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How to Use Split-Complementary Colors in Fashion

Split-Complementary Color Scheme

October 31, 2022

I’m Abby!.
I'm a certified & published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, color analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.

Today’s topic is how to combine split-complementary colors! 

What are Split-Complementary Colors?

Split-complementary colors are three colors; one base color and two colors adjacent to its complement. Some examples include:

  • Red-orange, green & blue
  • Orange, blue-green, & blue-violet
  • Yellow-orange, blue, & violet

Benefit of Wearing Split-Complementary Colors

  • They offer a high color contrast.
    • If you have had a color analysis done and high contrasting colors and patterns look good on you, this would be a good color combination for you.


  • These colors are best worn on high-contrast skin tones.
  • Pastels are great in split-complementary combinations. 
  • Wear a contrasting color under your jacket or sweater to create a slimming effect.
  • Color block with vertical lines to lengthen your body.
  • Use for triangle shaped bodies.

How to Wear Split-Complementary Colors

  • Grab your Style Profile and look at your best colors.
  • Decide what color you feel like wearing today.
  • Look at a color wheel, find the color you want to wear and its split-complementary colors. 
  • Pick out clothes and accessories in those colors.
  • Remember, you can always pair neutrals with them too!
  • Wear the clothes and have an awesome day!



Ready to level up your wardrobe with color but still want help styling your overall look? Contact me today for a complimentary consultation!

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