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How to wear bright colours

Try Before You Buy: Stop, It's Colour Time!

Hot on the heels from UK reports which suggest the colour black is less than flattering on most women and will only highlight wrinkles (yikes), I thought it would be a good time to workshop how to wear bright colours. This may seem easy enough — what's so hard about a little yellow, pink and red, you cry? Well, quite a lot. Colours can scare the bejeezus out of us neutral obsessed folk, and rightly so. Clashing hues seem so right on Carrie Bradshaw and the runway, but on the street, not so much. Take note of our little style guide and make sure you rock a cocktail of colours with confidence this Summer.

Start slowly and experiment with pastel shades rather than heading straight for brights — lilac, aqua, pink and peach all provide a splash of colour and look pretty mixed back with denim or crisp white.

Consider your complexion. Darker skin tones tend to suit contrasting brights and neutral hues, while paler skin tones look best in deep colours such as red, green and rich blue.

Interpret runway looks to suit your everyday style. Clashing neon prints may work for Proenza Schouler, but in reality, something a little more subtle could be best. Mix dark and neutral colours with brights for a more wearable look.

Don't be afraid to try different colour combos. Aqua and red go surprisingly well together, as do purple and yellow. Be brave, experiment, and see what works for you.

Ease yourself into colours by starting with key accessories. A coloured shoe or clutch can add maximum impact to a plain ensemble.

 

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