Ever look at your closet and think, “Wow, I only own black clothing!”? Well, you’re not alone. Many people gravitate to black, white, and gray pieces, because they aren’t exactly sure how to style a bunch of different colors. But fear not! Follow these steps to master color mixing — which is, as the name suggests, the art of matching various hues and patterns in an outfit — and create your own vibrant new look.


1. Go monochromatic.

If the concept of mixing completely different colors is seriously freaking you out, start with one color, and really own it. I mean, wear that hue — and only that hue — in every piece of your outfit. The easiest way to get started is by wearing coordinating separates or a bold suit. Once you’re ready to branch out more, start mixing in variations on tone, as this model does. Blush and rust are nearly alike, so this outfit counts as monochrome.

2. Wear not-so-basic neutrals.

Most people think of beige, brown, navy, black, gray, and olive green as neutrals, but plenty of other colors fall into this category, including metallics. Wearing gold or silver instead of traditional neutrals makes for an outfit that’s way more fun. Once you’ve put on a shiny dress or top, match it with an equally bold pop of color, as seen on this model. Then you’ll really make a statement.

3. Use primary colors.

If you’re really ready to mix it up, begin with the primary colors: blue, red, and yellow. In case you don’t remember from elementary-school art class, these three shades help create every other color. (Red plus blue makes purple, yellow plus blue makes green, and so on.) These tones look great color-blocked (meaning wearing one color as your top, and one as your bottom), or worn all together, as this model demonstrates with her striped ensemble.

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