Tips for Wearing Clothes with Bright Colour

April is here, and with it the promise of warmer weather! This is the time of year where we are likely to be contemplating summer clothes, and perhaps indulging in a bit of colour after the darkness of winter.

Many people love the idea of wearing colour, but they are a touch intimidated by it too. If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I love wearing colour – some of my lovely readers have got in touch to ask for some tips, so I thought I would write this post with some pointers.

Me in a typical outfit!

Me in a typical outfit!

The main question people ask is:

How do you know what colours suit you?

I think it’s helpful to ask yourself what colours you are attracted to. If you have little colour in your wardrobe because you’re not sure where to start, think about what kind of colours you would like to see in it when you open it up.

If you’re still not sure, experiment by holding items of various colours against yourself and see how you feel. A good way of dipping your toe in the water of bright colour is by wearing a brightly-coloured scarf, or necklace.

Don’t discount a colour you are enamoured with because you feel it doesn’t suit you. There are so many different shades for any colour you can think of. For example, I know I suit jewel colours best – so bold sapphire, emerald, amethyst, ruby, etc. My favourite colour is purple, while lavender can wash me out. I am not keen on green –Ā  a legacy of years of wearing bottle green as part of my school uniform – but a glorious bright emerald green looks stunning. As for yellow, a glorious sunshine yellow is perfect but any paler shade looks dreadful on me.

Yellow and green work well together in this outfit.

Yellow and green work well together in this outfit.

Feeling more comfortable with colour? Ok, our next question is…

How do you wear colour?

So, you’ve got an item of clothing in a bright colour of your choice. That item might be a scarf, a necklace, or a cardi perhaps. What other colours do you integrate in to your outfit?

It’s tempting to wear bright colours against black – this look can definitely be very striking but you’re not showing off the colour to its full potential. I think building an outfit with complementary yet contrasting colours works really well, and makes the colours ‘pop’ in a striking way.

These outfits are good examples:

A bright pop of yellow against a pink dress, and a multi-coloured statement necklace

A bright pop of yellow against a pink dress, and a multi-coloured statement necklace

Neon pink necklace set against a yellow camisole and ditsy print dress - it makes all the colours 'pop'

Neon pink necklace set against a yellow camisole and ditsy print dress – it makes all the colours ‘pop’

Worried about looking like a clown or peacock? Don’t be!

I work with palettes – colours that contrast yet complement each other.

No idea what I am talking about? I have set up a Pinterest board with loads of different palettes to give you an idea of what colours work well together. There are bold brights, and pale pastels of all sorts of shades as well as everything in between so you are bound to find something you like, that suits you, and that you will feel confident wearing.

Follow Leigh // Headspace Perspective blog’s board Style // Complementary Colours on Pinterest.
As you’ll see from the Pinterest board, another idea to understand complementary colours is to seek inspiration from nature. A good example is flowers; if you look closely a blue flower is never just blue, but likely to have flecks of deep indigo and purple, perhaps some yellow and green in the petals and stamen too. Or take a look at interiors magazines, which often contain ideas for colours that work well together.

I do love a statement necklace – let’s think about…

Bold, Colourful Statement Necklaces

Statement necklaces are a brilliant way of injecting colour in to your outfit as well as yes, making a statement!

Here are some of my looks:

Blue fabric beads against a yellow camisole and ditsy print dress.

Blue fabric beads against a yellow camisole and ditsy print dress.

 

These red beads pick out the red colour in the pattern of this mainly blue dress.

These red beads pick out the red colour in the pattern of this mainly blue dress.

Yellow statement necklace against a teal tunic - such a pop of bright colour!

Yellow statement necklace against a teal tunic – such a pop of bright colour!

Don’t worry too much about colours and styles. Just have a bit of fun and experiment!

My favourite statement necklaces are from Joules, White Stuff, and Oliver Bonas. You can get some good deals if you wait for a regular discount event. Statement necklaces can be timeless and will keep year after year.

And finally…

Colourful Scarves

Not just for keeping you warm, scarves come in so many different fabrics, shapes, colours, and patterns you are bound to find one you like. A good way of testing out how you feel about colour – you have the comfort of knowing you can easily take it off.

Drape a scarf around your shoulders or your neck at any time of year to liven up an outfit, make it look like you’ve made an effort, or make a wardrobe staple you might have got a bit bored of feel different.

This scarf may be mainly grey, but the neon pink butterflies in the pattern are a good complement to the pink t-shirt.

This scarf may be mainly grey, but the neon pink butterflies in the pattern are a good complement to the pink t-shirt.

The pink scarf with multi-coloured stars is a pretty complement and striking contrast to the blue and teal dress and cardi

The pink scarf with multi-coloured stars is a pretty complement and striking contrast to the blue and teal dress and cardi

So what do you think? Will you be indulging in colour with confidence?

I hope so. Colour is beautiful, and it can help brighten my day. It can help brighten your day, too!

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Mr and Mrs T Plus Three

12 Comments on Tips for Wearing Clothes with Bright Colour

  1. Helena
    April 30, 2016 at 8:35 am (12 months ago)

    What a wonderful post. This has actually been playing on my mind lately so thank you for writing this helpful post. #TheList

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  2. You Baby Me Mummy
    April 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm (12 months ago)

    You look amazing! Love all of those colours and the combinations! Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  3. Mummy here and there
    April 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm (12 months ago)

    I love a but of colour to brighten up a outfit. I do love your yellow necklace X #thelist

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    • Leigh
      April 24, 2016 at 3:35 pm (12 months ago)

      Thank you! xx

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  4. Jess Mrs Puddleducky
    April 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow colours really suit you! I’ve got braver as I’ve got older and do wear a flash of colour every now and then! I love scarves and have a few to choose from! They always work well to brighten up an outfit! #TheList

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  5. Mrs Tubbs
    April 22, 2016 at 11:21 am (1 year ago)

    I love this, although that amount of colour has freaked me out slightly. But in honour of you both, I shall wear some very bright lippie and scarf tomorrow. And follow you on Pinterest and Instragram to pick up ideas.

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    • Leigh
      April 24, 2016 at 3:33 pm (12 months ago)

      Aw bless you! Good on you with the lippy and scarf, looking forward to seeing you around on IG and Pinterest x

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  6. Lesley Sutton
    April 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm (1 year ago)

    What a lovely colourful and positive message, Leigh. I love it! Working with colour is one of your strengths and sharing and inspiring others is another one, so it is fabulous to see both combined! Brilliant! šŸ™‚
    Now where is that coloured scarf of mine……..

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  7. Mim
    April 6, 2016 at 6:13 am (1 year ago)

    You suit jewel colours SO well! I love jewels too, pastels look horrible on me and wash me out with them I think. I want your necklace collection please šŸ™‚ I love colour but I never have the guts to wear anything too bright but starting with accessories is a really good tip x x

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  8. Kate / Pouting In Heels
    April 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh I love this Leigh! As I’ve said numerous times, I do love the way you wear colour. I get what you mean about wearing colour against colour too, instead of against black! Great tip. Could not agree more. Thank you for inspiring me, again! x

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  9. Amy @ Mr and Mrs T Plus Three
    April 5, 2016 at 9:03 am (1 year ago)

    Oh Leigh this is amazing! I see what you mean about wearing colour on colour rather than a black dress with a pink cardi or something. I get it! Woohoo, I really need to invest in some bold necklaces and perhaps some dresses that are full on colour and print rather than plain, I’m going to be brave so watch this space. Thank you so much for writing this it’s so helpful xxx
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  10. Amy Cossins
    April 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm (1 year ago)

    You’re clearly a person who is beautiful inside and out and an inspiration in more ways than you probably realise. I think I may wear a colourful scarf tomorrow and think of you and your Hugo x

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