I’ll start this post with a classic, everyday story.

Once upon a time there was a girl living in an urban castle, on the 4th floor. Other princesses were living in higher towers. But they were all sharing the same story: sitting in front of the mirror, reigning over a pile of clothes dropped on the sofa (some of them couldn’t make it to the sofa, so they were laying on the floor). Girls were having a hard time: deciding what to wear. The end. 

I am sure that every time you are planning an evening out, or just a simple day at work or school, you experience the hardest decision of all: choosing the perfect outfit! (isn’t it, girls?) And when you finally have on all the clothes, you get the feeling that something is missing, or maybe the colors are not the best combo. That’s when we experience chairdrobes or floordrobes.(the urban princess throne) I’m more of a couchdrobe kind of girl. *haha*

The main thing in creating a nice outfit is creating harmony between its colours. It is the element that makes a difference between a hectic, chaotic outfit and a balanced one that will draw people attention in a positive manner. For those of you who were thinking that the whole colour matching thing is a matter  of artistic inspiration and imagination….well, I have good news! It is not only about that! You can also measure and combine them (in a scientific way) according to certain rules that i will be listing down below.

The scientific interpretation of colours: the colour wheel

*Throwback to drawing lessons*

Scientifically speaking, colours are divided into the following categories:

  • primary colours (red, yellow and blue)
  • secondary colours (green, orange and purple)
  • tertiary colours

cold and warm colours

To make it simple, here are the 3 most important rules in combining the colours:

  1. The ‘girl next door’ rule (or more formal the adjacent colour rule): the colours that are close to each other are easy to combine because they are similar.
    adjacent colours
  2. The opposite colour rule. Opposites attract! And they are complementary too!  If you chose to pair two opposite colours keep in mind that one has to be bold, while the other one not. opposite colours
  3. The three colours rule: for cool, complicated and outrageous combinations, you can also mix 3 colours. The best is the mix between two cool tones and one warm, or vice versa. The main rule is that the colours have to be equidistant from one another on the colour wheel.triad colours

More colour tips (for when you are in doubt):

  • Keep it in the family (pastels match with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, etc.)
  • Black and white save you from all the… doubtful situations. *smile*
  • Grey is a perfect match for bright, bold colours!
  • Take into consideration your skin tone or your hair colour when you chose an outfit.
  • Monochromatic outfits will not be boring if you play with different shades of the same colour.

Fashion is all about experimenting new things that match your personality. You don’t really need to be dressed according to the latest trends. Confidence is the one that will make your outfit stand out.

Dress up who you are!

As an ending note, I was surfing on Pantone and I found the trending colours of the upcoming spring.  I’ll share it here.



Anca ♥♥♥