Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Color Chic, Terrific Color Trios: Orange + Oxblood + Tan

Combining colors can be quite daunting, especially when you are unsure how to; even more confusing is referencing a color wheel to decipher computer generated colors in order to match colors which seemingly are uncoordinated. But it is easier than it looks if you follow basic tried and true pairings!
1. Wet Seal -Peplum Jacket in Orange
2.  New York & Company -Sateen Jegging in Oxblood
3.  Zara -Braided Shopper in Leather
Why It Works?
Using a color wheel as your guide (I like to use the fabric color wheel from Academichic), Analogous colors, those that neighbor each other on the color wheel (in this case, the orange jacket (1) and oxblood pant (2)), play subtly off each other.  Remember that oxblood, is a deeper, richer, red color which adds a level of sophistication to colors which complement red.  The tan bag (3), a lighter shade of brown, doesn't compete with the bold hues of the jacket or pant, and anchors the ensemble beautifully.
1, 2, 3 Chic!
1, 2, 3 Chic!
How I Styled It?

1, 2, 3 Styling can be an adventure into style if you remember to use your color wheel; red is a primary color and many things which pair with red, will also go well with with a darker version, such as oxblood, or a lighter version, such as pink. Orange is a secondary color, meaning it is a combination of two primary colors (i.e. red and yellow). And easy tip to remember, is that secondary colors match well with either of the primary colors which combine to form them. So, the orange would have paired well with red, (or oxblood) or yellow (or buttercream, the color of my tank top). The red (oxblood) pant pair with yellow (buttercream), because they make up two parts of the same color triad. The lighter yellow in the tank, when juxtapose with the oxblood , bring out the deep red undertones of the pant. SN


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