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If  you’re  like  me,  you’ve  struggled  with  living  in  the  many  shades  of  neutral  colors  with  your outfits. Whether that be leaning too heavily on white and black, or even wearing simple tans and other earthy colors. And though these colors are all great in moderation, they can become a bore, especially if you want to liven up your overall look with a little fierce pop of color here or there.

But, how do you move forward with a mix and match of colors in your wardrobe when it can be so intimidating?  Well,  I’m  here  to  tell  you  that  that  fear  is  completely  unfounded.  There’s no reason to fear color, let alone mixing and matching. With this ultimate guide on how to mix and match colors in your outfit, you will be an expert in adding a dash of color into your everyday outfits.

Find the colors that appeal to you.

The best thing you can do is start by looking at your friendly color wheel. While it’s easy to be intimidated by clothing on the rack or vibrant accessories, if you have a color plan in mind, you will feel less overwhelmed. Take a peek at a color wheel or color pallets that you think would suit your skin tone and overall reference. From there, you can set the foundation of your outfit.

Warm and Cool colors.

We will often gravitate toward one or the other. Cool colors will be your blues, purples, and greens; Whereas the warm colors will lean toward reds, yellows, and oranges. While you can definitely mix and match warm and cool colors, it’s a great idea to stick with one unless you’re color blocking.

Get to know your primary colors.

Red, Yellow, and Blue are your primary colors. It’s easy to incorporate these into your wardrobe of neutrals. They have a very modern and sleek look to them and can be easily paired with one another or with other shades in the same color family.

Secondary colors are your best friend.

Secondary colors like purple, orange, and green will always pair well with your primaries. These will make great accent colors for your outfits or color blocking by wearing solid colors on different parts of your body. Colors  that  are  opposite  to  each  other  on  the  color  wheel  are  considered  complementary  colors.

These colors will complement one another well. Color blocking with Triadic color schemes is a great way to mix and match colors. These  three  colors  will  be  equally  spaced  from  one  another  on  the  color  wheel,  which  excludes primary  colors.  They  won’t  have  such  a  stark  contrast  as  the  complimentary  colors,  but,  it  will definitely be a far more harmonious look.

There are of course many different ways to make sure that you’re adding color in the right way for you. Whether you choose to wear color as the base of your outfit or want to add in color with your accessories. Some accessories you can use to mix and match colors in your outfits if you don’t want to wear colored clothing are:

  • Necklaces. A bright pop  of  color  can  be  added  with  a  necklace.  A necklace with a low dangling neckline or chunky beads can be a showstopper when paired with neutrals.
  • Bracelets can also be added to necklaces to help boost your outfit. They can either be in the same color family or complement one another to add more interest.
  • Scarves and belts are also another great way to toss some color into your style. They will also help to draw the eye to the thinnest part of your waist or up toward your face.
  • Clutches and purses. These are of course very useful accessories, but they can also be used to inject some color into your look.
  • Hair accessories and earrings will help to draw more attention to your face when they’re a nice pop of color.
  • Jackets or shrugs are also a great way to layer on the color. Whether you’re pairing them with a neutral top or a colorful blouse, they’ll add a little extra to appeal to the eye.

As you can see, there’s very little to be scared of when you’re trying to mix and match colors in your outfits, the sky’s the limit. Don’t be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, and add some color into your outfits.