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The Effective Guide to Colour Code your Travel Outfits

“Without black, no colour has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there’s shadow – no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that’s real.” ~Amy Grant

Life is a myriad of colours; the world in which we live is anything but black and white. And to understand our point, it is important to be ready to jump the bandwagon and be open to exploring all avenues. Travelling comes with a lot of planning- planning the itineraries, accommodation, transfers, flights, budget and clothes. But often we tend to ignore the colours that match well with our destination and end up in a black mood when we see the photographs. Hence, we present a colour-coding guide that will help you pack photogenic and glamorous clothes.

We have divided the destination into four major categories:

When it comes to greens, we refer to the mountains in Nainital, Shimla, Munnar and Patnitop. When amidst trees, it is vital to highlight your presence as the different shades of green can make you fade away. It is important to understand the difference between the warm and the cool colours. While the cool colours comprise of greens, blues and grays, warm colours consist of reds, yellows, creams, beige and oranges. Since green is already a cool colour, dressing up in warmer shades will make you stand out. Our personal favourites are yellows, whites and and blues (a lighter shade).

See how the red makes you stand out in the green field!

Next up is blues. Blues are cooler colours and hence, when you are waiting for that perfect photograph to be clicked on the pristine beach, it is important to take care of the colour that you choose to wear. We have tried using the contrast (warm) colours but have failed in capturing eye-catching photographs. Then we tried wearing darker shades and guess what, things seemed to be coming up roses, for we found the right choice. The trick is to avoid colours that are already present in the background- blue of the water, white/ beige/ brown of the sand, white of the clouds, etc. We prefer shades of red. Yes, that will make you catch the eye.

Whose dress looks more alluring?

The whites are the most flexible surroundings. It is a no-brainer to choose a colour for such destinations. Whether you are swaying in your bomber jacket in the high mountains of North Sikkim or you are soaking the warmth of the sun on the Khai Nai Island, any colour that you wear will add an impact to your photograph. Our personal favourites are bright colours like yellow, orange and red for the snow-clad mountains and black, red and wine for the beaches.

See how the reds (and the blues too) can make you photogenic and attractive!

Last but not the least browns are the tricky ones. We often struggle to decide our clothing for these landforms. Since browns are hues of reds (warm colours), the logic says that cooler shades like dark blues, dark greens and dark grey should serve the purpose. But when we tried this out, we were not quite satisfied. For browns, we guess, it all depends on the mood, light and weather. For low light and gloomy weather, prefer lighter shades. For bright light and warm weather, opt for shades of grey or even black would do the trick.

The aim of these photos is to show how the bright colours like red and white sparkle when the landscape is mostly brown.

Though this post is not that detailed, we hope this small guide helps you click more captivating photographs.

Till the next post, Happy Experimenting!

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