Five Tips to Help You Always Perfectly Match Colors in Your Clothes

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Say goodbye to clashing colors! Unless you're going for a triadic look...

Do you always have a tough time matching clothes and figuring out which color matches with what? Are you tired of having to stick to the “safe side” (blue jeans, black pants, white tops) because you're not sure whether a pair of olive pants will go nicely with your favorite orange blazer? The importance of color matching in putting together an outfit goes beyond looking good.

It also makes you more confident.

By learning how to mix and match colors, you can put together an amazing outfit even when you only have a few pieces in your wardrobe.

The Color Wheel and Color Combinations

Your quest to master color combinations for women's apparel starts from understanding the color wheel. Yes, we've all been taught about the color wheel in grade school. But it doesn't hurt to get a little bit of a refresher. Fashion designers use the concept of color theory which is a practical combination of art and science. It helps them determine what color combinations work well to achieve a particular look or feel.

Primary colors

  • Red, blue, and yellow constitute the primary colors. All other colors are derived from these three.
  • Primary colors work great for a monochromatic look. Using one color for your entire outfit might sound too plain and boring, but if you play with shades, you’ll come up with an interesting look.
  • You can also mix primary colors in your outfit made of neutral colors for a bold look. For example - a white shirt, jeans, and a yellow purse.

Secondary colors

  • These colors result from mixing two colors from the primary group. Secondary colors are violet, orange, and green.
  • Referring again to the color wheel, you'll see that a secondary color is located between the two primary colors that make it up.
  • With orange, you can wear white, black, olive, grey, and navy. Blue matches nicely with brown, white, black, grey, and beige, while purple can be paired with yellow, orange, and green.

Tertiary colors

  • When you combine primary and secondary colors, you get a lot more amazing colors. They are called "tertiary" colors.
  • To add a tertiary color to your outfit, check the wheel for its complementary color. For example, blue-violet will go in harmony with yellow-orange.
  • Tints or shades play a big role in creating a fashionable look. For example, purple and dark blue makes the color navy, which is a neutral color. This means it pairs perfectly with other colors.

Warm And Cool Colors

Fashion designers and artists also create stunning color combinations based on temperature.

We’re not shifting from the color wheel here. We’re just separating the colors, which according to most color theories, begin with three primary colors and three secondary colors.

Hues like orange, red, yellow, brown, etc. are considered "warm colors"

  • These colors are stimulating and are therefore associated with energy, sociability, and happiness. Warm colored-outfits also make you look slimmer.

Meanwhile, cool colors like hues of blue, purple, and green are soothing colors.

  • They also appear farther from the observer.
  • When combining colors in an outfit, you can't go wrong with mixing warm and cool tones. That said, you'll look great wearing a blue shirt with a pair of khaki pants, or a light blue blouse with a dark brown skirt.

Neutral Colors

  • Everybody loves neutrals and we think they should be a staple in your wardrobe.
  • Black, grey, off-white, taupe, ivory, etc. are neutral colors.
  • They are commonly combined with brighter colors (as accents) or can be used on their own.
  • Tip: You need not stick with one neutral color. Go with brown, cream, blue, black, and grey all at once. Several colorways make for an engaging look!

Main Principles For Matching Colors in Clothes

There are a few basic rules when matching colors for hues. Follow these and you won’t have a hard time choosing outfits again:


  • Colors that are directly opposite to each other on the color wheel are called complementary colors.
  • Think orange and blue, burgundy and forest green, purple and yellow. These colors are highly contrasting. If you have bold color choices, complementary colors are the way to go.


  • Using three or more continuous shades (such as red, orange, and yellow) creates an appealing and stylish look. Think ombre. This is where tints and shades work magic.
  • Analogous colors create a rich, monochromatic look. They are best used with either warm or cool colors.


  • Three colors that are equidistant from each other on the wheel make up a triadic scheme. Some people think this color combo can be somewhat over-the-top. For a no-fail outfit, consider choosing muted colors. Pastel colors will create a more unified, calming appearance.

Match leathers and metals

  • Metals and leathers shouldn’t clash in terms of color.
  • So, if you’re wearing brown leather shoes, use a brown leather belt. From all the types of women’s shoes, explore yours and match both the style and the color.
  • A gold watch goes with a gold ring or necklace, and a black watch pairs nicely with a black ring.

Consider your skin tone and hair color as well.

  • Lastly, consider your hair and skin tone when choosing colors for your outfit. The best colors to wear for women with cool skin tones are neutrals, pastels, and jewel tones.
  • Meanwhile, warm skin tones look flattering in warmer colors like red, orange, and yellow.
  • Dark hair colors work best with clothes with vibrant and saturated hues, such as red, fuchsia, and turquoise. The neutral colors in your palette will include black, grey, and white.
  • Blond hair looks stunning with navy, blue, and camel. Since blonde is already a rich and daring color, consider subtle shades and tints for your clothes.

Understanding the color theory will help you pull off an amazing outfit each time. Consider these tips when choosing women’s apparel and you’ll have a completely balanced wardrobe that gives you varied outfits each time!

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