PHOTOCHROMIC.

Yo! So I’m back and trust me the man’s not hot but this article is (if you know you know. lol). How did y’all spend your short breaks. Mine was interesting as I had so many events I attended. So a friend of mine in school got a new camera and we decided to have a freestyle session together in the course of the gadget’s launch. We had fun and we were able to create something epic.

The inspiration behind the concept of this editorial came from my just acquired pair of photochromic glasses and my  colourful sweater I wore for the shoot. Isn’t that lovely.

Photochromic literally means an ability to change colours in the presence or absence of sunlight. In this editorial we gonna go back to basic rules of matching colours in a course to bring out our perfect photochromic abilities.

Colour matching is one of the major challenges in getting an outfit right. Questions like ” can I wear this tie on this shirt”, “can I combine these two colours together”,  “does this blazer match rightly with this trouser’s colour ” etc. won’t stop popping up in our heads until there’s a knowledge of basic matching rules. With these seven tips below, I can assure you a distinction in colour matching.

Follow the one colour trick: Wear one colour and keep the rest of the outfit neutral. That is, you might want to wear a brightly coloured shirt and you have a problem of what colour of trousers to wear with it, try a natural colour like the black. It saves all the stress. A white shirt goes with everything as it can be a saver when you’re doubting what shirt colour to wear. Grey is another natural colour that can help you dull down too brightly coloured clothes. You can try it too.

Let family items connect and match: Match jewelry and metal strapped watches together. Let your shoes and your belt match (one of the most basic men’s fashion rule). You can also try matching your leather strapped watch with your shoes too.

Work with different shades of the same colour: Colours that are similar always look good. An example is the red and pink. You can carry out an ombres test on Google to see shades of a colour you’re in doubt of. From what I wore for this editorial, the cream colour on the sweater is a slightly darker shade of the cream colour on the trouser pair.

Let a print be your guide: This is one of the simplest steps to follow. Pick a print from your wardrobe (as your outfit would be too clumsy with too many different prints in it) and then break the prints into its different colours and make an outfit from one or more of the different colours and you are good to go. In the picture below, the printed item on that look is the vintage shirt. The cream trouser is related to a colour on the shirt.

Use a colour wheel: Using a colour wheel to find complimentary colours can be really great too as opposite colours really look great together. A colour’s complimentary colour is found directly opposite it at the same spot on the opposite side.

Colours can also work well with other colours directly opposite it that are not on the same spot.

Match your skin tone: Dark skins like mine naturally look better on bright colours and vice versa.

Lastly I’ll say

When you’re in total doubt, go monochrome: A black and white outfit is a good option when there are still doubts in matching colours. Like I analysed earlier, black and white are two colours that suit everything.

I hope with these few tips I have dished out, problems of colour matching and mixing have been solved. You can drop your comments and add more tips in the comment box below guys (scroll down). Don’t forget to follow my social media handles too for more beautiful pictures and feeds (scroll down).

Photography- Pictures taken by @oduologyworks. Black and white picture (an extract from a previous editorial titled “The blacks and white of Black and White”) was taken by Replicas concept.

Outfit- Photochromic glasses by Rayban x Sweater by Qingdao Mingren Hai x Shirt by Boramae x Trousers pair by England Junior collegiate wears x Derby Shoes by Sebago.

Stylist- Babalola Jesudara.