Ignore everything you've been told about the colour wheel — colour clashing is the new way to have fun with fashion
You know those old sayings like 'pink and green should never be seen', that act as a starter pack for learning how to dress? Yeah, they're done. Out. Gone with all the rest of the bogus fashion rules that no longer dictate our wardrobes.
The idea of having rules for dressing is, in itself, a silly one. Fashion at its most joyous is a way to have fun and express your personality to the world — it's a little hard to do that when you're preoccupied with whether the shades match.
Here, we've taken four of the most commonly dismissed colour combinations and found formulae to create some fun and unique outfits. But the main message is to have fun with your wardrobe — match anything with everything, and enjoy it.
Pink and red
Pink and red is one of my favourite colour combinations to play around with, because: 1) they're my two favourite colours and, 2) they're two of the most fun and feminine. Red and pink have the power to make an outfit really pop and feel confident, and when paired together, are one of the most impactful colour-clashing pairs.
The danger we're warned about with red/pink is that it has the potential to look very little-girly and twee. Counteract that by taking a beautiful feminine dress and toughening it up with bold sunglasses and box-fresh runners. A swipe of matte lipstick (which perches precariously on the ledge between pink and red) and you're done.
ASOS DESIGN square bevel sunglasses in red, €13.83 from ASOS
Silk-blend kaftan dress, €129 from H&M
Adidas pale pink falcon trainers, now €43.95 from Schuh
MAC lipstick in Relentlessly Red, €20 from Brown Thomas
Orange and blue
Orange and blue technically do lie across from each other on the colour wheel, but actually putting this clashing combination into practice can be tough. Blues and oranges can be very loud and acidic, so when pairing them together, why not go for a toned-down, muted version of the two? This pale blue dress and coat are dreamy on their own, but with the rust-coloured beret and velvet shoes, you'll be decked out in a clashing Sunday best every time.
Wool beret, €15.95 from Zara
Faux fur-trimmed coat, €69.99 from H&M
ASOS DESIGN wrap detail maxi dress in jacquard, €66.36 from ASOS
ASOS DESIGN Salsa slingback mid-heels with bow in orange velvet, €41.48 from ASOS
Pink and green
The age-old enemies that actually look pretty good together. The '70s are having a resurgence in the fashion world, which means plenty of greens and pinks are floating around in all hues, and these particular pairings have me excited to try them out. If you're a trend-lover, this is the look for you — polo knit top, organza scrunchies (worn best together) and a puff-sleeved coat are a winning formula for a great outfit.
2-pack large scrunchies, €6.99 from H&M
Coat with full sleeves, €139 from Zara
Ribbed V-neck polo knit top, €49 from & Other Stories
Pleated satin skirt, €49.99 from H&M
Purple and yellow
Lilac is having a real moment for SS20 and what better way to make it pop than with a yellow accent? As you can see, you don't have to go too loud and proud with this to have fun with it — the great cardigan and trousers do the work, and a statement pair of sunglasses finish it off with attitude.
Vic sunglasses, from €98 from Ace & Tate
Wool blend cardigan, €89 from & Other Stories
Warehouse pointelle knit funnel neck jumper in yellow, €49.77 from ASOS
Tailored wool blend pleat trousers, €89 from & Other Stories
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