In you haven’t already read my previous post, Color Theory for Fashionistas – Part 1, I suggest you start there. Now that you’re all caught up, you know that I am going to talk about more harmonious color schemes, including monochromatic and analogous colors.
Often people think of monochromatic as black, white, and grey, which is a monochromatic color scheme, but it is just one of many. Monochromatic means all the colors in a single hue. But don’t get confused by the lingo. The easiest way to think about it is to think about mixing paint. For example, if you take a dark red paint and add a little bit of white paint, you get a similar, but lighter color red. Then add more white paint and get a lighter red. And so on and so on. All the colors are the same hue of red, just lighter or darker. Below are some examples of monochromatic outfits.
Sometimes people confuse analogous colors with monochromatic but as you’ll learn, they are quite different. Analogous colors aren’t the same hue, like monochromatic colors. But, they do fall next to each other on the color wheel. Groups of colors, usually 3 or 4, that fall next to each other on the color wheel have a harmonious relationship. They don’t “pop” like complementary colors (remember these from Part 1), but they look great together.
The outfits below all feature analogous color relationships and come from the blog J’s Everyday Fashion.
In Part 3, I will talk about more harmonious color schemes, including split complementary and triad. Until then break out a color wheel and dig through your closet for new and unexpected combinations using complementary, monochromatic, or analogous color schemes.