Colour has wonderfully transformative powers: a splash of blue to complement the eyes can be mesmerising, and an unapologetically bold coat can uplift the greyest of mornings. And you don’t have to wear it from head to toe – adding a flash of colour to a wardrobe largely composed of neutrals is a clever way to revive tired outfit combinations. Here's how...
Go bold with one key piece
If top-to-bottom colour feels too far out of your comfort zone, then entertain a pair of culottes or cropped flares. Red, for example, looks great with a classic Breton top – and if you’re not sure what colour best suits your skin tone, it doesn’t matter, as it’s on your bottom half.
Choose an outfit-topping coat
Who doesn’t want a cheerful companion on their shoulders come rain or shine? You can be as serious, plain or neutral as you like underneath, but bold outerwear sends out a message of optimism and energy.
Pick a head-turning handbag
The easiest way to break out of a colour-shy rut is with interchangeable accents. Fuchsia gloves or a saffron faux-fur stole are easy tools to breathe new life into a seasons-old coat. A colour-pop bag acts like the full-stop to your outfit, so make yours punchy with a shade you’ve never entertained before.
Layering shades of the same colour across different tones is a foolproof way to add interest to an outfit. That can mean simultaneously throwing on delicious hues of oatmeal, taupe and cream for a luxe spin. On days where you’re feeling bolder, play around with combinations that fuse red with pink or navy and indigo.
Go bold with your shoes
Elevate off-duty looks with an unexpected colour choice where footwear is concerned. Denim has a wonderful ability of withstanding any hue – even blue. Or why not shake up the classic high-low outfit of tailoring and trainers by swapping white sneakers for a colour-block pair?
Forget the phrase ‘red and green should never be seen’: it’s time to tear up the rulebook. Colour clashes are rebellious but can be covetable – just look at indigo alongside mustard. Have fun creating your own compositions and reach for neutral accessories and footwear to temper your outfit.