Showing posts with label color. Show all posts
Showing posts with label color. Show all posts

Monday, September 9, 2013

the color run, round two

Saturday my friends and I drove to Portland to do the color run! This was my second time doing a color run, and it was way too much fun. This time around I opted not to bring my actual camera, so these are just iphone photos, but they turned out pretty good and I got some footage I wouldn't have dared to try to get with my dslr (I saw one guy carrying his around and it was covered in pink colors, and I just cringed for that poor camera). It was so awesome being able to do it with the most amazing girls in the entire world. I love my best friends!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

mixology 101 // combinations

Today we shall be talking about combining both patterns and colors in outfits. If you're just tuning in, be sure to check out the previous posts: intro//color//prints

We will also be discussing different types of fabrics and how to mix them (though I'm not as knowledgeable on the subject so I will be somewhat limited) as well as different structures of clothing.

So now you have all the knowledge (that I know) about colors and patterns individually; and now it's time to combine the two! Let's look at a few examples of mixing prints with color in mind.

Liz of Delightfully Tacky provides a great example of easing into mixing multiple patterns. Because the colors in the print of her shirt are so closely related to each other, the print almost acts as a solid color. She works that to her advantage by allowing the subtle print act as an accent print against the main print of the stripes in her cardigan. The cardigan also has the outfit accent color of blue. By choosing one print with one accent color and incorporating other prints with the main color (in this case orange), Liz really shows how you can begin mixing prints with ease.

I almost forgot to mention her polka dot hose, but that's just the point, since they are not only a neutral print but also a neutral color, I didn't even notice them at first! To add any sort of interest to an outfit, the easiest way is to add a neutral print in a neutral color.

Speaking of neutral colors, take a look at how Connie of K is for Kani (left) and Alex of Great Plain Style (right) both used neutral colors in their awesome outfits. Connie paired a geometric, neutral colored skirt with an organic, bold colored shirt. Her green jacket is the focal point because it is the brightest color, and the bag is a nice complement to the jacket.

Alex combined two organic prints, but since the leopard print contains neutral colors, it goes with the galaxy skirt. Technically, the pattern of the shirt is invisible because of its neutrality, allowing it to be paired with literally any skirt in existence.

Question: I've noticed, that sometimes it's not only a question of patterns and colors, I think from time to time it's about the materials too, and I find it problematic (what a strange word, used with this "primitive" topic :D). Sometimes I just take a really nice skirt and I think with that blouse it might look awesome, but when I try them on, it's a bit of disaster - because of different fabrics. Anyway, I may am too much choosy :D :) What do you think about it?

Perhaps my above statement of being able to pair any skirt in existence isn't exactly true. There are a couple other aspects to outfits, such as type of fabric and structure of pieces that affect how an outfit look. As a general rule, I would say similars work well and opposites work well. In the case of fabrics, I envision a fuzzy sweater working well with a leather skirt, or a leather skirt working well with a leather jacket. To take it a step further with structure, the fuzzy sweater could be tight fitting, and the skirt could be a flair skirt. That way you have two opposites, both in fabric and structure. I think Le Blog De Betty is one of the best blogs out there to gain some insight by way of observation about different fabric types as well as structure. Definitely scour her archives and see how she works the fabric and structure of clothes to their highest potential.

In my own outfit, I'm sporting three different patterns: the geometric pattern in my shirt, zigzags in my dress, and stars on my tights. Because the zigzags are a small print, they complement the large geometric print. Because the zigzags feature a yellow similar to the geometric print, they match each other well. The red and blue are the same shade, so they both work together and are therefore my accent colors. The yellow, because it is the most prominent and a much brighter color than the red and blue, is the main color. It's good to note that the shirt and dress are both made of a soft feeling fabric (I'm guessing cotton, but I really don't know off the top of my head), and both have a nice, flowy structure to them.

Marlen of Messages on a Napkin is one of the best when it comes to mixing prints and patterns. In fact, she's starting up her own mixing series, Layered Like an Onion! In this outfit specifically, she paired a geometric zigzag print with an organic floral print. Both colors on the prints are tints of red and blue. She then added a beautiful pastel green belt (an opposite of the red and a complement of the blue).

Here's another example of how any color within the same tonal range will work. You can see that even though I change the hue of the dress, it still complements the colors of the rest of the outfit, which just goes to show just how versatile colored prints really are. Even though any color works, the original blue-green color of the dress, or the red color in the gif above work the best, because one is the opposite of the red floral print, and one is the same. You should either be matchy-matchy or contrasting. (But really, any color works and any color would look great.)


1. To ease into mixing prints, choose a bold print with an accent color, as well as a subtle print that matches the main color.
2. Think in opposites or matches--in terms of everything: color, texture, structure, pattern.

If you have any questions, please let me know! Tomorrow we will be putting your knowledge to the test (don't worry, it will be easy) by remixing my own pieces! So be sure to check back here tomorrow to join in on the fun!

Have a fantastic day.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

mixology 101 // color

First of all, I must begin by saying that these are just my opinions and may or may not be textbook accurate. But from what I know and have experimented they are true and they work for me, so I hope they work for you!

Second of all, get rid of all notions that one color doesn't match with another, because it's not true. Because colors exist in nature, they are all harmonious with one another. Where people go wrong is in the amount of combinations of colors they wear. Today I'll be showing you some examples (a lot actually, because I couldn't bear to not include some of my favorite bloggers) of colors you may not think work well that actually do.

When it comes to color, there's a vast amount of knowledge about the subject. You can read all about color on the internet, but one website I find especially helpful is this one. For now, we will start with the basic color wheel. These are the most basic colors, or hues, and from them come every color you see. Tints are the lightening of the twelve basic colors (think pastel colors). Tints are achieved by adding white to colors. Shades of colors are achieved when you add black (generally) to the twelve basic colors. (In painting, instead of adding black, you add the opposite color on the color wheel, i.e. add red to green to make the red darker, to not compromise the vibrancy of the red, but that's a different topic.) A tone is when you add grey to a color (think muted colors).

Now remember, all colors go together. You can mix (and I mean mix in the sense of pairing two different pieces of clothing together) a tone with a shade with a tint, of any color, with any color. There are plenty of examples below where people have done this successfully. The general rule, however, is that a color in close relation to another will compliment it. For example, colors next to each other on the color wheel (called analogous), or those opposite each other (complementary) fit well together. But now let's look at some examples to see the colors in action.

Connie from K is for Kani is the perfect contendor to begin with. I've long been a huge fan of her fun colors and she has an amazing knack to match things together. In this outfit specifically, you can see how she used complementary colors to her advantage. Her two main colors are both tones of red and green, opposites on the color wheel. She uses the yellow-orange tone as an accent color, which is in between both the red and green on the color wheel. Because she stuck with two main colors and an accent color, and because they were all tones, this color combination worked.

Question: How can I add more colors into my outfits easily?

Olivia of La Voyageuse is a great example of incorporating many different colors into an outfit. If you're nervous about adding a lot of color to your wardrobe, start with one piece at a time. In this ourfit, Olivia had a multicolored scarf with greens and pinks and blues. For this outfit specifically, she chose to add to the pinks of the scarf with (a shade of) red shorts and (a tint of) red sweater, allowing the blue and green (which are analogous colors) to be her accent colors.

Similarily, Katie of Alaskan Weredork (left) used her scarf as the main focal point, pulling from the greens in the scarf to match her shirt. A way she could remix this scarf would be to pair it with a yellow or blue piece of clothing, since both tints are also in the scarf.

Lauren of Someone like You used her neutral daisy romper as the main focal point, and a dark green as an accent color. This also brings up a good point about neutrals. Neutrals consist of browns, blacks (to include greys), white, and navys, and they go with any color (be it tints, shades, or hues) including other neutrals. (Whoever told you that brown and black don't go together was lying to you.) Because Lauren's romper consists of neutrals, she can pair any colored cardigan with it. Perhaps a red orange cardigan with a blue green belt (complementary colors)?

Hannah from Styles by Hannah Riles does an excellent job of showing how to pair shades of colors together. A beautiful maroon color next to a deep teal blue color is one of my personal favorite color pairings. In this case, because maroon is the most prominent color, the blue acts as a compliment. The tone of red also works because it is related to the maroon color. Even though they are two separate colors, they can be classified as one since they share the same hue: red.

If you hold your mouse over the left image, you can see how perfectly the two reds relate to each other. One is more of a tone, one is slightly closer to purple on the color wheel, but they both share the same shade (both have the same amount of black in them).

It's important as a general rule to keep your outfit to one or two main colors with one accent color.

Elanor of Missing Lovebirds (left) has the perfect outfit to showcase this rule. Her main color is this tone of green, with one accent color of red. The swatches of red that I have highlighted, of course, are in various tones and slightly different positions on the color wheel (some leaning towards red, and some leaning towards orange, but they are all derived from the hue red. Plus, it's easy to combine these reds because they are already together in one skirt.

Elana of Room 334 (right) also has a similar skirt to showcase this concept. She took the tint of blue in the skirt, and went straight to its hue in the pairing of her necklace.

Some more examples include Annika of The Pineneedle Collective (middle), pairing neutrals with a tone of yellow and her pastel pink hair; Kaylah of The Dainty Squid with a beautiful earth toned (ie browns, greens) outfit with a yellow cardigan (which plays off of the yellow-orange in her neutral browns); and Jessi of Haircut and General Attitude in bright analogous colors of red (pink), orange, and yellow.

Despite what this post suggests, this isn't an exact science. You can't go around with an eyedropper tool to sample every color you come by, though that would be incredibly cool. I learned everything I know from trial and error, and mostly from just instinctively seeing what looks good together and what doesn't. It was only in preparing this post that I saw how refined color mixing actually is. But that doesn't mean you have to make it refined. In fact, I want you to break all the rules I just gave you and wear whatever colors you want! That's the joy about personal style: you wear what makes you happy. But as far as I know, these are the best guidelines to mix colors together for one cohesive, stylish look.


1. All colors go together. Some just happen to go together better than others.
2. Neutrals are your friend. Browns, blacks, whites, and navys go with any color, including other neutrals.
3. If you're looking to slowly incorporate color mixing into your outfit, go with a piece of clothing that features many colors.
4. Above all, experiment. Always keep an open mind to color. Some combinations may surprise you!

If you have any further questions on color or need clarification on anything I've talked about, please don't hesitate to ask! I will be happy to answer your questions and give you more examples and help you mix color in your own outfits.

Tomorrow we will be looking at patterns and how to mix them, so be sure to check back soon.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

the color run!

Saturday was the color run! It's been a dream of mine ever since I knew about events like this to actually attend, and finally I was able to, alongside some of my best friends. It was so much fun being able to do it with Matt and Joel and Marquel. I love being able to do exciting things with people I love just because we can share something together. Matt almost wasn't able to do it because of work, and I was so disappointed when I thought he couldn't do it with us. But thankfully everything worked out. It was so great to run beside him and get sprayed with fun colors. This was definitely high up on the list of best dates ever. I love you, Matt! You're the best ever and I'm so glad we got to do this together. :)

Joel, Marquel, and I

Joel and Marquel were celebrating one year of marriage and dressed up in wedding attire. (Also later on this day, we all got to eat dinner together and I got to hold their new baby ... soo cute!)

There's something awesome about you and 15,000 strangers gathering for a fun experience, and the event certainly disappoint. There were familys with little kids, friends, and co-workers all together to hang out and have fun. For the actual run, there were different color stations throughout the course where people sprayed the runners with color. You could see the cloud of color and when you were in it, everywhere you stepped puffs of color burst up from under your feet. It was so magical. The great thing about the color run is that even though it's a 5k, it's a pretty laid back one. We actually only ran for about a fourth of the way total, and jogged the rest of the time. I think it is a great first 5k for anyone interested in getting into running or marathons or triathlons. And now I can say that I've done a 5k!

What a babe.

After the run, there was a huge after party with people throwing packets of color everywhere and jumping around (as white people do) and dancing and having fun. It was really magical being engulfed by colors. I felt like I was a little kid again in an atmosphere of pinks, blues, greens, and yellows.

The only downside of the color run? Having colored boogers days after the event. I'm still blowing gunk out of my nose, haha. Was it worth it though? Most definitely. One hundred million percent. I can't wait for next year when we can do it again!

before and after!