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Spring brings with it lighter and longer days and a generally brighter outlook all round. It’s a great time to refresh your wardrobe, clear out all those big heavy jumpers and look to crisp, floral colours to flatter your figure and have you thinking of the sunnier days ahead. From subtle sorbet shades to bolder brights there are lots of ways to inject the season’s on trend tones to your look. Here’s a glance at some of the season’s popular colours and how to wear them for a great style.
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Spring 2013 Colour Picks
Sherbet lemons, lovely lilacs and colourful corals are all on the radar this year as colour picks. Catwalk designers were going crazy for pale and pretty fondant shades for spring 2013. Among these lemon is one of the easiest and most flattering to wear and there is a shade to suit most skin and hair colours. Paler skins should try and avoid super pale yellow shades as it could leave you washed out, so opt for a deeper lemon for the best look. You don’t have to go head to toe in lemon to get a great effect so take your pick from the many pretty options out there.
Lilac is a great shade for spring reminiscent of bluebells, hyacinths and the lovely crocus that make their appearance at the same time. From pale pastel hues to bolder and brighter purples there is a tone to suit everyone.
Fruity coral is a kinder colour in many ways than orange. A mixture of warm and cooler tones, it is far more flattering to a wider range of skin tones that its neighbours on the colour wheel – orange or red.
It’s all very well predicting bright and pretty colours for spring but some of us are far more comfortable in neutral shades or even in black head to toe. Wearing bright or pretty colours can take a bit of colour confidence. Following a few easy tips though can make injecting some spring into your wardrobe a cinch.
Boldly Go with Nicely Neutrals
One of the easiest ways to start introducing spring colours to your wardrobe is to pair them with neutrals for a more subtle approach. In winter this might be a splash of colour alongside black but, as we’re talking spring, neutrals such as nude, beige or cream will be great for daytime and black will still be fine for the evening. Choose one piece whether top, trousers or accessories in a colour and then stick to neutrals elsewhere to keep it simple.
Don’t be Fondant Fancy
Pastels and summery shades are naturally pretty on their own but particularly the paler shades can look a little too frou frou when worn with too much detail, frills and ruffles. The most cutting edge and sophisticated way to wear these shades is to keep it simple. Wear the colours in clean blocks and stick to basic shapes without a lot of fussy details.
Flattery will get you Everywhere
Lighter, brighter colours are a great way to show off your best assets but the general rule is that lighter colours make you appear larger and darker make you appear slimmer so work your angles and wear your spring tones on your smallest part. If you’re a pear –shape then you’ll love the masses of pretty coloured tops and blouses around and these will work well on you combined with a dark neutral bottom half, such as black cropped trousers. By converse if you have a triangle shape with a bigger top half then pastel trousers and darker top will be a winner for you.
It’s all in the jeans or so they say and that’s definitely the case with adding colour to your wardrobe. Coloured jeans have been high on the fashion agenda of late and this is an easy way to add a big chunk of colour to your look without feeling that you’ve over done it. For spring the most flattering style is either a crop or straight leg jeans. Keep your top and accessories neutral and you’ll carry the look off with ease.
A Clutch of Colour and other Accessories If you’re looking for an easy starting place to add colour to your fashion look then accessories couldn’t be simpler. With a neutral base outfit you can have fun adding colour with a bag or clutch bag, belt, shoes or a chiffon scarf.
Have Fun with Fruity Colours
If you’re a little shy of trying new colours, you could try dipping your toe in the water, quite literally, with wearing them on items that you have a less formal aspect to them ordinarily such as swimwear or exercise gear. Naturally more holiday-ish in sunshine colours, take a break away from typical blacks, browns or navy and try a pastel swim suit or beach wear pieces or introduce a pastel T-shirt or fleece to your exercise clothing.
Jo is a typical forty something woman working in fashion retail who writes about key fashion tips for women over 40, including what to wear and how to wear it. Her style tips include how to combine stylish seperates including ladies tops jackets and trousers