Saturday, November 16, 2013

Color Theory

Note:  Black, White, Gray, Tan, and Brown are not separate colors on the color wheel, but are made up of different percentages of red, yellow and blue.

Core Color: the principle item in you ensemble, like your suit or sweater.

Accent Colors: second and sometimes third colors. To produce harmony between the core and the accent colors you can choose one of the following strategies:

  • Triad: three evenly spaced colors around the color wheel
  • Complementary: two colors that are opposite each other
  • Analogous: colors that are next to each other
  • Monochromatic: a lighter and darker version of the same color 

Note: Shades of white, black, gray or tan work well with all colors or may be worn together.

Note: Don't use more than 3 dominant colors, otherwise you will look like a clown.

Here is a guide, but only a guide:


Note: Nature has amazing color combinations. Take inspirations from it.