Coco Chanel once said ‘the best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you.’ Easier said than done, it seems.
While it's all well and good planning to embrace the bright block tones and colour clashes on the catwalks, it's important to understand how to wear colour correctly and ensure our looks are flattering, rather than a sight for sore eyes.
Want to try your own? We've started with the basics to help you better understand how to create chic colour combinations that suit you.
Understanding colours is key
The natural order of colour is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. If the two ends of this list are connected, the traditional colour wheel is created. This is the easiest way to understand how different colours work together, thus, ensuring your outfits are perfectly matched.
So which colours work best together?
‘Colours work best when they are in harmony with each other,’ says colour analyst, Nikki Bogardus. There are five types of harmonies within the traditional colour wheel.
Monochromatic shades are those of a single colour in various gradients. The Zara look below works so well because the blush jacket and pale pink trousers are different shades of one colour; pink. It makes for a pulled together look that is easy on the eye but also has variety, making it look interesting.
The best colours to wear together are shades that are complimentary of each other. In the world of colour, this actually means shades that are opposites. These include red and green, violet and yellow and blue and orange.
On paper, they seem quite striking and daring, but in reality, these shades work well together and won’t seem as statement as you may first think. They’re easy to find as they’re directly opposite each other on the traditional colour wheel.
When two or three shades are side by side on the colour wheel, they are known as analogous colours, like red, orange and yellow, for example. These work well together because naturally, they blend into one another.
Although this colour clash was all over the SS17 catwalks, we've traditionally been told to keep red and pink separate, even though they are analogous colours. 'The reason why this colour combination is not a smart choice for everyone is that red and pink have very different colour dimensions,' says Bogardus. 'Red is a warm colour, and in most cases, pink is its cool, lighter cousin. The mismatch creates an imbalance to the eyes.'
It still works for a striking colour clash, though, so if you're keen, perhaps break the look up with white or denim, or wear as accessories to ensure the combo isn't too full on.
The term triadic is given to three shades in the colour wheel that are equal distance apart from each other. Pink, green and orange are good examples of this.