Three easy colour combos to try
As much as I love bright colours on other women – Caroline Issa, Zandra Rhodes, Linda V Wright, Ana Gimeno Brugada – my own palette is quite restrained. One look in the wardrobe reveals a wave of blues, khakis and denim, with a smidgen of antique pink (looks good with khaki), the odd white highlight – an orange nylon bomber jacket and one vintage gold silk blouse. It’s good to have the occasional wild card, one item to whoop up the basics. And, while I know that my red Bella Freud jumper is an instant complexion-booster, on an everyday basis I tend to keep things muted. I always think it’s best to stay within your Colour Comfort Zone. Choose the hues that work for you. And then turn up the volume, try a new shade of something similar. That may sound boring but it doesn’t have to be – see my navy, sky blue and emerald combo below – this is what Knowing Your Style is all about. Stick to the silhouettes that suit your shape and then play around with colour. I’m at home in blues and greens, Zandra Rhodes always looks happy in her trademark fuchsia and orange clash-up – colour has to feel pleasing and compatible. I never wear purple, and when I get old I will never wear purple, it’s just not a shade that sits within my Colour Comfort Zone.
Here are three easy colour combinations to try:
Red and pink more stylish than you think. Style Heroine Ana Gimeno Brugada adds a softer spin to her gentlewomanly look with pale rose trousers and a coral-red blazer. The orange-y tone of the jacket sits beautifully with the lighter shade of pink, but the red and pink combo works equally well with brighter shades of tomato ketchup and shocking pink.
Note the added colour inspiration from AGB’s rainbow striped bag (above).
Blue and green should be seen. Staying within my Colour Comfort Zone, these stronger shades are just a whooped up version of my usual khaki and navy blue uniform. Same but different. Another take on this combination could be bottle green and turquoise – take another look at Ana Gimeno Brugada’s Balenciaga bag.
Blue and rust it’s a must. Both of these colours are available in an array of lovely shades, there’s a compatible pairing for everyone. Burnt orange, rust, terracotta or tan, goes well with Bill Cunningham blue, indigo, turquoise or pale aqua. Whether the shades are switched up a la Grace Coddington or toned down as on the Roksanda spring/summer 2019 catwalk, this is a winning colour combination.
More easy summer colour:
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