Not a lot of people know that once upon a time I attended the London College of Fashion. I was one of 23 successful applicants out of over 600 to make it onto that year’s Modelling Course (that year being 1987-88!). I really enjoyed my time there and, although my career never followed the modelling path, I did learn an awful lot about fashion and make-up and what works and what doesn’t.
La Redoute recently contacted me to ask me to write a post in a bid to become one of their Brand Ambassadors and share my favourite fashion tip and I knew straight away what I wanted to share. Colour co-ordination and what works together. Whenever I need a new outfit, I love to find matching accessories such as shoes and jewellery to ensure that you look fashion savvy and not mismatched or out of touch.
Many people’s go-to colour is black. Mainly because it is easy to wear, easy to co-ordinate and well-known for being slimming. For example, take a look at these wonderful black numbers teamed with whites, browns and beige from the La Redoute Secrets to French Style page:
Unfortunately, bright colours are regularly overlooked and I believe that this is mainly because people are concerned about styling them the wrong way. Every woman has her own set of ‘colour rules’ but here are some tips to help you.
Take a look at this colour wheel. It is a great guide to help you decide what does and doesn’t work. The general rule of thumb is as follows:
- Wear colours together that are directly next to each other.
- Wear colours together that form right angles with each other – for example blue and violet-red and yellow and blue-green
- Wear colours directly across from each other
- Wear colours that form a T – for example blue, orange and violet-red or yellow, violet and red-orange
- Wear colours that form an X – for example violet, blue-green and red-orange
Colours that are part of the same family also work well together, so you see the potentials are endless!
Brown is definitely one of my most favourite colours as it goes with virtually anything on the wheel. I am a big fan of brown (as most people who know me will tell you!) and I wear it regularly.
Here is some of La Redoute’s wonderful brown fashion:
As per point 3 of my explanation of the colour wheel, opposites really do attract. Let’s take Blue and Orange for example. I remember wearing a blue and orange outfit to my 16th birthday party many years ago. On paper, it sounds like it shouldn’t work but it really does. Take a look at this outfit I have put together.
Teaming up a gorgeous blue vest top, orange cropped trousers and blue and orange pumps. To accessorise, an orange stone necklace and blue shoulder bag. Perfect! Sort of helps that they are my blog’s theme colours too! 😉
Next Door Neighbours
Referring to Point 1 of my explanation of the colour wheel, let’s take the unlikely couple – yellow and green and see how it shapes up.
Yellow and green used to be the colours of my uniform at first and middle school! I have to say that I didn’t really like them then (I am guessing that is because of school!). Love them now though!
Of course, there are times when you do need to be more conservative but this doesn’t mean that you can’t add a splash of colour to liven things up a bit. You can keep a neutral palette using colours such as black, navy or cream and add a hint of colour in the right places. One of my favourites is black and purple. I put together this outfit as one I would love to wear from the La Redoute range.
I have also created a board on Pinterest so please feel free to come over and pin your favourite colour co-ordinated outfits.
At the end of the day, fashion is not just about knowing what works…it is knowing what works for you. Colour co-ordination can be done – it takes some experimenting and confidence. Black may be slimming but I can assure you, there are many other flattering colours too.
I will leave you with my favourite dress to accessorise – the one I wore to the MAD Blog Award finals last year. It has many colours running through it so you can pick out what works for you. As you can see, I chose pink and purple.
I have written this post in a bid to become one of two lucky bloggers to represent La Redoute as a brand ambassador.