Since receiving my September 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine, I’ve been quite fascinated with the seemingly odd pairing of pink and red. So, when Sarah Jessica Parker appeared in NYC a week ago sporting a bright red and pink ensemble, I absolutely fell head over heels for the combination. I started seeing all kinds of possibilities actually. I mean, this fall is about stretching out, isn’t it?
You’ve probably heard many fashion gurus talk about color theory and how the color wheel could be used as a guide for mixing colors in your wardrobe. Starting with the basic 12-color wheel, color harmonies can be created; for example, complementary colors are those that are opposite each other on the color wheel.
Thinking about the color wheel, then, SJP’s attention-grabbing color blocked outfit last week is not that unimaginable. Analogous color mixing, that is, pairing colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, is another technique for producing color harmonies. And, guess what sits next to each other on the color wheel? Pink and red!
I’ve been making small steps towards attempting this color combination. Last week, I started subtly by wearing my pink agate earrings with a red cardigan. Next, I wore my red pumps with a pink jacket. Today, just for show (I’m not actually wearing this today), I thought I would step things up a notch by pairing my bright pink blazer with my boldest red skirt. Et voila!
Shoes—Ellen Tracy via Marshalls
Brooch—Stella & Dot
Would you try it? Have you tried it?