A question I'm often asked is how to wear colour.
And it's a question that always leaves me stumped. I mean, just put on a pink/orange/green/blue top and hey presto, you're wearing colour!
But I appreciate now, that it often isn't as easy as that for many of us, especially at this time of year.
I've always gravitated towards items of clothing that offer colour by the shed load. I'm a sucker for anything brightly coloured, a magpie if you will, for all things loud and proud and for something that will allow my outfit to stand out in a crowd.
I remember, only once in my life where I decided to have a clear out of the clothes that didn't work with absolutely every other piece in my wardrobe, and what I was left with was a v monochromatic wardrobe with a few stripes, navy's and grey's thrown in for good measure. And whilst it was extremely easy to get ready in a morning, as I was choosing from a wardrobe filled with identical black and white blouses, it didn't bring me joy, it didn't make me feel proud of my styling choice and it certainly dampened my spirit and my mood. I did this, as I was interning and EVERYONE wore black. Black was the colour you'd have to wear backstage at fashion week, and head-to-toe black looks was the "in" thing of the moment, so I fitted in, whilst also saving money (every item in my wardrobe worked together), 'cause not all internships pay you guys!
After that moment, I vowed to never, ever, ever do something 'cause everyone else was doing it. In all aspects of life might I add, not just those sartorial situations. Since then my love of colour, for standing out a little bit and simply having a heck load of fun with my wardrobe has allowed me to create a career for myself, my own world bursting with colour, so I guess you could say I have a lot to thank colour for ey?
So with that, and my absolute LOVE for all things brightly coloured, I wanted to address some of the things that I feel will help you inject a few drops of colour, to start with, into your wardrobe, taking you right the way through to being all walking, all talking rainbow girl... Just the way I like it.
If your version of being bold and colourful is throwing on a red lip, then you're gonna like this one.
Start off small, injecting colour in a small way through accessories. This will allow you to experiment with which colours you like and which you'd rather steer clear of. You can dip your toe with handbags, earrings, socks, even bag charms like this super cute fluffy fried egg by Anya Hindmarch, whilst sticking to your all black uniform so you won't feel too far from your usual self.
Update your faves
Take this look for example; to me, this aint too cray cray on the colour scale. I've simply taken a classic slim fitting ribbed knit, which we all know and love and probably own in a black, grey marl or oatmeal shade AMIRIGHT!? All that's different (aside from the cute af eyes) is the fact I chose to go with a v in yo face green shade. I've just updated a fave to many of our wardrobes with an unusual hue. Offset this update with your fave jeans (mine are these by & Other Stories) and you favourite biker jacket and once again you're easing into colourful dressing one step at a time and your friends will FINALLY be able to tell the difference between the outfits you're trying to decide on.
Fall In Love & Take The Plunge
This may sound SO OTT to some, but certainly not for me. I feel I fall in love with an item almost every single day, I'm just completely into fashion and styling so when I see an item I like, it's definitely more like love to me.
So what I'm saying to you black wearing aficionado's is to take the plunge on that unlikely on trend favourite in the colour you wouldn't dare wear, 'cause let me tell you, you will wear it. You'll desperately want to wear it as you're oh so in lurrrrve with it, you'll want to wear it as not to have wasted your hard earn pennies and you'll want to wear it 'cause you wouldn't be reading this post if you didn't want to inject some colour into your wardrobe right?
Take the plunge, buy that piece and rock it! Take these boots for example, they're SUCH a statement. They're printed and they feature around FIVE colours, now thats brave, go on gal, you can do it!
Dark Doesn't Have To Be Black
Worried about having to do the dreaded colour split whilst washing? Then go for darker shades of red, blue and green, whilst easing you into this colour malarky beautifully and also being on trend for AW17 of course, you'll be able to eliminate the colour splitting whilst doing the laundry, something I imagine George wishes I would do... That would mean a lot less bickering over his red boxer shorts kindly running into my brand new pale pink blouse...
LEATHER JACKET- c/o ALL SAINTS, TOP- LAZY OAF, JEANS- c/o & OTHER STORIES, BOOTS - c/o OFFICE, BAG- ANYA HINDMARCH c/o SELFRIDGES
Print It Out
If you're slowly warming up to the idea of colour a great way to get your colourful juices flowing is with a print and no I don't mean stripes!
Granted, I've mentioned this a few times before but honestly prints are often the gateway for many a styling success. Select a print that features black, for starters, say for example a pink and red floral on a black base. It'll work seamlessly with your monochromatic wardrobe and ease you into the world of colour gently.
Seriously, before you know it you'll be rocking said blouse with a pair of bright red tailored trousers complete with hot pink shoes, 'cause it's the colour combination of the century dontcha know?
So thats five of my tips to ease you into a bright and colourful new world. The trick with most styling ways is to go in slowly, add a pop of colour here, a new print there and in no time you'll be donning a look Leandra Medine would be proud of.
I know you can do it 😉
oh so lovely helen says
I love love love these shoes!! I really need to brave a bit of colour in my wardrobe! Any excuse to go to the Arndale!
Megan Ellaby says
HAHAH go on girl! x
I’ve been trying to wear more colour lately, when it gets colder I tend to stick to darker colours but going to try and stick to some brighter colours this year ! Love the boots, thepint and style is gorgeous
Megan Ellaby says
YES gurl! I hear ya on the wearing darker shades in the colder months, but nothing brightens a dreary winters day than a pop of colour in some form! x
Since watching your youtube and reading your blog/ following you on every social platform, I’ve pretty much stopped wearing only black and white. Don’t get me wrong I love a good white tee and jeans, but if there’s something I like and it’s in black, I try to find it in another colour. This sounds so cheesy but YOU have really inspired me to wear more colour and take more risks with my outfits! Life is toooooo short to be wearing shitty clothes! X
Megan Ellaby says
Oh wow Ainsley that truly means the absolute world! I’m SO thrilled you’re experimenting more with your style and in particular COLOUR! Thats so great to hear! x
I’m good with small doses of colour, you are very good with large doses of colour. I certainly get some great colour combining ideas from you which makes is making my choices less predictable and more exciting lately. Enjoy your weekend Megan. X Deb
Megan Ellaby says
Ahh Deb thats great to hear 🙂 x