I am very happy to introduce you to Lorna Mai who is a professional color expert, and an over 40 fashion blogger from the UK. She shares how to wear color to look slimmer, younger and more vibrant. She is the writer of
The Colour Queen and the author of today’s guest post in my weekly Ageless Style series. I asked her to write about looking ageless wearing color.
How to wear analogous colours
By Lorna Mai
You may be wondering what analogous colours are and how they relate to fashion. Analogous colours are those colours which are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. Sometimes designers when designing their collections, whether it’s in clothing or home interiors, will use the colour wheel to aid them when combining colours together. Whenever you watch a catwalk or see outfits designed by the best designers, careful thought is put into their colour combinations. Take some time to familiarise yourselves with the interactive colour wheel linked above and see if it will inspire you to create new colour combinations. Below is a diagram of the analogous colour scheme in outfits.
How to wear analogous colours together
- Analogous colours are usually a set of 2 or 3 adjacent colours on the colour wheel.
- There is a dominant colour, a supporting colour and possibly an accent.
- The dominant can be either a primary or a secondary colour.
- They blend well because they’re so similar to each other but often lack contrast.
Who can wear analogous colours?
In essence anyone can. However if you were to ask who looks amazing in an analogous colour scheme, I would have to say those who have a low contrast level in their natural colourings. In other words, if there isn’t much contrast between your hair, skin colour and eye colour (usually Summer and Autumn skin tones) then analogous colours look great on you as you appear more blended in your appearance. I have very dark hair and pale skin, so strictly speaking I look better in colours that are more in contrast with each other.
For me, when I put together an outfit with analogous colours, I only loosely stick to the colour wheel by wearing colours that are near enough adjacent to each other plus I stick to just a couple of sequential colours as I feel this is more realistic for me.
Example outfit with skirt and top in analogous colors by Lorna Mai
Example of analogous colors for skirt and top by Lorna Mai
Are you inspired to learn more about wearing colours? Are you interested in regular top tips on wearing colours and styles (especially if you’re over 40.) Or do you have any questions on wearing colours together?
Have you heard of an analogous colour scheme? Do you ever look at the colours in the colour wheel for colour inspiration?
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