Colour your world

How to choose the per­fect shades for your com­plex­ion and wear hues with con­fi­dence

Central Telegraph - - CLOSET - WITH Chan­tay Lo­gan Pho­tos: Jerad Wil­liams. Model: Jes­sica Green. Fash­ion: seed­her­itage.com, mimco.com.au, ja­ni­need­wards.com, maxandco.com

WITH a rain­bow of hues hit­ting the shelves it’s no time to be shy. Fash­ion stylist El­iz­a­beth McMa­hon says while it’s easy to blend into the crowd with neu­trals, blacks and whites, you won’t re­gret splash­ing out on spring’s fresh­est shades.

“Know­ing the right colours to wear and how to mix and match colours can be in­tim­i­dat­ing, which is why a lot of peo­ple avoid colour all to­gether,” Eiz­a­beth says.

“Wear­ing colour doesn’t al­ways have to be a bright state­ment that screams ‘look at me’ – it can be splashes of colour with ac­ces­sories.

“My favourite colours this sea­son in­clude all shades of green, from emer­ald to teal, as well as reds.

“Other key pair­ings in­clude emer­ald greens with navy, neu­trals with pas­tels, and ac­ces­soris­ing with bags that are tan, nude or bold in colour.”

Colour block­ing con­tin­ues to be pop­u­lar.

“I sug­gest us­ing black or white as the base and then choos­ing two pri­mary colours like red or yel­low,” El­iz­a­beth says.

When it comes to find­ing what suits you, El­iz­a­beth says the best guide is your eye colour, skin tone and hair colour.

“When you go shop­ping, try on out­fits you wouldn’t usu­ally go for and re­mem­ber to keep an open mind,” she says.

The rain­bow is the limit and it’s up to you how far you go. “It re­ally de­pends on how you feel, the type of oc­ca­sion and your level of con­fi­dence,” El­iz­a­beth says.

“If you are go­ing to a wed­ding or work event, I think ton­ing it down with neu­trals is great.

“How­ever, if you are at­tend­ing a fash­ion event or go­ing for lunch with your girl­friends, I say be cre­ative and add an­other con­trast­ing colour.

“Keep in mind that more than three colours is too much.”

◗ LOOK ONE: Frill off-shoul­der top from Seed, $39.95; dec­o­ra­tive trim skirt from Seed, $129.95; Mys­tique Twill san­dals from Ja­nine Ed­wards Bou­tique, $211; San­cia Baby­lon Bar bag from Ja­nine Ed­wards Bou­tique, $399; and Wing It time­piece from Mimco, $199.

◗ LOOK TWO: In­tropia dress from Chris­tensen Copen­hagen, $420; panama hat from Seed, $49.95; pom­pom tas­sel pouch from Seed, $39.95; shoes model’s own.

◗ LOOK THREE: Flare sleeve wrap top from Seed, $99.95; frill hem shorts from Seed, $59.95; cham­bray wide brim hat from Seed, $49.95; Clair es­padrilles from Seed, $79.95; pom­pom tas­sel pouch from Seed, $39.95; and sun­glasses from Seed, $49.95.

◗ LOOK FOUR: Thur­ley Flower Bomb mini dress from Ja­nine Ed­wards Bou­tique, $1000; San­cia Sis­tele cross-body bag from Ja­nine Ed­wards Bou­tique, $349; In­som­nia HG ban­gle from Mimco, $89.95; Myth Sun­glasses from Mimco, $199; shoes model’s own.

◗ LOOK FIVE: Dec­imo top from Max & Co, $310; Cam­meo skirt from Max & Co, $355; Acroa­bata head­piece from Max & Co, $185; Enamour medium pouch from Mimco, $149; In­som­nia HG ban­gle from Mimco, $89.95; and shoes model’s own.

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