Style Dilemma – How to Mix Colours to Suit You

This week I had an email from Debbie she says “For my birthday my son bought me a teal coloured clutch bag from Jones Bootmaker. It is beautiful but I have no idea what to wear with it. I have always stuck to black evening bags as it was the “safe” option, but with spring coming up can you suggest what colours would compliment teal without me going out looking like a parrot!” (Love that Debbie)

Well the good news is that teal is another of those really great universal colours – meaning we can all wear it. In fact you could almost make it a neutral. So I thought I would put together some colour palettes based on the six colour dominants to show you how anyone can incorporate teal into their wardrobe.

Light Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

For light colouring ideally you wouldn’t want to wear anything darker than teal so add other light colours to it or wear with a neutral to make it more formal or work appropriate.

Deep Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

The deep coloured woman looks good with two dark colours together so teal with another dark neutral like chocolate or charcoal works really well in cooler months. Liven it up with a contrast of a lighter or brighter colour for impact.

Warm Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

Warm colouring looks great in teals, turquoises and aquas so find a pattern with a mixture of them. Or make it warmer with some of your reds.

Cool Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

The cool lady needs contrast so mix your teal with a light or a bright colour or wear with a darker or lighter neutral. Find it in prints mixed with contrast of brights and lights too.

Soft Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

For soft colouring imagine a subtle blend of colour. Keep contrast low and mix teal with similar tones of the same colour or the same depth of colour.

Bright Colouring

How to wear Teal, How to mix colours in your wardrobe

The bright lady is all about contrast and jewel colours. She needs to liven up teal with other brights or lights in her palette.

One teal dress styled for each colour dominant:

How to mix colours in your wardrobe, how to wear teal

From left above Light, Deep, Warm

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How to mix colours in your wardrobe, how to wear tealFrom left above Cool, Soft, Bright

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2 Comments

  1. February 25, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Brilliant Maria, I am a deep colouring & had never thought about putting teal with navy as I followed the old rule “blue & green should not be seen without something in between” ha I wonder how many ladies remember that from years ago !! I am going to be brave now & break that rule… with your permission Maria. I also have the beautiful magenta dress from Phase eight that you featured just before xmas & that looks equally elegant with my teal bag… I do wish I belonged to the Bright colour group because I love all their colours, maybe a trip to the hairdressers would do the trick !!.. Thanks again Maria for your wonderful website. Debbie

    • Maria
      February 25, 2015 / 6:25 pm

      Hi Debbie, Thank you for inspiring me to write the post! Yes go ahead and break the rules – that’s what makes us individuals and add some of those bright colours to your wardrobe too – the rules are really just guidelines, if you feel confident in something go for it x