• Celine Lamour



Today, we are going to talk about colors ... and especially color combination, a highly interesting theme to create a more successful style!

You look for the colors in stores, it's true that they are always very well put forward: a beautiful red top, an emerald green blouse, a deep purple sweater ... but once you get home, you have lost the inspiration to match it with the clothes that make up your wardrobe. Like always. And that top, that blouse, that sweater in shimmering color will inexorably end up in the back of your closet ... what a pity.

There are several techniques to combine the colors of clothes in a harmonious way. Let us understand them one by one.

The first refers to the COLOR WHEEL: (The chromatic wheel)

The color wheel is a methodical representation of colors. The colors follow one another in the order of the colors of the rainbow. The colors wheel is an essential tool for “understanding” colors. It will allow us to act rationally without relying on our sole intuition when it comes to combining colors.

The colors wheel brings together primary, secondary and tertiary colors.


· Primary colors (RYB): red (magenta), yellow blue. Primary colors are difficult to associate with each other (except by small touches, with accessories, for example)

· Secondary colors: green, orange and purple. Secondary colors are created by mixing two of the three primary colors.

The secondary colors go very well with each other. They are happy marriages that add real pep to your style.

· Tertiary colors: purple, vermilion, indigo, turquoise, chartreuse green, ocher.

Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.


A monochrome look corresponds to the variation of the same tonal value of a single color in the different pieces that make up the look.

Here are some examples:

A monochrome look consists of assembling the different tonal values ​​of the same color and therefore of the same slice.

Some examples:

A complementary color look is a high contrast color look that is the combination of two opposing colors on the color wheel. To determine the complementary color of a secondary color you have to know the two colors that were used in its creation.

The complementary color is the primary color (blue, red or yellow) which is not found in its creation. They are complementary because one offsets the lack of the other. It’s the perfect harmony:

Violet = red + blue; complementary color of purple: yellow

Green = blue + yellow; complementary color of green: red

Orange = red + yellow; complementary color of orange: blue

Some examples of looks with complementary colors:

A look in analogous colors: Choose two colors side by side on the color wheel, taking tonal values of the same intensity.

Some examples of looks with analogous colors:

A look in triadic colors shades: A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel. Triadic color schemes tend to be quite vibrant, even if you use pale or unsaturated versions of your hues.

To use a triadic harmony successfully, the colors should be carefully balanced - let one color dominate and use the two others for accent.

This association is softer than the association of complementary colors.

Some examples of looks with adjacent complementary colors:

When choosing a mix of colors by referring to the color wheel, calm things down by wearing only basic accessories and beige or nude shoes. If you do not have a jacket that matches the color combination chosen, again opt for a neutral color: navy blue or beige for example

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