Update your look by juxtaposing soft colours and hard-working staples
Words: Buntu Ngcuka | Photography: Luke Kuisis | Styling: Akim Jardine
Chalky pink, powder blue, cloudy grey, sandy brown — it sounds like the typical spring colour palette but these colours are getting time to shine this summer. Thanks to revival of the 70's skate-wear aesthetic and the popularity of millennial-pink — colour experimentation is def enjoying its moment in vogue. However, before dipping overzealously into this new world of colour, keep in mind that the key to nailing this look is restraint. Update your summer looks by wearing your pastel pieces with versatile pieces in your wardrobe. Read on to find out how.
Pink is the flavour
With lots of shades on the spectrum (from dusty tones perfect for smart-dressing, to chalky ones for hitting the beachfront), there’s something pink for everyone. Bring it to life by wearing matching floral prints and stripes, or smarten it up with contrasting dark grey trousers.
Hit above the knee
Sometimes the most impact comes thanks to showing some leg. A pair of shorts in a pastel tone can be the most versatile item in your wardrobe: it’ll go well with that white shirt you love so much and that logo tee your wear on the weekend. Finish the look off with this season’s most-wanted accessories like 90s-inspired sunglasses and logo caps.
Nothing says ‘I’m a sophisticated adult’ better than an all-grey outfit. The colour, whether plain, patterned or textured, will always bring a grown-up, classic feel to any look. Try some functional layering in different shades for a tonal ensemble anyone can pull off — an overshirt, plain tee and slim-fit pants are a winning combination.
The go-to colour for lovers of the outdoors, khaki’s come a long way since cargo pants. This light shade of brown is the ideal companion for neutral colours. No man’s wardrobe should go without a pair of khaki shorts to match with a white T-shirt — you can’t get any more summer than that.
Put on the blues
From Oxford stripes to light-washed denim, light blue items see you through many events, trends and seasons. How do you really make it pop though? Go black. Whether you’re teaming your shirt with tailored trousers or washed jeans with a plain T-shirt, there are endless combinations for this perfect partnership and they’re all equally stylish.