How-to Use the Color Wheel for Fashion

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by 1 Comment
How-to Use the Color Wheel for Fashion

Color does not have to be scary, but admittedly, it can be intimidating when you aren’t certain what colors might compliment or clash. What’s used most often in the world of fashion to make color work is to use the color wheel.

There are rules that apply and that’s what we’re here to share with you. According to, the following rules apply when putting colors together:

  • Those that are across from one another and at a 90 degree angle can be worn together.
  • Those colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel can be worn together
  • Colors that are at a T or an X on the color wheel can be worn together.

My go to colors to wear together?

  • Kelly Green and Navy Blue
  • Eggplant and Navy (or turquoise/aquamarine…is that breaking a rule if it’s one shade over from the “next door” color?)

They also say that most neutrals can pair with colors as well, which is fine, I don’t have a problem with neutrals, but I did struggle with color and these tips and tricks helped me figure out and find more confidence in what already appealed to me.

Some color combinations I want to try?

  • Navy and Orange (no…I’m not a Gator fan…
  • Magenta and Red
  • Red and Eggplant

If you’re not into the color-blocking trend where you combine two bold pops of solid color, then consider a solid in one color and a small accent in your complimentary color.

You can choose a fun cocktail dress in a solid color that you love, and compliment that dress with accessories (shoes, handbags and jewelry) that compliments according to the color wheel – a great way to try out this fashion concept.

Have you tried color-blocking? Do you use the color wheel to help you with fashion?

Image credit: article author via Polyvore

Second image: leopard print via Flickr

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Nicole Hempeck

Mother to three - two of which are twins. Nicole is also a freelance writer, editor, blogger, and social media manager - with all her free time.

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  • Pauline Hawkins

    I’m so thankful when your site has fashion advice! I have updated and improved my wardrobe over the last few months because of hints like these. I can’t wait to try out the color wheel idea.