Color Combinations That Work

Take a look at your closet and ask yourself…

Do you own countless tops of the same color or do you have a rainbow of colors to choose from?

Whether you’re color shy or color happy, it’s very likely that you gravitate towards either side of the spectrum because that’s where you feel most comfortable though deep down you know these color selections aren’t doing you and your wardrobe any good….why?

Think about it, having too much of one color can leave you feeling stuck, overwhelmed and uninspired OR scatterbrained and unorganized with so many different colors to choose from. And I mean who wouldn’t? There’re so many options out there I can understand how choosing the right colors can be overwhelming!

No matter where you are on the spectrum, a little light in this area can help you gain clarity on what colors work best together and which ones will most benefit you so that you can feel polished and chic instead of plain and shabby.

So how do you know what colors to choose? Follow the steps below to get started!

1.       Know your Season

What do I mean by this? Well, based on the natural coloration of our hair, skin, and eyes there’s a theory that states we all have a level of intensity which determine which colors work best for us individually. Whether, warm or cool, clear or muted these are grouped into seasonal palettes of Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

To help in this process click HERE for a DIY color analysis from Color Me Pretty

2.       Choose a Base

Just like you have basic and essential pieces you should also have base colors. Base colors are mostly neutrals that work well with any other color you’d like to incorporate in your wardrobe and transition well from season to season. Base colors include: black, white, ivory, gray, beige, tan, taupe, khaki or any variation of the sort.

3.       Choose a Highlight Color

While base colors are great to transition from one season the next, highlight colors are those that you want to switch out or update with time. Unlike base colors, highlight colors add interest to your overall look and are essentially any other color aside from your base colors. If you are color shy, choosing a muted version is a great way to incorporate color into your wardrobe. Below are examples of color palettes that work well for your “seasonal” color.


4.       Color Combinations

Once you have discovered your season, invested in base color basics and identified your highlight color or colors it’s time to play around with different combinations.

Color combinations are best understood by looking at a color wheel and identifying the colors that are directly across from each other these are your complementary or colors that work well together when combined. For example: yellow and blue, green and purple, and red and green. Though not required, remember to keep in mind your season palette as this can help accentuate your best features allowing you to look your best.


Are you a visual person?

Me too! That’s why I created a Color Dressing Guide for Warm and Cool colors to help you identify what colors work best together and your seasonal color palette.

Grab your copy here:

Warm Color Dressing Guide

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Blocks of Color

Simply choose one solid color to each piece of clothing and combine no more than two colors towards the outfit as a whole; this excludes base colors such as black and white.


Choosing a single color and playing with different shades of the that same color throughout. You can make the outfit cool or warm by playing with dark and lighter shades of the chosen color.

Print Matching

Many find matching prints difficult, but it doesn’t have to be, actually it’s pretty simple. All you do is pick one or two color out of the print and match it with another item. The key here is to stay within the same color scheme of your pattern and keep the rest of your outfit simple.



Did you find this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below and while you’re it why not share with me any of your style struggles…I would love to help in any way I can!


Talk soon,


 COMING UP —> 2019 Spring Style


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