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Head to a well stocked department store.  You will undoubtedly see racks of Technicolor summer tops. Pick three different tones of the same color (light purple is a good choice since it so popular right now) and try them all on.  One of these tops, be it the ice cool pale lavender or warm grape toned lilac, is bound to stand out as clearly being the most flattering on you.  Guess what? You have just uncovered your personal shade.  You can apply that same process for other colors also, but I can give you a short cut.  Use that perfect light purple as a guide for the rest of your shopping: other colors that blend well with it are likely to be similarly suited to blending well with you.  As for landslide victories when it comes to picking winning color combinations, well for that, we have to go back to the primaries.

THE PRIMARIES
It has been said that everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten. I am not sure if that is the most accurate paradigm for the 21st century, but it is certainly true when it comes to understanding colors. Remember when were taught about the three primary colors: red, blue and yellow?  These primaries, also known as parent colors, are combined to form every other color in the universe.  If you look at a standard color wheel, these colors are slotted at twelve o'clock - red, four o'clock - blue and eight o'clock -
yellow.  Best not to sniff at these humble shades: they have a couple of very important attributes.  The first of which is that combinations of the primaries form the basis of each of the estimated 16 million color variations the human eye can differentiate.  The second  distinction is one fashionistas would like to suppress, but the truth is one designer has been using little more than these three colors, adding a little punch with white, and amassed a fortune that even makes Silicon Valley robber barons envious: Tommy Hilfiger.  'Nuf said?  While the estetics of his collections are indeed debatable, you cannot argue with all that green.  Speaking of green, we have not covered it yet, but we will get to that in a second.


The three different combinations of the primary  produce orange, geen and blue: the
secondary colors:

 

 yellow + red

blue + yellow

red + blue

= orange

= green

= violet

     
   

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