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Cool Colors in fashion : Color combinations for your clothes

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There is no denying that cool colors are all pervasive colors – water is blue, the sky is blue, and the rest of the earth is green. And when we feel passionate, our mood is a soft purple.

what are cool colors

Cool colors belong to the blue color family; categorically speaking, one side of the color wheel; they are a favorite color combination for clothes.

 

color wheel
Half of the color wheel belongs to the cool color family

What are the cool colors?

The basic cool colors are blue, green, purple. And then all the shades in between them.

Out of the 3 basic colors, the most crucial color is blue. For all the cool color spectrum colors, the undertone is a bluish tint.

Meaning of cool colors – according to the psychology of color.

The basis of the cool color family is the temperature of the color; they are perceived as cool to the touch, distant, icy – all adjectives associated with the cold weather in winter. No wonder, they are also called the winter colors. 

Cool colors belong to a peaceful color family, and they are usually associated with associated with relaxation and tranquility. They are also associated with  dependability, stability, and authority. Most shades are also collectively termed ‘fresh’ and ‘deep.’ They usually recede into the background and are not the colors of choice if you want immediate attention.

Shades of blue

This includes navy, royal blue, and sky blue

Shades of blue

You can read more about the shades of blue here.

Shades of green

This includes olive, mint, and seafoam green.

shades of green

Learn more about the shades of green here.

Shades of purple

This includes lilac and lavender.

shades of violet

Soft shades of cool colors

Most of the shades in the cool color family are subtle. They are not in-your-face like the warm colors.

Soft shades of cool colors
Soft cool colors

Bright shades of cool colors

Bluish icy colors can be said to be the brightest of the cool color family. Other than these, turquoise blue, other blue-greens, and purple colors are also bright colors.

brighter cool colors
Bright shades of cool colors

Dark shades of cool colors

These shades recede, and most of them fall in the category of neutrals.

dark shades of cool colors

Are cool colors best for everyone? How do you choose?

cool colors

If you open my wardrobe, you will see a plethora of blue colors – it is my favorite color. But I have lately come to realize that it is not the most suitable color for me. I have a warm skin tone, and for people with warm skin tones, the best color is ‘not’ blue!. It apparently does nothing to brighten up my face or make me look youthful or attractive – everything that I desire when I wear nice clothes.

According to the fashion experts Trinny and Susannah, who wrote the book “What you wear can change your life,” the people who suit blue have clear skin, dark eyes, and look good in all cool colors, including grey.

When compared to the opposite colors of the spectrum, warm colors, cool colors recede into the background, especially the bright shades. So choosing colors only from these shades can also be perceived as boring.

Cool colors can brighten up your features without overwhelming them if you choose the right combinations.

How to wear cool colors and look your best – Best combinations with cool colors

Finding the right color combination for your fashion choices is the key here.

White and cool tones

White makes a good combination with most cool colors whereas black, not so much.

Using warm colors with cool colors

cool and warm colors

When a warm color or two is added to the cool color combination as an accent – as fashion accessory or an embellishment, they just pop out. Hot pinks can be paired with cool colors; yellow, when combined with an all-cool color ensemble, can really stand out. 

Tetradic color scheme
Tetradic color scheme

In the Tetradic color scheme on the basis of the color wheel, cool colors appear along with a warm color. Tertradic colors are colors that are evenly placed in the color wheel. This is also a nice mix, though as all the colors are bold they have to be balanced in a nice way.

Monochromatic combinations

monochromatic cool colors
Monochromatic color schemes

If you want a calm and harmonious effect, you can go for a monochrome color combination – a monochromatic color scheme involves selecting colors that lie adjacent to each other in the color wheel.

The above picture is that of three color combinations that are in the monochrome spectrum. They have a unifying effect.

Conclusion

Despite knowing that cool color clothes are not my best choice, I continue to buy more and more of them. They bring a sophistication and appeal to clothes that warm colors can try but never reach. Maybe I will come to my senses soon enough.

Reference for colors: trycolors.com

Related posts : Fashion color wheel combinations; Color theory; Color names in fashion. 

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