Combining bright colours

Combining bright colours

It’s no secret to readers of this blog that I enjoy bright colours, prints and fun proportions.  If I can dress like I’m in a costume, or in colours usually found in a crèche or preschool, I feel like I have achieved Fashion Excellence (I acknowledge this may be a very…individual…definition of Fashion Excellence).  In my last post I referred to simple colour coordination and balanced proportions (big on top or bottom, but not both) as easy ways to organise an outfit that is pretty and appealing.  This outfit, although it might not look like it, applies those same rules in a different way. 

When I bought these pants I knew that at some point I would use them as the basis of an outfit that in my mind I called “tropical cocktail”.  It would incorporate pineapple, guava, mango, and strawberry, and it would be the perfect pre-summer pick-me-up (without the alcohol content, although this would be an A+ option for sipping a cocktail).  Remember my New Year’s style resolution to plan more looks and spend less time scrambling?  Well, this tropical cocktail concept came back to me in a flash one morning when I’d totally failed to do any planning.  Bet you didn’t see that twist coming!

This outfit works, despite the lack of repetition in the colour palette, because it sticks to what it does best.  No cool colours are introduced – which includes an absolute rejection of any black in this outfit – and instead I looked for colours in my wardrobe that reminded me of shimmering heat and holidays.  These pants would also look great with hot pink, and if I still had the hot pink silk shirt I bought years ago and thrashed until it literally started to come apart at the seams, I’d have worn it in a heartbeat.  I wanted to look like one of the many shoots Fashion Quarterly has done in Mexico, against bougainvillea and blue skies, but while toodling about in Wellington.  

As I said last time I wore these trousers, I’m pretty sure they’re intended for someone taller than me, but I like the longer proportion on my legs.  Slightly cropped pants like these, which look like they’re mean to be longer but have just been chopped off, are a trend right now (although I can’t go all the way to the edge of this trend and wear cropped flares.  I haven’t adjusted to that quite yet). With high heels they become flattering again, by flashing a bit of ankle and (double win) they show off your entire shoe.  

You could absolutely wear this style with a fitted top, following closely the advice from my previous post to keep the volume on one half of your body, but as we know, fashion rules are made to be broken/a load of crap made up to sell magazines.  Instead, I deliberately reached for this boxy, highly detailed and therefore voluminous top to wear with my wide-legged pants.  Initially, I thought the secret to carrying this off is the fact that my trousers are fitted from the waist to the top of the leg, but on reflection I think that a boxy top with a voluminous set of trou or a super swirly skirt works exactly because of the volume on volume effect.  The real key is, I think, the point at which the two volumes meet with one another – there needs to be a demarcation at a flattering point on your body (which point may well differ from mine).  And, in my view at least, high heels never hurt.* 

*well, they never hurt the proportions of your outfit.  Poorly fitted high heels hurt like you’ve ended up in Greek hell and you’re stuck in one of those terrible trials, and they damage your feet in the long run.  Luckily, these shoes are very very comfortable, although I wouldn’t stand in them for long periods. 

Outfit details: pants are from C/meo Collective via BNKR (check these out), top is from H&M Sydney last year but this would be a fun option, shoes from Wittner (and even cheaper than when I bought them), bag from River Island via ASOS, and sunglasses are Le Specs.

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