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:
- 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.
- If you are just starting to mix colors, start small with a shirt and contrasting bracelet or earrings.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Top: Forever 21
Denim: American Eagle Outfitters
Bag: Forever 21
Flats: Banana Republic
Earrings: Bauble Bar via Nordstrom
Photography by Tim Schlecht