To understand which colors can be com-bined, you have to know a few basic theories about color harmony.
Here are some guidelines.
Use care in combining large amounts of pure color.
Bright colors. or hues. are too intense to be mixed in their pure forms in an outfit.
That’s why you won’t want to choose a yellow sweater to wear with your violet skirt. Instead. when putting together a complementary color combi- nation. choose one hue and then add a color that is one or two spaces removed from its com- plement.
For example, a violet skirt would look spectacular with a light gold (yellow-orange) sweater whereas a bright yellow sweater would be too much. Similarly, a pure hue of red would be better set off by an olive green (yellow-green) than by a pure green.
A pure blue would be better complemented by a burnt orange (red- orange) than by a bright orange. Do the same thing when creating a triad color combination. that is. combine one hue with colors that are one or two steps removed from the two other triad hues on the color wheel.
Pure colors and tints work well together.
For example, pink and red is a stunning color combi- nation. Bright blue and baby blue go well with one another.
Shades and tones work well together.
Navy, for example. looks good with mauve. or for that matter with gray. Brown looks good with a grayed red (such as bittersweet) or with gold. which is a grayed yellow.
Pure colors and tints don’t work well with shades and tones.
They don’t so much clash as they battle with one another in a way that doesn’t let either color prevail. Kathy tried on a pink angora sweater that she thought would look spec. tacular with her bright red skirt, but it didn’t. because the pink had gray in it. It was really a tone, not a tint. Jane wanted to buy a bright green crew-neck sweater to wear with a muted green-and-red-plaid shirte but much to her sur. prise. they didn’t go together either. The green in the shirt was a tone. When she tried on a