Fashion and Design

Some Simple Rules to Match Clothing Colour

Photos by Taurus | Model. Kayla

Have you ever picked up an item of clothing that you instantly loved and had to have, yet found that you are not sure what to wear it with? I can assure you that you are not alone because I have also found myself in this position including a time when I was struggling with a few pieces I needed to wear for a brand photo shoot, yet with a little research, I have found a simple solution.

Let me share with you some of my own tips and fashion rules to help you work colour and become your own stylist.
  • Look into neutral colours such as black, white and grey. Brown and navy are not neutral colours but they can be used with most clothing and be treated as neutral colours when matching with other clothing.
  • Make use of your wardrobe essentials such as black pants, white shirts, denim jeans and brown pants.
  • Denim works with all colours, count it in.

There are some neutral colours that do not clash and will work well with other colours. Some example combinations using neutral colours that I recommend you try include a white skirt with a yellow top or a pair of jeans with a green shirt. If you want to keep it simple you can go for jeans with a pink shirt as this combination always works nicely. If you feel like a lighter shirt will suit the occasion then I highly recommend a black skirt with a green top.

The fantastic thing about these rules is that you can wear more than one colour and more than one item without feeling restricted to wearing one colour. Just make sure it is from the same colour family such as a yellow skirt with a yellow coat or a green shirt with a green scarf.

Experiment with these rules and you will find that you do not have to go crazy with colours. A simple coloured item added to your look can really work an interesting contrast to create a visually pleasing look.

Looking at the image on this article you can see I am only wearing black which is a neutral colour. You can easily apply colour to this look if desired. Some ideas would include a red coat and/or a red scarf which would transform the look and add some extra colour.

These guidelines have helped me prepare to style many photo shoots over the past few months, hopefully, they help you too.
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Comments (5)

  1. Tiarna

Great article. Really helpful advice.

  1. Stephen

Helpful tips for those in need.

  1. Gaël

Thanks for the great tips! These are great straight forward tips that I can use. :-)

  1. Ros

Fashion can be so simple when limiting colours. Nice explanations in this article Kayla.

  1. Geoff

Great article Kayla! You have learnt a lot from your experience and I am happy to see you can share this with other people.

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