The Lazy Girl’s guide to matching colours for spectacular outfits

Ok, here is the deal. Style can get a bit tricky especially when it comes to matching colours for your outfits. You have probably heard some people sneer behind another girl’s back, “A lime green blouse and an indigo hat? lord, what was she thinking? Does she have a mirror?”

While those words can be really harsh (and I know you won’t say that about anybody), let’s make sure no-one is saying the same about you.

Everyone wants to look like the belle of the hall when they step out. So I prepared a nifty guide to let you know which colours go well together, so that you can always look on point.

First The Basics

Before we dive into coordinating colours for outfits, lets refresh our memories on the basic stuff: Primary colours.

Primary Colours
Primary colours are Red, blue, and yellow. They are called primary colours because every other colour comes from a mixture of these three. So if you want purple you mix blue and red. and if you want green, you mix blue and yellow and so on.

Pro tip: Use primary colours for monochrome outfits.

Got a monochrome outfit and just don’t know what to pair it with? Monochrome outfits look superb and classy with any of the primary colours.

Secondary Colours: 

We got 3 basic secondary colours. Secondary colours are colours you get when you mix any of the primary colours together. They are: Purple, Green, Orange. Brown and Black can be gotten from mixing some/all of the secondary colours together.

Complementary Colours

Complementary colours go well together like violet/yellow or pink/green or gold/indigo.

So how do you know which colours are complementary.



Simple. Look at the colour wheel above. pick any colour you like and trace your finger to the colour directly opposite it. That colour is the complementary colour.

Analogous Colours
Any way to match outfits is to wear analogues colours.

What is analogous colours?

Well these are colours sitting side-by-side in the colour wheel. So look at the colour wheel again. Pick any colour you like. the two colours beside it are its analogous colours. for example, if I pick blue, then indigo and turquoise (sea-blue) are its analogous colours.

Now you can see that Matching colours is simple, isn’t it? I even drew up a list of colours that match so that you can use it instantly. See the list below:

Examples of colours that go together:

Yellow and Grey
Yellow and Purple
Yellow and Blue

Red and Purple
Red and Blue
Red and Turquoise

Blue and Light Green
Blue and Orange
Blue and Silver

Orange and Purple
Light Brown and Dark Green
Brown and Turquoise

Light Pink and Light Blue
Pink and Orange
Pink and Green
Pink and Yellow
Pink and Brown
Pink and Navy

Neutrals: The following colours will match almost any outfit: Grey, nude, cream, white, black

Pro-tip: When combining complementary or analogous colours, limit the paired colours to two (especially if you are new to this), then accessorize with nude shades like cream or black or white. You will end up looking all glamed up and perfectly beautiful.


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