On The Grid: A Guide to Mixing Color

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It’s amazing how your style develops when you have a blog. Not only do I want to run around in flowing dresses more and more, I also get more adventurous with different shapes, patterns, and mixing color. Growing up I always thought everything had to match perfectly, but I am finding it fun to play around with colors; like these turquoise earrings with an orange sweater. Because they are nearly complementary colors, they contrast each other and therefore stand out more. I love how the orange in this grid-like pattern is brought out next to the green, and vice versa!

Because it took me so long to learn, here are 5 tips on mixing color:

  1. Try to mix in a pattern as one color, rather than just two color blocked items. Although two plain colored items can look great, a pattern will add variety and make the color mixing less harsh. Or for a step further, mix pattern with pattern like I did with my sweater and flats.
  2. If you are just starting to mix colors, start small with a shirt and contrasting bracelet or earrings.
  3. Although mixing complimentary colors is fun, don’t forget about mixing monochromatic or analogous colors-also a good tip for petites! A monochromatic look can make you look taller by extended the line of sight.
  4. Keep the color intensities similar, this will ensure both colors stand out. Otherwise, the lighter color will fade and only make the more saturated color look more intense. For example: jewel tones with jewel tones, pastels with pastels, etc.
  5. When feeling adventurous, add in a third color! Keep two of the colors analogous and make the third a complementary color e.g. yellow, orange, and blue.

Happy mixing!

Top: Forever 21
Denim: American Eagle Outfitters
Bag: Forever 21
Flats: Banana Republic
Earrings: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom

Photography by Tim Schlecht

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