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

Cosmopolitan (UK) - - Contents -

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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