How to Bring Coloured Clothing Into A Neutral Wardrobe

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As we look to spring and the brighter weather, it only seems appropriate to bring vibrant hues and positivity into our wardrobe with some coloured clothing. However, it can be hard to break up from the ease of monochrome. Here’s some simple fixes to incorporate colour into your repertoire.

Start with the accessories

Ideal for the slightly timid (or if you’re waiting until payday to treat yourself), colourful accessories can be the perfect starting point for a forever colourful future wardrobe. Look to a vibrant handbag, coloured belt or statement scarf to create a subtle impact.

Yellow Gold Tom Ford Sunglasses – £112
Furla Winter Rose Annie Medium Camera Bag – £65
Jayley Collection Black/Yellow Check Cashmere Blend Scarf – £29

Everything goes with denim

Casual, effortless feel with classic denim staples. Worn with denim, a hint of colour provides a classic, effortless feel. Try a straight legged or boyfriend pair of jeans plus a vibrant bomber jacket; oh so chic, and comfortable too.

Don’t be afraid to colour clash


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You know the phrase ‘blue and green should never be seen?’, forget it. This past year has thrown all the rules out of the window, so it should be the same way with your style, too.

Florals, for spring?

Springtime is the best opportunity of the year to start wearing some colour. Treat yourself to a simple floral dress (we especially love Maje and Mango), the perfect piece will include some colour, but not in a way that will overwhelm. Pair with some luxe leather hiker boots, or trainers and sandals once it gets warmer.

Hobbs London Orange Ferrier Floral Dress – £55
AllSaints White Floral Alix Freefall Dress – £69
Whistles Multi Clover Floral Silk Blend Dress – £69

Make it all about one colour

If you’re new to the world of colour, then a pink outfit from head to toe may feel slightly daunting. Whilst it’s not for the faint hearted style-conscious, wearing one shade from head to toe is a seriously eye-catching look. And no. All black doesn’t count. 

Don’t worry if the shades don’t quite match

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Just because two pieces may not be in the exact same hue of blue, it doesn’t mean you should reject the look. Keep things similar, but trial your potential outfit in front of a mirror first, that way you can decide whether you think it works (or take a mirror picture to speedily send to a friend for their opinion).

Stylish streetwear

A great way to introduce colour into your wardrobe is with playful streetwear styles. From a vibrant hoodie to some coloured sweatpants, let your personality shine through your off-duty wardrobe.

No. Eleven Sage Cotton Jersey Lounge Set – £35
NRNB Women’s Pink Cropped Oversize Hoodie – £30
Reiss Blue Juno Tapered Joggers – £55

Pops of Neon

If you’re ready to get exceptionally explorative with colour, add some neon into your repertoire. A key contemporary trend, look to coloured clothing such as a neon T-shirt layered under a shacket for a subtle pop, or a pair of heeled sandals to see you through the warm-weather seasons.

Try some tie dye

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In case you haven’t noticed, tie dye is everywhere. Whether you want to partake in some DIY or buy a ready made piece, it’s a versatile choice. Wear a tie dye T-shirt with a pair of denim shorts and sandals on a summer afternoon for an easy, wearable ensemble.

Dress pieces up and down

Embrace high and low and sport dressier pieces alongside more casual styles. A colourful slip dress with your favourite sneakers? High in comfort and style. A sweatshirt plus tailored trousers and boots? An easy weekend look. Bringing coloured clothing into your wardrobe should be fun, and we urge you to get explorative with it.

Metanoia Women’s Green Tripster Sweatshirt – £34
Levi’s Pink Colourblock Kimora Jacket – £32
Emily and Fin Pink Stretch Twill Lori Culotte – £29

Words: Maria Loizou