Hey guys! This video is about how to match colors first time, every time.
In this 3 part video series I’m going to be talking about matching colors patterns and textures. Now keep in mind rules are meant to be broken, but do so at your own risk, the results can be disastrous. Today were going to be talking about colors.
There are 4 basic things were going to be talking about. Color value, color palette, color dominance, and number of colors.
The first thing we have to get out of the way is color value. in my eyes, when talking about clothing, there are 3 types of colors. Base colors, the primary, secondary and tertiary colors we all think of, the center of the color wheel, then pastels, often tints of bases, tint meaning an addition of white, the inside of this wheel, and then neutral colors, also called earth tones, often tones or shades of colors, meaning either an addition of grey or black to a base color, this also includes whites, grey, blacks, browns and tans. Color value just refers to how close or far from a base color a color is.
Next we have our outfits color palette there are 3 basic palettes, but most outfits are a combination of them. monochromatic, analogous and complementary.
Monochromatic colors are different values of the same color (shades, tones, and tints), for example pastel blue, royal blue and navy blue.
Analogous colors are colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel, for example, yellow, green and blue.
Complementary colors are colors that fall opposite each other on the color wheel, for example, purple and yellow.
Monochromatic and analogous are the easiest color palettes to work in. monochromatic is tough to fuck up and generally it looks best with neutral colors, like navy, grey or tan, but most work. For this video I’m not counting neutrals as colors, because they can generally pair with any other colors. Make sure the colors occupy different places on the color value spectrum, some being very dark and others very light. Contrast is good here, so different values, patterns and textures are very helpful.
Analogous is similar in this way. when wearing analogous colors, make sure your colors don’t occupy the same concentric circle on the color wheel, the values should differ. Also, how far along the color wheel you can stretch with analogous colors relies on their values. make sure they are both not close to base colors if they are far apart.
Complementary colors are the most difficult, and they are incorporated best in non-dominant portions of the outfit, so lets take a second to talk about that.
Dominant colors are going to be those that occupy the most visual space on your body, if you have a solid pant color, this will be dominant, the same is true for your outer layer on top. Non-dominant colors are ones that take up the least visual space, like the yellow stripe in this plaid, the red polka dot on this tie, or the teal lining on a pocket square. These are often referred to as accents.
This is where you should incorporate complimentary colors. wearing bright orange pants and a bright blue shirt looks awful, however a navy tie with a red polka dot looks great on a pastel blue Oxford and olive chinos, with red and green being our compliments.
Our last thing to focus on is the number of colors in an outfit. Generally I like to stay at 3 or less, monochromatic, dichromatic, and trichromatic.
First, Mono chromatic we touched on this earlier but the key to a mono chromatic outfit is to have contrast in your color value pattern and texture. If your monochromatic colors are neutral, they then count as colors.
next is dichromatic this is also pretty easy when creating a dichromatic outfit your two colors can be either dominant and dominant non-dominant and non-dominant or dominant and non-dominant. All three work without looking boring or busy.
Last are our trichromatic outfits. When creating a trichromatic outfit your colors should either be dominant dominant and non-dominant or non-dominant non-dominant and dominant. If they are either dominant dominant and dominant or non-dominant non-dominant and non-dominant they will look distracting or busy.
So that about covers it for color. Im going to show you three outfits, on the first two I will assess the four factors and whether or not the outfits work and on the last one I want you to do it on your own and let me know in the comments down below what do you think it works or doesn't work.
navy chinos, pink shirt, navy knit tie, light wash denim jacket, fabric belt
Tan chinos, a blue crewneck, a white, tan and blue tattersall button up, a tan vest and a tan vest and a white fabric belt
Last look! You decide. Comment yes or no.
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