Color In Nature; Nature Knows How To Dress

Why is it that when we look at certain man-made color combinations, either in fashion, product design, or advertising, we can definitely say those colors work or don’t work well. Yet in looking at nature have you ever noted that some color combination seemed off? Not likely.

When we look at a landscape all the colors flow beautifully one into the other. Even the flamboyant coloring of birds seems to work. Nature’s coloring is always in sync, matched, and flows effortlessly.   But mankind needs lots of help when we pull out the crayons.

So why don’t we look more to nature for help when picking out color combinations.

With a few notable exceptions, most of nature’s colors are muted. This natural and subtle muting is the presence of other colors within the generic color that you are looking at. Because muting a color introduces greater variety within a color, it also increases the combination of colors with which it can be matched.

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If you look out upon a landscape in the middle of summer you see a lot of green.  Blue and yellow make green.  So, generally speaking, a green can be matched with either a blue or yellow because they share the same color bloodline.


Additionally, by carefully looking into the green you can find blue/greens, yellow/greens, and even red/greens (rusty greens).  And these greens can be warner or cooler. It is best to match warm with warm and cool with cool. So, the warmer yellow/green sweater below is a better match for the warm yellow skirt.

The muted colors of nature are more complex.  They are a symphony compared to a melody. By carefully observing the color of an object, you can deduce its component parts. This allows for broader color choices in matching outfits.

To review, nature always dresses well. And most color variations found in nature are muted color combinations. Learning how nature creates these color variations allows us to better understand matching man-made items, such as clothing. Learning the mix of the color in clothing, deconstructing the color, will allow you to match clothing items in a natural way.

How to quickly put an outfit together.

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 Reaching into your closet, how many times have you asked yourself – Which pants look great with this top?  What else can I wear with this skirt?

imagesThere are a number of ways to address this problem.  One way is to hang your clothes together as outfits.  However, an item in one outfit may also work well in another outfit so it isn’t practical to hang all the variations together. In addition, most people end up hanging their clothes by category; pants with pants and shirts with shirts etc.

So, with a closet full of clothes, how can we quickly remember the different combinations that keep out outfits looking fresh and distinct?

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Some people take pictures of their outfits and some use an app with their smart phone or computer to create a photo library.  But both of these methods take time and require you to look away from your clothes.

A better and quicker solution would be one that tells you instantly what matches while you glance through your wardrobe without needing to access something else to get the answer.  MyClothingHelper will do just that. matching skirt, blouse, sweater

Now, without having to hang your outfits together, and without referring to your smart phone, computer, or a photo booklet, you will know instantly how everything matches by just looking at your clothing.



How it works:

IMG_0732Using the 24 pack, place MyClothingHelper on the hangers of the items you want to match. The ribbon on MyClothingHelper is numbered 1-7.

Simply identify an outfit by labeling each item in the outfit with the same number. The 1s match with 1s, the 2s with 2s, etc.

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