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An Introduction to Color

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Been lurking and posting sparringly, and I love the forum. Informative, positive, and inspirational.

Since introduced to the forum, I've learned so much, but I find myself second-guessing color choices often--especially for the basic suit colors. For example, I was just looking online at purchasing a lilac shirt (checked or striped not sure yet) and the thought entered my mind that lilac probably doesn't go with navy (just a thought, I'm obv new).

I get so many ideas from posts in the WAYWT thread and see some great color combinations. My question is a basic but very broad one: what looks good with what? I know style and personal preference is everything. But if anyone has always adhered to a basic rule or guideline, I'd love for you to share.

Also, I've heard about a color palette based on skin/eyes/hair. Anyone have info on this. I'm a colorblind fool!!!
 

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There are 3 ways to color scheme. Complimentary, contrasting and shades of a color. The trick is balancing the scheme. I can't remember who did this in the WAYWT threads but they wore orange pants and then balanced it out so it looked really good. I can't remember if he used contrasting colors or complimentary colors to pull it off. I'm an earth tones guy and dress using a complimentary type of scheme most of the time. Then there's the whole issue of color weight. By that I mean the illusion of heaviness or power based on color. The architectural guys would know what I'm talking about here and could explain it way better than me.

So enough of the formal blather. Here's how you do it. Pick things out and experiment with them. Find something you like and then go wear it well. Wearing something well is really what it's all about and is the basis of personal style which is all you should care about.
 

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For some reason I don't think it's a good idea...

 

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Originally Posted by Crane's
There are 3 ways to color scheme. Complimentary, contrasting and shades of a color. The trick is balancing the scheme. I can't remember who did this in the WAYWT threads but they wore orange pants and then balanced it out so it looked really good. I can't remember if he used contrasting colors or complimentary colors to pull it off. I'm an earth tones guy and dress using a complimentary type of scheme most of the time. Then there's the whole issue of color weight. By that I mean the illusion of heaviness or power based on color. The architectural guys would know what I'm talking about here and could explain it way better than me.

So enough of the formal blather. Here's how you do it. Pick things out and experiment with them. Find something you like and then go wear it well. Wearing something well is really what it's all about and is the basis of personal style which is all you should care about.


Noted sir, ty
 

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Originally Posted by Crane's
There are 3 ways to color scheme. Complimentary, contrasting and shades of a color. The trick is balancing the scheme. I can't remember who did this in the WAYWT threads but they wore orange pants and then balanced it out so it looked really good. I can't remember if he used contrasting colors or complimentary colors to pull it off. I'm an earth tones guy and dress using a complimentary type of scheme most of the time. Then there's the whole issue of color weight. By that I mean the illusion of heaviness or power based on color. The architectural guys would know what I'm talking about here and could explain it way better than me.

I love your feminine side. It's really touching.


- B
 

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Originally Posted by voxsartoria
I love your feminine side. It's really touching.


- B


LOL! Geez I'm slipping up. I better go play with my guns and knives for a while.
 

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Originally Posted by Crane's
LOL! Geez I'm slipping up. I better go play with my guns and knives for a while.

Hah! I shoot...but sporting clays don't bleed or bleat.


- B
 

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What, besides a taliban, bleats when you shoot it? A donkey?


Originally Posted by voxsartoria
Hah! I shoot...but sporting clays don't bleed or bleat.


- B
 

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Originally Posted by Mildly Consumptive
What, besides a taliban, bleats when you shoot it? A donkey?

Terrible animal, the donkey. I will say no more.


- B
 

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Originally Posted by Mildly Consumptive
What, besides a taliban, bleats when you shoot it? A donkey?

Most of your split hooved animals bleat in some form or another for starters. I'm fairly certain a donkey doesn't bleat but it may whinnie.
 

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Originally Posted by Crane's
I can't remember who did this in the WAYWT threads but they wore orange pants and then balanced it out so it looked really good. I can't remember if he used contrasting colors or complimentary colors to pull it off.

I think I remember the pic. PG/eGW (phat guido)
 

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