Saturday, November 23, 2019

7 Easy Ways to Add a Little Colour to Your Look

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Colour can be tricky if it's not your thing and that's absolutely okay. I've been through phases in my life when I pretty much only wore black. I loved most of those clothes and I still love an all-black look from time to time, but lately I'm just feeling more colourful. I know other people who tend towards white or neutrals, preferring khaki from head to toe or only reaching for a colour if it's something like olive, navy blue or a muted pink.

"I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour."
- Emanuelle Alt

Let's face it... It's just easier to dress in neutrals and if you're busy or not really bothered, you can have an absolutely gorgeous wardrobe that's all neutrals. All of your clothes will mix and match with each other, you probably don't need as many pieces in your wardrobe and you never have that problem of not owning a pair of shoes that match. But that doesn't mean that you can't play with colour a little bit if you want to and if you feel like you're missing out on colour or want to switch things up a bit, there are some options available to you.  If you're keen to add a bit of colour, the only thing I would suggest you remember is to invest in brighter pieces that will complement the colours that are most dominant in your wardrobe so you can get a lot of wear out of them. Jewel tones tend to work with pretty much anything as do many pastels and they can really pop against a more neutral outfit. It's also not at all necessary to feel like you have to go with something bolder than what you're comfortable with... If you need to start small, try something like a plaid that has a colourful strip through it or something subtle like a small piece of jewellery. A pair of emerald green studs can make all the difference and will go beautifully with most if not all neutrals. You can really go for as much or as little as you like here, or you can start small and work your way up... The choice is all yours.

Here are 7 ways to add a little colour to your look without too much effort...

Red opaque tights
Opaque 100 Denier Tights by Romartex in Red - £5.99
1. Hosiery & Socks
I am obsessed with colourful tights and hosiery. I started small a long time ago, opting for darker hues like wine, navy and hunter green, but now I own a lot of tights in various colours ranging from pastels to bright jewel tones. I love layering them under trousers, skirts, dresses, shorts or culottes for a bit of a statement. I also love wearing them in the Autumn or Spring with open toed shoes.

Lavender Double Breasted Coat
ASOS Double Breasted Coat - £55
2. Coats
A colourful coat can bring a lot of joy to the time of year when it's dark more than light outside and the cold can really dampen moods. I also find that a coat is less of a colourful commitment since you really only wear it when you're outside, but it doesn't have to be part of the outfit you're sporting all day. A solid colour coat is easiest I find as it will almost work as a neutral, but there are lots of fun plaids & patterns to choose from too.

Hot Pink & Black Tweed Bag with Gold Chain strap
Accessorize Ava Tweed Shoulder Bag - £29
3. Bags
A colourful bag is a super easy way to add a pop of colour to your daily look. I would suggest adding a bag in a colour or pattern that matches a lot of your wardrobe for ease so you don't need to swap out bags every day. Some of the easiest colours for Autumn & Winter are red, yellow and orange as they'll go beautifully with most neutrals like brown, grey, black, olive or navy, however the options are endless.

Golden Satin Headband with Blue & Green Jewel Embellishments
ASOS Headband With Blue Crystal Embellishments in Golden Satin - £12
4. Hair Accessories
Hair accessories are widely available pretty much everywhere right now because they're trendy and you won't find a more affordable way to add a bit of colour to your look. There are headbands, scrunchies, clips and more in every colour under the sun priced from super cheap to extravagantly expensive. You can choose super conservative styles or bold and embellished.

5. Scarves
Whether it's a winter scarf to wear with your coat, a shawl to throw over your shoulders or a small, silky square to tie in your hair, around your neck or on the handle of your favourite bag, a scarf is an easy way to add a pop of colour to your look.

6. Belts
There's something very chic about a pop of colour around the waist...

Hot Pink Beaded Necklace
Necklace by Accessorize (old
7. Jewellery
From small studs in your ears to giant bobbles around your neck there are so many ways to wear colourful jewellery and it's probably my favourite way to perk up a neutral look. You can spend a little or a whole lot. You can buy loads of different coloured pieces of jewellery to switch it up all the time or invest in one statement piece you wear regularly. Whatever you choose, be sure to have fun with it...


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