Join fashion’s crusade against beige this season, says Penny Fray
Colour makes you happy; it’s bright, beautiful and scientifically proven to make you feel a great deal more optimistic about life. It turns heads and lights up even the darkest of souls.
I have a bouquet of bright yellow daffodils on my desk at the moment and they make me smile every time I look at them. Of course, it can take a bit of courage to really go for it when it comes to your closet, particularly if you’re not used to wearing colour. Luckily for spring, designers have gone for hues that are less vibrant and a lot earthier than previous seasons. Think of your local spice souk and you get the idea. Saffron yellow, tumeric orange and marsala red-browns are particularly fashionable at the moment and function almost as a neutral with the latest array of kaleidoscopic prints and boho accessories out there. If you want to go a little bolder with your palette, remember to keep the silhouette retro with A-line skirts, tunics and flared pants. Wear it with blue denim and a smattering of tan-coloured suede to be bang on trend.
Scared of the 70s vibe let alone anything that’s not black? I hear you. But even the staunchest naysayer of colour can’t fail to be tempted by an accessory or two. A bag, scarf or shoe is the easiest way to embrace the look, especially when worn with a classic neutral like nude, white or grey.
Who says statement earrings are out? Keep this bold H&M pair in focus with swept-back hair. From RO8
These Matalan pumps are similar to a pair I spotted from Christian Louboutin, but from RO9, are way more affordable. The orange colour is cool and the heel is versatile, suitable for either office or evening events
How dreamy are these metal frame aviators with mirrored lenses from Mango? From RO12
This suede tote in this season’s hottest hue has been designed with the practical fashionista in mind. Roomy and structured, it can be used for work, rest or play. Thank you Zara, from RO25
Emilio Pucci’s spring 15 runway included this goddess-like gown. Crafted from silk-chiffon, it’s drenched in gorgeous shades of red, purple, and yellow that bleed together in the most enchanting way. There’s no need for heavy necklaces, thanks to the brilliantly bejeweled bib. RO2,600 from Net-a-Porter