Take a moment to reminisce about art class in elementary school–remember the complementary colors? Those were my favorite, and they still are. The tropical vibes of orange paired with blue are perfect for the summer as is the electric feel of yellow against violet. Most people avoid the last set of complimentary hues, red and green, because the combination screams winter holidays. Christmas in July doesn’t come off as very stylish at first, but this week’s Fashionista proves red and green can be done in the summer while staying cute.
She wears a lovely cropped T-shirt with thin red stripes along with a nice pair of black denim. Not only is this Fashionista on-trend with the cropped top/high-waisted bottom look, but she also gets creative with an accessory that doesn’t quite match. In spite of that, her amazing forest green Dooney & Bourke crossbody fits her outfit like the perfect puzzle piece.
The secret to her successful take on the red and green combination is the subtlety of it all. To avoid looking festive enough for the holiday season, this Fashionista cleverly toned down one of the colors in the outfit. By going for the thin red stripes on the top, she had some room to really pack a punch with the green. Also, her choice of a breezy crop top nails the look as something that belongs in the summertime. Furthermore, the way she chose to use an accessory rather than another article of clothing to highlight the green makes the look less jarring.
To try your hand at tricky complementary colors this season, find a shirt or blouse that uses the first color as an accent and will beat the heat. Perhaps one with some simple color-blocking will work, or maybe even one with a quirky print. Next, look for any basic bottoms; a swingy skirt or some cut-offs in black will do the trick. Then, choose an accessory in the second color–a bright bag or cute canvas shoes–to wrap up the look. Finally, strut your amazing red and green outfit with confidence.