Champagne is the luxurious name linked to shades of pale tan, such as dusty beige, pinkish peach and yellow-tinted taupe. An alternative to white for brides, the delicate hue is also a widely-used neutral in casual daywear. When selecting coordinating colors, first determine if your version of champagne has undertones that are more blue, yellow or red.
Play up the pink in a champagne with red undertones by pairing it with dusky lavender. Stick with versions of this pale purple hue that have blue and gray undertones to provide a cool contrast to the warm, light champagne. For example, wear a dusky lavender top with champagne capris and heels.
Pay homage to Mother Earth by complementing cool bluish champagnes with a moss green. This pale, dusty color works best with darker, richer champagnes similar to white sand beaches when wet. For instance, accent a deep champagne cocktail dress with a moss-green sash or wrap.
Add a vibrant pop of color to champagne outfits with the addition of crimson accessories, such as shoes, handbags and jewelry. Avoid adding too much red to a champagne outfit or it will quickly become the star. Pair a beaded champagne shell with black cigarette pants and accent the outfit with a crimson patent-leather clutch.
Go monochrome by pairing champagne with a chocolate hue. Consider color matching your fabrics with paint chip samples at a hardware store to ensure your colors share the same composition, such as a warm or cool base. Select shades from the same gradient chart to prevent your palette from becoming a muddy mess. While teaming a warm champagne blouse with a chocolate skirt with a bluish-gray base will give the top a sickly yellow hue, a red-based chocolate will produce the perfect pairing.
References and ResourcesPantone Fashion Color Report: Spring 2010
Pantone Color Finder: Champagne
Color Combos: Champagne Color Tags
US Magazine: Red Carpet Trend: Stars in Chic Champagne Dresses
ResourcesNew York University: Color Theory
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Madrid: Charm Your Way into Fashion with Champagne Colored Jewelry