If you've ever had someone ask, "You're not wearing that, are you?," then you may need some help knowing how to coordinate colours. Understanding colour will not only help you know what colour tie goes with yellow shirts, you'll know what colour goes with any other colour. Entire books have been written on colour theory, many college courses are devoted to its study and it's difficult to find two colour wheels that are exactly alike. However, learning the basics is simple. How you dress speaks a lot about you, so make sure you're making the right impression.
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Red, yellow and blue are the primary colours because they cannot be mixed or created by a combination of other colours. Any of these colours coordinate well with the remaining two, which is why a red or blue tie looks great against a yellow shirt.
Secondary colours of green, orange and purple are made by mixing the primary colours. Remember that primary colours yellow and blue make the secondary colour green, red and yellow make orange, and red and blue make purple.
Analogous and Complementary Colors
Any three colours that are side by side on a colour wheel are called analogous colours. Choose a green tie or an orange tie to go with a yellow shirt, and it's an analogous colour combination that's pleasing to the eye. Picking a colour and coordinating it with the colour opposite it on a colour wheel is a complementary colour combination. Complementary colours are visually appealing because they create maximum contrast, which is why a purple tie is one of the best colour choices to wear with a yellow shirt.
Choosing Color Combinations
Colours have meaning. Wear red when you want to project power, purple to suggest the air of royalty, blue to cool and calm your senses, and yellow to feel bright and sunny. Remember the seasons, and wear darker clothing in the fall and winter, and lighter clothing in the spring. The colour of your hair and complexion may be better suited to certain colours. Remember what you were wearing when people compliment you, because it may be the colour combinations you chose.
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