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Can I wear colour in winter?

Can I wear colour in winter?

There are some things that work best in summer. BBQs, beaches and boat shoes aren’t quite as enjoyable after the first frost has arrived. But colour isn’t something you have to store away with your garden furniture. It’s easy to default to grey, black and navy, but the easy way isn’t necessarily the most stylish. “A little bit of colour, worn well, can lift otherwise dull outfits,” says Thread stylist Luke McDonald. “And when the weather’s grim, it does the same to your spirits.”

Be bold

Hawaiian shirts are best kept for a winter break to Hawaii, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose statement pieces entirely. Simply switch wild prints for block tones and don’t let the colour wheel spin too far. “The low-hanging sun of winter is a perfect light for deep but bold colours,” says Luke. “Think burgundy, rust orange, forest green and mustard yellows. They’re shades that will pack a punch in winter without heading into pastels or fluoros.”

Use your neutrals

In style, opposites often attract. A bold colour can be your statement piece, but it looks best with a quieter anchor elsewhere. “The brighter shades should be the focal point of your outfit, so don’t overdo it,” says Luke. “A burgundy cord trouser, or a mustard jumper, will sit pretty with neutrals like navy, grey or black.” So in short: less is more. Every instance of colour should be countered with something simpler, whether that’s a classic tee, black jeans or minimal trainers. That way, you can wear quite subtle shades but still make an aesthetic impact.

Add texture

Neutrals aren’t the only way to anchor a bright colour. Textures like moleskin, cord or knitwear work just as well to make vibrant shades feel more wearable. “Texture can turn down the volume of a particularly loud colour,” says Luke. “The difference in composition distracts the eye and makes the fabric feel deeper and look less imposing. This works better than shinier fabrics. They attract attention for all the wrong reasons.”