How to wear colour this summer: the new season colour combos to look out for

We’ve rounded up the trending new colour combinations to freshen up your wardrobe for spring. 

From sweet sugary shades to bold and bright hues the SS19 catwalks were awash with colour. But don’t think you have to stick with just one; designers from Roksanda to Tibi clashed and combined various colourways within their collections proving that it’s not only what you wear that’s important, it’s what you pair it with. But with a whole spectrum of different shades to choose from where to start? Experimenting with one of our eight colour combinations below could be a good place…

Rainbow shades (main image)

Earrings, £108, Longshaw Ward
Layered top, £375, Rejina Pyo
Layered skirt, £475, Rejina Pyo
Beaded bag, £440, Shrimps

Tan & Tangerine

A zesty injection of orange can help liven up darker sludgy shades such as camel, tan and brown. Adding colour-pop accessories like this belt and bag are an easy way to transform your look without turning your entire wardrobe upside down.

Leather coat, POA, Theory
Mini bag, £219, Eudon Choi
Belt, £148, Tibi

Ivory & Peach

Despite what you think pastel palettes can pack a punch too. These pale hues – especially when paired with delicate silk and lace – inject a fresh sense of femininity, helping to tick off yet another SS19 trend.

Earring, £80, Bimba Y Lola
Peach top, £179, Me + Em
Lace cami, £595, Victoria Beckham at Flannels.com

Navy & Apple  

Forget that old-fashioned phrase; blue and green should be seen this season. Opt for a deep navy as its ‘almost black’ appearance acts as an effective backdrop to bold green tones.

Earrings, £250, Peter Pilotto
Navy top, £350, Palmer//Harding
Green and white printed dress, £600, Kenzo
Green boots, £565, Tibi

Grey & Mint

Calling all Colour-phobes… These two tones combined are ideal if you’re seeking a spring alternative to your usual dark and dull go-to colours. Similar to white, mint green is a light and airy shade perfect for the warmer weather whilst the pale pewter grey helps to create a crisp modern look.

Earring, £80, Bimba Y Lola
Grey Vest, £390, Longshaw Ward
Checked top, £385, Tibi
Checked Skirt, £490, Tibi
Bag, £583, STÉE

Taupe & Lilac

Considering these two shades sit so closely together on the colour wheel it’s not surprising how well they work when worn together. Use the darker of these two tones as your outfit’s core colour whilst adding accents of light lilac into accessories and shoes and you can’t go wrong.

Earrings, £260, Bibi Marini
Top, £330, Solace London
Trousers, £99, Cos
Shoes, £195, Kate Spade New York

Rose & Scarlet

Yes, it’s true what they say; pale pink and paint-box red colourways can clash but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be worn together. If you’re not brave enough to colour-clash your outfit head-to-toe then try it via shoes and accessories.

Earrings, £86, Zarvich
Top, £160, Cefinn
Jacket, £249, Me + Em
Trousers, £159, Me + Em

Banana & Fawn

Bought heavily into spring’s ‘au naturel’ trend but already bored of seeing 50 shades of beige whenever you open up your wardrobe? Try teaming these neutral colourways with tutti fruity yellow hues for a fresh approach.

Yellow knit, £420, Eudon Choi
Knitted skirt, £420, Eudon Choi
Bag, £365, Bimba Y Lola

Aqua and Teal

These two tones are so closely related that they work best together when the balance is kept equal. So if an outfit’s top half is completely covered with teal then make sure aqua plasters the entire bottom half and vice versa… Just like true siblings, one should not be favoured over the other.

Earrings, £135, Longshaw Ward
Jacket, £340, Cefinn
Blouse, £749, Chloe at Flannels.com
Trousers, £550, Zimmermann
Bag, £1620, Longshaw Ward
Shoes, £39.99, Zara

Styling & words: Sarah Barlow
Photography: Michael Mills
Make up by Sophie Higginson using Dermalogica & MAC Cosmetics
Hair by Liam James Moore using products by Davines and Kiehl’s Since 1851
Model: Vlada at Linden Staub

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