Color Contrast in Fashion… How does it work?
Two colors combined in one item create a contrast, we all know that. It goes a little further than that. There are various types of contrasts on which we would like to shed a little light.
Comes from the French ton-sur-ton, literally meaning tone on tone. In this contrast, different shades of the same color are used. This is a very popular color contrast in Perfectly Basics styling.
Colors can be divided between warm and cool. So we experience yellow, orange and red as warm colors and turquoise, green and blue as cool colors. Each color also has warm and cool tones in it. Black warms color and white works in a cooling way. Thus, dark red is a warm color and pink is a cool color. The biggest cool-warm contrast is in a combination of turquoise and scarlet.
The translation of this color contrast is ‘false monochromatic’. This is a contrast between two colors that have the same values, but only differ in base color. They have the same gray value, clarity, warmth and strength.
This is the contrast between two primary colors. Meaning: two colors that have not been mixed with black or white. For example: red on yellow.
A color can appear shiny next to a dull tone, whilst looking dull next to another color. This is a contrast that you should take into account when putting together your outfit. The color of your eyes or face can be sparked up when using certain colors or they can look duller next to another color.
Anything is possible and this is what makes combining colors exciting. Open up your wardrobe and dance with the colors, shades and tones, find out what suits you best. Have fun!
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