Style

The art of colour blocking

The rules to abide by when embracing spring’s trickiest trend. Allow us to fill you in...

  1. When contrasting colours, stay within the same mood/richness of the palette (pastels, mid-tones, neons etc) Baby-blue V-neck knitted jumper £165 by TIM SOAR bstorelondon.com; pastel yellow long-sleeved shirt with white buttons £16 by TOPMAN 0845-121 4519; light pink stretch chinos £115 by POLO BY RALPH LAUREN my-wardrobe.com
  2. Mix tones within the same colour spectrum Purple cotton crew-neck jumper with zebra badge £67 by PAUL SMITH asos.com; dark purple shirt £210 by JOHN VARVATOS johnvarvatos.com; dark purple chinos £125 by PAUL SMITH JEANS 0800-023 4006
  3. Use one block of accent colour as a highlight under neutral layers Camel double-breasted mac £76 by TOPMAN 0845-121 4519; yellow crew-neck T-shirt £7.99 by UNIQLO 020-7290 8090; light beige chinos £19.99 by H&M 020-7323 2211
  4. Choose opposites on the colour spectrum (red/cyan, violet/lime, yellow/blue etc) to avoid contrasts that clash Orange cotton long-sleeve crew-neck jumper £10 by TOPMAN; 0845-121 4519; electric blue cotton chinos £160 by ACNE my-wardrobe.com
  5. Layer blocks of colour in multiples of two or three on top Red anorak with zip pocket £243 by PETER JENSEN 020-7734 6846; electric blue cable-knitted jumper £95 by LYLE & SCOTT VINTAGE lyleandscott.com; mustard yellow cotton long-sleeved shirt £26 by TOPMAN 0845-121 4519; beige neutral chinos £57 by FRENCH CONNECTION 020-7036 7200
  6. Use one statement block of colour over neutral foundations Teal blue raincoat £630 by MACKINTOSH 020-7493 4678; long-sleeve chambray shirt £70 by LEVI’S 01604-599735; grey cotton trousers £45 by MARKS & SPENCER LUXURY COLLECTION 0845-302 1234