Last summer, fashion was all about bright colours – and in 2012, the catwalk’s obsession with brights has, if anything, become more pronounced. The block shades of 2011 have morphed into colours that scream “look at me!” – searing yellows, lime greens and flashy neons.
Unlike some styles, however, brights can be tricky to wear. Should you go all out and risk looking like a pastiche, or is a touch of colour enough to give your outfit the edge? And where should you introduce brights – in a dress, a jacket, or simply with your accessories?
The first step is to choose your favourite hues. Although tangerine is making a splash this summer, there’s no point in opting for the most stylish colours if they don’t suit your complexion. Experiment with a range of shades, from bright green to tropical blue, and decide which look best on you.
The most extreme way to wear brights is through colour blocking. The idea is to opt for a skirt or a maxi dress – Next does some great maxi dresses that fit the bill – in one block bright shade and wear it with a jacket, top or shoes in a different colour. While colour blocking is seriously on-trend, it isn’t the easiest look to pull off. You’ll have to judge whether the shades you’ve chosen clash or complement one another, and often the only way to discover whether a combination works is through experimentation.
An easier way to wear brights is to go for the monochrome look. Simply choose an outfit in which every piece comes under the same colour group – for example, tropical blue with an azure blue belt and a denim jacket. Make sure that the colours aren’t too similar, or you could end up looking over-coordinated.
When it comes to colour trends, prints are only second to brights in their dominance of the catwalks – and the two paired together are a match made in heaven. Bright prints look fantastic, with the added bonus that you don’t have to judge which colours go together. Simply choose a printed dress, skirt or top and wear with monochrome accessories.
These are the most common ways of wearing brights, but there are plenty of other approaches to experiment with. Get inspiration at a website like College Fashion.