Are you addicted to neutrals? Is there no color at the end of the tunnel?
You’re not alone!
The neutral epidemic has taken over, and I genuinely believe people are afraid to wear color. They’ve become so accustomed to wearing black, white, nude and navy that some actually think they don’t look good in anything else, which is completely false. Sure, neutrals are classic, easy to mix and match, and you don’t have to second-guess if your outfit is clashing, but why limit yourself when you can have it all?
Spring is the perfect time to experiment with color and patterns. Start with a simple blouse in a color that compliments your skin tone, or a pretty floral dress. Invest in a minimum of two different color or printed pieces a month, and before you know it, you’ll have a wide variety of options!
“I want to wear color, but I don’t know what goes together.”
Wearing color is easier than it sounds! If matching colors is not your forte, just follow this simple Three Colors Rule guide and you’ll be golden!
“What is the Three Colors Rule?”
The Three Colors Rule is a guideline for mixing a combination of colors that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It is generally used for design purposes, whether it be painting, interior design or, in our case, fashion. Granted, I’m not one for rules, especially in fashion, but if you’re ever in doubt, this old trick will do right by you every time.
Here are some useful tips when matching colors:
Focus on one primary color. Use the other colors as accents to compliment it.
Avoid wearing all bright or neon colors. We love color, but let’s not get carried away, even if it’s only three.
One pop of color makes the biggest statement. You’re naturally drawn to the brightest part of an outfit. If you’re wearing too many colors, you won’t know where to look.
Incorporate neutrals into your outfit. This simply breaks up all of the color, and they don’t have to count as part of your three.
Stick with a theme. If you’re wearing all jewel tones, a dark color might take away from that.
Wear different shades of the same color. In the same outfit? Yes! A good example is dark denim, with a light blue sleeveless blouse, and a pair of cobalt heels.
Accessorize in color. Your accessories can count as one of your three. Invest in a colorful bag or pair of heels. You’ll be surprised how much you can match with it, and it’s anything but limiting. Have fun with it!This is the easiest way to add color to your wardrobe without having to think.
Your lipstick and nails are a bonus. A pop of color on your lips and nails to match a color you're wearing is always a genius way to add cohesiveness to any outfit. It’s all about the tiny details.
When it comes to prints, the Three Colors Rule doesn’t really apply. (I counted at least 10 in my dress.)
*The key to accessorizing prints is incorporating dominant colors from that print that will stand out. In my case, I chose a navy blazer to balance all of the bright colors (similar here & here), and a yellow Rebecca Minkoff crossbody to pull out the lighter tones in my dress. Keep in mind, your accessories don’t have to match the print exactly, as long as it’s in the same family.
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