Winter has well and truly arrived, bringing with it the joys of spiced latte’s, crisp mornings and winter woollies. However, if you’re still finding yourself yearning for the vibrancy of the warmer months, this season’s tonal trend is for you…The predictable winter aesthetic normally has us embracing a minimalistic approach to colour, with neutral hues taking centre stage. This season, it seems designers didn’t get the memo, bombarding us with colour clashing collections and playful mismatching, signalling we’re in for a vibrant winter.
Here at OTL, we want to show you how to mix up your winter wardrobe and throw in some Crayola shades - even if you’re an ‘all black everything’ kind of girl – by taking inspo from the runway and street stylists rocking this season’s boldest colour combinations.
Red and pink is arguably the hottest colour mix this season. This long-running fashion ‘don’t’ has become the biggest fashion ‘do’. Popularised by designers such as Oscar De La Renta and Balenciaga, this colour way seems to be here to stay - Think pastel pink paired against crimson, or amp it up and look fabulous in fuchsia with striking scarlet. The layered look pairs these tonal twins well - play upon this colour combo’s flirty and romantic vibes, adding in playful, frivolous details fit for February 14th.
Orange really is the new black this season – from bright neon to soft salmon, it’s certainly made its mark this AW18. The sunny shade is frequently coupled up with its close tonal cousin, red – A trend popularised by designers such as Dion Lee. This fiery duo is bold, yet attainable and offers a refreshing influx of vibrant summer colour into your winter warmers. If you prefer the low-key look, choose a muted variation of this punchy pair: maroon or burgundy pieces mixed with rusty orange will have you looking like a dreamy evening sunset.
The colder months are chock-a-block with mustard – and no, we’re not talking about colmans. This classic winter shade is sharing the spot light with gorg green tones – Here’s how to give this look the green light: For an understated approach, mix muted mustard with moss green and hazel toned pieces for a look that’s dripping in 70’s inspired winter wonder. Up the ante and show the brighter side of this colour clash by pairing burnt orange and emerald green in a vibrant variation of this trend. For a look that really cuts the mustard, play on Michael Kors’ approach to this colourway and keep it refined with traditional mustard shades - pair with forest green for a look that feels all things fabulously festive.
Embody the chilly winter months with this icy colourway. Blue and green - but not as you know them - are the tonal twins to help feed the ice queen within. Minty fresh vibes and aqua tones clash with rich royal blue for a look that screams winter wonderland. Overlaying your looks with multiple blue hues - a runway trend used by the likes of Céline – will give depth and dimension to your outfit. Try layering turquoise pieces over navy for a trendy take on these sister shades.
Combat the Monday blues with the appropriate hues – Blue and purple are the punchy pairing that’s missing from your winter wardrobe. Combine cobalt blue with vibrant violet tones in contrasting textures to help both colours pop playfully. Channel Versace’s take on this colourway and bless your wardrobe with these wearable shades - embrace the two-toned look using over-sized and boxy shapes that scream 80’s indulgence, for an edgy take on this colour combo that feels all things weekend worthy.
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