HEY, HOW DO I WEAR… Top-to-toe-colour? Here’s how
Top-to-toe colour? Forget adding just a ‘pop’ of colour and go the whole nine yards
1 WHY IT WORKS
Worried that an outfit made up of a single colour will leave you looking like a Teletubby? We promise it will not. The catwalks this season were awash with TTTC (top-to-toe colour, new acronym. Entirely made up – use it well). It’s a bold look, sure, but nothing says confident quite as beautifully as wearing the entire spectrum of your favourite colour. A word of caution however: the difference between looking like Hailey Baldwin here and Tinky Winky? A judicious use of clashing texture and flashes of skin. Read on to find out precisely how to pull it off.
2 COLOUR PLAY
We know you’ve mastered head-to-toe black, but now is the season to push the envelope. Dark shades like garnet, navy or aubergine are universally flattering. And brights, while tricky, can be incredibly chic. But for a TTTC novice, pastels are a fail-safe.
3 FOCUS ON TEXTURE
See how Hailey’s got three different fabrics going on? A silky camisole, gabardine trench and cotton trackies play nicely in the same hue because the textures clash, therefore breaking up the silhouette. Avoid using fabrics with the same finish (jersey and jersey) so you don’t look like you’ve gone out in your PJs.
4 SHOW SOME SKIN
Another trick to break up the wall of colour is to have flashpoints of skin. A leg slit, some generous décolleté, a sliver of midriff, or a coat slouching off a bare shoulder are all smart ways to add a visual break.
5 LAYERING RULES, OK?
The most interesting tonal outfits are built from multiple separates – they divide it into ‘zones’, prompting the eye to scan across the whole ensemble instead of reading it as one big swath of colour. Add a rollneck in a paler tone, or layer a short-sleeved blouse over one with a longer sleeve in a different hue.
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