HOW TO | Incorporate Colour Into Your Winter Wardrobe

As the sun begins to set earlier, the mercury starts to drop and the flu is spreading at record speeds, your wardrobe is more predictable that the weather. Torrents of navy, overcast knitwear and big boots come rain or shine. Men who spent the summer in pastels stow them for the tri-colour palette of black, grey and blue. The status quo works and for that reason remains unchallenged. It is tempting to avoid vibrancy in winter, but the future can be bright. Let there be light.

Throwing Shades:

A Hawaiian shirt in Winter doesn’t please the palette. Yours needs to shift from shades that pop to their black-tinged siblings, in the outer reaches of the colour wheel. When fuschia raises eyebrows, violet is the less obnoxious way to rep florals. In fact, leaf tones should be your first pick; if trees can rock burnt orange, burgundy and forest green during the colder months, why not you? In winter, you’ll anchor these colour pops with neutrals and your old faithfuls already in the cupboard.

Check it Out:

If you haven’t heard already, checks are in. Think red, green and even gold checks, deployed to punch up neutral backgrounds. The checked scarf is your safest (and most obvious) route, but there are more statement moves. Pair a checked overshirt with wool trousers but make sure there are no overgrown beards in sight. For the more daring, dress-down check trousers with neutral separates and a minimal leather trainer. 

Best Foot Forward:

Since there’s not much around it, footwear bears bright colours well. Hence all those colourful reinventions of classics from adidas Originals, Reebok and Nike, which can be worn all year round (so long as you protect them first). Although box-fresh kicks may appeal, let the hues fade a little before coupling with a darker outfit. If you’d rather leave neon trainers on the playground, coloured panels on white shoes are a shade more adult.

Bags of Colour:

Well selected accessories can lift your monochrome looks. Because they’re less obtrusive, accessories can afford to be punchier. A single piece incorporating a brighter shade breaks up an outfit without going too far. Just avoid matching shades; a yellow rucksack is a ray of sunshine. Coordinate with gloves, socks, a scarf and a hat and it is advisable people don’t stare directly at you. Look on the bright side of global warming by embracing the sun as a sartorial ally. Ditch your standard wayfarers for round shades with coloured, reflective lenses.