Friday 21 July 2017

How To Wear: A pop of colour

Angela Scanlon

It’s amazing how a splash of vibrant colour can really breathe some life into an outfit. Although the minimalist look imposes a muted palette of camel, black, gray and navy, there is some hope for the colour loving among you.

Colour is the antidote to all the minimalism, and it is a huge trend this season with designers like Stella McCartney and Bottega Veneta who have both featured colour-popping looks in their AW collections. Don’t be shy, it’s not just about a little red dress - this season it’s about the clash.

The best way to nail this look is to be brave. Brave but considered. It’s not about rolling around in the wardrobe and presenting yourself in a rainbow of colours. To get it right, take inspiration from the catwalk. Team a pink shirt with red cigarette pants like Bottega Veneta - it‘s a tried and tested colour combination and looks, in a word, ace!

If you prefer something a little more understated, add a simple pop of colour as opposed to going for a full-blown multi-coloured outfit. Decide what colour compliments your style and your skin tone. If you need some inspiration, the hot colours of the season are red, orange, turquoise and even pastel pinks, blues and purples so the choice is pretty varied.

In your 20’s:

For a fun and youthful take on the trend, go for a bold block coloured dress. Shift dresses are great because the shape is simple and the drama is all in the colour. You can keep accessories neutral or go wild with clashing shoes!

In your 30’s:

Decide whether you want to highlight the lower half or the top of your body and then use the colour to accentuate accordingly. If you like your legs, opt for a colourful mid-length skirt or skinny pants, or if you prefer the top half , go for a coloured top or shirt. Team the colourful pieces with neutral toned ones for a sophisticated look-a pair of tailored black trousers combined with a vibrant orange top a la Stella McCartney can make for a fierce look.

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Look to accessories to inject a colour pop into a classic wardrobe. If you don’t feel comfortable incorporating colour into your main outfit, the simple addition of a vibrant electric blue scarf, a hot pink clutch or vampy red shoes can easily create the desired effect without going OTT. The use of colourful accessories also means that you can easily take your look from day to night.

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