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So Last Season

Victoria Beckham is never So Last Season…

Thursday, 21st July, 2016 11:52am

I’ve got a lot of admiration for . Never has a celebrity managed with such success to somehow make us all forget the horrors that was her sartorial style which peaked to new heights of awfulness circa Baden Baden 2006.

Fake boobs, fake tan and fake hair was the order of the day combined with impossibly high heels and a never ending supply of denim hotpants and topped off with a statement handbag that probably cost the same as a three bed semi detached in Rochestown (okay, well this last part might be a slight exaggeration but you get the idea).

In short she was just never someone whose style I took inspiration from but then, lo and behold, she suddenly ditched the fakery and became a force to be reckoned with in the fashion scene.

I mean we even forgave her the matching leather looks she rocked with David. Last week I was reminded once again at just how evolved her style had become when La Beckham gave us a masterclass in colour blocking.

Now I never think of Victoria as being a colourful dresser as we mainly see her striding through the airport in a series of monochrome looks and structured black jumpsuits, very chic but hardly colourful.

Then last week here she is striding (I say striding because VB doesn’t do plain old walking) out of a hotel lobby wearing a red jumper and light blue trousers.

On paper this sounds horrendous but it’s an inspired combination that gives a nod to 60s dressing. But how does she pull off such a daring look?

While the colours pop and are a perfect summer pairing, she lets the colour do the talking and keeps accessories simple and to a minimum.

Note the nude heel, the lack of handbag which of course is very impractical for us mere mortals, the very limited jewellery and of course the statement sunnies.

The birds would fall from the sky and the tides would go backwards if VB ever stepped out without her shades.

Colour blocking, when done correctly, can look super sophisticated and can carry you through that summer wedding and even the tricky work wear situation.

Because you’re avoiding trend based-print your colourful separates will last you from season to season and you can breathe untold new life into them with various colour combinations. If you’re new to colour blocking and don’t feel quite brave enough to pair two unexpected colours together then pairing a bright with a neutral is a good place to start and really highlights a colourful statement piece.

If you’re feeling a bit braver, then stick to colours with a similar hue and you won’t go far wrong. I’m currently delighting in light blue,

lemon and brown mixed together and on a more sedate scale any shade of pink and grey.

This look is all about the colour so keep your accessories to a minimum, leave the statement jewellery at the door.

If the thought of wearing colour fills you with dread, then wear your neutral shade be it black, white or anything in between and use your accessories like a shoe or handbag to add colour to your outfit.

If all this seems way too complex, don’t despair, there are lots of dresses out there that are colour blocked already so the hard work of choosing the right colours is done for you.

Clever colour blocking is also a great way to draw attention to your best bits and camouflage the not so best bits. Now make like a skittle and taste that rainbow.

 

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