Personally, I think, color matching is a tricky area for reasons that I am going to discuss here. This post also aims to provide a general guide of how to match colors if you decide to do this.
One of the classic situations: you need to dress up for an occasion and you find a red bag and a red pair of stilettos to match the color. At first glance it looks like a perfect match but once you arrive to the location, you feel that it looks strange. But why?!
First, this situation is called “anti-effortless chic”. In addition, matching shoes with bag is a very outdated idea. I am not saying you can’t do this. You can, if you are aware of it and have enough sense of humor to go out looking as if you have spend a lot of time in front of the mirror :))
Another situation is when you see a very cool little red bag but decide that you have nothing to match it at home. You opt not to take it just to spend the whole afternoon regretting. But why?!
This is because your intuition tells you that you don`t have to match your little red bag with anything to look chic. Just wear it with jeans and shirt. Done.
Now, how to match then? Here are few advices that one might found helpful:
- Match unusual items like earrings with shoes.
- If neutrals, I do match shoes with blouse or jacket. It often gives a finished look but without overdoing. With brighter colors it becomes tricky.
- Pick matching tones for a better siluette. The trick is, however, to pick very different textures – otherwise the outfit will give an impression of a poorly and tastelessly matched look (nothing to do with effortless mess !!!).
- Match colors of bag and shoes if they contrast with each other stylistically ( one is sporty, another is office ).
Have fun matching!
So how an artwork influences dressing sense and style? For me, it is first of all the interplay between harmony of colors. The artwork provides amazing examples f how crossing the limits can be interesting or not at all. Kind of a study material to deal with my reactions. Here I would like to discuss a specific example of an impressionist artwork that I enjoy. I choose impressionist Paul Signac`s work as a first painting to discuss because of bright colors that I adore.
Inspired by Instagram posts from @denis_gardari, I aim to pay more attention to how I observe paintings. In addition, I felt like clarifying a question about pointillism – what kind of style is this?
So here is a work from Paul Signac “Golfe Juan” (1896) as an example of pointillistic style. The painting is currently a part of a armament collection in Worcester art museum. The specifics about this particular painting is in different from classical Impressionism structure: the canvas is “framed “ by bay and trees. This work was painted in the South of France, showing St Tropes in the opposite side of the bay.
Many of current SS18 collections present pink-green combination. However, no matter how naturally these two colors look in nature, it is hard to incorporate them in everyday personal style without going over-the-board. And by this I mean not the brightness of the colors but the fine borderline between a great taste and kitsch. I found this particular painting to be the gemstone that provides a guidance for a very tasteful combination of these colors that are expressed in painting but are taken from nature. If you take a closer look, you ll notice that the ratio between green and pink is far away from being 50:50. There are dark green shades that rather serve as a frame and add accent. I think, this would be a great example of how to blend green and pink into an outfit. Little accents of darker green are just enough.
Discussing this painting further, lets talk about pointillism and how it is related to impressionism. Pointillism was invented by French (any doubts about it?:)) impressionist George Seurat. Intriguingly, he studied a book that was written by a French chemist Eugène Chevreul, who worked on developing oils and dyes; Charles Henry and American physicist Ogden Rood, who worked a lot on color theory. Interestingly, color theory at first was an idea of de Vinci 9 Circle: artist-scientist-artist?:)). Anyways, the work from scientists influenced impressionists in a way that lead Seurat to come up with a new technique that he termed a “ separation of colors”- divisionism. The quintessence of this technique is in use of pointed application of pure color that results in optical mixture for a person who looks at the painting from a certain distance. The main advantage of this technique is the possibility to achieve more vibrant colors.
Signac was establishing Salon des Independents where he met Seurat. Signac followed and helped to develop Seurat’s technique and he named it a pointillism. Not so long after, however, Felix Feneon ( a writer and an art critic) renamed this style one more time and referred to it as neo-impressionism. Therefore, divisionism, pointillism and neo-impressionism is the same technique.
In accordance to impressionniste.net, “Seurat’s first large painting (206x305cm) “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” – 1884-1886 may be considered as the founding masterpiece of Divisionism.”