Monday, October 18, 2010
You really want to dress your best? Invest in a Color Wheel ASAP!
"Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. When you read, you begin with A, B, C. When you sing you begin with do-re-mi."
And when you dress you should begin with...a color wheel!
A what? Ask any artist, interior decorator or graphics person and they will tell you that a color wheel is one of the most elementary/basic/ foundational thing you must learn.
I am nothing if not bold, so I'm going to say it like I mean it: this is the first thing you should have in your closet. Or somewhere near your accessories or wherever you get dressed!
Until you are fluent in the language of color, a color wheel will help you keep on track. But here's a the Dressed Your Best quick decoder:
Primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue
Secondary colors: mix any of the two primaries to get: violet, orange, green
Tertiary colors: mix an adjacent primary and secondary color to yield: red violet, blue violet, blue green, yellow green, yellow orange, or red orange.
Create a shade of any color by adding black
Create a tint of any color by adding white
How will any of this help you in dressing? You and your fabulous wardrobe selection will look best if you employ the laws of complementary colors. Complementary colors are those directly across from each other on the color wheel. Just do some reconnaissance work the next time you're shopping, guaranteed, you will find yellows and violets together, reds paired with greens and blues with oranges.
Get your color wheel and practice on your own, I will return soon with examples of how to use the color wheel in your wardrobe selection process. Armed with this knowledge, you will be leagues ahead of all the other non-artists out there. You can thank me later, peach! ;-)