Master Your Style by Understanding the Color Wheel

This post was actually inspired by a post on FashionUnderFifty. She rocked this chic yellow and white printed dress with a pair of red kicks. Yellow and red both being primary colors. My first reaction to seeing her post was like one of those major “Ah Ha” moments. I honestly never thought of pairing the two colors together. As much as I’ve studied the color wheel in my fashion merchandising course, I just NEVER considered pairing the two colors together. (see how she paired the colors below:)

Now, I generally go for my darker colors more neutral colors. I am completely in love with black. It has always been my go to color, the color I have been trying to unsuccessfully divorce, I honestly can’t help it. I tried … I promise. My love for black simply comes from knowing that it looks well on me and that I feel my best in it. That’s honestly what finding your style is all about, knowing what colors compliment you best and what makes you feel like a million bucks. So essentially, style begins when you become an expert on the things you love. It’s absolutely okay to go through the trail and error phase.. you have to start somewhere. Just be sure to pay close attention to how you feel and what flatters your body the most. So to say the least, I stopped resisting my love for black and grays and I have been focusing on incorporating bold colors into my looks. Basically, using my love for black and grays as a foundation and building.

Another important aspect of style, or better yet.. mastering your style, is understanding how colors are created and how they complement one another. So lets start with where all colors are created.

Primary Colors: 

Primary colors consist of red, yellow and blue. Notice that if you mix any two of these colors other colors will be formed. If you mix green and yellow, you’ll create green and if you mix red and yellow you’ll create orange. So essentially all other colors are derived from the three primary colors.

Analogous Colors: 

Analogous colors are actually three colors that are aligned side by side on the color wheel. For instance, red, orange and yellow. These colors can be tricky. The best tip would be to avoid mixing cool and warm colors. Think of the feeling red, orange and yellow gives you. They give off a warm feeling, like a summer day on the beach right? Whereas, blue, teal and green offers a cooling sensation.

Complementary Colors:

Complementary colors sit across from one another on the color wheel. These colors create a contrast but look well together when paired correctly. Essentially, they are accent colors. For instance, red and green or blue and orange.

Triadic Colors:

Triadic colors literally create a triangle on the color wheel. The primary colors would be considered triadic colors, or creating a larger triangle, take a look at purple, orange and green. Seems a bit hectic imagining these colors together right? Well the key is to focus on one of the colors and use the other two colors to accent one another.

Monochromatic Colors: 

Monochromatic colors have become a recent favorite. Simply put, it involves selecting one color and either wearing various shades of the color or only wearing that one color. For instance, you can opt to wear one shade of gray or break up the look by wearing various shades of gray.

Now that we’ve gotten that mini-lesson out-of-the-way. Dig in your closet and start playing around with colors. Find out what colors look best against your skin tone and start mastering your style.

Here’s the look I created using black and primary colors:

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Hope you guys enjoy your weekend and be safe 🙂

Stay focused and inspired!

Love you guys!

Teshia Nicole

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