As a student and lifelong fan of the University of Georgia, I learned at an early age that red and black is the ultimate color combination. Combinations like purple and yellow and blue and orange (both colors of fellow SEC schools and rivals) were taboo because, in the SEC, school spirit is everything. But when it comes to style, nothing is off limits — especially complementary colors. Complementary colors are colors that oppose one another on the color wheel; so for example, red and green, yellow and purple and blue and orange.
This Fashionisto made a simple outfit extraordinary with a complementary color combination that stood out on a dreary, rainy day. As the colors are exact opposites, pairing them together makes each hue seem more intense. When coupling two opposing colors, choose a darker shade of one of the colors in order to prevent clashing. This Fashionisto opted for a mustard yellow cardigan, which offsets the purple checked button-down much better than a sunshine yellow would have. He kept the rest of his outfit simple and understated with dark wash jeans and a pair of Clarks Desert Boots, perfectly balancing the bright tops.
Recreate this outfit with any complementary color combination. For a vibrant look similar to this Fashionisto’s, choose a deep, regal purple and dark yellow. For a toned-down, yet still striking option, layer an orange button-down with a lightweight, navy jacket. Follow this Fashionisto’s example, and find one piece that is patterned like this purple houndstooth button-down or this orange palm tree bedecked top to provide details and break up the monotony of two solid colors.
Take a risk and try out new color combinations. While I will always love my school’s colors, these complementary hues will definitely be in my closet rotation this spring.