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When I was a kid, I was brought up with similar sartorial rules as Barbie, dressed in almost exclusively pastels, the colour of my bottoms always had to coordinate with my top. As much as this sounds a little too matchy-matchy a la Elle Woods, it’s given me the perfect starting point to build outfits and incorporate vibrant colours. For my personal style, I’m not really into big prints, anything close to neon or could be imagined in the Malibu wardrobe of Mattel’s plastic doll. Although, high volume tones can be exciting and an easy way to incorporate your favourite trends into an outfit. Listen up, because this is how to add colour to a monotone wardrobe.
For my first look, I start with a statement item so in this case, my fedora in azure blue. I find that it compliments my Valentino shoes (Barbie clothing coordination 101). It’s always safest to go with neutral colours from here on out, unless you’re daring enough to look like a Jeremy Scott runway had a love child with Ru Paul’s drag race. While it’s been trending for some time, I’m also a big fan of 70’s fashion. This black bell sleeve top speaks to the same era as my hat so that’s in. Then taking a cue from the colour combination of my shoes, burgundy and white are next on the agenda, so I go for a Saint Laurent bag and a white leather mini I picked up from American Apparel. And that’s how someone who doesn’t ‘do’ colours wears colours.
Shot in Vienna
More inspo on how to add a pop of statement colour to your outfits:
Look 1: Lack of Color hat | Zara top |American Apparel leather skirt | Valentino shoes | Saint Laurent bag | ASOS scarf
Look 2: Zara leather jacket | Love Bonito top | Finders Keepers trousers | Stella McCartney bag