So when mixing colours (not talking about mixing a neutral with colours) when dressing, use the concepts discussed yesterday- matching undertone and intensity. Below you will notice that the clear, bright colours work well together, whilst the more muted skirts would be jarred by putting a brighter accessory with them.
The value you choose is based on your own natural values, if you have dark eyes and pale skin and/or hair, go for a combination of light and dark colours.
If you have light eyes, hair and skin colours, keep the value (lightness or darkness) more similar and preferably on the lighter end of the spectrum. If you are overall darker in hair, eyes and/or skin colours and don’t have really bright teeth or whites of your eyes, then keep your value darker and more similar.
Each of the 18 colour groups in the Absolute Colour System have properties in harmony. The groups are named for the feeling of the colours, rather than seasonal (spring, summer etc) or just colour descriptors (warm, cool, light, soft etc.)
Here in the Zesty palette the colours are bright and clear, warm and overall lighter.
Here in the Spicy palette the colours are still warm and lighter, but are not as bright.
Notice how the colours blend and harmonise easily – mixing and matching works when choosing the same undertone and intensity.
You would not be able to mix the Spicy palette with the Dynamic palette (below), as both the intensity and undertone are different.
The reason why so many people feel that they have no skill in mixing and matching colours is that they are trying to mix colours that have different colour properties, and so won’t work together, instead of looking to mix colours with similar properties.
As you can see from the polyvore at the top of this post, it’s easy to mix colours when the properties are the same – the mixes may feel more outrageous or adventurous than you’d usually choose, but why not try something a little different using this colour theory to make it work for you.