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Colour Me Chic

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Colour Me Chic

Hopeless at putting together a chic colour-matching look? Fret not. Here are tips on mixing and matching colours like a boss!

Fashion is an art. And as we all know art is subjective. There’s really no right or wrong as ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. But no one really wants to end up looking like Bozo the Clown, right? Colour-matching an outfit indeed is an art – and can be an exasperating ordeal for some – but really doesn’t need to be.

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Men and women in general have trouble incorporating colour into their wardrobes. Why? Because they have no clue what colours work fabulously together. “Are there rules to mixing and matching? What colours look best on me?” As a consequence, colours are shunned out of fear, and the wardrobe becomes a lifeless hoarding of shades of grey and neutral.

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Well, listen up. Did you know there are easy-to-apply rules that you can put into effect in your own outfits? To learn about the science behind colour, refer to a colour wheel – which was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton, by the way, on a sunny day in 1666 when holding a prism by a window, proving that light refracts into a rainbow spectrum – which incidentally turned out to be a useful guide for artists and painters looking to formulate complementing colour schemes.

Since then the colour wheel has evolved, now presenting in-between tones, and warm and cool versions of key shades, which can help you mix and match hues when tossing together an outfit. Pick one single colour, or two opposing colours, or neighbouring colours and ace that knock-out look thanks to a truly harmonious choice of colours!

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Monochromatic

Go easy if colours throw you off. Start by picking just ONE colour – and make sure you wear that colour in every piece of your outfit. Variations of that one colour – be it lighter or darker – would work together brilliantly. (And show off some character by mixing textures!)

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Complementary Contrasts

Be bold, make a statement by embracing opposing hues on the colour wheel. Such contrasting hues surprisingly enhance each other. For example, pair purple with yellow ... or lime green with fuchsia. Yup, you heard us right – and you’re welcome.

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Up ‘Em Neutrals

At the mention of ‘neutrals’, the mind immediately wanders off to earthy tones such as beige, brown, black, grey and olive green. Try something new – silver and gold also fall into the category of neutrals, so pop on a shiny top, or perhaps some silver or gold accessories such as a clutch for a fun spin on an otherwise muted look.

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Primary Shades

Ready to get out of that comfort zone and be adventurous? Well then, mix it up. Begin with the primary colours: blue, red and yellow; these colours help create every other colour. For instance, go for a blue dress, paired with bright red heels. Also, colour-blocking using these contrasting tones is a great way to achieve that singularly stylish look effortlessly.

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Go Analogous

Shades that sit next to each other on the colour wheel are called analogous colours. And when styled together, you’ll end up with a sure-fire winner – like this combo here: navy blue with lavender (which belongs to the purple family). Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

 

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