Summer brights

I felt my last blog, written by the wonderful Beth all about her range of beautiful hats, was rather directed towards my female audience so, this time, I’m blogging about something that applies to us all – COLOUR!

There is so much of it about, it seems a criminal act not to wear some. Although pattern is still very popular, solid colour is very strong, especially in this lovely, mediterranean weather we’re experiencing currently.

You males tend to stick to the basics of navy, grey and beige as an alternative to the ubiquitous denim jean. However, a pair of cotton chinos in a bright colour look wonderful with a paler shade of T-shirt or patterned, short-sleeved shirt.  Far less boring and they actually make you look like you’re enjoying the summertime.

If you’re a bit nervous, and feel that summer bright trousers are a leg too far, how about a pair of shorts in a fun shade. They don’t have to cost you a fortune and, if you keep the colour relatively mainstream – in a bright purple, royal blue or tomato red –  they’ll coordinate beautifully with both plain and patterned tops making them a flexible addition to your holiday wardrobe.

Hugo Boss shorts

Hugo Boss shorts

Ralph Lauren polo

Ralph Lauren polo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t just stick to white, navy and grey t-shirts – experiment with a few different, brightly coloured tops when you’re dragged to the shops for your annual, last minute, holiday purchases. Accessories in bright colours also add a bit of fun. Remember, colour looks even more wonderful with a suntan!

We women are generally more accepting of colour, although we can still be accused of wearing trousers and skirts in less adventurous shades. My advice is; still buy a very expensive garment in a safer colour that won’t go out of fashion next season, but be a bit more adventurous with less expensive, high-summer pieces.

Dickins and Jones dress

Dickins and Jones dress

Zara sweater

Zara sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sales are amazing at the moment and it looks like the fab weather is going to continue. So why not treat yourself to a brightly coloured dress or a cardigan in a summer bright shade to liven up your days and your wardrobe.

Coloured shoes, bags and belts are going to be around for a long time and don’t need to be too matchy, matchy with the rest of your look. Adding another shade via an accessory works really well and looks great.

Havaianas

Havaianas

L.K.Bennett tote bag

L.K. Bennett tote bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One word of warning – avoid neon colours unless you’re under six years of age, going to an 80’s revival party or going for a run. They really can make you look like you’re trying too hard!

I hope you all have a wonderfully colourful summer and I’ll be back in September to tell you all about the new Autumn/Winter 2013 looks. Exciting!

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