Science of Style: combining colours in your wardrobe

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Hey Fash-addicts,

Who wouldn’t want to look great, save time and money, using the least amount of effort?? Looking fierce shouldn’t be a hussle that’s why rocking your best colours can make you look vibrant, alert vivacious and even younger!

That’s where the colour wheel comes in. While using the colour wheel, you should understand the colour characteristics like hue, Intensity, Tone and Temperature in order to combine colours easily.

Hue: the color name (i.e. blue, yellow, red, green, etc.)
Intensity: how bright or muted a color is
Tone: how light or dark a color is
Temperature: how warm, cool, or neutral a color is


You can make the following combos using the color wheel as your guide:

1. Colors directly next to each other (i.e. yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet, etc.)
2. Colors that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (i.e. yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange, etc.)
3. Colors directly across from each other (i.e. yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green, etc.)
4. Colors that form a T (i.e. blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)
5. Colors that form an X (i.e. blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)

Since brown is a neutral, it will go with virtually any color on the color wheel. I love to pair a chocolate brown with cobalt blue or fuchsia or bright red—such a fun and bold combo. Of course white, black, and the hues of blue found in denim are also neutrals that go with just about anything.

Here are a few other colour combinations:

Tints and shades

You can combine the tints and shades of the same hues to get a great harmonious outfit.


Prints and Solid Colours



colour 3



Pastels with Pastels






Pastels with Neutrals


Neutrals and Brights


Pastels with Brights or Jewel Tones


Hope this helps guys. Go ahead and have some  fun combining colours for your outfits!!


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