Last night I stopped into midtown Manhattan to see the new arrivals. On my way home I saw the window display outside of Macy’s Herald Square. I had seen the display a few times before but I stopped to actually look at it. The mannequins were standing in front of a “mirror” with their reflection showing the structural design of the outfits they were wearing. The back drop and the outfits complemented each other so well it inspired me to put together some looks of my own using complementary colors.
Some people have issues with wearing colors. The trick is to choose two colors that complement each other well and are easy on the eyes. Bold colors and chunky jewelry were big in the late 80’s and early 90’s so that was the feel I was going for when putting these looks together. Chanel makes the perfect accessories for recreating that vibe so I used some of their pieces as well.
What are complementary colors? First I will start by explaining what the primary colors are. Red, Yellow, and Blue are the three primary colors on the color wheel. When you mix any two of these colors together you get a complementing color (ie. Red + Yellow make Orange and Yellow + Blue make Green). It is important to understand the color wheel and apply it when choosing your colors. You can also pair the primary colors together if you choose the right shade. Blue can be paired with pink (a shade of red) to achieve the same look as well as Yellow and purple (a shade of blue).
This classic yellow dress is perfect for a spring or summer event. The simple dress and shoes can always be taken up a notch with a printed bag and gold accessories. When choosing colored footwear I always go for suede. In my opinion it makes the color look richer.
Choies Blue Strapless Ruffle Jumpsuit -$25
Aldo Larerrassa Sandals – $55
Hayley Piped Clutch – $16
Pre-owned Estate Designer Chanel Silver Tone Faux White Pearl CC Logo Clip Earrings -$295
This royal blue jumpsuit is perfect for a date night. Where your hair in a high ponytail and you will have to fight off the stares. If pairing the look with pink heels is a bit frightening keep your accessories simple like I did with the white clutch and stud earrings.
Chicwish Cable Knit Crop Sweater – $45
Vintage 90’s Lee Blue Light Wash High waisted Rise Cut Offs – $40
Pierre Hardy Suede Sandals – $445 (SOLD OUT)
Pre-Owned Vintage Chanel Massive Hoop Dangling Earrings – $2,200
This last look is a true complementary color pairing from the color wheel. This is perfect for an outdoor brunch in the spring. It’s casual and comfortable but not too casual with our green suede sandals. This look isn’t for everyone. I just wanted to demonstrate how you could do a pairing using denim or any other neutral clothing item.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Be sure to let me know which of the looks were your favorite. Leave your thoughts about wearing color in the comment section below.