Top colour trends for 2012
Top colour trends to look out for in 2012
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 - 4:13pm
Colour trends need to be followed religiously by would-be fashionistas. This year’s ‘Most Wanted’ colour palette combos are guaranteed to brighten up your wardrobe. Discover how to make the sharpest shades your own.
Bold, undiluted blocks of bright, nursery school colours will continue to dominate the runways and the high street throughout 2012, with brazen neon palettes at the top of every fashionista’s shopping list. But if don’t feel confident enough to sport such audacious hues, play safe, and let one ‘statement piece’ (scarf; handbag; shoes?) in raucous red, garish green or terrific tangerine update your existing wardrobe. Make a colour trend work for you.
Neutral shades remain perennially chic – but whatever you do, don’t refer to these fashionable flesh tones as beige! Neutrals are very versatile and can be easily combined with other colours (black or white work particularly well), but don’t let the look neutralise you too much. Take a tip from the primary panel (above) and let bright accessories do the talking while your outfit stays cool.
Get the blues!
From pastel hues (lavender, cornflower, periwinkle, baby and powder) to inky-black midnight tones, blue is a colour trend that will be your new best friend in 2012 – it might even be (dare we say it?) the new black. Such a broad blue spectrum will offer a hue to suit every skin tone and, if you prefer a partnership, most blues work well with our neutral friends (above).
From mild-mannered saffrons, jasmines and pale golds to full-on acidic neons by way of mustard, custard and buttercup, yellow will continue to be bang on-trend as a colour in 2012. Bold yellows look amazing against dark, tanned and olive skin tones, while those with pale complexions should team softer tones with navy blue (see above) or the classic black and white combo to keep impact – and interest levels – up.
Pretty in prints
Animal prints, florals, tartans, arty and spots: one of 2012’s biggest style stories is printed everywhere. Combining a printed t-shirt, jacket, skirt, scarf or even a ballerina pump with monochrome shades is the simplest error-free way to make prints work for all, but if you’re feeling bold, mix leopard with sunflowers and polka dots and brazen the trend out for this adventurous colour trend.
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