Colour Combinations and Fashion Illustrations

For an explanation of what the following colour combinations mean, do take a look at this POST first.

Credit:  All fashion illustrations below are used with permission from the artistic team from Aleph Tav Art, click HERE for more of their illustrations.

Monochromatic Colour Combination

One colour, many shades.

This colour combination is classic, classy and elegant, however, without some additional colours to add interest, it could be ‘boring’ at times.  To spice things up, add some colour in small proportions.

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Except for the belt and the yellow undershirt, the rest of the outfit is shades of one colour

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Analogous Colour Combination

Colours adjacent to each other in the colour wheel

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Complementary Colour Combination

Colours opposite each other in the colour wheel

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This outfit is predominantly complimentary in blue and yellow. However, if you were to consider the red shoes, this will become ‘triadic’ instead.

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Split Complementary Colour Combination

2 adjacent colours + 1 opposite colour

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Triadic Colour Combination

3 colours equal distance away from one another.

With this particular combination, colours often (and probably) vary in proportion to make the combination more appealing, usually one colour takes dominance.

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Tetradic Colour Combination

4 colours – usually 2 pairs of adjacent colour combinations (forming a rectangle) or they are 4 colours equal distance from one another (forming a square)

Usually one or two colours are dominant, while the other two work as accent colours for accessories.

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You’d probably notice that the artists have not adhered strictly to the colour combinations the way we’ve named them….and that’s the beauty of it, names are GUIDES, but they need not dictate everything we do.  If something looks good and harmonious to your eye, try it out and see what others say.

I have noticed that the people who often wear many colours tend to be more outgoing.  Many of them also grew up used to seeing colours in all sorts of combinations around them.  My colour trainer told me that people who have complementary colour tones in themselves (red hair and green eyes) tend to wear lots of colour and are not afraid of being seen with them. Is that true?

For a fact, I know that I’m a conservative as far as colours concerned, but I’m learning.  I’m monochromatic – dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and medium skin tone, as such, I’ve always favoured a monochromatic colour combination with my neutrals.

What colour combinations are you inclined to use?