Technicolour is set to be a huge trend this spring/summer, with everyone from Burberry Prorsum to Topman Design sending a kaleidoscope of bold, colour-blocked looks down the SS15 runways.
But how can you possibly pull off these striking outfits in a stylish and modern way? The key is to consider each piece as a statement separate. After all, trying to mix four or five bright hues together will quickly become an eyesore in real life, so naturally you’ll need to anchor your colour of choice with neutral wardrobe staples.
It’s also a good idea to reserve super-bright garments for your holiday wardrobe – we’re not sure anyone ever looked good in a pair of tailored yellow trousers unless they were partying on the back of a yacht in Ibiza.
That said, spring/summer is an inspiring season which offers the opportunity to introduce new, more vibrant hues to your looks, so now’s the time to get thinking about how you are going to inject your day to day ensembles with a shot of attention-grabbing colour.
Here are five newly released items that will help you do just that.
1. Folk Peppermint ‘Direction’ Jumper
This bright aqua jumper from cult brand Folk wouldn’t look out of place worn over a white Oxford button-down or denim shirt. Anchor it with dark indigo jeans or navy chinos to really let it do all the talking.
During summer, use it in place of your jacket, throwing it on over the top of your shorts and T-shirt combinations as the sun goes down.
Available at folkclothing.com, priced £135.
2. Topman Cobalt Blue Shirt
If you’re an avid follower of trends, you’ll know that shades of blue are going to be huge come SS15.
Perfect for the warm-weather months and holidaying due to its short-sleeved construction, this shirt comes in a sharp slim-fit, which makes it ideal for pairing with tailored trousers/shorts and loafers for an effortless smart-casual look.
If you prefer things to be more relaxed, there’s no harm in wearing it open over a crisp white T-shirt and combining with a pair of tapered jeans.
Available at Topman, priced £20.
3. Gourmet Quadici Trainers
If coloured pieces feel out of place on your back, look to footwear to fill your technicolour quota.
Following on from AW15’s big statement shoe trend, a bright pair of trainers will instantly breathe life into any of your current go-to outfits.
The sneakerheads among you will already be familiar with niche label Gourmet, who produce a superb selection of bright, pattered and multi-textured designs each season.
If you don’t know the brand, it’s time to get familiar with them – especially if you want something different to the ubiquitous styles produced by the likes of Nike and New Balance.
Available at ASOS, priced £105.
4. Burberry Book Cover Print T-Shirt
This piece from Burberry is for real lovers of fashion, who want to reference the trend’s origins.
Designer Christopher Bailey sent a range of bold trench coats, trousers, hats and trainers down the SS15 runway, often combining multiple bright pieces to create vivid, block-colour looks.
However, it’s these vintage book cover-inspired T-shirts that we had our eye on. Try slipping this red one under a well-tailored navy blazer or suit, then finish with minimal leather trainers to create a smart, dressed-down look with bags of personality and charm.
Available at burberry.com, priced £225.
5. French Connection Cotton Shorts
Nothing says Marbella like a pair of fruit bowl-inspired shorts.
Jokes aside, who doesn’t love a pair of orange shorts for a trip abroad? Smarten them up with a white linen shirt (sleeves rolled up), pair of suede loafers and classic Ray-Ban Clubmasters – Riviera style at its finest.
You should feel euphoric in these, not overwhelmed.
Available at French Connection, priced £50.