5 OCT - 2021
A memory popped up on my Facebook feed from 6 years ago - from the pinnacle of my love for black.
That’s not to say that anything has changed, but I’ve sure learned how to soften the pre-goth look I was rocking.
To be frank, my friends now laugh at me for loving a tonal wardrobe, or what they call ‘all beige’. Any time we pass a beige wall they point it out to be the perfect ‘Georgia Spot’. Friends also took the mickey out of me for wearing a light green dress and calling that ‘wearing colour’. Trust me when I say, I’ve got a long way to go.
One of my major fears with colour is that my money will be wasted. I am very specific with my purchases, ensuring that I will wear the item more than once (at a minimum). I have mainly strayed from colour because I don’t want the item to end up being a one timer. But that’s all changing. If the scandis are adding bright green into their wardrobes, well so can I.
Here are my tips for adding colour, little by little, without breaking the bank (too much...because we all like a little luxury every now and then!)
Note: all the pieces I have picked sit in the mid-range / highstreet category. I use the word affordable here but this might not be the case for your budget. I’ve also picked items that can easily integrate into your wardrobe but are only my suggestions.
Establish your base wardrobe
Picture your usual colour palette. Is it all black? Or maybe it’s only shades of grey? By refining the base of your wardrobe, you’ll be able to see where you’re missing key pieces. Adding colour doesn’t have to mean a bright green - it could just mean adding warm browns!
My Pick: A white shirt is always the perfect base for a wardrobe - and goes with anything. So if you want to add purple pants - go for it! I’m very picky with my white shirts and think it's definitely something to invest in. For a crisp white shirt, my favourite so far is the NA-KD oversized shirt, and it comes in a range of colours. Go down a size for a standard fit.
Statement shoes are probably the easiest way to add in an injection of colour as they require a huge amount of commitment. If you’re still devoted to an all black ensemble, brightening up your footwear will enhance the outfit without making you feel like a rainbow all at once. My go-to for a pair of statement shoes are Alias Mae & Tony Bianco. They’re a affordable, yet good quality!
My Pick: A vibrant mule. They’re easy to wear - and in a bright colour which will pop against a black or tonal look. My go-to for a pair of statement shoes are Alias Mae and Tony Bianco, so definitely have a nosey through those two!
Print & Patterns
Some may call this cheating - but we make our own rules here at Chatty Chums, so, to hell with them! If you’re a devoted B&W lover - turn this into a zebra print, checker pattern or even, dare I say it, houndstooth! I recently branched out and purchased a dreamy Rixo Maddison Dress (Rixo is the Queen of Print).
My Pick: Anything from Rixo. They are on the more luxury end of the spectrum, so if you want a few other options for a bit of pattern madness head to Superette for a wide range of brands and prices.
One of my favourite spring looks is a white t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers. If you really aren’t into colour - opt for denim in different shades. Don’t forget you can add colour here too, or even take tip #3 and go all out with a pattern.
My Pick: You can’t go past a pair of Levi’s Jeans, they seriously are the best. I love the wide range they have, so no matter what shape or size you are, you should be able to find a pair that fits you like a glove!
Lend On Your Accessories
It’s amazing how gold jewellery can sparkle up an outfit. Simple, timeless jewellery can be layered to create a bit of interest to a plain or monochrome outfit. But, we aren’t here just for a little bit of simple jewellery right? Lean on affordable accessories brands like Lovisa, Stella + Gemma or the new range at RUBY.
My Pick: Baillie Celene Rings, $69 from RUBY.
What’s the easiest and least daunting way to inject colour into your outfits? Well, beauty! Make-up is playful - and can be a more budget-friendly way of adding subtle colour to your everyday looks. Maybe go for a coloured eyeliner, or a bright red lip to elevate your look.
My Pick: A coloured eye-liner is such a fun way to create an exciting look. I’ve been playing around with the Mecca Max Zoom Liners which are reasonably priced and come in a range of colours! Pinterest is the best place to find some interesting liner inspo.
Some Outfit Inspiration: