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

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  • 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

    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
    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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