How to Wear Color With Color

by Rachel

One of the most common things I hear as a style coach is, "I'd love to wear more color but I just don't know how." And I get it. Wearing a new color or pairing colors together when you normally dress in neutrals can feel a little intimidating. So I'm breaking it down for you in this post, step-by-step.

Let's get colorful!

Wearing color together doesn't have to be tricky. An easy style hack is pairing colors together that are in the same shade family.

Right about now you're probably wondering what the heck I mean by that so let's use my outfit above as an example.

While these aren't colors you might think about wearing all in one look, they work together because they're each:

  • bright
  • bold
  • saturated

Let's break down that last one because it's the key to how all these intense colors work so well together.

Saturated is the shade variant of a color. A saturated color means it's bright, full and free from of a mixture of white, i.e., not toned down.

Typically saturated colors are bright, bold and loud. In other words, so much fun to wear, especially together, for a statement-making look.

Other shade variants that work well together are:

Pastels - soft, muted shades (like the picture above)

Primary colors - red, blue, yellow

Earth tones - rich and deep colors with a brownish hue

Jewel tones - gemstone inspired colors

Oops, I almost forgot one - any damn colors you feel like wearing together (because style is oh-so-much more fun when you break the rules! :-)

Want to know more? I'm hosting a FREE virtual Style Class on April 15 all about how to wear color. Click here for more details and to register.


I'm Rachel Michael, a style coach focused on creatively bringing the art of style to women who are ready to authentically STAND OUT. My focus is on building confidence in my clients by developing their signature style through wardrobe edits, personal shopping services and styling sessions. I specialize in bringing out the creative energy that lights my clients up on the inside to their outside appearance so they feel more whole and empowered than ever before!

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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Feb 23, 2021

    Rachel! I was just thinking about you today - so excited to see this gorgeous post! You make color look so. good.

  • Emilie Emilie on Feb 25, 2021

    I’d love to wear brighter colors! This gives me great concepts to try out new looks!

    thanks 🙏

    • Rachel Rachel on Feb 26, 2021

      I'm so glad it was helpful, Emilie! If you want even more ideas on how to wear color feel free to join me in April for a free virtual style class (details and sign up link under the last picture in the tutorial). I love helping women explore wearing brighter and bolder colors!