The Fashion Faux Pas: Proper Color Scheming

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I’m back again and the subject this week is all about color scheming. The knowledge of patterns, and the way some colors can be bold or soft.  Colors and patterns should be experimented with to give you the same color but a different shade.  Have you ever thought about a certain color making you seem taller, shorter, or muscular?  Of course you have because colors have the power to make you look like a million bucks. 

Color coordination should never be overlooked by the man building the wardrobe.  Well chosen colors are like proper details that can entirely make or break an outfit. Very sharp clothing in the wrong color combinations will still make you look bland and boring, or loud and foolish.  Finding a happy medium is essential to developing the look men strive for.

This is the basic theory that underlies all the color decisions you can make in your wardrobe.

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Most clothing comes in a more muted form of the true hues either they are lightened by adding white called a tint or darkened by adding a black shade. Mixing colors is an essential skill for any man who hopes to dress well.  Mixing colors can create two effects, harmony and patience. When we mix colors in an outfit, we should use colors that work with each other to create an appearance that’s pleasant to look at, not a mash of colors that looks chaotic.

If we don’t mix colors or use any variety, the end result is most likely going to be bland or boring, which people don’t want to look at. If we mix too many colors, or mix colors in a non-harmonious way, it leads to a disorganized appearance. This is why it is essential to know how to properly coordinate the colors of an outfit.

There are three color schemes that register as the most organized with human eyes:  complementary colors, triad colors, and analogous colors.  Not all of your outfits will follow the color wheel exactly. Don’t worry too much if they don’t.  Look for combinations that you feel comfortable in, using the color wheel schemes as a very basic guideline.  A splash of difference here or there is what makes the outfit yours.  A basic understanding of the color wheel is just a tool to get you started. 

Jimmy Barnes is a graduating senior who is a Broadcast/Mass Communications major. He will be a staff writer for The Campus Chronicle for 2015-2016 school year.

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