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30 Color Combinations That Prove Rules Don't Matter

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    For anyone dipping a toe into truly outside-the-box clothing colors, it seems that step one is to pair it with a neutral. You'll style one fire engine red piece with black — just black — and nary a hint of other hues. It's the beginner's approach to color play, and it's a great way to make a statement piece shine. But, from the hints we've been getting from last Fashion Week, we all could stand to step it up in a big, bold, and rebellious way.

    As expected, there was no lack of neutral-meets-vibrant pairings in last February's runways, but the strangest palettes were the ones that stuck. Purples and orange, fluorescents with saturated shades from the opposite side of the color wheel, and marsala with just about everything. We'd happily lay out all the "pair this with that" rules for you, but unfortunately, they no longer apply.

    In fact, the idea of "matching" is gone. Instead, we're aiming to find two (or three or four) shades that clash and contrast just enough so that every outfit looks intentional, thoughtful, and screw-the-rules cool. These 30 looks master this approach with aplomb.

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    Orange & Grape
    It looks ever better on Balmain's other unexpected combination of pleated palazzo pants and wrapped blazer.

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    Pale Pink & Emerald
    This Rachel Antonoff outfit might just convince us to bring back daytime pajama dressing.

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    Rust & Sand
    This is one of the more reserved combinations you'll find in this slideshow, and Céline proves the two neutrals are a natural fit.

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    Cherry Red & Pale Purple
    Emilia Wickstead goes from a cool pink to a fiery red.

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    Baby Blue & Brown
    When it comes to brown clothing, most have a love-it or hate-it reaction. But, we think this sweet pastel pairing, as seen at Antonio Marras, could even convince the haters to warm up.