I recently found a cool revamping of the color wheel adapted just for outfit production. I've always thought cool color pairings make for the most interesting and fun outfits, but it's sometimes tricky to pull off. This post from Academichic outlines three different types of color combos that produce eye-pleasing results. Go make your art teachers proud.
We all should remember what complementary colors are from grade school. But if you don't they're colors opposite each other on the good old wheel: red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow. Those colors are known for looking great together, though red/green is a tough one... I really think it only works for redheads in green clothing, but I digress. This concept takes the complementary color idea out of the basic primaries, and adapts it to more intermediate colors and different shades or tones, which I think works even better than the original big three.
|Blue-Green and Red-Orange|
|Violet and Mustard|
2/3 of a Triad
The first concept was pretty basic (even Florida Gators can figure out how to pair blue and orange); this one I find even more interesting. A triad is three colors equidistant from each other on the wheel, forming an equilateral triangle (yay geometry!). Selecting any two of those three colors also produces a good looking combination.
|Violet and Olive Green|
|Blues and Yellows|
You get the idea. A little more colorfully adventurous, but conceptually the same.
Now go have another peek at your closet, or make a finger painting, either way...