Color can be the foundation of flattering, eye-catching outfits. If you have felt the frustration of coordinating colorful outfits, you might fill your closet with neutrals, leaving your wardrobe relatively devoid of color.

Fortunately, you can bring your wardrobe back to life and achieve color harmony. In this post, we cover the five key color rules.

Understanding Color Theory Fundamentals

Millions of color variations exist. The color wheel provides a simplified model of the primary color groupings and serves as the foundation for many color rules used in fashion, interior design, graphic design and other trades. The color wheel is a visual representation of where colors fall in accordance with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue).  

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel and the three main color properties will help you better understand and apply theses color rules.  

The color wheel is based on primary colors (red, yellow and blue), secondary colors and tertiary colors:  

 

The three core color properties are hue, saturation and brightness:  

  • Hue: Where a color falls on the color wheel (for example, maroon would have a reddish hue). 
  • Saturation: The intensity of the color (how pure or washed out a color is).
  • Brightness: The lightness or darkness of a color.  

This color wheel illustrates hue, saturation and brightness:

 

5 Color Rules for Styling Outfits

A color wheel helps you identify harmonious color combinations and is the basis for many modern color rules.

However, not all people find the colors in the color wheel appealing, so these combinations will only apply to some. The color wheel consists of warm, yellow-based colors, also known as C Color Spectrum 3 colors, according to the C Color methodology.

If you are genetically drawn to these colors, the following five staple color rules will help you effortlessly pair colors:

1. Monochromatic Color Palette

Monochromatic colors share the same hue, but differ in saturation and brightness. For instance, you can pair a bright pink with a nude pink for a streamlined, monochromatic look.

Color possibilities are endless when you alter the saturation or brightness of a hue. If you wish, you can supplement your outfit with neutrals, whites or blacks to balance out bold monochromatic hues.

2. Analogous Color Palette

Analogous color palettes are easy to put together. In fact, you probably already have analogous colors in your wardrobe. To create an analogous color palette, combine three neighboring colors on the color wheel. Unlike monochromatic colors, the saturation and brightness of the colors in an analogous palette should be about the same.

Dressing with an analogous palette is a great way to experiment with different colors while sporting a clean, refined look.

3. Complementary Color Palette

To dress with a complementary color palette, choose colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel. Colors like yellow and purple, for example, are often coupled together. Blue and orange is also a popular complementary color combination for outfits. 

4. Triadic Color Palette

To create a triadic color palette, select three colors that are equidistant around the color wheel. The primary colors (red, yellow and blue), for example, form a triadic color scheme.  

5. Split-Complementary Palette

Split-complementary color schemes are similar to complementary color palettes. You can create a split-complementary color palette by selecting a color, identifying its complementary color then using the colors on either side of the complementary color.

The indicators on this color wheel showcase an example of a split-complementary palette:

 

 

Split-complementary color combinations can be somewhat challenging to achieve, especially in fashion and style. But when done right, the result is dimensional, harmonious and flattering for individuals who are attracted to these colors.

 

Redefine Your Wardrobe With C Color

With the right color rules, you can create cohesive combinations and stunning outfits. However, these rules are limiting and do not apply to everyone. Basic color theory rules also do not account for your individual, innate color preferences, which can make coordinating outfits challenging.

The C Color ideology is based on a color gene within your DNA. You were born with innate color preferences. 

C Color has classified the myriad of colors in the world into four C Color Spectrums.

The C Color Quiz will assist you in determining your C Color Spectrum. The C Color App will identify the colors within your C Color Spectrum.

You can utilize C Color App as your personal Color Consultant at your fingertips, on your mobile device. With C Color, you can identify your most optimal colors and fill your closet with items that allow you to look, think, feel, act, learn and heal your best.

The C Color App, as the expert Eye is accurate, meets your needs, answers your questions, assists you in decision making and saves you thousands of dollars by eliminating misguided color choices.

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