Dressing fashionably can be a learned skill. One tool that helps is a color wheel. The color wheel shows which colors go together well and which should remain separate. Using the color wheel when planning outfits can lead you to explore new possibilities and to have confidence wearing new things. It can also alert you to clothing combinations that just don’t work and help you eliminate potentially embarrassing looks from your wardrobe. In addition to applying to clothes, the color wheel also helps you coordinate makeup and jewelry.

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Master the basics. The color wheel consists of 12 wedges of color arranged in a circular shape. Colors that appear side by side go well together. Likewise, you may pair colors that form a 90-degree angle and colors that are directly across from each other. Three colors that form a T shape may be worn together. Likewise, four colors that form an X shape may be worn together.

Know your neutrals. Neutral colors include brown, white and black. Blue denim is also considered neutral. Neutral colors may be paired appropriately with any other colors on the spectrum.

Remember color families. If you are curious about a color that does not appear on the wheel and is not neutral, then identify its color family. Any color on the wheel may be substituted for another color within the same family. Color families are formed from various different hues of the colors that exist on the wheel. For example, pink is found within the same color family as red.