Colours are crucial in portraying how humans view the world. This is why scientists and researchers have conjugated an influx of theories towards how colours shape our everyday world and emotions. Let’s see how this “colour psychology” has influenced some of the hottest and colourful fashion pieces for this year’s spring season. Just seeing these colours will surely melt your “winter blues” away!
- SHADES OF COLOURS -
One of the trends you will see in mainstream fashion during springtime will be colour, colour, colour! But, to be more specific, you will see different variations of these three colours: orange, white, and blue. Let’s see how each colour can play a significant part in how we present ourselves in the world.
(From Left to Right: Gucci Spring RTW ’11, Charlotte Ronson Spring RTW ’11, Tory Burch Spring RTW ’11)
Orange is usually seen as a colour that helps bring people together and radiates positive, vibrant energy. That’s possibly why whenever we see someone wear orange, it immediately sparks a positive feeling towards the person. To stray away from feeling AND looking like a pumpkin, you can pair the colour orange with other colours (i.e., purple blouse, gold belt) and even prints. A slight contrast towards the orange will do the trick.
(From L to R: Erdem Spring RTW ’11, Oscar de la Renta Spring RTW ’11, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall ’11)
Traditionally, white can represent purity and tranquility, hence the usage of white in many wedding gowns. However, in reality, wearing white as a majority can make you look bland, lifeless, and dull. To avoid this, you just need to wear clothes that have texture, such as lace or even layers! Through this concept, you can still achieve the all white look without the negative consequences.
(From L to R: MaxAzria Pre-Fall ’11, Michael Kors Pre-Fall ’11, Ports 1961 Pre-Fall ’11)
Blue is a tricky colour to decipher since it can either represent sadness or boldness. When wearing blues this year, try a bold blue colour. The boldness will definitely send a shock to your nerve endings! A cobalt blue coat may do the trick to bring out the excitement in you, or if you’re shy, you can still rock the dark blues – just make sure you add a pop of colour to avoid looking too drab and lifeless.
- BLOCKAGE -
Aside from gorgeous flamboyant colours, another trend to look forward to is the “colourblock” trend. Colourblock is basically mixing any bold colour together in a look. In fact, the more contrasting the colours, the better the result. Many high end designers have incorporated this trend towards their Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear accessories, such as Fendi, Christian Louboutin, and Prada. But, to go all the way, you must also consider your outfit!
Jil Sander did a wonderful take on incorporating the concept of colourblocking by layering bold colours on top of each other. She’s able to convey such flamboyancy without compromising her minimalistic preference. Different coloured buttons, several layers of blazers – these are just a few simple ways that can translate a concept perfectly.
Etro definitely sits well with the colourblock trend since the brand is known for its signature combination of bold colours and prints. Having many colours in one piece gives the illusion that the model is wearing many layers when in fact she is just wearing one! Though Etro is not as popular as other Italian fashion houses like Moschino and Armani, it certainly paves way for others to follow its lead on the colourblock trend.
Jonathan Saunders provides an excellent example of incorporating the colours, orange, white, and blue into colourblock detail. Though not as loud as Etro and Jil Sander’s lines, Saunders’ able to convey the original form of colourblocking by just combining a few coloured bands and box-like shapes into each look.
While it’s definitely all right to continue wearing your dark and neutral colours, why not try to have fun with daring colours? Try to incorporate this concept in your wardrobe! You may actually start to see a change in your mood and outlook (seriously!) when you wear these colours. Also, it can impact how others see you! So, to feel confident, the best way to start is by dressing the part.
Wear your oranges, blues, and colourblocks fiercely, Chictopians!