Pairing Outfit Colors with your Hat

On the brink of 144th Kentucky Derby and with racing season gearing up in most parts of the northern hemisphere, women all across are gushing to milliners pairing their outfits with a suitable hat. If you’ve always wondered how fashionistas find it so easy to match outfit colors and make everything look so perfect and compatible, this is the right place for you! Today, we’re going to tell you about the color wheel and how it will help you match your outfit color with your accessories, specifically, your hat! So, get ready to come out of your comfort zone and experiment!

The Color Wheel

Yes, we’re not in kindergarten, but trust me, this is the simplest way to understand the compatibility of different colors!

fashion color wheel

Red, yellow and blue are the primary colors.

Secondary colors are formed by mixing any of the two above colors. Examples of secondary colors are green, purple and orange.

Tertiary colors are formed by mixing a secondary and a primary color.

Neutral colors, not shown in the color wheel above, include black, white, nude, grey, brown, and beige, amongst others.

Now, let’s move on and see how this helps us match our hats with our outfits.

  • Color matching tip #1:

If you’re wearing a shirt with a primary color, wear a hat on top of the same color! The hat and the outfit complement and accentuate each other this way!

blue millinery hat with blue dress

  • Tip # 2: Complementary colors make a good hat-outfit pair!

They’re situated exactly opposite to one another on the wheel e.g., blue and orange. While they may seem weird together on screen, these are actually compatible and give a great outlook when applied! Pair your blue-violet short with a yellow-orange hat and see the magic for yourself!

denim dress with contrast orange hat and belt
  • Tip # 3: Pick a color and wear a hat of its neighboring color.

This is called analogous pairing and works just great!

purple dress and pop of neon green hat

  • Tip # 4: You can never go wrong with a neutral.

If you don’t have enough time to decide and pair colors from the color wheel, just pick a neutral hat! It will go with every outfit color!

Neutral black hat with a chic dress

The ultimate tip is to be confident in whatever you choose! Don’t shy away from bright hat colors we have at Maaneh Millinery just because you’re afraid they might look odd. Experiment and evolve!

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