When we first explored the color wheel and experimented with various color combinations, we found it to be extremely helpful in lending us new eyes with which to see our wardrobes. This was so useful the first time around, that we decided to revisit the color modules and to challenge ourselves to a review session using our summer wardrobes. We have recently reexamined Neutrals and Neutrals with a Pop, Complementary Colors and the Two-Thirds Rule, Triads and Analogous Colors, and are now left to go over Monochrome and Split Complementary Color Combinations.
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Module 4: Monochrome and Split Complementaries
Week 4 of our Review of the Fashion 101 Color Modules again explores two different color schemes: split complementaries and monochromatic colors.
Monochromatic color schemes use multiple shades of the same tone. Rather than dressing head-to-toe in a single tone of blue, for example, you can mix a pure hue with lighter and darker tints. This simple combination can be quite subtle and sophisticatedly understated. But, because shades of the same color can risk looking rather boring, this is also a good opportunity to play with pattern and texture.
Split complementary color schemes are a bit more complicated – they are a variation of the complementary color scheme covered here. In the split version you pair one color with the two colors adjacent to its complementary. Examples include green with red-violet and red-orange (adjacent to red) and blue with red-orange and yellow-orange (adjacent to orange). The best way to figure out a split complementary scheme is probably to pull out the old color wheel, draw a line straight across to determine a complementary pair, and then look to to the immediate right and left of the complement.
This coming week we will be challenging ourselves to master the split complementary with our summer wardrobes and to try out monochromatic schemes beyond black and grey. If you do too, drop us a comment and let us know!