Runway Modeling- the Color Wheel by Mimmi Boa

This page really has nothing to do with runway itself but it is very informative about the choice of colors to wear that I have discussed many times through my blog. Thank you Mimmi Boa for the information. <3

The color wheel shows the relationships between colors considered to be primary, secondary and tertiary.
Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

When you mix any two primary colors in equal measure, you obtain a secondary color. Mixing red and blue gives purple, blue and yellow creates green and yellow and red gives orange. So, secondary colors are: green, orange and purple.

A tertiary color is made by mixing one secondary with its adjacent primary color. Yellowish green is a tertiary color.

When talking about matching colors there are two basic relationships:

Analogous colors are the ones sitting side-by-side on the color wheel and they usually work with one another. When matched the result is very nice as these colors are relatives and have little contrast. For example blues analogous colors are green and purple, while red and green are oranges analogous colors.
Colors opposite to each other on the color wheel are complementary colors. When matched they contrast and intensify each other. Purple is complementary to yellow, blue to orange, red to green etc. But the reverse is always applicable.

How to match colors

White and black are not considered as being colors, as they are much less present in nature. Both black and white can be matched with any other color.

Grey is neutral, consequently it can also be matched with any color .

It's advisable not to wear more than 3 colors in the same outfit to maintain a coordinated look and avoid looking like a clown. In order to have a good result or if you are in doubt, use the color wheel to help you choose the colors. But remember: Less is more”.

An outfit must have only one dominant color.

Adding one complementary color allows to temper another color.

Try using more sober colors for the parts where you want to look thinner.

Vivid colors (neon) are better for the upper part of the body because they light up your face.
One very important thing is to match the colors of your clothes to your skin tone and your hair color.

If you have a very fair skin and blond, light brown or red hair you could combine: black and white, chocolate color and red, chocolate and khaki, gray and black, lavender and maroon.

If you have a fair skin and dark hair: maroon and yellow, navy blue and beige, beige and white, gray and maroon.

For a mat skin and dark hair: pink and orange, green and beige, red and grey, red and black.

Avoid matching: green and blue, maroon and black, red and pink, black and navy blue.

Matching Clothing Color to Skin Tone

We all have certain colors that we like to wear more than others. Interestingly, there's a reason for that. Depending on the color of our skin, certain colors can make us look pale or tan. They can help hide our flaws or make them more noticeable. As we are all aware, clothes aren't cheap. It's the same old story: If you're going to spend the money, you might as well make sure you're spending it on clothes that are going to help you look your best.

Matching your clothes with your skin tone is a lot like matching your hair with your skin tone. Instead of dealing with the six skin types in Fitzpatrick's scale, all skin types can be boiled down to four categories. These categories happen to correspond with the four seasons: winter, summer, autumn and spring. By matching your skin tone with the right season, you'll be able to dress your best.

Winter skin tones can be pale, yellow, or dark with blue or pink undertones. Sharp colors like black and blue are great for winter skin tones, but light browns won't help you out, so give them a wide berth. If your skin is pink, then you fall into the summer category. That means you're best suited for pastels and you should only bring out the orange and black on Halloween. Red heads and brunettes generally belong to the autumn camp. They look best in oranges, browns and other earthy tones. Black and white on the other hand won't do them any justice. If you have freckles and light skin, you are spring, so you should wear yellows, greens and blues. As for things to avoid, you could start a club with your autumn friends and start boycotting black and white .

To put it in slightly different terms, light skin tones look better in dark colors, medium skin tones look best with the primary colors and darker skin tones pull off whites and pale colors really well .

These simple tips should help you dress your best.


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