Just because the weather is dull, it doesn’t mean your wardrobe should be too

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Words: Hayden Horner

There’s just no escaping colour. Even in the throes of high winter, you’re bound to find splashes of it everywhere.

Research shows that it has the ability to affect our moods, our sensibilities, our appetites and our fashion sense. And when it comes to the latter it plays a very big role since colour is the first thing you notice when you look at something.

However, not everyone is comfortable with adding colour to their winter wardrobes and instead opt for the safer go-to garments in monochrome shades of blacks and greys. But with the weather already as dull as it is, perhaps it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and add a little colour to your collection.

Not sure how? Our guide on how to wear colour in winter will talk you through how to choose colours that work for you. PLUS: we’ve curated a list of key winter pieces in colours you’ll never go wrong with.

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Bringing colour into an otherwise monochrome wardrobe can be a bit of a challenge. But if you want to liven up your colour palette, we suggest starting small by introducing splashes of colour through your shoes, accessories or outer layers.

STYLE TIP: Granted that shades such as mustard or khaki might not be for everyone, a medium brown or camel is universally elegant, while colourful sneakers can lift any outfit without affecting your overall complexion.

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Basically, it comes down to knowing your skin tone. Simply look at your forearm. If it is fair, you should stick to darker colours. For olive skins, avoid yellows, greens, or anything too close to your complexion. The world’s your oyster when it comes to darker skin tones.

STYLE TIP: Brighter colours pop more when combined with black or white. So, instead of throwing on your favourite black jeans, opt for a pair of navy or grey pants or dark selvedge denim to create a softer contrast with your more vibrant hues.

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Texture also plays a big part when the cold really kicks in. You really won’t go wrong with padded duffle coats, faux fur hoods and collars and polo coats in contrasting colours and textures.

STYLE TIP: Place the focus on your coat or jacket when adding colour to your outfit. Select outer wear that has a textured finish. This will not only add depth to your complete look but will also soften the overall effect.

Colour is not everyone but if you want to explore the colour wheel but you’re not sure or brave enough yet, natural colours are always safest. Go for fawns, beige, off whites and creams. These selections are becoming for most wearers.

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