Color Coordinate With Adjacent Colors

July 23rd, 2009

Color Coordinate with Adjacent Colors
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It’s easy to keep it simple with monochromatic or duochromatic outfits.  But don’t limit yourself when it comes to color.  We present an example outfit that’ll help broaden your thinking when it comes to pairing colors.  Here, we’ve paired two neutrals (white and brown) with three colors: aqua, blue, and yellow-green.  Note that the three colors, though distinct, still work together as a trio.  Why?  They’re adjacent colors on the color wheel.  Blue sits next to green, which in turn sits next to yellow.  The aqua color combines blue and green, while the addition of the yellow-green color brings us all the way from blue to yellow.  Here’s how to get the adjacent color coordinated look:

1.  Start with a blue tunic top and a pair of white jeans. Note how the oversized tunic contrasts with the skinniness of the jeans.
2.  Layer a contrasting color tee under the blue tunic.  We picked yellow-green, which sits close to blue on the color wheel.
3.  Continue the color wheel progression by filling in the gaps.  We chose an aqua handbag to bridge the gap between the blue tunic and the yellow-green tee.
4.  Finish off the look with a belt and sandals, both in brown leather to contrast with the blue in the tunic.

How would you color coordinate?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JenX  |  July 24th, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I’ve never thought of coordinating colors as sitting adjacent to each other on the color wheel, or in my case, the photoshop color gradient. my philosophy has always been you can wear nearly any color (that’s flattering) as long as its balanced out by neutrals.

  • 2. Sal  |  July 24th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Love it. I’ve been pairing my neons with neutrals, but love how you’ve picked up on the greeny-blue tones in that yellow and paired it with a complimentary color.

  • 3. Sandy  |  March 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Love this! I am wanting to build a wardrobe for spring. These are my colors: aqua, brown, peach, soft green. Can you help me put this together? I am size petite 6 and wear casual clothes most of the time. Dress up more for church and work. Would like to add some dresses, skirts, blouses to my wardrobe. I would appreciate your help on this. Sincerely, Sandy

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