Everyday Styles Using the Color Wheel
October 19, 2018

A lot of fashionistas pair clothes and shoes based on what they think looks good. There is no wrong method of choosing what to wear, but using purely your intuition leads to a lot of chances of error. Later in the day, you may just want to rip off your whole outfit and walk naked because it is just so bad.

While fashion is art, it is also a form of science thanks to the color wheel. Whenever you have trouble paring your sandals in the Philippines with your clothing, this idea can be something you can run to.

The color wheel can have as little as 12 basic colors to a hundred. When we talk about the basic color wheel, it is composed of these color types:

  • Primary (red, yellow, blue)
  • Secondary (green, orange and purple)
  • Tertiary – a mix of primary and secondary colors (ex. Red-orange or coral, yellow-green or olive)

Because different shades come together in this illustration, a number of relationships can be formed between two or three colors. A relationship between two or three colors forms a “scheme” and these are the four types of schemes:

  • Complementary Colors – colors that are opposite of each other in the wheel are paired (ex. Red and green, yellow and purple)
  • Analogous Colors – two or three continuous colors get combined (ex. Yellow and orange or violet, blue-violet, and blue)
  • Triadic Colors – These pair colors that are equally spaced away from each other, whether one or more spaced apart.
  • (ex. Blue, yellow and red)
  • Split Complementary – A base color is paired with complementary colors


Complementary or Split-Complementary Outfit for Night Outs

Since complementary colors are so contrasting, they can make you look as bright as a stoplight. But it could totally work during the times you want your clothes to look really bold.

One of the perfect events for a bold outfit look is when you party with your friends in the club. You can also pick the neutral version of these shades if you want to tone the brightness a bit. Another great way of these tones is to follow the “split- complementary” skim. A base color can also be added to your white or black accessories from the Philippines.

One thing is for sure. Even in the dark, you will never get lost in the crowd with these shades. It’s the time to stand out!

Here are examples of complementary outfits for you to choose from:

  • A red strappy dress with green heels
  • Gold sandals with a lily dress (A variations of the complementary colors yellow and purple)
  • A denim jacket with orange pants and beige shoes


Analogous Outfit for Work

When it’s time to go to the office, you might want to wear something plain and formal; something that isn’t too loud like the previous suggestion. Analogous colors are great for everyday wear because they go together easily without much effort.

See these examples for some inspiration:

  • A yellow-green colored blouse with some dark green shoes and black slacks
  • An ombre dress with strappy sandals
  • A light blue pantsuit with dark blue pumps


Triadic Colored Outfits for the Weekends

Triadic colors can be very vibrant and can be intimidating to wear considering you are mixing three colors all together. But you should not be afraid to wear them nonetheless, because it can be therapeutic. Bright colors give a lot of energy and happiness to the wearer, making it a great choice when you want to de-stress.

You can choose to wear one main color, and then wear the other two main colors as accessories. Additionally, you can try to wear a piece that has two colors and wear another color with your sandals from the Philippines.

 A Color Scheme for Your Skin Tone

A Color Scheme for Your Skin Tone

Our skin tones are either warm or cool. Warm skin tones have green veins under the flesh and have a yellow or greenish tint to them. On the other hand, cool toned skins have blue veins under the flesh and a pinkish tint to them.

You can also judge your skin tone using accessories in the Philippines. If you think gold jewelry suits you most, then you are warm. Silver looks best on cool toned girls.

Because of our different skin tones, not all colors are going to be flattering. There will be some shades in the color wheel that has a warmer or cooler tint. You can use this to play your OOTDs and see which colors fit you most.

For warm toned people, these shades would suit you most:

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Orange

For cool toned people, these colors would suit you best:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Purple

You can choose to wear the same color or more for your outfits as long as they are the same tint as your skin.


Key Takeaway

The color wheel is a good basis for your everyday outfits and it can be used in so many ways. Why don’t you go ahead and try them out to see which ones will look good on you!