Tips on Matching Clothes

Having an eye for stylish items is one thing, but putting them all together can be the more challenging part. Some things can be tricky to match. That’s why we wanted to put together a guide on tips to make matching easy. On the internet, there is much debate on whether or not the color wheel is a great tool for matching. In my opinion, it is definitely a great starting point and it’s helpful to know how color theory works. However, I don’t think you should have to pull out a color wheel every time you are getting ready. In this blog post, we are going to briefly go over color theory and pull out some practical style tips that will make matching easy.

Color Theory 101

Color theory is a combination of art and science and can help you determine which colors go well together. Artists and designers use it to create their color palettes. The color wheel helps simplify the relationship between colors. 

Here are the most common color theory terms that describe the position between the different colors:

Complementary Colors– opposite from each other on the color wheel.

Style Tip: Complementary colors appear brighter when paired together. When styling these colors together, make one of the colors a more subdued shade. 

Notice how the pants aren’t bright orange, making this color combo pleasing to the eyes.

Monochromatic– all one color or tones and shades of the same color.

Gone are the days where a monochromatic look is considered boring. When done the right way, it can look super stylish.

Style Tip: Make monochromatic looks more interesting by mixing textures and playing with proportions. 

Style Tip: Wear the same hue head to toe, then break up the color with an accessory of a darker shade as shown below:

Analogous – colors that are side by side on the color wheel. 

Style Tip: Pick one color to be the dominant shade and use the other colors as accents. 

Style Tip: To make matching easy, own a lot of neutrals.

Neutral colors are great to own because they are versatile colors that match with almost everything and often times with each other. Examples of neutral colors are white, gray, tan, khaki, brown, navy, black, light blue, and olive.

Style Tip: If you are new to wearing color or are unsure on how to match a color, your safest bet is to pair the color with a neutral.

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We hope these style tips will make matching easier for you! When in doubt, post your photos on the Style Squad app for some helpful feedback.

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Before you choose what colors to match, it’s great to know what colors look good on you! Stay tuned for our next blog post that will help you choose your best colors!


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