Art of Style

5 Fail-Safe Ways To Wear Color

From tonal suiting to statement heels, here’s how to master the art of color-blocking and embrace a rainbow of shades this season. By GRACE COOK

Stylist Nell Kalonji leads the charge for going green with a vivid coat and quilted bag

Pair color with black

Green is arguably the hue of SS22, and pairing a colorful coat with sleek black separates is a simple yet chic way to make a statement without having to color-coordinate, while keeping the focus very much on the coat. HVN’s bright-green trench, with its glossy finish, is just the ticket – layer over Le 17 Septembre’s wide-leg pants and fitted knits from cult Korean label Low Classic, then add Bottega Veneta’s pillow bag for extra tactility.

Wear it head to toe

If you want to go full-on tonal but are unsure where to start, a suit could be the answer. Opt for rich shades for day-to-dusk versatility – for example, Sergio Hudson’s two-piece in a jewel-like teal. Cut to a relaxed fit, these separates will make a statement worn together, but are just as easily worn solo. Pair with a color-contrast handbag from Loewe and retro sneakers for an easy everyday look.

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Opt for bold knitwear

With its cozy tactility, knitwear is often more playful than other pieces in our closets, making it a natural canvas for bright color – plus, textural wools grab the dye, resulting in shades that appear richer and more saturated. Andersson Bell’s satsuma-orange knit is an ideal choice: with its directional cut-outs, it’s an architectural work of art in its own right, but paired with stonewash jeans from Goldsign, it exudes an effortless vibe that can be dressed up or down. For a sleek contrast, add black accessories from The Row and Linda Farrow.

Combine with easy tailoring

Mixing color with your office-ready staples is an easy way to freshen up your working wardrobe. Bold yellows work well against a monochromatic palette – think Proenza Schouler’s versatile canary-yellow pleated maxi dress, which you can wear for business brunches as well as beachside dinners when you’re out of office. Meanwhile, Bottega Veneta’s fuzzy green bag will stow away your daily essentials and add a cool edge to tailoring – just pair with white, heeled pumps by Versace to take you from dawn till dusk, whatever your location.

Norwegian presenter Janka Polliani balances out her bold, wide-leg pants and statement-green bag with an oversized gray blazer and neutral tee
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Mix with neutrals

Neutrals are the perfect foundations upon which to build an outfit, and that rule has never been more true when it comes to masterfully adding color to your look. Tory Burch’s crisp cotton dress, in a painterly Yves Klein blue hue, is just the ticket. Accessorize with Monet-green pumps from By Far, then layer Totême’s cozy padded trench in ecru on top – a palette cleanser for this elegant look, which is as perfect for everyday wear as it is for formal spring occasions.

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