By Dr. Manika Singla [ethnic oyster.com]
To know different dress colour combinations, You need to understand the Colour Wheel first. On the colour wheel; Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours are there. So, the Primary Colours are Red, Blue and Yellow and Secondary Colours are Green, Orange and Purple.
The Secondary Colour such as Green is formed when yellow and blue are mixed together. Then yellow and red are mixed together to form Orange. And the third colour Purple orginates when blue and red are combined together.
Then comes, the Teritary Colours which are formed when primary and secondary colours are combined. Red Violet, Blue Violet, Red Orange, Yellow Orange and Yellow Green and Blue Green; all are Tertiary Colours.
From these, we can classify into the cool and warm colours. Blue, green and purple are said to be cool colours whereas the warm colours are red, yellow, orange and pink.
Tints, Shades and Tones are formed when colour transition happens. When White, Black and Grey is mixed to any colour; these Tints, Shades and Tones arises respectively. On the colour wheel, Blue to Green are cool version of colours, and Green To Yellow are warm versions of colours.
Now, coming back to the different dress combinations, you can opt for any of the following colour schemes depending upon your tastes and preferences:
- Complimentary Colours: These are the opposite colours of the colour wheel. This is the easiest to follow as only the saturation level changes. To get the best of this scheme, avoid oversaturated colour combinations meaning choose the two colours which are not in equal amounts. Such as Majenta with Blue, here both are bright colours, instead choose the little undertones such as Pink and Sky Blue. Similary Pink with Dusky Green.
- Monochromatic Colours: This scheme comprised of Tints, Shades and Tones which are also known as pastel colours. As discussed before, these are formed by mixing white, black and grey respectively to any colour. Such as red with white as Pink, red with black as Maroon, red with grey as Dusky Red. That is you can mix and match these pastel colours combination [like pink and light green, brown and maroon, dusky pink and grey, etc] in a dress and style yourself as classy and elegant as you want to be!
- Analogous Colours: These are neighbouring colours. One may choose these analogous colours in way such as warm versions of colours like Yellow towards Orange and cooler verisions like Blue towards Green. These cooler or warm versions can be incorporated in your wardrobe according to the timing and season of the occasion. Warm colours are most suited for night time and winters. While muted and cooler versions looks the best in easy breezy summers or day time.
- Trial Colour Scheme: This is a three colour combination scheme which are equally spaced between each other on the colour wheel. For example Yellow, Red and Blue. Similary Green, Orange and Purple. This works the best if you want to include more colours to your wardrobe.
- Neutrals: These are black, white and grey colours. This gives a soothing effect to the eyes. They can be matched depending upon the cooler or warmer versions of the colour pallete. For instance White with Pink, Green with Grey and Black with Maroon. Mostly all colours suits in this colour scheme except oversaturated ones.
- Metallic Colour Combinations: They are Golden, Silver and Copper. Generally Golden and Copper shades suits the best with bright/warm colours whereas Silver with cooler ones while giving an instant edge to your dressing style !!
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