We’ve long paid heed to the critical nature of colour when it comes to our homes, but it’s high time we took this into consideration when filling our wardrobes. Research shows that fashion is one of the simplest ways we can transform our emotions and confidence may just be a power outfit away!
So whether you’re hoping to soothe, energise or simply amp up the serotonin levels of those around you, it’s time you started taking sartorial inspiration from the colour wheel. Let us help you dress for success!
Sleepy head: If you wake up in the morning and the coffee just isn’t quite cutting it, your next best bet is to dress in red. The colour is said to evoke strong feelings of energy and excitement and an added bonus is that it draws attention to the wearer. If you want to be noticed, this is the colour to do it in. Add a red lip to your outfit as well to really make those confidence levels seriously soar.
Never mellow in yellow: If you’re feeling blue, we have the solution for you. Much like the bright summer sun, the colour yellow makes most people happy, probably because memories of sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays are linked to the warm colour. Add accents of yellow to your outfits to bring out all of those positive feelings and lift your mood as a result.
Cool, calm and collected: It’s long been said that when you’re feeling anxious, blue hues are calming. Bring a sense of serenity to your outfits by showcasing any shade of blue. And if we haven’t already reminded you enough, the Pantone colour of the year is Classic Blue – so what better reason do you need to incorporate the shade?
Creative thinking: They say that if you’re in need of some inspiration, then purple is the colour for you. The hue has long been associated with fantasy and spirit, sparking those creative juices in your head. Not to mention it’s one of Maleficent’s signature colours and that woman is full of confidence! Channel her in your outfit and take over any kingdom… or workplace.
The new decade is well and truly here, and it’s time to dial up the boldness with colours that are loud and proud. We’ve sought out the top three most glorious colours trends reigning supreme in 2020.
Meet Pantone’s Colour of 2020 – Classic Blue.
A solid, dependable hue, classic blue needs no introduction other than to say it’s a welcome shade to start the new decade off nicely.
So, how to wear?
Well, those new to blue should start by incorporating the shade via pops of colour – a neckerchief, sunglasses and handbag, perhaps – or try a monochrome moment by pairing with their existing white or black closet staples.
Forever a fiery hue that exudes confidence and powerful feminine energy, red shines bright against any skin tone.
This year the fashion world will enjoy ‘biking red’, a deep, warm ruby shade with hints of purple and brown – the perfect addition to your existing autumn colour palette.
Workwear inspiration: how about high-waisted trousers cinched with a belt and paired with a creamy blouse and heels…
Always a reliable spring shade, yellow manages to hold its place on the catwalks for another year (we’re certainly not complaining!)
Elevate any otherwise plain ensemble (and your mood!) with accessories in this sunshine shade, or go all out by wearing saffron yellow from head-to-toe – a jumpsuit or midi dress might just be your answer.
As always, if you’re stuck for inspiration… let the runways be your guide.
Let the summer sun freshen up your wardrobe this season with a flash of our favourite citrus hue: yellow.
Many zesty shades are trending, from pastel and lemon through to marigold and amber.
While these punchy hues aren’t always the easiest to wear, they pair well with existing capsule pieces you’re bound to already have – a white blouse, perhaps, or a pair of washed denim jeans.
You can’t go wrong by injecting a bright bolt of yellow into an otherwise plain ensemble by way of accessories, shoes or even a striking blazer.
Yellow pieces with floral prints or embroideries bring a laid-back, bohemian flavour, while a slinky silk dress in a saturated hue like mustard or marigold is both fun and elegant – and the ultimate stand-out silhouette for all of summer’s quintessential events.
If strong yellow shades are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a more mellow pastel tone.
Shades like buttermilk or lemon give off a graceful chic vibe perfect for that garden party or lunch date.
Top tip: It’s smart to invest in easy, versatile pieces like jumpsuits, maxi/midi dresses and tailored pants that will take you from the high street to the party in effortless sophistication.
In the past, yellow has suffered from a bit of an image problem. But it seems interior designers have launched a full-blown PR campaign advocating for its acceptance into the colour hall of fame and public perception of this sunny shade is looking up.
Once treated as somewhat of an enigma, it’s now embraced as energetic but equally relaxing; an ally to homes that want to generate an authentic aura of warmth. The more dulcet tones perfectly offset a dependable grey or if you want to turn up the volume on yellow, even a spritely purple will make an impact when paired with this hue. Of course green, cream, white and black also make the cut as faithful companions to the colour.
Capable of lifting the spirits, the challenge with yellow lies in striking the right balance. If it is too heavily concentrated in one area, it can dominate and overwhelm the space. If you want to take a conservative approach to introducing this aesthetic, start with the accents in your space – curtains, lighting, cushions, throws and even rugs. A colour block feature wall is also an option but more of a commitment.
Trawl Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration and take advantage of online tools that let you digitally experiment with your space so you can try yellow on for size before you make any final decisions.