Fashion stylist Pippa Lynch offers some great tips on colour coordination for your wardrobe…..
Mention the word â??colourâ? in a discussion of wardrobes and clothes and women clam up â?? itâ??s a scary concept for most of us and as a result we tend to play it safe, clinging to black, white and grey pieces. But with some help, you can splash out in colour this summer…
Here are some style tips for using colour in your wardrobe:
Get a colour analysis done by a Fashion Stylist or Image Consultant: they will guide you on what colours look good on you and what colours you should avoid.
Eye shadow should ideally match your blouse or dress colour.
Keep the colour wheel you learned about in school handy:
To make a style statement: colours that sit opposite each other on the wheel make for a great colour pair: for example redheads will look fabulous in green, or someone with blue eyes can make their eyes the centre of attention by wearing red lipstick.
To create a subtle effect: choose a secondary colour (green, violet and orange) and pair it with a primary colour (yellow, blue, red) that sits next to it. Doing this will make both colours a little more subdued. For example: pair red and violet with accessories that incorporate both of these colours to bring them together nicely.
Lighter and darker shades of the same colour look great when matched â?? monochromatic is very in!
Combinations to stay away from: red and green, orange and black, pink and red, red and yellow: you could look like Ronald McDonald or a Christmas card.
Key colours that look great together
But thatâ??s not all â?? here is a list of key colours (highlighted in bold) which will look great when paired with all the colours next to it.
Print this out and keep it on your wardrobe door:
• Baby pink: browns, tan, mint green, olive green, gray, turquoise
• Dark pink (fuschia): gray, tan, yellows, lime green, mint green, browns
• Tomato red: baby blue, mint green, creamy white, gray
• Cherry red: blues, gray, pale orange, pale yellow
• Light brown: pale yellow, creamy white, blues, greens, purples, reds
• Dark brown: lemon yellow, baby blue, mint green, baby purple, lime green
• Tan: baby pink, dark brown, blues, greens, purples
• Pale orange: gray, browns, forest green
• Dark orange: pale yellow, forest green, browns, cherry red
• Lemon yellow: cherry red, browns, blues, gray
• Pale yellow: fuschia, gray, browns, tan, reds, blues, purples
• Golden yellow: gray, browns, blues, reds, black
• Lime green: tan, browns, pinks, dark orange, navy blue, gray
• Forrest green: oranges, light brown, tan
• Olive green: tan, browns, grays, creamy white, black
• Mint green: brown, gray, navy blue, reds, gray, tan
• Turquoise: fuschia, cherry red, tan, browns, creamy white, dark purple
• Electric blue (bright blue) : golden yellow, tan, light brown, gray or silver
• Baby blue: reds, gray, browns, dark orange
• Navy blue: baby purple, tan, brown, gray, yellows, oranges, greens, reds, pale colors
• Baby purple: dark orange, dark purple, olive green
• Dark purple: tan, pale yellow, gray, turquoise, mint green, pale orange