Fashion

Add some fresh colors to your wardrobe

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Wanna freshen your look? A simple way is to ditch those safe colors and color combos you’ve been wearing. You know the ones–black, white, red, blue and boring beige. Try these next three ideas for fun pain-free ways to step outside your fashion comfort zone while doing some interesting color mixing.

Stylists, whose job it is to creatively dress their clients so they don’t look like everyone else, have a knack for coming up with unusual color palettes that can make even basic wear seem more interesting and fashion forward. We’re taking our cue from them, in recommending these 3 color categories.

JEWEL TONES

You can wear several jewel tones at once with little risk of overdoing it because interestingly enough, most jewel tones go together. Try royal purple, yellow, cobalt/sapphire blue, emerald green, orange, red and burgundy all at once or in any combo and you will immediately have a high fashion look. However way you pair jewel tones, they somehow work and they look great on everyone!

Jewel tones give outfits instant pizazz

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

Pair two colors from neighboring areas on the color wheel like pink and red, orange and pink, lemon and lime and you’ll come off looking like a stylist. Most of us mere mortals didn’t think of pairing pink and red until SJP wore that iconic pant outfit. It was inspired and the trend caught on. It’s a fashion mashup that is positively sublime…and slimming too.

Pink and red and similar close-but-not-the-same color pairings make your outfit look fresh

THE NEW NEUTRAL

If you prefer neutrals, try changing things up by doing grey. Designers are putting out a whole lot more pieces, even entire collections in grey, and doing it year-round.

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Like black, white, taupe and other neutrals, grey pairs well with just about any color and is flattering on a lot of skin tones. Do:

  • Grey and black for a creative vibe.
  • Grey and yellow for a casual look.
  • Soft grey and white when you’re going for elegance.
  • Grey and navy for the office.

 


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About the Author

When she's not studying fashion at FIT, Shelly can be found photographing architecture, street style and browsing the used art book rack at The Strand in Union Square Manhattan. She is as funny as she is creative and has a keen eye for mixing textures.

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