Style by Claire Lopez

Clash it all: colour combos to brighten up your days

Yep, it’s still pouring with rain and nope it doesn’t look like we are actually going to have much in the way of spring. Which is why it is imperative that you dial up the ante on the wardrobe front. Wearing grey, black and navy with all this miserable weather really won’t do much to lift the mood so rather than relying on the non-existent sunshine, you can do the uplifting bit yourself by injecting some colour into your wardrobe. And boy these colours will really make you sit up and take notice because this week I’m looking at a combo that is hot right now: pink and red. Together.

Here is some Pinterest inspo as a starter for ten.

Ok so maybe it’s not for everyone, in which case you can just look at these pieces by themselves, rather than as a two halves of a pink and red shaped whole.

A splash of the bright stuff

The easiest way to do a spot of colour clashing is with an accessory. A red accessory will work perfectly with or without a pink counterpart so here are some ideas to don with your neutrals or mix with pink, be that a dusty tone, a more lilac shade or even a hot pink:

I have these Red Stretch Ankle Boots £69.99 from Zara which I like with a top from last spring at Topshop.

For something similar on the top front try Zara’s pleated top £29.99.

Or Boden has these Etta Ankle Boots £130 but only in size 38 and 40.

If they are a bit much, then go for a loafer like these Abbie Loafers £80 from Boden.

Dune has these Red Graciano Bow Loafers £75

Or try these Red Leather Point Wedge Slingbacks £38 from Next.

For event season or even work try pairing a red court shoe with a blush outfit or vice versa and put these blush shoes with a red dress: Madison Courts £98.

Or these Pointed Suede Pumps from &Other Stories £79 which come in red and Dusty Pink.

And voila the ensemble with this Midi Tie Neck Dress £89.

Or this Flared Sleeve Slit Dress £49 again with dusty pink shoes, albeit ones I don’t love with this dress.

For something a little lower go for Dune’s Amorrell V cut High Vamp Court Shoe £80.

On the jewellery front, this Pom Pom Bangle £50 from Hush does the whole clashing job for you.

As do Boden’s Eden Tassel Earrings £25. Although both are a bit more on the orange side.

A red belt is another good and subtle option to try with a light pink sweater/blouse/top: Classic Belt £40

Or their Stripe Webbing Belt £25 is a definite two birds, one stone number.

Last up on the accessory list is a red bag like this Claudia Leather Cross Body Bag £29 from Accessorize.

Creating the clash

If you want to ‘do’  the look in garment form then this Stella Star Tee £35 from Hush is a very easy way of doing the look – blush with a bit of red. Super casual so it won’t even look like you were making an effort to look on trend but this will look great with distressed relaxed jeans or shorts.

Or you can easily mix  a couple of pieces together yourself: for example the Onyx Leather Jacket £295 paired with the Delilah Fringe Top £49. There is also a dress £65

Alternatively mix the Santana Skirt £45 with that same top.

Or go for &Other Stories’ Pleated Skirt £59

For a more wear now look, pair with this Cropped Sweater £35.

To do the opposite, wear &Other Stories Belted Midi Skirt £49 with Hush’s Daphne top £49.


If that feels a bit too much still, then why not try a blush tee like the Cotton Slub V Tee £27 and wear it with either the Basket Stitch Jacket £79 or the Audrey Jacket £85. Essentially you are just swapping your white tee for a blush one and pairing with either denim or trousers depending on the look you are trying to create.

To do the shorts look, pair a light pink top with Boden’s Richmond £48 

Whole Hearted

Unbelievably red suits are a thing. You certainly won’t catch me in one as that is outside my comfort and style zone, however, the proof is that M&S Wide Legged Trousers are virtually all out of stock but you can grab the matching blazer if you want – the whole suit costs £94

Or go for Zara’s slimmer line Tuxedo Trousers with Side Stripe £29.99.

Then pair with Hush’s Linen Boyfriend Jumper £59.

Or with a dusty pink top as above.

So are you convinced by the colour clash? If not, then make a statement with a splash of colour this season, even if it’s not a clashing combo.



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