Blog: Crossroads Style

July 19th, 2016 by Jennifer Beile A Simple Guide to Mastering the Color Wheel

It happens to the best of us—you pick up some new favorite finds while out shopping, get home, and have no idea how to incorporate them into your existing wardrobe’s color scheme. The last thing you should be worrying about before a hectic day is getting dressed. Something so simple and familiar should not cause anxiety; it should be fun!

So, taking it back to grade school, let’s use the color wheel as a cheat sheet to guarantee your colors look great together!

color wheel


Pair Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are the colors directly across from each other on the wheel and are typically opposite in hue. Remember: opposites attract!

color wheel

Pair Analogous (Like) Colors

Unlike complementary colors, analogous colors are the colors that are adjacent on the wheel and are similar hues. Try choosing one as the primary and using others as accents.


Pair Within the Color Family

Play with different hues of one color to create a fun monochromatic look.

If all else fails, neutral colors—white, black, grey, and brown—are fail-proof and match with any color. Start small and add color to a neutral outfit. See my tips on adding color to a neutral outfit in my last post!


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