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Color coordination


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Nov 11, 2003
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I've always relied on my girlfriend to help me coordinate my clothes. I'm tired of getting her to ok my dress all the time. I think I have a good sense of style and I can put together pieces that would go well together if we lived in a black and white world. But when it comes to choosing shirts to go with pants to go with shoes I'm lost as far as mixing colors. Where can I get help? Is there a secret decoder ring that I can buy that will help me? Software program? Color chart? Book? Helpline?


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Jul 28, 2003
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mixing colors is an art, not a science. there really are no rules for this, but i'll tell you how i do it and maybe it will give you some ideas. first, i think of colors as falling into two basic categories:

1) earth tones: brown, green, orange, and yellow (i hate yellow)

2) shades of blue and red, includes purple (if you like yellow, you can add it to this category too.)

generally speaking, i don't mix colors from group one with colors from group two.

an example
red shirt with blue pants
green shirt with brown pants

however, there are a million exceptions to this, so don't think of it as a rule so much as a guideline. if you see a green/blue striped shirt you like, wear it. these colors can go well together (yellow + blue = green).

i've seen men wear brown shoes and belts with blue suits and blue shirts and it works. it casualizes the outfit a little.

note: if you are wearing a lot of earth tones stick with black shoes and belt, as it can be cheesy looking to overdo the earth tones. mr. aybojs pointed this out a while ago, and i completely agree.

i should mention that almost all of my clothes are either black, grey, white, or brown. i could pick out an outfit with my eyes closed and it would probably match. i do however like to use colors as spices, especially blue, burgundy, and lavender.

i say just lay the outfit on your bed, look at it, and if you like it, go for it. good luck.


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Mar 5, 2003
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Clueless: It's not easy. I've written some articles on the subject and you're welcome to review and comment about them: Color theory: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/Clothes....ion.htm How to put color matching into practice: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/C...lorReality.htm Coordinating patterns, fabric weights, etc. http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/C...ordination.htm And matadoropeta, I do run around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music. You don't suppose...? Andy


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Nov 1, 2003
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On the issue of colour coordination, today I'm wearing light steel blue pants with black shoes (the only colour I have on my shoes). I shine my shoes regularly so the gloss is there. Somehow I look quite weird in front of the mirror, like there is a big break from the pants to the shoes. Is it just my feeling or is this something I should avoid?

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