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Boring beige? Not this season!

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 5:03pm

Now it’s fair to say I have been known to have a penchant for print and colour, but something very strange has been happening to me lately, and that is a new found appreciation for one of spring's hottest shades.

That shade, if you can believe it, is beige. It’s one of the big colour trends for SS19 and I find myself very much on board with this, much to my own surprise.

Being a neutral, beige is actually quite easy to wear and adds a brightness to our looks that you just can’t get from black or navy. It was huge on the catwalks, and not surprisingly, it’s made it’s way onto the high street and it’s easy to see why with a broader than you’d think spectrum of classic and subtle shades from sand and camel to earthy biscuit - there’s a tone to suit everyone.

Beige has gotten a bad rep of being a boring colour, but really, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It can look really expensive when worn correctly and if you’re someone who tends to spill red wine the minute you’re around a light coloured fabric, then mix it up with a slightly darker cinnamon, caramel or coffee shade.

I mean the names alone sound like expensive coffee creations although take care when drinking said coffee confections! They are not a friend to the beige wearer.

These shades of neutral work so well together and lend themselves well to texture which works well for now with chunky knits, denim and corduroy but will look equally good with spring's favourite textured fabrics. Think silks, rough cotton and light jersey fabrics all topped off with your animal print of choice be it mock croc, leopard print or snake print.

Another big trend for 2019 is utility chic and this really goes perfectly with beige and nude tones. Both are classic and timeless, and if you choose wisely, you could very well end up with some great forever pieces for your wardrobe. I have some utility pieces now for years and they get pulled out of the wardrobe every season and still look fresh.

If you’re looking for one must-have utilitarian piece this season then the boiler suit is a must! I’ve spotted a gorgeous tan-coloured one in & Other Stories but New Look also have some very affordable versions so there’s something for every budget.

The thing with these kind of neutral pieces is that they can very easily be brought bang up to date with some additional colour or accessories and this serves us well when we all probably have a few beige pieces in our wardrobe that need a new injection of life.

When it comes to colour, feel free to go wild and pair browns and beiges with icy blues and pinks, warm reds and oranges or green and golden yellow. The choices are endless so experiment to your hearts content.

Beige tones make for great workwear pieces especially when the colour lends itself to more structured and streamlined silhouettes such as trench coats and smart trousers, and with the addition of a brightly coloured accessory or zingy knitwear, you can really give your workwear a modern update.

One look I cannot wait to wear come spring is a biscuit coloured blazer, classic tee and a pair of light denim straight leg jeans all topped off with a structured orange handbag and brightly coloured flats.

When it comes to colour, old habits die hard so I still get my pop of colour but through accessories instead of clothing. The days of beige being boring are well and truly gone.

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