Out of the Closet: Colors

Matthew Natahusada

Knowing what to wear is hard, especially with a million different colors to choose from. It becomes even harder when you have one color you HAVE to wear, and you want to wear other colors that go along with it. I’m here to tell you how to mix colors without looking like a Christmas tree (unless that’s what you’re going for, in which case, do it man, the sky is the limit).

One of the best ways to choose what colors to wear is to take cues from art and nature. Another great way is to not wear color at all. Wearing monochrome is rad these days, and minimalism can also be very aesthetically pleasing.

Earth tones
Earth tones

If you aren’t too into monochrome or you want to branch out, you might want to start with earth tones. Using your backyard as inspiration, you might use colors like beige, sand, khaki, or olive. These colors are examples of earth tones which are generally muted colors that work well with almost anything.


If dressing like a cactus is a little too dry for you and you want to venture into the world of bright colors and neon pops, you can take cues from pop artists like Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Incorporate color combinations from pieces of art you enjoy into your outfits, and you’re going to end up looking like a work of art (results may vary).

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Another big thing to take into consideration is the color wheel. Everyone (hopefully) knows their primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), which come together and make up all the colors in the world. Colors opposite from each other on the color wheel are called complementary colors because when combined, they cancel each other out. Generally, you want to avoid bright complementary colors as they’re hard on the eyes and usually clash (and you can end up looking like an elf). Remember that this is only a general guideline for picking colors and you should wear what makes you feel confident even if it does clash.

The Color Wheel
The Color Wheel