How to Master Color Clashing, According to the Street Style Set
It seems like there’s a new “It” color every time we turn around. From Gen Z yellow to kelly green to millennial pink and safety orange, keeping up with the shade du jour is a lot to process — and frankly, it’s too pricey to keep our wardrobes in accord with the changing color spectrum. But leave it to the street style set to show us how to style looks that combine multiple hues. Thereby guaranteeing the lilac pieces you’re stocking up on now can still work with your Neo Mint and Aspen Gold staples.
It’s against our better instincts to clash colors no matter their popularity. But it’s a no-brainer for fashion show attendees longing to stand out from the fashionable crowd in order to get snapped by a street style photographer. The key? Anything goes as long as you don’t combine too many shades at once. Some street style stars rely on their accessories to incorporate another trendy hue. Others opt for neutral accents to keep the focus on their multihued clothes. Experts can even clash colors and patterns simultaneously.
As a novice, your best bet is to start with two “It” colors. Try teaming a millennial pink clutch with a sky blue skirt or sporting two different shades of pink in one look. See below for more tips and tricks on how to clash colors the street style way.
Complementary colors are the simplest way to clash. Try capping off a turquoise coat with aqua green boots. Work in tights in an in-between shade to make the look more cohesive.
Try combining two different shades of the same color. Style a millennial pink blouse with hot pink trousers for an eye-catching ensemble.
Balance out a silky lilac shirt and Gen Z yellow patterned pants by slipping on a pair of Gen Z yellow sandals.
Add a little texture to the equation by tying a denim blue fuzzy sweater around a denim blue button-down. Wrap up the outfit with a kelly green skirt and white pumps.
Flaunting a slightly see-through safety orange sweater over a plum slip dress really pops. A black bag and matching boots complete the look.
This is colorblocking 2.0. A two-tone striped sweater pairs surprisingly well with a patterned maxi skirt. Bonus points for carrying a kelly green bag.
Keep butter yellow in rotation as the weather gets colder by layering a purple coat on top of your buttery blouse and pants combo.
Cut-outs are still trending so it only makes sense to sport a lilac sweater with a negative space neckline under a kelly green skirt suit. A coordinating crossbody bag and neutral footwear really amp up the ensemble.
Break up a blue sweater and sky blue skirt with a millennial pink clutch. Sneakers boasting both colors help bring the look together.
Believe it or not, there is a subtle way of wearing double denim. Simply slip on a kelly green sweater over your denim shirt, but leave the collar poking out. Carry a sky blue netted bag for added contrast.
Add a little texture to your slightly crinkled striped suit with a pleated kelly green top. A lavender wristlet punches up the look.
Take a sky blue button-down and tuck it into a hot pink midi skirt. Work in animal print footwear for an atypical office look.
What's better than doubling up on denim? Tripling it. Top off jeans with a two-tone denim jacket and a Gen Z yellow statement tee.
If you plan on going millennial pink on top and bottom, make sure to add a little separation via a lavender bag and crisp white pumps.
Step outside of your sartorial comfort zone by topping off pink pants with a safety orange turtleneck sweater. But stick with a neutral color or black when it comes to your bag to avoid any unnecessary competition.
When styling a sky blue blazer with an orange midi skirt, it's important to keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Once you get the hang of it, add another pop of color via a dark blue bag.
Go for the trifecta by sporting a blue cable knit sweater, a Neo Mint blazer and lavender pants. Carry a rainbow-colored clutch for next-level coordination.
Amp up your orange turtleneck sweater by tucking it into kelly green pants. A blue clutch, green pointy pumps and a tucked-in 'do polish off the outfit nicely.
Don't be intimated by all the accessories in this look. All you really need is a mint blazer and a hot pink striped dress. We highly recommend the sneakers, though.
Temper a frilly lavender blouse with jeans and a shearling-lined denim jacket. Add a little kick with sky blue heels.
Wrap up a bow-backed orange neon semi-sheer dress with a colorful coat featuring pops of kelly green. Keep the color story going with a logo bag and Chelsea boots.
Pink and orange make strange bedfellows unless your top is a fringed millennial pink piece and your skirt features an orange and black check pattern.
Think the only way to wear a rainbow striped sweater is with basic blue jeans? Think again. Complement the green on your sweater with kelly green pants and the pop of pink with hot pink slingbacks.
Accent a sky blue pantsuit with a Gen Z yellow top for a laid-back vibe. A kelly green micro-bag and silver boots provide an unexpected yet chic twist.
Brighten up your fall with a pale yellow sweatshirt and blue plaid pants combo. Aspen Gold statement earrings and a rosy bag complete the colorful look.
Finally ready to embrace the visible bra trend? Pick a lacy kelly green version and let it peek out from under a sheer shirt. Olive leather pants, a yellow crossbody bag and a blue bag thrown in for good measure seal the deal.
Make that Gen Z yellow dress last through winter by slipping on a kelly green cable knit sweater on top. Stretchy boots in a slightly brighter shade of green further define the look.
Looking to get almost every color into one outfit? Sport a kelly green short-sleeve top, a sky blue miniskirt and Gen Z yellow flats. Earn extra credit by carrying a quilted red and blue bag.