Spring’s officially sprung and I feel the need to bring up the “C” word – yes colour.
I have lost track of how many times I hear “Oh I don’t do colour” or “I couldn’t possibly wear ….. Insert relevant colour”. It seems evident from the sea of almost exclusively black and grey that I encounter on my regular commute (in all seasons) that this lack of colour could be an epidemic. With the high street awash with vibrant shades I challenge you to add some colour to your looks, I promise it will instantly update your look (and dare I say mood) for Spring.
Think Pink was the message loud and clear from the catwalks and its not just one hue will do but any type of pink you can imagine goes. From magenta through to the softest blush. You may not imagine yourself as a pink kind of person but it’s a very versatile colour and is much more than its stereo typical fluffy image.
Alternatively bring the sunshine into your wardrobe literally with another of the key colours of the season – yellow. One of the most frightening colours for a lot of people, perhaps because often the wrong shade can be unflattering. With the racks carrying the full spectrum from egg yolk through softest primrose to ice cool pastel it could be time to find the one that suits you.
How to Wear
It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. Injecting colour relies on the right placement for your body shape – it’s a bit like contouring in make up – wise placement of colour can work wonders.
Focussing bright and light colours on your top half with darker shades on your bottom half is a flattering way to use colour on pear shapes especially when combined with another of this season’s hot hits- a statement sleeve.
Pleat Cuff Top, Warehouse. Also comes in yellow.
A block colour or pattern trouser really show off the slim legs of those with strawberry and apple shapes.
All over block colour works well on hourglass shapes, include texture and a v neck to ensure shape is enhanced not lost.
Dress, Second Female available at Karabo
By combining colour and prints, athletic builds and rhubarb shapes can create curves on their frames.
A common question – if I wear colour what can I wear it with? Here are my tips for colour combos.
Blush + Neutral = Pared Back.
My choice at the moment is khaki/olive green, it’s an underused neutral and adds just the right amount of polish to a look.
Blush n Khaki
Bright + Blue = Colour Pop
Bubblegum pink and magenta both play well against navy and gives a classic combo just the right amount of pop.
Top, Oasis; Skirt, H&M; Trainers, Jones the Bootmaker.
Colour+Layers = Chic Impact
Layer your pinks, starting with a blush base and adding hot pink accents or vice versa.
Blazer, H&M; Shell Top, French Connection; Dress, Oasis.
Yellow +Navy = New Nautical
I still love the freshness of a nautical vibe for Spring. I think navy and yellow take it up a notch.
Cabi Clothing – Grand Slam Blazer, New Stevie Blouse
Colour + Classic Details = Colour Lite
If colour is outside of your comfort zone, try combining with classic detail. This Cos jumper is the perfect hack with its white shirt detail. Layer over a Breton stripe and wear with a cigarette trouser and trainers.
Jumper, Cos Clothing
Pastel+neutral = Luxe
Yellow with grey particularly a pastel yellow is the perfect Spring combo.
Tulle T Shirt, Mango; Maine Biker Jean, Mint Velvet.
Bright + Denim =Instant Update
Yellow begs to be a bright be brave. Throw this pretty Warehouse sweater with back strap detail on with your favourite blue denim. Guaranteed instant Spring.
Stitchy Open Back Jumper, Warehouse
Colour+Trend = Update Plus
Embrace colour incorporated into another trend to give your wardrobe a super boost.
Emily & Finn
Try a retro floral print incorporating one of the key colours like this pretty Emily & Finn shirt or Warehouse’s Wisteria print (comes in a blouse and a dress too) or take get 3 in one with this shirt dress (key dress shape of the season, in double on trend yellow stripes.
Biker Jacket, River Island
Go Bold or Go home with this great neon yellow jacket.
Or you could be uber daring and wear pink and yellow together – did I go too far?
Biker Jacket, River Island
If all of that seems a step too far and not really you -try coloured accessories, a great bag or show is a simple way to elevate your look.
Zara I carried a watermelon??
TU at Sainsburys
So now the train platform will be brimming with colour, Right?
If you would like to embrace some colour or refresh your wardrobe or look – get in touch to book your styling session, I’d be delighted to hear from you.