Matching Colors Of Clothes – Colors Wheel Guide

Matching Colors Of Clothes – The Ultimate Colors Wheel Guide

You can have all the money in the world and flaunt the most expensive wardrobe possible, but if you do not marry the colors in your outfit well, it’s a lost cause. Mapping colors to your clothes is as much science as it is an art. You either need to have an eye for detail or understand the sensibilities of how colors work. Strike a balance, stay safe, or go all out, whatever you choose to do, know the rules before you break them. Here The Ultimate Colours Wheel Guide, to Take your favorite designers and carefully observe their work; all of them have the signature shades that they tastefully play around with.

Even if you just scratch the surface of this one interesting aspect of styling, you will see a whole world of knowledge, and that’s what we are going to help you with.

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How To Know What Colors To Match?

Using the right colors and matching them perfectly can be a deal maker. I find that speaking to someone like Erin from Better Styled really helps. I find it all very confusing but speaking to an expert makes everything so much easier. Choosing the perfect color for an outfit is what sets you apart. And, that’s why color and its theories continue to be the pivot for not just clothes, but everything else like interiors, hair, makeup, and much more.

To explain this further, let’s first understand the basis of this whole color theory.

Ultimate Colors Wheel Guide

Colours Wheel

The color wheel was first invented by Sir Isaac Newton in the 18th century when he tried to condense the color spectrum into a wheel and visually represent the relationship between them. The wheel has been segregated into the following categories. While we will focus on using it for clothing and outfits, this theory is universal and applies to just about anything that deals with colors.


These comprise red, yellow, and blue. No two colors can be mixed to achieve these shades. Everything else is derived from these colors.


Secondary colors are a combination of the primary colors. So, red+yellow = orange, red +blue = purple, and blue+yellow = green.


These colors are a combination of primary and secondary colors. By mixing these colors, you get shades like mint, aqua colors, corals, etc.

Warm And Cool Colors

Matching Colours Of Clothes - Warm and Cool Colors

Hues of colors like red, orange, yellow, brown, etc. are warm colors – they make things look smaller in size, and that’s why most of us prefer wearing warmer colors when we want to look slimmer. Cool colors, like hues of blue, purple, green, etc., are soothing colors.

Neutral Colors

Ultimate Colours Wheel Guide

Neutral colors are self-explanatory. They are just muted, plain, and subdued. Black, grey, whites, off-whites, taupe, etc., fall into the neutral category.

What Are The Principles For Matching Colors?

One fundamental principle for matching your clothes, or for that matter anything, is combining colors that work in harmony. And, that’s what we need to remember while designing or putting our outfits together.

Here’s how you can match them.

Complementary Colors Wheel Guide

Ultimate Colours Wheel Guide

Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange – complementary colors, as the name goes, work best when put together. These are exactly opposite to each other on the color wheel. They might seem bold to look at, but the outputs will be perfect. If you observe carefully, your spring and summer clothing is mostly designed using complementary colors. While some might argue against this concept, it is actually a matter of choice as some like making bold statements.

Analogous Colors Wheel Guide

Matching Colours Of Clothes - Color analofous

Matching two or three continuous shades on the color wheel that blend well with each other is called analogous color matching. When you put an entire outfit together based on this, it looks both striking and stylish. If you are wondering how to style that orange or camel trench coat of yours, pick a shade on either side of the color in the color wheel and work with that.

Triadic Colors Wheel Guide

The combination of colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel is called ‘triadic.’ They look great together, but some might argue that they can be OTT. However, you can choose the muted shades of these colors to make your outfit. A pair of green cargos with a pastel pink top and powder blue accessories or shoes will look sophisticated and tasteful.

Perfect Color Combination For Dresses:

Keeping It In the Family

Perfect Colour Combination For Dresses

Keeping it in the family is a mantra you need to remember. The safest way to do this is by blending different shades of the same color. However, that will inevitably get monotonous and boring very soon. Remember how we discussed complementary colors? (Red and green, violet and yellow, blue and orange.) Play around with a combination of these colors; they will look great when put together.

The Ombre Test

Perfect Colour Combination For Dresses - Ombre test

Ombre is taking over everything from hairstyles and cakes to nail art and decor, and not to forget, outfits. Party-wear outfits, bridesmaid dresses, or just simple jeans and top in ombre can turn heads. Diminishing shades of the same color either in ascending or descending order works great. If you are sporting separates, you need to bring it all together with the top, bottom, shoes, and accessories being in sync. Wear ombre outfits for your Christmas or winter parties, go perfectly with the theme, and the weather too.

Monochrome Look

It seems like a no-brainer because it’s just one color in the same shade for the entire outfit. However, it is the hardest to pull off, for obvious reasons. The good news is monochrome looks have caught up and are not considered weird anymore. Start with comfortable and neutral colors like greys, blues, whites, and blacks, then progress to pastel undertones. Monochrome looks can be customized depending on the season or occasion. If it’s a formal set up, stick to neutrals, blues or whites, otherwise explore the pastels, yellows, or even brighter shades if you please.

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One Thing At A Time

One Thing At A Time

If it’s a printed or patterned outfit, let the print take over. Prints and patterns are usually a combination of one or more colors, so you must leave it at that. Keep the accessories in the neighborhood; more colors only makes it clumsier and unruly.

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Another trick of the trade is to balance out any colors you choose to mix carefully. Anything done proportionately is a foolproof way of coordinating your outfit. Like they say, too much of anything is good for nothing.

Match It With Your Skin Tone

If you are pale or yellow toned, opt for colors from the colder side of the palette, such as grey, navy blue, varying shades of green, aqua, emerald, burgundy, etc. If you have a deeper skin tone, you can pull off brighter or warmer shades of brown, coral, honey, gold, amber, taupe, etc., as they look amazing on this skin tone. All said and done, an ideal way to do this is to always strike a balance between warm and cold colors. The same applies to your eye makeup too.

When In Doubt – Err On The Neutral Side

Matching Colours Of Clothes - When In Doubt – Err On The Neutral Side

Some people just prefer being muted and subdued with their choice of colors, and end up opting for just the neutral shades. If this is you and you do not want to change drastically, go with one cool or warm color, and leave everything else neutral. It’s always best to keep it this way!

I hope now you got an idea of how to match clothes the right way. Bringing it all together is what requires skill. Getting your basics right will help you make the right choices when it comes to colors, outfits, and eventually, your wardrobe. Get out of your whites-greys-blacks comfort zone – it’s liberating.

Matching Colors Of Clothes To Your Skin Tone

Your dress color should flatter your skin tone and really make your face pop. It’s the number one style secret that all stylists know! After you figured out which colors look best on you, consult this handy primer on the best colors to wear to match your eyes.

And remember, dressing well is as much about the color hues you choose as it is the way your clothes fit! Make sure you’re picking the most flattering fits for your shape, too.

Matching Colors Of Clothes For Dark Skin

Matching Colors If You Have Dark Skin

Think of matching colors to your skin tone as a game of opposites attract. Dark skin gals are going to look best in colors on the warm end of the spectrum in any shade, from pastels to brighter colors and rich, deeper tones as well. Warmer colors will bring out the warmness in your skin tone.

Think any shade of purple from light and bright to royal purple to plum and eggplant; the pink spectrum from pastel and ballerina pink to poppy pink; yellows from soft yellow to a rich, bright yellow, and don’t forget gold, bronze, and copper. Dark skin girls can also pull off white in a really fabulous way and colors in the orange and red families. These hues will pop against their skin, warm their complexion and overall, really flatter their tones.

Dark skin girls should steer clear from browns and blacks, plus colors on the cool end of the spectrum, like blues, grays, and silver. If a color is too close to their skin tone, it just won’t flatter as much. Cooler colors are harsher on dark skin, can bring out gray undertones, and can even make your skin look yellow… which in turn will make you look sickly.

Matching Colors Of Clothes For Medium Skin

Matching Colors If You Have Medium Skin

Picking out colors to flatter your skin is like playing a game of opposites. You never want to wear a color that’s the exact shade of your skin, because it just won’t be as flattering.

Girls with medium skin should stay away from browns, beiges, caramel, oranges, and very pale pastels in any hue. Pastels and other light hues will be too cool against your skin and can bring out gray undertones. Gray is just not something you want in your complexion. Instead, you want colors that will bring out the warmth in your complexion.

Stick with brighter, deeper hues and jewel tones that will really pop against your skin. Jewel tones are deep, rich colors that resemble precious gems like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and amethysts.

The blue family, from deep navy to royal blue, is really flattering for medium skin. Deep pink, bright pink, and raspberry pink are also good choices. The red and green families, plus deep purples will also be flattering for you as well.

Matching Colors Of Clothes For olive skin Tone.

Matching Colors If you have olive skin.

Girls with olive skin are lucky because they can pull off practically any color. Olive skin tends to have yellow and brown undertones, so when you’re shopping, think of colors that will compliment these hues.

The best color for girls with olive skin, however, is pink. Bright pinks will bring out the subtle red undertones in your skin, and give you a colorful glow that will make you look like you just got back from vacationing in the islands.

Any shade of green, from olive to emerald to lime, will bring out your beautiful brown tones.

Olive skinned girls can also pull off colors in the orange family really well (it’ll give you a nice summer glow) and any shade of red. Bright reds, like cherry and rose, can really make your skin-pop. Deeper reds like burgundy and softer reds with hints of brown and rose will give you a nice glow.

Matching Colors Of Clothes For fair skin Tone.

Matching Colors If you have fair skin

If your skin is fair, it can have either warm, peachy undertones (usually with freckles, chestnut, red, golden blond, or strawberry blond hair) or cool undertones (think Snow White or Reese Witherspoon- no color in your cheeks, ash blond, dark brown or black hair). You’ll want to determine your skin undertones before you match colors to your skin.

So, if you have fair skin with warm undertones, earth-tones will look great on you. Think any shade of brown (even pinkish-brown) and any shade of green- from olive to grass, emerald and lime. Ivory, navy, and gray will also look really good on you- they’ll complement your peachy undertones.

The lighter side of the red and orange families (think peach, apricot, light pink, rose pink, or rose red) will work well. It’s all about flattering the subtle red undertone in your skin.

You’ll want to stay away from very bright colors and neons- they’ll clash with your skin. Black will be too dark and harsh, and white is too pale and can make you look sickly.

If you’re fair skin with cooler undertones, you look great in the berry family. Think strawberry or deep red, raspberry pink, boysenberry and, deep purple. It creates a nice contrast with your skin and can bring out a hint of color in your cheeks.

Jewel tones can also really flatter your skin. Think emerald, turquoise, and, amethyst. As for metallics, stay away from silver and stick with gold. You’ll want to stay away from shades that are too bright and light. White will make you look too pale, and black will give you a goth vibe. Neons, yellows, and lilac won’t bring out the best in your skin, either.