HOW TO PROPERLY MIX & MATCH CLOTHES
Just a disclaimer, you will not be able to properly mix and match clothes immediately. It takes a lot of practice and experiments on your daily outfits. But when you are able to get a hang of the basics of mix and matching colors - it will be worth it.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of the basics you will develop a better intuition for details and a greater understanding of of how colors work.
So here's our stylists’ basic guidelines that they think everyone should know for a perfect mix & match outfit!
1) Understand the Color Wheel
Understanding which relationships on the color wheel that looks pleasing to our human eyes is the most basic of outfit coordinations.
When using red, yellow or blue colors, it’s always best to pair it with the ‘neutrals' — white, black, or any shade with black and white combined (such as grays of varying darkness).
Brown is sometimes described as a ‘neutral' base for an outfit as well, but since it’s a combination of other color wheel hues, brown is best paired with orange or red-orange outfits.
Another important color rule of thumb is to use complementary colors. There are the colors that are opposite end of the color wheels and work best when put together. They might seem bold to look at, but the outputs will be perfect as your eyes recognize a harmonious relationship!
2) Do The Ombre Test
Ombre is the slow progression of one color to another. Usually seen as moving tints and shades from light to dark, ombre is taking over everything from hairstyles and nail art to decors, and let’s not forget - outfits.
Whether you’re using diminishing or ascending shades of the same color, it will look great. If you are sporting two different gradual blending colors, it’s best to bring it all together with the top, bottom, shoes, and accessories - in sync.
3) One Thing At A Time
If it’s a printed or patterned outfit, let the print take over.
Prints and patterns are usually a combination of one or more colors, so you must leave it at that.
4) Match It With Your Skin Tone
If you are pale or yellow toned, opt for colors from the colder side of the palette, such as grey, navy blue, varying shades of green, aqua, emerald, burgundy, etc.
If you have a deeper skin tone, you can pull off brighter or warmer shades of brown, coral, honey, gold, amber, taupe, etc., as they look amazing on this skin tone.
Bonus: Free Professional Advice
Maybe it would help to get a professional stylist to oversee your clothing choices. In the Philippines, there’s a fashion service that gives you a personal stylist for free! Not only will they mix and match clothes for you they can even bring racks of clothes that they think you would like.
Why not give it a try by giving your styling requirements at www.stylistinpocket.com/quiz ? You won’t regret it.