by Jamila Pierre

Let's start by saying, I'm in no way a professional as far as me being an art major, nor have I studied color theory at great length. I am, however, extremely passionate about color and all of the varying combinations. I love the conventional AND the unconventional pairings (I'm sure there's a specific term for this), and I do not shy away from color expression. I follow my gut and use what I may have come across or learned through out life, to guide me.

I'd also like to take a moment and address the disobedient dreadlocks that decided to pop out of my neat little bun on the top of my head *Side- eye in Spanish*.

When I buy something, there's a few things that happen out right; first I'm like, does this fit my "uniqueness" qualifications (cuz though I'm more into finding basics to anchor all my unique pieces...I'm far from basic), and then I'm many millions of things can I pair this with?

When pairing things I do in fact take color theory into consideration, color palette is of great importance to me, THEN everything else gets put on the table (juxtaposition, comfort, whether it suites the character I'm choosing to "play" at any given time, etc...). Some of my favorite color combos are pinks and greens, blues and orange, and how any color pops against a neutral such as brown, black and white (which is still up in the air as to whether or not blk &wht are technically a color or not), etc.. 

My goal most times is make a statement, I AM HERE, HEAR ME ROAR, TAKE IN ALL OF THIS FABULOSITY. Now, there are many ways to stand out aesthetically (even if your pieces are void of color), but my favorite expression is with a manipulation of color and/or even print combinations.

Here, I've decided to go with the tried and true blue and orange. The best thing about color combos is how you can combine a multitude of tones, hues, shades, depths, of each color. Instead of a primary type of bright (red, blue, and yellow), I ventured outwards and began combining secondary colors with my anchored primary (blue). I took a dustier medium blue and paired it with varying shades of orange, warm browns, taupe and terracotta. This is something I translate to my makeup application. Think of the different shades of orange and warm browns as my transition colors into and away from the bright blue.  This look overall is a basic display of complimentary colors, and even though it's quite bright and out there for some, it's the easiest route to color combinations. 

There are even more color ways and combinations once you start to incorporate analogous color schemes (e.g red-orange, orange-red, orange-yellow, yellow-orange, etc...) It is easiest to combine these colors and flawlessly create gradients and monochromatic looks. When it comes to color theory, you have primary colors , secondary colors, analogous color schemes (the colors that bridge the gap from one color to the next), etc...

Once you've gotten the hang of it, the color palette is endless and you'll never be the least I wasn't. I was mixing colors that seemingly didn't belong together, since I was a wee one, and it turns out there was an actual method to the madness...I just didn't realize (nor did the plain-Jane folks in my family) that I was on to something. I urge you....I DARE you, to experiment and see how fun it can be. Now don't get it twisted, there's nothing wrong with going the colorless route, like I said can still stand out in a crowd, devoid of color, if you wanted to. 

I may do a whole series on color combos, standing out without color use, going monochrome with color, and breaking some of the print mixing rules and still making it work. You tell me, which one you want to see and which I should do first?

What I'm Wearing:

  1. Head scarf from a streetfair. $5
  2. Lightweight faux suede jacket from $20 (On  sale)
  3. Top from $12 (No longer avail., altern. HERE, and HERE)
  4. Corduroy pants from $25 (On sale, no longer avail., altern. HEREHERE, HERE, and HERE)
  5. Shoes from Mandee. $15 (On sale, no longer avail. similar HERE, and HERE)