The Orgasm Gap: ‘We have this frustrating myth that sex is easy and innate’

Aoife Drury

Single parenting in a pandemic: ‘I cry alone in the car so the kids don’t...

Lia Hynes

Author Ruth Gilligan: ‘I have slowly colonised our flat’s small second bedroom into my writing...

Sophie Grenham

About 400,000 women in Ireland have this condition and don’t know


The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 currently has no women sitting on it. Why?

Lynn Enright

GALLERY: Beautiful gowns from The Golden Globes through the years

Jennifer McShane

Practical and stylish: 12 baskets we absolutely love for every budget

Megan Burns

Tiger King season 2 is coming – and Carole Baskin has some thoughts

Jennifer McShane

Get out of your head: What to do when you mistrust your gut instinct

Niamh Ennis

Image / Fashion

Colour-clashing is big for SS20 and here are 4 combinations we can’t wait to try

by Erin Lindsay
03rd Feb 2020

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

Read more: 4 of the best jewellery brands to shop for under €200

Read more: Surprise! Cosy accessories can actually look chic

Read more: 10 of the best outfits I’ve saved on Instagram this week

Also Read

The Irish fashion set on their dream buys for winter

The insider intel on what Ireland’s most stylish women want...

By Holly O'Neill

A fashion editor’s guide to wearing sequins

It’s that very special time of year when our sensible...

By Marie Kelly

The weekend shopping fix: cosy cashmere blankets, happy candles and sustainable denim

By Holly O'Neill

Fashion Week
What does the future of Fashion Week look like?

New York Fashion has just ended. Did you even know it was happening this year? NYC-based fashion editor Freya Drohan reports on the state of runway in 2021.

By Freya Drohan

Sizing confirmed for Simone Rocha’s H&M collection

Following the announcement of the Irish designer’s collaboration with the...

By Jennifer McShane

The Irish fashion set on their ride or die denim

A certain fictional fashion savant once said, “You’re always looking...

By Freya Drohan

Trending hair accessories for when you really need to visit the hairdresser

When you can't get to the hairdresser, it's time for some hair dressing.

By Holly O'Neill

comfortable clothing
Fashion has to get comfortable: 4 comfy-chic outfit ideas for a post-lockdown world

Are you really going to be squeezing into high-waisted jeans...

By Edaein OConnell