Add a splash of colour to your wardrobe

Alyson Walsh / 21 July 2015 ( 20 May 2016 )

Alyson Walsh gives a kiss of life to her summer wardrobe with a dash of colour



Christian Dior once advised, ‘Two colours in any outfit are quite enough’. And as my wardrobe is permanently stuck in neutral, I’m inclined to agree. Fortunately, subtle tones such as navy, charcoal and white create a natural backdrop that’s easy to pep up. And Olga Taylor, the 62-year-old star of the TK Maxx summer ad campaign, proves just this by teaming chic white trousers with a blast of jade green.

Cotton pants

If in doubt, colour up one step at a time. Bold trousers are a good place to start; they’re easy to wear and, for the colour-shy like myself, easy to avoid in the mirror. I have an old pair of fuchsia Zara cotton pants that look neat with a navy sweater or one of Winser London’s midnight silk shirts. ‘We’re big on neutrals with a pop of colour like our Hollywood Red or Winser Blue,’ says CEO Kim Winser. The online fashion label boasts a variety of colourful trousers and leggings.

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Give neutral a lift

Conversely, a bright tailored jacket or summer coat will lift a nearly neutral outfit. Upmarket American fashion designer Carolina Herrera often does monochrome with a splash of scarlet. For a special occasion, LK Bennett’s Daytona orange coat is magnificent, while La Redoute has a red mac that’s perfect for running around in. Like a Mondrian painting, this black, white and primary combination creates a powerful visual effect. Cobalt blue and yellow are easy to add to the mix – while this summer, tangerine and emerald green are popular accents too. The good news is that, as well as giving wardrobe basics the kiss of life, these shades look stunning with grey hair.

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