The Rules Of Colour Matching
Posted on February 11 2020
Here at Stockinjur HQ we receive a lot of questions regarding matching colours. Whether it’s another item of horse wear or rider wear, or even the horse itself, we have the answer to selecting perfect matching colours. For a more in-depth look at matching your horse, check out our Stockinjur matchy matchy infographic.
If you taker a look at the colour wheel above, analogous colours are those positioned next to or close to each other. Using analogous combinations or pairings offers a subtle look, easy on the eye as they naturally blend and aren’t in any way contrasting.
Compliment Your Colours
Whilst analogous colours don’t contrast with each other, complimentary colours do just that. When you compliment colours, you choose colours from different ends of the chart - usually they are opposite on the wheel. Take purple, for example, a perfect complimentary shade would be yellow, whilst complimenting green you could choose red. Whilst they certainly stand out, they aren’t jarring or garish.
When you think of ‘monochrome’ you may imagine a world in black and white; however, this word actually indicates any solo colour. Solo colours are huge this season with many fashion houses creating looks with a single colour, different hues of the same colour providing layers of depth.
You will find a lot of neutral colours in day-to-day wear, including the equestrian world. These are your greys, navys, blacks, creams and browns. Combining neutral colours allows them to work together, creating a chic colour palette.
How Does A Rider Make Colours Work?
This is obviously entirely subjective when it comes to individual choice, but following the rules ensures you don't turn up to compete as a statement the fashion police may want a word with you about.
Joking aside, riders love to make a statement when it comes to Eventing colours. We see a lot of our bright colours proudly displayed on our fans' Instagram and Facebook pages, colours matched with saddle pads and bandages etc.. Adhering to the above rules will allow you to match bright colours without clashing. With these bolder colours, we would recommend complimentary matching or monochromatic matching.
If bold and bright isn't your thing, using neutral or analogous colours can create a chic and perfectly great matching outfit.