Colour Pairing

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I love dressing up and putting outfits together, kind of a given since I have a fashion blog right? I’ve had a few people ask me about colour pairing and how I put my outfits together so I thought I’d share a few tips. These aren’t hard and fast rules but rather just what works for me, if you’re a play by your own rules kinda girl go for it and experiment away 🙂

  1. Pick a colour

I like colour in general but when it comes to outfits I prefer to choose one staple colour around which I build my look. In the example above I’m wearing a bold red business suit. Clearly red is the colour I’m building around here. I decided to choose accent colours that will offset the red. For a bright contrast I choose a crisp white blouse but you can also wear this suit with a black blouse. The accent colour or shade should complement your staple colour. For example I wouldn’t pair a bright yellow blouse with this suit. For the shoes I stuck with the white shade but wanted to add a bit more neutrality and interest so I chose a black and white patterned pump. The shoe also adds some texture to the outfit.

2. Break up your prints with solid colours

Something I love just as much as colour is a great print. Whether you’re choosing a printed top, skirt or pants prints are a great way to add interest to an outfit and express your personality. Being an island girl it’s no surprise that I love a good palm print. I paired this palm print top with a pair of white pants. White is a great solid colour to break up a print. You can also pair a good printed top with jeans or any other solid coloured bottom. This particular top works with jeans or a dark green bottom as well. I found these super cute palm print mules which I wore with this outfits as it brought the palm print back in the feet. To add a bit more texture to this outfit and keeping with the tropical theme I added this bamboo bag from Cult Gaia. Sometimes it helps to have a theme to your outfit as well.

3. Add a pop of colour to monochromes

A pop of colour goes a long way when you’re jazzing up a monochrome outfit. I love these red tassel earrings as they add a cute and flirty pop of colour to this grey and black outfit. Grey and black are very close to each other on the shade spectrum so pairing these colours can be challenging as your outfit can tend to look dull. The bright red instantly throws off the monochrome nature of this look. Whether you choose to add your pop of colour with earrings, a necklace, a great pair of shoes or a cute purse is up to you but remember to brighten up your monochrome looks 🙂

Another tip is to add texture to your outfit. You can do this by adding accessories such a great purse, jewelry or shoes. If you’re looking for more information about which colours go together and which don’t you can find a colour wheel here 🙂 Don’t forget to make sure the colours complement your skin tone as well 😉