When choosing accessories, you need to have basic knowledge of the color wheel. You have your primary colors (blue, red and yellow) and your secondary colors that are created by mixing primary colors. On the color wheel, the colors that are next to each other complement each other. Those that are on opposite ends clash with each other.
In most cases you’ll want to stick to colors that complement each other. For example, if you buy a red handbag from Baggu, you can’t pair it with a green dress. This clash is extremely unflattering and does not work well together at all. The reason for this? Green is created by mixing yellow and blue. Since there’s no shade of red in it, it clashes with red.
The only times you want to pair clashing colors is if both those colors are primary colors. This is a very bold look that has become popular over the years, but it is very easy to do this wrong. Unless you’re very confident in your fashion choices, stick to pairing complementing colors.
Black and white are the exceptions since they can look great with every color. The only exception would be black with brown, which can be harder to pull off.
Now that you know the basic of pairing colors, it’s time to move on to patterns. If your clothing has loads of patterns, keep your accessories simple. Wearing statement accessories alongside dramatic clothing can make you seem a bit like a Christmas tree.
If you’re wearing something simple like a little black dress, feel free to break out your bright dotted handbags and statement necklaces. But not all at the same time. Usually, it’s better to pick one or two statement pieces and keep the rest simple to avoid looking over the top.