Mix and Match Colors: Ways to Grow Out of Matchy Matchy

Mix and Match Colors: Ways to Grow Out of Matchy Matchy

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Mix and match colors: no matchy matchy

Mix and Match Colors: Ways to Grow Out of Matchy Matchy

The ability to mix and match colors is not only good for our brain but also a great way to make our closets bigger. Just think, if you only match one top with a certain skirt, then you are so limited in your options. But if you use my color recipe to find other colors that work, then you can have many different looks with the same item.

Quote of the day: “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” Mahatma Gandhi

This idea for our outfits came when a reader emailed me to say that she is working to get out of her matchy matchy ways. I realize that matching is how we were brought up and seems easy. And it is! It’s not bad to use colors that match, yet by adding in a different color, you have made an entirely new outfit.
This week we will examine various ways to push our matchy matchy ways. Charlotte experimented with her accessories and Lesley chose her footwear.

New to my color recipe? Check out other posts
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Skirt: Banana Republic ~~Pink Jacket/White Jacket: H&M-thrifted/ Sugar Lips~~ White top/Pink top: Mom made it/ Scala~~ Shoes: Bellini~~ Bracelet: ~~ Purse: no label

Mix and Match Colors

I wanted to showcase 2 different outfits with this same skirt and shoes. Both incorporate a totally diverse color than what colors are in the print of the skirt.
The first outfit is with a jacket that is light pink. The underlying top is white and matches the skirt, but the pink is unique. The second outfit which will be the focus in the rest of this post is with a bright pink top and white jacket.

How do you find a separate color to work with your print? Take a look at the printed piece and think about the overall color vibe it gives off. To me, this skirt is predominantly blue. What color looks great with blue?? For me, I chose pink for both outfits yet different shades of pink.
This could also work with other colors that you like to pair with blue. For example yellow, orange or even grey.

Adding pink to the blue print

Baby Steps with New Colors

The idea of mix and match colors can be daunting if you’ve never tried it. So I would suggest to take baby steps. In fact, that’s what Charlotte, Lesley and even our guest model will be showing later this week.
But if you are trying a different color in your outfit that doesn’t “match” you can make yourself feel more comfortable by matching the rest of the items in your look. For example, I wore blue shoes and grabbed my blue purse.

Fun Accessories

One thing I’ve been working on for myself is to wear more hair accessories especially since I have them. That’s why I grabbed this sparkly headband. This is a Lilla Rose headband and I like this brand because they are adjustable and don’t hurt my head.

Need more inspiration for hair accessories even for short hair?
Advice on Decorative Hair Clip Style for Pixie Cuts
Easy Hairstyle Changers By Using Barrettes, Headbands and Scarves

BTW, see this bracelet?? This could be an inspiration for mix and match colors with all of the different hues in it. Sometimes the best way to get inspiration is to look at an item you already have and like and copy the mix of colors in it.

Mix and match colors with a blue print

Jean Jacket

Any kind of jean jacket is a fabulous addition to any closet. While I chose this white one, even a blue denim one would be perfect.

Insider tip: I find the best jean jackets at the second hand stores. You can even find them in the men’s section and the kid’s section.

Blue suede shoes

Blue Shoes

When we think of basic shoes in our closet, it shouldn’t just be browns and blacks. I think it’s better to analyze the most prominent colors that you wear. I’ve heard that blue is the favorite color of 60% of people, so maybe having a pair of blue shoes would be a good choice if you like to match?

White jacket with print skirt

Will you Mix and Match Colors?

Here’s the challenge for you. First look at your printed clothing item and tell yourself what colors are in it that you would usually match to it.
After that, I’d like you to choose a totally different color in your head. Then see if you can find that color in your closet. Or go to your closet and try every color in your closet. I recommend to put everything on and take a photo of yourself wearing it. You might be pleasantly surprised!!!

It could happen that do come up with colors that you think would look nice with a couple of your items, but you don’t have it in your closet. That may be the reason to go shopping. Most of the time when we go shopping we tend to buy what we already have and like. This could be the push to purchase other colors.

One more suggestion. Reread the quote of the day. It’s very powerful and true.

Mix and match colors

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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