishes and roughness created by the fabrics of the garment. It is the workings of the fabrics that create repeated textures. It would seem that we are approaching less pertinent aspects, but this is not the case. A man who really knows how to combine his clothes also takes these aspects into consideration.
The key factor here is to create enough contrast. If you have a garment whose texture is very evident, combine it with a solid color.
Now that we have talked about the “comfort zone” in matching the colors of men’s clothing, the time has come to understand how to insert accent colors or associate other colors.
For example, with a pair of khaki pants, a white shirt and a blue jacket, what would be the color of the tie?
There are simple ways to find out the relationship between colors. Consider colors represented in a wheel (Itten’s wheel).
You can choose between these 2 options according to your taste: combination of two colors and three colors:
In the first strategy, the contrast will be maximum. That is, there is no color that will be more contrasting than the opposite color. In the second case, the contrast will be less.
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