Do you always wonder how some of your favourite fashionistas put colors together to create eye-catching and extremely fabulous colourful outfits? Well here’s an attempt to help you.

The colour wheel is an excellent wardrobe tool, figuring it out isn’t too complicated.

Here’s a quick breakdown:


Red, yellow and blue are primary colors, orange. Green and violet are secondary colors; and red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet are intermediate colors. Color combinations can be built by using the color wheel to build particular color relationships or color schemes.






































Colours directly next to each other (i.e. yellow and yellow-orange; yellow and yellow-green; violet and blue-violet, etc.)

Colours that form right (90 degree) angles with each other (i.e. yellow and red-orange; blue and violet-red; green and orange, etc.)

Colours directly across from each other (i.e. yellow and violet; blue and orange; red and green, etc.)

Colours that form a T (i.e. blue, orange, and violet-red; yellow, violet, and red-orange; yellow, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)

Colours that form an X (i.e. blue, orange, violet-red, and yellow, violet, blue-green, and red-orange, etc.)

Since brown is a neutral, it will go with virtually any colour on the colour wheel. I love to pair a chocolate brown with cobalt blue or fuchsia or bright red—such a fun and bold combo. Of course white, black, and the hues of blue found in denim are also neutrals that go with just about anything. Colors that are part of a “color family” also apply. So for instance, you can substitute pink with red and still be able to pull off the combos based on the color wheel (i.e. we see that blue and red form a right angle with each other.

Go crazy with colored bags, shoes, or scarves. When choosing jewellery, pair gold (or gold-toned) jewellery with your warm colored outfits. Warm colors have a yellow, gold, or orange undertone to them. Wear silver (or silver-toned) jewellery with your cool colored outfits. Cool colors have a blue, pink, or red undertone to them.

Since colors are broken down by hue, temperature, intensity, and tone, any single hue can be either warm or cool. Just look at the undertones. You can also use the color wheel when coming up with color combinations for your makeup. It can help you decide which makeup color to wear so that you don’t match your eyeshadow with your outfit.  And there you go—a breakdown of how to use color combinations to spruce up your wardrobe. You’ll be looking more fab in no time.


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