You want the easy look of analogous colors
Christian Louboutain lemon patent leather pumps, J. Crew lemon silk skirt, Express teal shirt dress, shades of green pendent necklace, green enamel bangle (all own), best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chico's, silk skirt c/o Lilysilk, and crossbody bag c/o Uno Alla Volta

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The right color combination is part of being stylish

There is this quote of Nicky Hilton saying

Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it. - Nicky Hilton #fashion #quote Click To Tweet

She is totally right. Nobody – even a Heiress, celebrity or Princess – just looks stylish because they wear expensive clothes. Lack of styling know-how makes them just look fashionably expensive, but not pin-worthy.

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There are many elements to being stylish. One aspect is your color choice for your look.

Despite many women prefer to wear neutral color combination, how to look stylish in neutral colors and not look Old Lady is an art. Full on color is tricky too. To avoid to look like a box of crayons from kindergarten, one best follows these expert tips on looking effortlessly stylish in fashion colors. The easiests, read fool proof, way to wear colors is using the help of the color wheel. This post shows an example of how to wear analogous colors.

#advancedstyle woman in summer look with dress worn as coat over a skirt and blouse with matching purse and shoes
Sideview of summer work outfit with J. Crew blouse, Express shirt dress worn as coat (all own), skirt c/o Lilysilk, and artisan made shoulder bag c/o Uno Alla Volta

Wearing Analogous Colors Is a Do

In this look of the day, I went for analogous colors for the top, bottom and accessories. You can go wrong with that combination. Read more on how to wear analogous colors at this link.

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#midlifestyle Nicole in work outfit with skirt, top, cardigan and boots

style blogger Nicole in autumn colors with leopard print boots
Outfit details: Max Mara skirt, Moda International cardigan dyed poppy, orange cashmere sweater, smoky quartz statement necklace, YSL work bag, twigg’s pantyhose, and Manolo Blahnik leopard print pointy-toe calf-hair kitten heel boots (all own)


Like this outfit? Feel free to pin it to your own Pinterest board. It’s a great way that your friends, and family can see them too.

The Color Wheel Is Your Best Friend for a Stylish Look

Analogous colors are those that are adjacent on the color wheel. For instance, yellow, yellow-orange, orange; when you go for four colors in your outfit add red-orange. Another example is blue-violet, blue, blue-green. Or like in the OOTD, yellow-green, green, blue-green or how it is more fashionably called lemon, green, and teal. Besides the hue, you can also play with the tint or shade.  In other words, use analogous colors in pastel (tint) or with muted colors which include black (shade).

#advancedstyle woman wearing a dress over a skirt and Louboutain's
Back view of summer work outfit with Christian Louboutin pumps, J. Crew lemon silk skirt, Express dress (all own), skirt c/o Lilysilk, and crossbody bag c/o Uno Alla Volta

Other cool color wheel pairings

Going with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) is a bold color and style statement over 40. Read risky. But when your personal style are bold colors, you may be able to pull it off. Key is to put the color(s) that don’t flatter your face away from it. In my case, I would put the red or blue close to the face.

#styleover50 woman wearing a summer office outfit in teal and lemon colors
Christian Louboutain lemon colored pumps, J. Crew lemon silk skirt, pendent necklace, enamel bangle (all own), best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chico’s, teal fit-and-flare skirt c/o Lilysilk, and saddle bag c/o Uno Alla Volta

The same applies when you go for secondary colors (orange, green, violet). To be on the safe side it’s always the best to just take two of the three. However, there are tips and tricks to how you can look great with more than 3 colors in an outfit.

zoom on pumps, skirt, and purse
Zoom-in on Christian Louboutain heels (own), skirt c/o Lilysilk, and purse c/o Uno Alla Volta for details

Color-block With Complimentary

A classic – read fool proof – combination are complimentary colors like yellow with violet, red with green, or blue with orange. You see the complimentary color to a primary color is the combination of the respective two other primary colors. You can also see it that way that the complimentary color of a secondary color is the primary not included in creating the secondary color from the primary colors. LOL.

details of jewelry of the office look
Zoom-in to show details of the outfit in analogous colors. J. Crew shirt, green ornaments pendant necklace, enamel floral bangle, brooch (all own), best girlfriends bracelet c/o Chico’s

Let Nature Inspire Your Look

Another easy way – besides using the color wheel – to create great, stylish color combination is to repeat the colors of a print that is part of your outfit. You could also use nature for inspiration of the color combination for your outfit.

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You can find further outfit ideas with analogous colors at the link.

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Top of the World Style linkup

Welcome to the 163rd Top of the World Style linkup party.

The awardees of this party are Salazar, Paula, and Julie.

#linkup Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Salazar
Salazar, the personal style blogger at 14 Shades of Grey became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post


Salazar, the style blogger at 14 Shades of Grey was the readers’ favorite at the last party. Her outfit is a classic combination of two primary colors. She is a film school graduate from Vietnam, who went to school in the US. She loves to read, write, cook and take photos. On her blog, she shares her journey in finding her personal style and documents what she wore. She also is one of the bloggers who run the series SIA, Style Inspired by Art.

#TopoftheWorldStyle #linkup Top of the World OOTD My Fav Julie at The Main Line Life
Julie, the lifestyle blogger at The Main Line Life, became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post


I fell in love with Julie’s pink simple summer dress. Julie is the everyday style blogger at This Main Line Life. She started blogging as a way to connect with others and to write a little about her life, raising a family, fashion, and shopping on the Main Line, which is in the metropolitan area of Philadelphia. She shares some favorite local spots, mom insights, and plenty of fashion finds.

#linkup #TopoftheWorldStyle Paula at Sweet Pea
Paula the blogger at Sweet Pea won the Top of the World Style feature. Photo from her post


Paula was drawn to be the Top of the World Style feature. She is the lifestyle and DIY blogger at Virginia Sweet Pea. Paula started her blog in 2009 as a way to share her projects. She loves to be domestic, enjoys DIY, crafting, cooking, decorating, sewing, gardening and most recently, she started furniture makeovers!

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Readers and bloggers of all age and gender, please link up your instagram or blog outfit posts at the blue button below. Please invite your friends too and don’t forget to tweet your linked up post. Tag #TopoftheWorldStyleLinkup and @HighLatitudeSty and I will retweet your post.

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