Over the last 5 years I’ve made it my mission to bring more colour, sparkle and print into my wardrobe. Call it the dopamine dressing effect, but when I wear vibrant clothes, my mood just lifts. It brings joy into an environment and rubs off on other people which can only be a good thing, right?
How do I start wearing more colour subtly?
It can feel a little intimidating to jump into a bold look but I believe most occasions can incorporate some level or combination of colour, sequin or print. Follow my expert guide to how to inject some fun into every scenario, without looking insane, I promise…
Clashing colours for brunching with friends
How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with lots of colour, and brunch is the perfect excuse to go big.
One of my favourite things is to clash shades, particularly those that you might not think to pair together. It can be tempting to wear one coloured item, then pair it with black or white to tone it down, but by adding in an additional colour, it can totally lift the outfit and pull the look together.
Try combining purples and oranges, greens and pinks or blues and yellows for a quirky combination that would be perfect (and a great talking point) for a fun brunch.
Metallics on a first date
I don’t know about you but when I go on a first date, I’d rather be a little bit understated. I want the person to get to know me, rather than be distracted by my rip-roaring colour combination of an outfit! So I step aside from bold hues on this occasion.
Instead, I like to pair neutral colours with metallics. This guarantees that your outfit will still have that bit of dazzle, but without feeling OTT. Silver and gold are also very versatile and match with most colours, so they’re easier to incorporate than you might think. Think of them as your new neutral. Try out the below outfit combinations and knock them dead.
Sparkle in the office
Most people wouldn’t think to combine sequins and the office, but when executed correctly, it can look professional and provide some much-needed sparkle to those meetings and zoom calls.
Stick to muted colours and only one sparkly item and you’ll find you can nail the sequin look without looking like you’re off to the circus.
Bold patterns on a Girls’ Night Out
An LBD is the safe option for a night out on the town but to bring a bit of fun to the evening events, consider introducing a bold pattern into your getup. It feels scary but it’s actually easy to do: you can start by introducing it through shoes, bags and accessories, or by teaming bold patterned separates with neutral pieces.