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Break the Rules: 5 Fresh New Ways to Wear Color

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1) OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Just like in love, opposites in the color spectrum attract as well.  Just take a glance at the wheel above and start matching up some star crossed color lovers.  Pink & Green!?  Love it.  Blue and orange!?  Of course.

Color Contrast

2) CLASHING IS YOUR FRIEND

Just like romantic partners, the best color partners start out as close friends.  So take another looksie at the color wheel and pick a pair side-by-side.  Hmmm… how about fuschia and red?  At first glance, you may worry they clash, but trust me, it works!

Color Clash

3) OMBRE LOVE

Ombre hair was the hit of the summer.  You start off dark on one end, and gradually get lighter towards the other.  The end result is subtle and gorgeous.  The same theory applies to the clothes you wear.  For example, start off with the darkest of navy blues and layer on pieces of varying shades of the same color.  Another great tip, is to keep the darkest color on the area of your body you would like to downplay and wear lighter shades on those parts you want to draw attention to.

BLUE OMBRE

4) GREY IS THE NEW BLACK

Grey is often the overlooked neutral stepchild.  Boy are we missing out!  With so many lovely tones of grey out there, you can keep an entire outfit neutral and cozy, or kick it up and pair a gray with an unexpected pop of color- like kelly-green, or even yellow!  Since the grey is not as harsh as a traditional black, the end result is both simple and chic.

Grey is the New Black

5) PATTERN-ON-PATTERN

While prints and patterns are not necessarily a “color” per se, they do allow you to bring a ton of color into your wardrobe.  In addition, pairing assorted prints together is another unique way to switch it up.  My number one rule when working with prints is to match up a large scale print with a smaller scale, or vice versa.  That will keep the eye from getting totally overwhelmed, and keep you from looking totally crazy.

Pattern-on-Pattern

Everyone needs a little more color in their lives, right?

XOXO,

Stella

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24 Comments

  • Reply Iva October 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

    it’s nice to combine colors more boldly, it lifts my mood when I do it.

    • Reply scompiseno October 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I feel the same way! When I am under the weather I always make an effort to look extra nice. It seems to lift my mood, and fool people (and myself) into thinking I feel better than I actually do!

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  • Reply Ashley October 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m partial to Orange & Blue, always (GO GATORS!), but the rest of these are good ideas too. I especially like the pattern mixing outfit.

    xo Ashley

    • Reply scompiseno October 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Ah, the school ties that bind! I actually love the light blue & bright orange… Those colors pop and coincidentally look great in home decor as well! Thanks for reading! Xoxo, Stella

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  • Reply Nora October 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I love love this idea/post, I think my favourite combinations are orange and blue & grey and yellow! You have such a lovely blog too!

    Come say hi if you feel like it! 🙂
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    xo

    • Reply scompiseno October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks so much! I love writing about things I love and I’m so glad others enjoy reading it as well! xoxo, Stella

  • Reply Sarah October 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    You are so right about gray–it’s literally everywhere. I painted my living room gray a few months ago! The pink and red combos are awesome. I feel like this is one of those color trends that’s incredibly special but also intimidating to try. The blue and orange is really making me feel inspired! It’s not something I would have thought of on my own, and now I’m going to have to go seek out some orange items to add to my wardrobe!

    Sarah
    tracetheshadows.blogspot.com

    • Reply scompiseno October 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Sarah, my bedroom is grey as well and such a nice retreat at the end of the day! I actually paired the grey walls with white bedding and yellow accents. My fashion and interior design tastes obviously go hand-in-hand. Thanks so much for reading and following along on my blogging journey!! xoxo, stella

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  • Reply Amena~Fashionopolis October 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Great post. I love blue & orange combo and pink and red one.
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    • Reply scompiseno October 23, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      I’ve really been trying hard to mix and match pieces I already own, and it’s amazing how many new outfits and options you can come up with shopping your own closet! Thanks so much for reading! XOXO, Stella

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