The Intricate Split Complement

Stuck at work for my lunch hour today; too busy to go out and shoot. So you get pics of my outfit again! Sorry to be such a bore. At least this weekend we were full of exciting content!

Today’s outfit is based off a particularly complicated color theory called the split complement. I learned about this inspiring melange from the fashionable ladies over at Academic Chic. Most people know that when two colors are described as complementary, it means not only that they look good together, but that they are directly across from one another on the color wheel. Some examples of this include purple and yellow, blue-green and red-orange, and so forth. I’ve often employed that strategy in my dressing. But the split complement takes this one step further, and really ups the sophistication. Split complement means that not only does a color look good with what’s across from it on the color wheel, but also looks good in a three color combo with the two colors that appear on either side of its complement. So for example, instead of wearing red with it’s complement green (which can look a little Christmassy, even when it works), split the complement (green) and wear red with blue green and yellow green. This can create a REALLY pretty and polished look, while still being different and adventurous.

Today I employed one of my very favorite split complements. Starting with a base of yellow-green, I split the direct complement of red-violet into red and violet. It’s hard for yellow-green to translate on film as such, but trust me when I tell you the yellow of this shirt has a LOT of green undertone in real life. I paired it with a purple cardigan and a red scarf (with some white stripes, for interest), as well as some purple shoes. To keep the outfit simple feeling with such a complicated palette, I just paired it with black pants (which I didn’t bother photographing). Here are some quick snaps:



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