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How do you color-coordinate an outfit?

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To color-coordinate an outfit, use a color wheel to find colors that complement each other. Try and wear clothes that have the same color tones. Coordinate different shades of the same color.

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Use a color wheel as a guide when color-coordinating an outfit. Colors that complement each other are on the opposite ends of the color wheel, for example, red and blue. Though complementary colors are equidistant from the center of the color wheel, one can also complement a color that is closer to the center with a color that is at the opposite end of the color wheel, for example, a pale blue with a deep red.

Another option is to color-coordinate an outfit using an analog color scheme. This means choosing one color from the color wheel, skipping the next color and choosing the color after that. If needing to coordinate three colors, choose triad colors or split complementary colors. Triad colors are three colors that are the same distance apart on the color wheel. For example, if the color wheel has 12 colors, select a color, skip three colors and select the fourth color. Skip the next three colors and select the fourth color.

For split complementary colors, the first two colors are analog colors, and the third color is complementary to the color found between the analog colors. The monotone chromatic scheme is a simple scheme that combines different shades of the same color.

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