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Color Theory 101 – Your Guide To Pairing Mismatched Lingerie

Color Theory 101 – Your Guide To Pairing Mismatched Lingerie

Color Theory 101 – Your Guide To Pairing Mismatched Lingerie


Do you own mismatched bras and undies whose original pairs have disappeared? Does searching for the right underwear that goes with the right bra always make you late to work? Don’t worry, you’re probably not the only one facing this dilemma.


While mismatched lingerie can feel out of place, if done well, it can work as a convenient, stylish way to use your collection. If you do not know how to jump onto the mismatched style bandwagon, we’re happy to help. After all, it’s practically impossible for women out in the real world to match their innerwear every single day.


All you need to know, learn and understand is the basics of match-making (in this case, the match-making of lingerie) and you’re good to go. Throw in some fun colors and carefully selected patterns to the mix and you’ve got the color theory of mismatched lingerie down pat!


So what are you waiting for? Let’s get mixing and matching already!



Get Back To Basics

Before perfecting the art of matching colors, it is essential to learn the basics. In order to understand which color goes well with another, it is important to learn the colors of the color wheel.

Did you just ask, ‘what’s a color wheel?’ Don’t fret, we’ve got your back!


A color wheel is the easiest tool that will help make it clearer as to which colors work well with the others.

Are you wondering:
Does yellow pair well with orange?
Would blue go well with pink?
What if I pair purple with green? Would that work?
Maybe I should just stick with black and whatever I manage to grab after a morning shower from my underwear drawer.

Matching two colors is an art and requires an eye for it. You may be gifted to put together two colors or patterns of mismatched innerwear and dazzle all day. Or you could simply struggle with it, cursing the lost pair wishing it would magically find its way back into your drawer.


A color wheel differentiates colors into three categories:

1. Primary Colors

Primary colors are simply the colors red, yellow, and blue  - each of which cannot be created by mixing any other two colors. 


2. Secondary Colors

Secondary colors are basically the various shades of purple, green and orange that are created by mixing primary colors into different combinations.

3. Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are basically the colors that are made by mixing both primary and secondary colors giving you a whole new fancy color.

For instance, the colors - yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, red-purple, yellow-orange, red-orange to name a few colors.

Color, Color, Which Color Should I Pair?


Mixing and pairing two colors can be a puzzle no one wants to deal with while getting ready in the morning - fortunately, we’ve got a foolproof system to deal with any combination that might be lying around in your wardrobe.


Pairing Primary Colors

The pairing of primary colors is no herculean task. All you need to do is mix and match your reds, blues and yellows and you’re ready.

The easiest way to pair primary colors is to simply use them along with white or black options - neutral colors work really well here.



Pairing Complementing Colors


If you did well, pairing colors in the primary colors category, here’s a tough cookie!


In the world of colors and the color wheel as your guide to matching mismatched lingerie, complementary colors can also be understood as contrasting, opposite colors.


Let’s say you choose a color and have to select another color that pairs well with it, you will have to look at the color wheel carefully. Place your finger along the color opposite in order to find its complementary contrasting color twin.


Bright hues stand out in pairs and will immediately catch your eye as they look brilliant when put together.



Pairing Analogous Colors

If you passed round 2 on the secondary color pairing, this might be the next thing right up your alley.

While secondary color pairing involves pairing two colors together, tertiary color matching will put you in the spot making you scratch your head trying to figure out how to pair three colors.


Just follow the concepts below, and you’ll breeze through:

Watch the color wheel carefully. All you need to do is pair any three colors that are side by side on a 12 part color wheel. You need to choose one color family and stick with it, selecting different shades from the same base color to ensure you ace the look.


This way you will end up with colors that do not seem like an odd or force-fit duo. Instead, it will bring out the beautiful depth of the same parent-shade one which you never saw coming.

Another way of doing it is by mixing and matching the bold colors from your closet drawer innerwear and pairing it with the color of the small pattern on your bra or the bow that is just a faint one. This way the two pieces will fall together undoubtedly as if standing out making a bold statement.

Once you get a hang of this, you can try your luck mixing and pairing solid colors with say stripes or polka dots to give it a fun vibe.

Easy-peasy right?





Hopefully, this article has helped you pair your mismatched lingerie. Make your mornings fun with a little match-making in innerwear heaven and do not get disappointed when you can’t seem to find a pair.

Know that if you can’t find it was meant to pair with something more fun and vibrant.

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Sérgio dos Santos Gialluise - April 16, 2022


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