An Ecce Homo Guide
Primary colors: red / yellow / blue (these colors do not derive from any other color)
Secondary colors: green / orange / purple (these colors derive from mixing primary colors)
Tertiary colors: yellow-orange / red-purple / etc. (there colors derive from mixing primary and secondary colors)
Warm colors: red / orange / yellow / etc.
Cold colors: blue / green / purple / etc.
Hue + white = tint (e.g., red + white = pink)
Hue + black = shade (e.g., red + black = burgundy)
Hue + grey = tone (e.g., red + grey = crimson)
Complementary colors: colors found opposite to each other on the color wheel (e.g., orange and blue)
Split-complementary colors: colors found opposite to each other on the color wheel except one of the complements is split into two nearby analogous colors (e.g., red, blue-green, and yellow-green)
Analogous colors: colors found next to one another on the color wheel (e.g., red and orange)
Triadic colors: colors found evenly spaced on the color wheel (e.g., purple, orange and blue)
This brings us to the task at hand: how to create the perfect color-blocking look! Color-blocking refers to the mixing of at least two -according to some fashion experts, of at least three- colors in the same outfit to create a colorful and eye-popping look. Here are some useful tips:
Pay attention to the relations among colors, especially their shape, the area they cover and the material/fabric on which they are. For example, the same color gives off a different effect depending on the background color.
Choose a combination of colors that looks good on your unique skin, makes you feel good and passes across the right message for you. Your skin undertone plays a major role here.
Avoid prints and patterns and prefer monochromatic pieces.
Wearing several shades, tints, or tones of the same color, is always a safe option.
Choose ‘quite’ and color-less accessories, nail polishes and jewelry.
Remember that more than three colors are hard to harmonize.
Don’t forget that shoes have a color and they are one of the first things that one notices on a person.
Don’t get away with neutrals, like black and white, as they can balance a ‘loud’ look, create a figure, or even accentuate a color effect.