Hi gang! This week has been a good one hasn’t it; pancake day and Vals day, two days essentially centred around food one day after the other – that’s my kind of week! I hope you’re all feeling sufficiently sick of maple syrup, Nutella and Thornton’s gift boxes to last you until next Feb.
I was thinking earlier about how colourful my outfits have been over my last few posts which is so unlike me pre 2018, so I wanted to take a moment to give myself a virtual high five for I seem to have escaped the habit of a lifetime (i.e. opting for black skinnies and a muted jumper all day, everyday). This was no easy feat, I’ve always been that person to play it safe(?) and timeless when it comes to clothing, I’d always pick the black version of anything – be it jeans, a dress, a coat – over it’s colourful counterpart.
In the past few months my wardrobe has transformed from a sea of blacks, greys and the odd sprinkling of navy, to a rainbow of bolds and brights! You only need to do a quick skim of the ‘New In’ sections of all your favourite fashion retailers to see how popular upping your colour game is this season.
I must admit, my first colourful purchase was probably more for the blog/’gram than for myself.
All black everything is great and all but I feared that it could get a bit monotonous if every outfit was samey samey, and the pressure to keep up with the latest trend was too much for my materialistic brain to handle. Plus there’s not much that brightens up a dull day better than a sunshine yellow knit and obnoxiously bright trousers, both in terms of your mood but also in terms of the shots – shooting in winter is hard enough, a little colour distracts from the grey bleak backdrop England has to offer right now. What’s more, shopping for colour is more exciting than shopping for monochrome; my top stores for tasteful yet statement block colour pieces have to be Zara and H&M (and by H&M I mean upstairs in Chapelfield H&M!), they always get it right and seem to be the culprits for those key ‘IT’ pieces season after season.
I am by no means the ‘colour expert’, but for the colour shy out there I have a few fail-safe tips when it comes to injecting a different hue in to your outfit.
Assuming you’re like me and a bit of a colour-virgin, start small by adding colour with your accessories. ‘It’s all in the detail’ and all that… throwback to pre-Christmas and the only way I was adding colour to my wardrobe was with those red Topshop tassel earrings (which now come in every colour under the sun may I add!). Something so simple can transform a look by adding a key focal point, something of interest on the canvas of monochrome. Shoes are another good starting point, not one I’ve done myself but the amount of times I catch myself lusting over someone wearing jeans and tee and bright red shoes, OH MYYY!
Hence this insane bright pink jumper I stumbled upon in H&M on Friday (which subsequently inspired this post!). This was a lone wolf, hanging there in the sale of all places – it’s actually a large but I couldn’t resist so took it to the changing room and as it turns out I actually prefer the over-sized, off-the-shoulder fit. This outfit is not one I would usually gravitate towards, I paired these up as you do in a changing room not meaning for them to look so good together (pleather trousers also from H&M sale during the same trip) but I was pleasantly surprised at the effortlessly relaxed combo.
Since taking blogging a lot more seriously and sharing my style online I’ve noticed that I dress differently. I look at clothes less as an essential and more of an art form, a way to express myself, and because of that I think my sense of style has changed and become more fun and loud which I’m very much enjoying!
What are your thoughts on embracing colour?
Pleather Trousers – H&M / Jumper – H&M / Bralet – New Look / Trainers – Nike