Good Color Combinations for Clothes

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It is important to add color and flair to your clothing. Properly color-coordinated clothing adds a sense of style to your look that people will notice. You most likely have a general idea about matching colors, but you can get a little experimental with clothing color combinations and put together a great looking outfit. An outfit clashing in color can make you look sloppy and unprofessional, but a well planned, color coordinated outfit will make your look professional and high fashion.

Good Color Combinations for Clothes
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When planning a color-coordinated outfit, start by identifying the base color. This will be the core color in your outfit and will make up the largest pieces. When choosing the dominant color of your outfit, carefully consider how it will look next to your skin tone. Also keep in mind seasonal colors: plum, olive, burgundy and orange for fall, or bright blue, pink, or yellow for spring. Next, determine what your accent colors will be. This will make up the second and third colors in your outfit. For example, if you have decided on a navy blue dress, your accent colors could be burgundy and beige.

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Choose your colors based on the order they fall on the color wheel. These are called the analogous colors, and consist of warm and cool colors. Warm colored clothing and accessories, such as red, orange or yellow, always coordinate with each other, as do cool colored outfits, such as blue, green or violet. Neutral colored clothing, such as white, black, gray and tan can also be worn together, or paired with a cool or warm colored piece to create an air of sophistication.

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When planning a color-coordinated outfit, keep in mind that bold colors will accent whatever body part you are wearing them on. Therefore, if you are insecure about your hips or stomach, it is wise to avoid wearing bright colored pants or a tight fitting, brightly colored shirt. However, a nicely tailored sheath dress in bright blue, paired with red and white accessories can draw the eyes to your entire body and make you look tall and slim.

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If you are new to matching color-coordinated clothing, begin slowly. You don’t have to go out and buy a brightly colored tunic, leggings, boots and jewelry all on the first day. Start by incorporating a brightly colored bangle with your black suit for work, or a colored tank under your cardigan. If you are ever really unsure about whether your clothing matches, step outside or next to the window so you are positioned in natural light, and take a picture of yourself. Cameras don’t lie, and you’ll be able to see yourself exactly as everyone else sees you.

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