Yes, this post is going to have many color puns (and inappropriate use of the caps lock).
Today, allow me to school you a bit. In Art class we were taught that there are only three basic hues which when combined, make up every other possible color that we can possibly imagine; red, yellow and blue (which are also called primary colors) when mixed in equal or varying proportions, enable one to come up with every other color that we know. For example, green is a mixture of yellow and blue, orange is a mixture of red and yellow and purple a mixture of red and blue. Now, the tricky bit is if you add more yellow than blue you come up with a shade of green called yellow-green or yellow-yellow-green (which is often confused for yellow) and vise versa. Now, on the other side of the divide there is black and white. We were constantly debating about these two colors until we were told that they are not considered as colors (at least not in an art class). White is a combination of all colors and black is the absence of color.
As you can see, art is science (or is science art?)
My point? Maybe you’ve heard of the fashion craze called color blocking? No? Well, now you have and because I am tired of arguing with people who do it wrong I have decided to do a whole post about it just so i can prove my point and hopefully, never lecture anyone on color ever again. EVER.
On a light note, it’s hot out. Too hot. The wind feels like someone’s breath and the sun feels like a ball of fire. Well, technically, it is, but you get my drift, right? Leaving the house feels like walking into a sauna or something hotter like… a frying pan. It’s ridiculous, really. This kind of weather has me contemplating if I should splurge and buy one of those large coca cola umbrellas found in every other outdoor restaurant. Likewise, this heat has me considering buying a big sombrero or any other comically sized hat, just so I do not arrive wherever I am going smelling like something roasted. The funny thing about this Nairobi weather is that it is pretty unpredictable. At times, it’s cold. Too cold. The coolness (coldness?) even gets me budgeting for gloves and snow boots. Never mind the fact that we don’t experience winter in Kenya let alone snow. It’s crazy-the weather, not me.
BLACK to the post.
If you are like me, you probably take more time than the average person to pair your clothes when going somewhere. You fret over the colors you are wearing, whether they are appropriate for the weather, occasion, season, year, millennium, generation… well, once I RED that the color one wears affects the mood they will be in. I guess you can say it’s CYANtifically proven.
So now, the question arises as to how to pair your colors. Well, there are the basic tips such as:
- Save bright colors for when it is warm and wear dull colors when it is cold.
- Dull colors create the illusion of slimness while bright colors create the illusion of thickness.
However, there are the more complex ones that everyone should know. So, without further aHUE, let’s get BROWN to business.
Color blocking is the art of wearing colors that are not considered compatible but in actuality are compatible. Many go wrong while trying to do this because they do not realize that there is actually a formula on how to do it. It’s pretty simple too. In order to block colors, one wears colors that create contrasting sensations. That simply means you pair a cool color with a warm color (stay with me) warm colors are those associated with sources of heat for example, red, orange and yellow. Cool colors are those associated with nature, for example, blue, green and purple. however, this is not to say that any cool color can go with any warm color. mostly, for a color to block, it cannot have been made from the color with which it is to contrast. (i feel like i have stopped making sense). for example, green, which is a mixture of yellow and blue, contrasts with red. red is a primary color. red does not make up green. its quite interesting really, because different shades of the same color contrast with different colors. back on green. a shade of green called yellow green or lime green as it is often called, contrasts with pink. pink is a tint of red. further, purple contrasts with yellow, orange with brown and obviously, black with white (even if they are the Pluto of colors).
I guess now you understand why I called this post, ‘Seeing In Color.’
Quite intense, right?
But aren’t you pleased I told you all AMBERout it?
I should probably stop with the puns, right?
My point must have surely been put across. Dressing requires some thought. Maybe some calculations and what not or maybe even some art classes. It’s up to you, really. But the color block when pulled off well is a beautiful thing.
On other issues…
Why is it this hot? Did someone offend the sun? Did the sun move closer to us? Somehow? whatever the case, that hole in the ozone layer is a reality. This heat, it makes me think of things like that,the ozone layer and tree planting and tea. Hot tea. So hot that it leaves you nauseated from drinking it. I don’t know. How is it even this hot? But the daytime heat is nothing compared to the nighttime chills. I sleep with gloves on. OK, maybe not. But I might. I really might. This January sun has something against us all, or is it just me?
I need some GREEN tea.
Anyway, do feel free to share your ideas on how you mix and match your colors. Share your opinion on my tips on how to color block and my extremely long lesson on color. Yes, I am still quite the liberal even in this scorching African sun.