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Adding Color to Your Wardrobe.
Ask someone with the instinct to put together a stunning outfit why those colors work and they might answer, ‘they just look good together’. Even when we’re successful, we may not know enough to explain why it works. For most people matching different colored items is hit or miss. Store mannequins, catalogues, and some sharp dressers can show you what a matched outfit looks like. But it is hard to translate that experience into knowledge of how you can put an outfit together on your own. That is a shame because color theory for fashion can be easily taught and learned. There are some basic concepts that can be easily changed into logical guidelines and rules (see Color Theory 101).
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Like everything worth learning it requires some practice, but it is really not that hard. You can learn enough on your own to make a huge difference in how you buy and how you wear clothes. In an earlier blog I introduced the metaphor of a color bloodline to explain why certain colors match. For instance, a shared color bloodline explains why green goes well with yellow. Parent yellow and parent blue make offspring green. The shared color bloodline makes the parent and offspring a natural match. Red and yellow make orange. Since orange is the offspring it will match well with either the red or yellow. There are many other factors to consider when matching colors like warm and cool colors, complementary colors, color intensity, ratio of one color to another, texture, etc. Whether you can match colors by instinct or by mimicking what you see it’s all good. But when you understanding why the colors in the outfit work you will have the added confidence to create and explore new combinations in your wardrobe. And knowing how the color was created will give you the big picture of what you need to know.
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