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Q&A: I’m wary of colour. Where do I start?

Q&A: I’m wary of colour. Where do I start?

Thread's stylists' failsafe recommendations often involve neutral colours like navy, white, khaki and stone, since they're so versatile and easy to mix and match. But because a neutral-only wardrobe seems dull to some—while introducing bold, bright colours can be intimidating—Thread's clients often ask for advice on how to wear colour well. The first step, says style director Shaunie Brett, is to know which colours are safest … and which are most daring.

After polling the stylists, Shaunie came up with a spectrum that runs from safe to daring, thus:

  • Least daring: Blue, green and burgundy
  • Middling: Red, purple and pink
  • Most daring: Orange and yellow

With that in mind, here are Shaunie's top three tips for wearing colour if you're not used to it.

How to wear colour, tip 1: Start with socks

"Socks are an easy, subtle way to introduce colour for obvious reasons: people will only catch a glimpse of them when you're sitting down, so you're showing some personality without making a big statement."

How to wear colour, tip 2: Try a few flexible options

"A watch strap is a nice, safe way of experimenting with colour because it's relatively inexpensive (and therefore not risky) and small (so it's not too eye-catching). If a watch strap feels too subtle, try a bold-coloured t-shirt: you can always throw on a navy jumper if the situation suddenly calls for something more conservative."

How to wear colour, tip 3: Wear one piece at a time

"I wouldn't recommend wearing matching coloured pieces—such as red socks with a red belt—because it can make you look as if you're overthinking it. A woven belt, however, is a good way of introducing colour. It breaks up a neutral outfit and doesn't immediately draw the eye. Woven belts look particularly good with chinos and chino shorts."