Dressing from the Color Wheel

The longer I am doing this blog, the bolder I am becoming in public about asking women about their own fashion and what it means to them.  Usually the conversation is started by them and I just continue on the topic they begin.  One recent conversation I had with a store clerk at a clothing shop struck me as I had talked with her on several occasions while shopping, but always unrelated to clothing.  She commented on how she liked my outfit and continued to say that she has so many clothes, but does not wear most of them because she just always resorts to wearing “basic” outfits.  She referred to her jeans, gray slouchy tee, and oversized white cardigan as she talked.  To me, she looked well put together, but what stood out to me the most was that a. she was much younger than me being in her mid-twenties and b. she was much slimmer than me, yet she was stating she desired to dress like me.  She expressed how she wanted to look more memorable and not look like everyone else.  Although the conversation was short, I wished I could have given her more information and advise than I did because she was needing to help another customer.

It is sometimes difficult to quantify how I exactly put my looks together as some are items I select specifically to go together and others are a mish-mash of items I have picked up over time.  One tried and true method I have stuck to when I am struggling to put a new look together for myself or get out of a style rut is to go to the color wheel.  Selecting color schemes to pick out articles of clothing goes beyond personal style, so it can be used by anyone.  This lesson in color takes me back to my first semester of college when I was on my way to attaining my interior design degree, so this was a lot of fun for me.

The first color scheme is Monochromatic.  If you are a stranger to using color, this is a perfect way to introduce it into your life.  By using a variety of tones and shades of one color, like this all blue look I am wearing, it makes for a simple, yet interesting outfit.

Monochromatic | Designing From My Closet

The second color scheme is Analogous.  This is a natural second step to branching out into having color in your outfits.  By taking two to six colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel, it gives a cohesive feeling, like this look with green, blue-green, and blue.

Analogous | Designing From My Closet

Third is the Complimentary color scheme.  By combining colors that sit opposite each other on the wheel, you can make a bold statement with your love of color.  This happens to be my favorite way to mix colors.
Complimentary with Orange & Blue | Designing From My Closet

Here I am showing an example with orange and blue.

Complimentary in Green & Red | Designing From My ClosetAnd here with green and red.  Another color scheme in this category would be yellow and purple.

Lastly is the Triad color scheme.  Three colors that create a triangle on the color wheel create an interesting look.  There is the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue which I am sporting here and there is also secondary colors of orange, green, and violet.

Triad in Primary Colors | Designing From My ClosetSo the next time you are wanting to try something a little different, but am not sure what to do, turn to the color wheel.  It will give you instant results without a whole lot of effort.

See my other posts from my color series:

Introducing Color to a Neutral Wardrobe

Introduction to Color: Part II

Spring Color Palettes

Today’s Postivity Note

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

Be Blessed!


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    1. Thank you so much Teresa! I really appreciate you letting me know and I am so glad that you are picking up some tips. Have a great weekend!


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