FASH­ION.

FROM CANDY PAS­TELS TO A COLOUR-BLOCK PARTY, FILL YOUR SPRING WARDROBE WITH ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAU­TI­FUL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - CONTENTS - WORDS: CHAN TAY LO­GAN

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,” she 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. I love pair­ing pinks and reds, which makes a bold yet ro­man­tic state­ment.

“Other key pair­ings in­clude emer­ald 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 tips.

When it comes to find­ing what suits you, the stylist 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 more than three colours is too much.”

THUR­LEY FLOWER BOMB MINI DRESS FROM JA­NINE ED­WARDS BOU­TIQUE, $1000; SAN­CIA SIS­TELE CROSSBODY BAG FROM JA­NINE ED­WARDS BOU­TIQUE, $349; IN­SOM­NIA HG BAN­GLE FROM MIMCO, $89.95; MYTH SUN­GLASSES FROM MIMCO, $199; SHOES MODEL’S OWN.

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.

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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