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So Last Season

Colour me bright!

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 4:14pm

These days it seems 'trend' is a bit of a dirty word, suggesting throw away fashion and flippant items in our wardrobes that get only one or two outings.

I prefer to think of trends as certain indicators of what will predominantly feature in the shops and on the catwalks, but essentially it’s up to you what you decide to invest in and also in my opinion, trends all repeat themselves so it’s really just a matter of deciding what you like.

There’s very little I have in my wardrobe that I haven’t kept and worn for many, many years and I can’t remember the last time I bought a so-called trend piece that still wasn’t worn all through the seasons as I purchased based on my personal taste.

So regardless of what I buy into, I do obviously still find it interesting to see what is trending in fashion at the moment.

One thing that is always interesting to check out is colour trends. It’s not necessarily what colours are in, more what colours are being paired up to create interesting and new colour combinations. In fact experimenting with colour is an easy way to breathe new life into the pieces you already have.

It doesn’t even have to be a whole look, it can also be as easy as adding a pink accessory to your favourite red dress to create a look that is individual to you.

Here are some combinations I’m loving at the moment and first up is the fashion sets’ favourite pairing which is burgundy and blue. Look at any pictures from fashion weeks all over the world and you’ll see countless people working this colour combination. The icy blue offsets the deep burgundy and by pairing something like a blue knot with some burgundy leather boots or bag you can create an expensive and chic look.

Another major favourite of mine is pink and green. This pairing is extremely popular, even in interior circles. I particularly like pastel shades of pink paired with sage green for a pretty and wearable look but more brightly coloured neons also create a high fashion look.

Zesty colours are also big news for 2020, especially paired with a base of brown and rust. I’m particularly liking yellow and rust for spring but will move into the brighter oranges once the summer arrives. Pair a pale yellow blazer with tan leather trousers for a chic outfit that would easily make a great office outfit.

For a less intensely bright colour look and one that suits everyone, why not take the brown or rust and add some cream to it? It looks effortlessly expensive and works particularly well in early spring with knitwear and light overcoats making it stylish and practical - the holy grail of fashion in my opinion!

The fashion world is also loving suiting at the moment with every major fashion label sending their version of a suit down the runways.

On the high street, River Island has plenty of options when it comes to suits and in a range of bright and zingy colours that create serious impact when worn together but also make for great and easy to wear separates.

The suit doesn’t have to be just fitted trousers and jacket with the shorts suit being set to be extremely popular this summer.

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