If you were a pre-teen in the late 2000s to early 2010s, you probably remember the iconic color combination that was hot pink and lime green. It was almost unescapable- I feel like everything from clothing to PB Teen home décor was covered in those complimentary colors during that time period. But just because colors are complimentary, that is, colors that opposite of each other on the color circle, doesn’t mean they automatically go together. If you decide to pair complimentary colors together (especially pink and green), you have to be strategic. Otherwise, you’ll unintentionally look like your 2009 middle school self.
To correctly style complimentary colors, you should pick one color to be your main color and one to be your accent color. (For this outfit, I chose green as my main and pink as my accent.) Add some neutrals (mine is white) so the two colors don’t seem completely overwhelming. And whenever possible, don’t pair a neon color with anything other than a neutral. Since I chose light green and light pink, the colors seem less harsh and look more cohesive together.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Earrings: Gold Drop Earrings (similar)
Shirt: 3/4 Sleeve Button Front Shirt – Liz Claiborne
Dress: Green Tube Dress – Urban Outfitters
Purse: Light Pink Crossbody (similar)
Shoes: Gold Wedge Sandals (similar)
With all that being said, feel free to be adventurous when pairing colors together! My recommendations are just that- recommendations- and are not the be-all and end-all of fashion color theory. Be creative, and have fun!
4 thoughts on “Watermelon Sugar: Styling Complimentary Colors”
K- when correctly styling complimentary colors, does the color of your eyes play a part in your choice of a main or accent color? If they do, how do you align your eye color with the color choices of your clothes? -J
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I don’t take my eye color into account that often when choosing my clothes, as overall I really don’t wear a lot of green (this dress is the exception.) I think it’s more important to choose a main color that compliments your skin tone and doesn’t wash you out, as well as one that looks good with your hair color. But like I said, have fun with color pairings and see what works best for you, your skin tone, your hair color, etc.!
Such a cute look! I love pairing complementary colors together, and I think the subtle green and pink look really good here.
Miles of smiles,
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