colour blocking | pinks and reds


Wearing: my grandma’s shirt (alternatives here and here), missguided top, new look PU skirt (alternatives here and here) and monki earrings (alternatives here and here)

By now you’ve probably seen pink and red combinations everywhere. They graced the S/S 18 catwalks back in September with the likes of Isabel Marant, Attico and Annakiki and now they’ve flooded the mass market too.

Always keen on standout colour combinations, seeing how many ways pink and red can be styled has been interesting for me. From pale pinks with pops of red to full blown brights choosing wisely how you dip into this trend (and with what shades) can effect how playful, sophisticated or bold your outfit is, meaning literally anyone can dip their toe into the trend without diving head first out of their comfort zone.

While the trend can easily be incorporated as accents to a more neutral outfit (this two tone bag from Zara is a perfect example), full head-to-toe colour blocking is one of my favourite outfit combinations so unsurprisingly that’s how I’ve chosen to showcase it! Choosing to pair deeper tones together definitely gives a ‘going out’ aesthetic although throwing on a pair of trainers and layering over a black denim jacket (or even better a cropped red puffer jacket…especially considering it’s still freezing!) would make it much more casual.

Similary, the juxtaposition in the imagery of ‘rough’ and ‘polished’ could easily be transferred into an outfit itself. While we tend to constantly be presented with polished and pristine imagery – an undone shirt (or partially done becoming more ‘off the shoulder bardot’ style), a pair of pink ripped jeans or even asymetrical earrings could help to add character and individuality to your look – we don’t all have to look like we’ve come straight off the catwalk!

I’d rarely reccomend buying into a trend explicitely, but this just shows how you can potentially re-work existing pieces already in your wardrobe which not only gives you a trend-led outfit but also ensures you’ve kept the core of your personal style instead of completely moulding to the new in sections of your favourite store.




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