Fundamentals of Style: Understanding Color Part III

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!

Today indeed is a great day! I’m quite near the 3000 subscribers (including those in my Twitter and Facebook page) goal. You see, I started 2020 with a goal of growth for this blog and my personal life. So, thank you, everyone, these wouldn’t even be possible without you!

On the most recent installment of our Understanding Color series, we took a journey to better understand color and how to use it to our advantage. We talked about how to pick colors and shade that better suits us. We talked about how to find colors that compliment our skin color and the image we want others to show. 

But before I get to it, I’d like to take this moment to thank you! As I said earlier, I’m a few followers short of my goal of 3000 subscribers. I’m all about growth and moving forward, there will be bad days but there will be good ones, the important thing is to grow and be better. To be honest, I never expected this. I deem my life as too boring and too dumb to see myself as special. The life of a simple unemployed solo dad ain’t pretty and exciting. Yet, somehow, you made all the little things I knew about life, worthy. So, thank you for everything, thank you for every opportunity you give me to write and tell stories. Thank you so much!

Now that we have an understanding of colors, it is time to put it all together. It’s time to answer the big question, what goes with what? 

Let us start with something simple like matching our neutrals with other neutrals. Neutral colors are your black, white, gray and brown. Try matching your black with your grays, or white with your browns. You could even try lighter shades of brown or gray with darker shades of brown or gray. You could try black on black or white on white, given that the pieces are of different textures, that makes a more interesting pair. What about black and white? I’m never a fan of black and white outfits. If by chance, I’m wearing a black and white outfit, I’d wear another piece in gray or brown.  

Now, let us be a bit daring and match neutrals with color. Remember the skin undertone we talked about in part 1: cool colors if your skin is of cool undertone and warm colors if your skin is of warm undertone? Try matching blue with white if you’re a cool undertone or try matching red with brown if you’re a warm undertone. You can do a lot by matching neutrals and colors; it is my preferred way of splashing colors into my wardrobe. It is interesting enough that it adds visual depth to your outfit yet, simple enough that anyone could do it. 

Let us take it up a notch and start matching colors with other colors. We will start with something easy like matching color with the same color (monochromatic). Pick any color, depending on your skin undertone and wear it with another shade of that color. For example, try wearing blue with a lighter or darker shade of blue or red with a lighter or darker shade of red. I like splashing in a bit neutral here as layer or accessories when I’m wearing a monochromatic outfit. 

For our next color combinations, we will refer to the handy dandy color wheel! We will start with an analogous color scheme. Analogous is matching two or three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel depending on your skin undertone. For example, if you’re a cool undertone, you could match blue with blue-violet or blue-green. If you’re a warm undertone, you could match red with red-violet or red-orange. You could also skip a color and match blue with green or red with orange. You may wear the third color as accessories like neckties, socks, pocket squares or bracelets. 

Another interesting color combination is triadic. Triadic colors are three colors that are evenly spaced in the color wheel. Try combining two or three colors from a triadic color scheme. Pick a color depending on your undertone as your base color then splashes in the other colors as accents. For example, you could match a blue suit with a yellow shirt paired with a red tie, you may match only two or splash the third color as accents. 

Lastly, the complementary color combination. Complementary colors are two colors that opposite each other on the color wheel. These are your blue and orange, violet and yellow, or red and green. Again, depending on your skin undertone, pick a color and match it with the opposite color in the color wheel. 

So there you have it, the different color combinations you could use in matching your clothes. I prefer two colors as they are simple and no fuzz. My take about style is that it should improve your life not stress you. So, relax, take a breath, take confidence and know your colors.

To Courage, Freedom, and Colors!

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4 thoughts on “Fundamentals of Style: Understanding Color Part III

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  1. Again I am so happy for your success. You have a wonderful blog and I enjoy it very much and have learned a lot ❤️


  2. Blue yellow and red sounds like fun and a little eccentric. But I like a little eccentric. Y’all reach 3k before you know.


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