Thursday 8 December 2016

How can I do colour without going OTT?

Published 11/03/2011 | 05:00

Claire colour block top, €85, and Coralie maxi
skirt, €148, both by Coast
Claire colour block top, €85, and Coralie maxi skirt, €148, both by Coast
Paris blazer,€80.50; electric-blue Mischa top, €40; violet harem trousers, €40, and mustard SW courts, €87.50 all by River Island
Cherry-coloured cropped jeans, €56, Oasis; Rhonda’ oyster cashmere silk sweater, €198, by Sian Jacobs

Q I want to introduce colour into my wardrobe but I'm dubious of the colour-blocking trend. Can I try it without looking OTT?

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A With Gucci, Versus and Louis Vuitton all rocking this trend of multiple strong colours clashed together in one look, it's hard to ignore searing hot hues this summer.

However, some colour combinations, such as hot-pink and orange, are definitely more suited to dark or sallow skin tones.

To make this trend work, stick to two tones. If you are cautious, try a bold bright toned down with a neutral such as beige or grey.

Cheating?

A little -- but a least you won't look like Coco the clown!

Electric blue, green and purple are beautiful shades on pale Irish skin. Reiss and River Island stock the best of this colour.

Oasis have Cherry cropped jeans perfect for pairing with a neutral top.

Try Sian Jacobs silk and cashmere T-shirt or a nude silk shirt by Equipment, €235, from BT2.

Finally work the colour block trend after-hours with Coast's Coralie pleated maxi skirt and top.

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