Styling Colors: Opposites Attract

Posted by Sarah Evans on

As bolder, more dramatic colors make their way into the trend cycle, we've been cheating on our neutral favorites... If you're anything like us you've found yourself saying, "Oh no, I really only wear black. And maybe sometimes white". Now is the time to experiment with brightening up a wardrobe, adding a bit of color, and mixing patterns. Adding hues to your repertoire can feel daunting, how do you find a place to start? The easiest method utilizes the color wheel.

Opposites attract! By using the color wheel for guidance, we can try our hand styling complementary colors. For example, lime green looks great paired back to a magenta, blue and orange always look good together, and a pale rose looks great styled with a forest green.

Yellow & Purple

Sarah is wearing the
Mingle Sweatshirt by Rachel Comey in a bright, neon yellow, with the Glass Skirt in Magenta. The neon yellow and magenta complement each other immensely, and look good on a variety of skin tones!

Orange & Blue


A bright scarlet orange, like that of the Dahlia top by Delfina Balda, pairs beautifully with the light indigo of the Pipette Pants by Henrik Vibskov. Styling with complementary colors doesn't have to include a color way as bold as the Blood Orange of the Dahlia top. The soft hue of the Pipette Pant can be paired with a subdued orange hue to achieve the same affect.

Red & Green

When we first envision red and green we may cringe; thinking the color combination always looks Christmas-y. This is where variations of the primary and secondary color come in handy. A subtle green Ankle Boot by MM6 and jewel-toned Midi Dress by Pleats Please is still packed with color but not quite as bright as our other options. Introducing the complementary color styling into our accessories is also a fun way to keep an outfit interesting.

You can utilize the color wheel to confidently style the colors in your wardrobe. Which color way will you choose first?

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