This is a question that many people ask when they are trying to put together an outfit. When searching for the perfect color, you might be tempted to just look at colors in your closet and guess. But there’s actually a way to figure this out mathematically! The first step is figuring out what color the items are on their own. For example, if we’re looking for something that goes well with grey pants, we would start by figuring out what color those pants are (in this case it would be grey). Once we know what the base color of our clothes is, we can find it’s complementary or contrasting colors using one of these theoretical formulas:
– The color wheel: This is a visual representation of colors that we find on a rainbow. We can use the color wheel to figure out what two opposite colors are (i.e., if our base color is green, its complementary or contrasting colors would be purple and yellow). If you have some design skills, you can use your skills to mix and match with your grey shorts or pants.
– Complementary Colors: These are found by drawing an imaginary line from your base color through white space until it hits another primary or secondary hue. For example, blue’s complementary colors are orange and red.
– Contrasting Colors: You can also find these using the same process as above; simply draw an imaginary line from your base color but stop when you hit black space instead of stopping at another primary/secondary hue like in the previous example. For example, green’s contrasting colors are black and purple.
– Analogous Colors: These are found by drawing an imaginary line from your base color until it hits a primary or secondary hue that is next to the one you started with on the spectrum of hues.
– Triadic Colors: These also start like analogous colors but instead of stopping at one other primary/secondary hue, they stop when they hit two adjacent primaries or secondaries (i.e., going clockwise). Rainbows provide excellent examples for this type! A triangle has three points which represent each point in time where these types of complementary hues meet up together as well as their corresponding shades and tints before fading into white space between them all.
In the previous paragraph, we discussed primary colors, secondary colors, triadic colors. In this paragraph, I will share some color combinations to try if you are struggling with choosing a color for your shorts or pants.
I would recommend trying yellow or blue because they represent rainbows well without being too bright. If you want something more complex such as orange and red is also very complementary in nature but be careful not to overwhelm people looking at those types of hues together on clothes altogether since they may cause headaches from overstimulation (yes that sounds like an oxymoron). Also purple goes good with grey usually so it’s worth considering.
Besides, black and white are also very good colors to go with your grey pants or shorts since they represent a more neutral color palette.
I hope this article helped you! Please feel free to provide feedback at your convenience and thank-you for reading!
Fun Fact: Grey doesn’t have any colors in it, so I think that makes the most sense on why white goes well with grey but black also looks good when paired together as well.
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