An Everyday Guide to Matching Clothes
If you’ve ever woken up and had no idea what to wear, keep reading. Whether you find yourself stuck in the same outfit every day or feel your outfits never seem to look cohesive, knowing the basics for matching clothes can be the perfect first step to figuring out your personal style.
We’ve rounded up the basics on matching clothes so next time you are running late for that meeting or date night, you can feel confident in your clothing choice.
Although there are many different tactics to take when matching clothes, an easy place to start is color.
Color plays a huge role when matching clothes. Color impacts our perception, emotions, thoughts, and events. It can impact the way we look at other people and how others look at us, making it a very important part of a first impression. We recommend always referencing a color wheel and color harmony when styling.
You should take into consideration hues, saturation and brightness when looking at the color wheel to dress.
- Hue is the color's exact location on the color wheel. Hue’s are created by mixing three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue).
- Saturation refers to the intensity of each color.
- Brightness refers to the relative lightness of a color.
Let’s dive into some art class basics. The Monochromatic palette has a single hue but varies in brightness and saturation. So, they are all in the same color but vary in different shades. Complementary colors are based on two different complementary hues that are opposite on the color wheel, but remember to play with the hues, brightness, and saturation of those colors to not look too overbearing. Analogous color palette is two or three hues that are right next to each other. For example, green and blue or blue and purple.
You should have fun experimenting with color! Be aware of colors that go with your complexion or skin tone.
You also want to pick your outfits based on the season. Warm colors are ideal for spring and summer while cool colors are great for winter and fall. But if you’re still having trouble start with pairing neutrals together, that way you can’t really go wrong.
Different Clothing Styles
We’ve rounded up some great combinations to pull out for any occasion.
A great combo to make you appear taller and thinner. An example is black and black or blue with blue. You can always play it up by adding accessories like shoes, a belt or a watch.
You can also experiment with having the same color but different shades. Creating an outfit with one shade darker or lighter than the other has a huge difference in the look of an outfit. An example is a light grey pants with a dark grey top.
Neutral With A Pop of Color
If color isn’t really your “thing” try adding it in smaller ways. For example, try khaki jeans and a green henley.This adds color but it’s not overpowering. This can also work with the opposite. Having a colored pant and a neutral colored top is a great way to show your unique style without being too overpowering. Try our black coffee pants and an oatmeal heather 1/4 zip fleece.
This creates a modern elevated look. An example can be an olive colored pant and a navy fisherman cable sweater. Remember, navy and olive are both neutral colors. Don't limit yourself to just white and beige.
Black and White
Mixing and matching white and black is a classic look and will always be timeless. Be aware that lots of service industries adopted this look. When pairing a white button down with white shorts and a white blazer, pair it with a brown belt and brown leather shoes to separate yourself.