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How do you go about matching colors? My wardrobe is mainly red and somehow none of the main pieces are the same shade and I don't want to buy same headdress 10 times in slightly different shades. Is it impossible to have a cohesive wardrobe in lolita? Do you have one, and if so how, or do you always go for full sets?
I secretly like different shades of the same colour in a coord. It can look out of place if it's just one item not matching the rest but in my opinion using different shades of green, lavender or yellow for example can look very cute. When done deliberately it can make a coord look softer and nicer on the eye. This is only really doable when you take care to match only cooler or warmer shades of the same colour.
I do feel like for some colours like red it's easier to look bad with mismatched hues. To answer your question, I mostly wear black so I don't have many matching issues but I do have a number of tights and blouses that match eachother (lavender, wine, mustard, pink) so I can switch those out.
Sometimes even full sets aren't in the same shade, so I wouldn't bother. For red I would use it more as an accent and use another color as base - black, brown (with say burgundy, darker shades), green (since they are complimentary), pink or yellow (sweet combo done to death), and of course white. You can get small accessories in red and combine them with other accessories in your base color for more balanced headwear.

I have lots of pinks and inevitably end up with some brighter than others, but if it's matched up with other pastels or if the mismatch is done deliberately like >>10125244 it really doesn't look bad at all.
I just wear every shade of lavender at once so it looks deliberate

But really, for daily wear I don't care that hard and most people you see won't either because in lolita you still look 500 times more color-coordinated than the average person anyways

Your whole wardrobe will never be totally cohesive, I just collect a lot of pieces and eventually some of them will match
For red you just need to watch your undertones. Blue-reds look best with other blue-reds, even if they're not the same shade. But to me at least, I find and orange red and blue red together can be 'off'.
This might help https://colorsupplyyy.com/app/
Imo exact color matching isn't super important in any fashion. The gripe about colors not matching is more that the colors have different tones like >>10125370 said.
For example, if your dress has burgundy roses on the print and you wear a burgundy bow that's slightly darker, you'd be fine since no one expects you to have the exact Pantone match for the burgundy. If you wore the same dress with a bright apple red, then it would look off since the color is so different.
I think it starts to look bad when people are too caught up in color matching and symmetry. Especially when the sacrifice silhouette of pieces for the sake of color.
I just order what I like and pray.

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