This is the third instalment of my colour series, if you’ve not read my previous posts I’d recommend you check them out first, part 1, part 2. In the last instalment, I introduced you to colour harmonies, explaining what they were and sharing some basic examples. If you’re the sort of person who struggles to put outfits together with different colours (hello all black everything!) then colour harmonies will guide you to make sure the colours you wear work well together.
I’m now going to introduce some colour harmonies for you to try that may seem a little more complicated. Remember, these are just a guide, you don’t have to follow them, and the harmonies I covered in my last post will work well for most people. As a general rule of thumb, I tend to advise sticking to no more than three colours in an outfit, which is in line with the colour harmonies featured in my last post.
Having said all that, if you’re crazy about colour and want to understand a way in which you can combine multiple colours that still look great together, then these colour harmonies will definitely appeal to you. You could consider this the advanced class in combining colours.
I pointed out in my last post that when you’re using colour harmonies you don’t have to wear each colour on the colour wheel in equal amounts. So if you’ve picked four colours, two of those colours could be used in your accessories or jewellery for example.
- Split complimentary – Split complimentary is similar to the complimentary colour harmony I featured in my last post in the series. However, one of the colours is split to the left and right giving you a third colour to play with. This makes outfits that use this colour harmony much bolder and lively. In the example outfit below you have orange, blue, and green from the split complimentary colour harmony.
- Tetratic aka double complimentary – Tetratic colour harmonies are essentially two different complementary colour harmonies at the same time. This gives you four colours in total to play with. Wearing all four colours equally isn’t ideal, so think about toning down one pair of complimentary colours and using them for shoes and accessories for example. Again this will result in bolder looks so definitely not for the faint-hearted. I’ll be honest I didn’t find a huge amount of examples for this one as you rarely get people mixing 4 different colours together, although it does happen, Esther Quek is great when it comes to colour though. In the example below you have the pink at the forefront with the trousers (and also a little in the print) and then greens in the print, and blue in the tie and print along with the orangey yellow tones in the print as well.
So that’s it for the colour harmonies, however, I do want to share this tool with you. It allows you to select a colour harmony and move them around the wheel to come up with your own 5 colour palette. It will also let you to upload your own pictures and it will pick out a colour palette for you based on your uploaded image. Check out the example from one of my own photos below:
Some of the colour harmonies differ ever so slightly, but it’s still a great tool to have a play with, especially if you’re learning about what colours work well together. You could even upload some pictures of your own outfits or even parts of your wardrobe and see what colour palette it picks out for you.
That’s it for this post, in the next and final post of this series I’ll be talking about how you can bring all of this information together and actually use it apply a colour theme to your wardrobe.
If you’ve been experimenting with colours I’d love to hear from you, why not leave a comment below?