I’ve been watching Royal Pains on Netflix – a series about a concierge doctor set in The Hamptons during the summer – and am kind of blown away by how well the costume designer, Caroline Duncan, works a color wheel. Not only are her color combinations for each character amazing, she also color coordinates each scene so the actors’ clothes coordinate with each other.

It’s like a masterclass in color.

That you can use for yourself.

Right now.

For example:

White and Anything

Nothing says summer like white. Pair it with any color for a cool warm weather look.

Royal Pains DVD
Royal Pains DVD

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

 

Jill Casey and Jack O'Malley
Jill Casey and Jack O’Malley

Orange and Blue

These colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they’re complimentary. It’s a great combo that most people don’t usually consider.

Jill Casey and Hank Lawson
Jill Casey and Hank Lawson

 

Hank Lawson and Divya Katdare
Hank Lawson and Divya Katdare

 

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

 

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

Turquoise and Pink

These colors are also complimentary, which is why this combo is so eye-catching.

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

Purple and Yellow

A third complimentary combination. Cute!

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

Blue and Green

These colors are next to each other – analogous – on the color wheel. Again, it’s not a combination that usually springs to mind, but it works beautifully.

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

 

Hank Lawson and Jack O'Malley
Hank Lawson and Jack O’Malley

Pink, Orange, and Purple

Another analogous combo. Each character is rocking his or her own ensemble, yet they all work well together. Consider that when posing for all your group photos this summer.

Paige Collins, Evan Lawson, Hank Lawson
Paige Collins, Evan Lawson, Hank Lawson

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

Blue and Yellow

These primary colors work well together.

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

 

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

Same colors, different combinations. This is how you can pack light and make a little do a lot.

Red and Yellow

These primary colors also work beautifully together.

Ms. Newberg and Eddie Lawson
Ms. Newberg and Eddie Lawson

 

Paige Collins
Paige Collins

Monochromatic Combos

Monochromatic can mean all the same color or of the same color family. Mix tones and textures for a unique look.

Divya Katdare
Divya Katdare

 

Evan Lawson and Paige Collins
Evan Lawson and Paige Collins

All pictures courtesy of Royal Pains, USA Network

What’s fun about these combinations is that you can start with a simple, solid colored piece and mix and match them with other solid pieces and fun accessories to create spectacular, head-turning looks.

See how easy this is once you know what to do?

Like I said, watching this series is like taking a masterclass in color.

But if you still need more a little help, download a copy of my free clothing color chart to see exactly which colors go together.

FREE Clothing Color Chart

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Diana Pemberton-SikesDiana Pemberton-Sikes is an image coach who helps women upgrade their lives by upgrading their image. Ready to get the attention, respect, and income you deserve? Create Your Ideal Image can help.

    1 Response to "Great Color Combinations for Summer"

    • Adriana

      I love colorful dresses and outfits, make me happy…! I like your ideas. My wardrobe is full of colorful clothes, i’ll try to combine them right so i look cool!

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