Bright things

Ditch the ne­tu­rals by fol­low­ing th­ese 8 tips to turn your wardrobe Tech­ni­color, writes Co­rina Gaf­fey

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

If your wardrobe has be­come a washed- out mix of neu­trals, grey and black, it might be time to move be­yond the sepia- toned shades, and em­brace this sea­son’s sun­shine hues. For the sum­mer col­lec­tions there was an in­du­bi­ta­ble ar­ray of colour – great ex­clam­a­tory sweeps of fuch­sia, cobalt and emer­ald, in par­tic­u­lar. On the cat­walk, th­ese colours weren’t even di­luted with neu­tral lay­ers, but served straight up or in clash­ing cock­tail form. Also, plat­ing up a course in state­ment shades this sea­son is Sav­ile Row tai­lor Wil­liam Hunt.

As one of the most ded­i­cated lovers of colour, Hunt is on a mis­sion to re­duce our habit of reach­ing for the neu­tral shades. Dubbed the Mav­er­ick with Fabric, Hunt cre­ated a range of suits us­ing Ikea tex­tiles that ex­hibit his l ove of punchy prints and shock­ing hues, en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to in­ject a splash of colour into their wardrobes and their homes.

There is no doubt­ing the per­cep­tion that bold colours are hard to pull off, but they are in­vig­o­rat­ing and fun, a great game- changer and a cheer­ful palate- cleanser af­ter an overly long, grey win­ter. Here, then, are our tips to turn­ing your wardrobe truly tech­ni­colour.

1. Start safe and build up to bright and bold. Small in­cur­sions into rain­bow hues will aid you to build con­fi­dence in at­tempt­ing big­ger state­ment shades. Fo­cus on one piece at a time by try­ing a flour­ish of bright­ness like a colour- pop blazer, paired with some- thing neu­tral, or vice versa. Colour block­ing comes later. Hunt’s advice for the truly colour- wary: “When we shot the suits for the cam­paign we pared them with ba­sics – turn­ing the di­als down with a black or white T- shirt. You can’t have pieces fight­ing each other; they must sup­port each other. It’s very im­por­tant to get the bal­ance, but you only get the bal­ance by try­ing.”

2. Em­brace the rain­bow year round with choice ac­ces­sories. Bright colours are al­ways a fresh and fan­tas­tic idea when the sun is shin­ing but can be an im­pe­ri­ous choice come a dull and driz­zly day. Colour- pop ac­ces­sories, like a zesty pair of pumps or a state­ment- hued bag, on the other hand, will have an all- year ap­peal.

3. Paint­box brights don’t have to l ook child­ish, think more Cray­ola- chic, and play with a com­bi­na­tion of a strict cut and a fun colour or print. “Cut is so im­por­tant, a l ot of peo­ple go for colour and then for­get about the cut, and the qual­ity.” Punchy shades feel par­tic­u­larly mod­ern on pieces in tai­lored shapes with crisp clean lines that re­vert the youth­ful­ness of the bright hues – think mid- length dresses, wide- leg trousers and silk blouses.

4. Don’t be re­stricted to wear­ing colour in a con­ven­tion­ally ob­vi­ous way. Bright colours still have cur­rency worn with denim, white or grey if feel­ing less ad­ven­tur­ous. But the sharpest way of em­brac­ing colour is tak­ing on un­usual colour matches. “With the Ikea f abrics we mixed colours – orange shouldn’t go with black with sil­ver but I love that com­bi­na­tion,” says Hunt. Other fresh fu­sions in­clude mul­berry and mint, emer­ald and fuch­sia, and li­lac and scar­let.

5. Clash­ing colours can be tricky even for the most colour- con­fi­dent. For the begin­ners’ guide to colour play and an apt ap­proach for those who are less ton­ally skilled is to buy one piece that does the clash­ing/ non- matchy- matchy for you. Opt for a sin­gu­lar piece that comes pre- loaded and pre- planned with colours all jum­bled to­gether.

6. It’s worth not­ing which colours suit your com­plex­ion the most and shop for those shades on ro­ta­tion. If your skin is warm with yel­low un­der­tones, opt for earthy tones like olive greens, corals and amber. For those with pink or blue un­der­tones, rich jewelled hues like fuch­sia, emer­ald and ruby will suit. You have to look at your own colour­ing and pick tones that com­ple­ment that. Un­less, that is, you have the per­son­al­ity to carry it off. “If you are timid, keep it a bit safer with colour but if you are gre­gar­i­ous and con­fi­dent, you can do what­ever you like,” says Hunt.

7. A lot of men have a tricky re­la­tion­ship with colour; it’s all too of­ten the re­serve of chil­dren’s TV pre­sen­ters and en­ter­tain­ers. But adding a bold touch to your look can re­ally set you apart as a con­sid­ered dresser. A pocket square, a flash of colour on a col­lar, a tie, or the sole of a trainer is all it takes to give your out­fit a bit of per­son­al­ity.

“Ev­ery man should have a range of white collared shirts in their wardrobe which they can then swap out with dif­fer­ent colour ties,” says Hunt.

8. Nat­u­rally, Hunt, the rain­bow tai­lor, isn’t hav­ing any of it when it comes to rules. “The rules are there are no rules,” he says.

“One man’s pur­ple is an­other man’s green. It’s not crit­i­cal to any­one’s life, there’s noth­ing wrong with mak­ing mis­takes and try­ing it again. Style should have wit, so have fun with ev­ery­thing you do and add colour.”

Ikea has part­nered with Sav­ile Row tai­lor Wil­liam Hunt to cre­ate a num­ber of unique suits us­ing Ikea tex­tiles. The suits, cre­ated us­ing Sofia, Rosen­rips, Nedja and Kungslilja tex­tiles, mir­ror ex­ist­ing prod­ucts in­clud­ing Poang chairs, Stock­sundt so­fas and bed­ding.

You can win one by vis­itingikea.com/ie/en/ikea/three­piece­suit. Clos­ing date May 30th.

There no rules. One man’s pur­ple is an­other man’s green. It’s not crit­i­cal to any­one’s life, there’s noth­ing wrong with mak­ing mis­takes and try­ing it again

Savil Row tai­lor Wil­liam Hunt has cre­ated a range of suits us­ing Ikea tex­tiles to ex­hibit his love of punchy prints and shock­ing hues. Above: Rain­bow striped dress by Asos, ¤ 181; left, beaded bag by Zara, ¤ 39.95

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