Blogger Collaboration.Wearing 4 colours (or more) together.
Firstly, I have a confession to make...
If I am honest, Blogger challenges and collaborations sounded (to me) like something bloggers do when they have ran out of ideas.
Something that I thought would be overly staged, quite false and not really for me.
However, after receiving an email from my bogging friend, Ann (or KrembedelaKrembe) I realised that these so-called challenges were just a way of showing how different bloggers interpret a certain look and could even inspire other women to experiment with their wardrobes.
I am all for that!
So, I was delighted to be asked to join some fellow bloggers in a "Wearing 4 or more Colours" challenge.
Although, I now have to make my second confession....
I do feel like a bit of a fraud!
4 colours is not so much of a challenge for me, more of a daily occurrence in my wardrobe.
This does not seem like a challenge at all!
So in order to make this more of a genuine challenge for myself, I decided to tone things down and make an outfit that was work appropriate.
Not something you might associate with a colourful outfit.
I can't even begin to tell you how cold I was standing here.
The wind was coming in icy blasts and my hands were blue!
Who needs volumising spray or an intense blow-dry when you have a gust of wind to do the job for you!
This look is great for a non-formal work environment.
Comfortable and just smart enough.
You could easily replace the loafers for a heeled pump or booties, if these are more appropriate for your work place.
This pencil skirt is a comfortable stretch jersey and was "cheap as chips" from Forever21.
The fabric is not too shabby either.
I was really surprised.
A nice thick jersey with a cheeky split.
I chose to wear it with a pair of marled grey tights, which I picked up in Lidl while buying bananas and bread.
I bought them to wear under my jeans (for warmth) BUT they are surprisingly good quality.
Grey tights usually remind me of school, but these are such a fine weave that they get away with it.
My silver loafers seemed the perfect choice to go with the grey, and add interest to a potentially dull lower half.
They are very comfortable and just fun enough without being OTT.
I decided to go for a simple jumper and polo neck combination.
Polo necks are still HUGE and you can't go wrong with a crew-neck jumper....especially in a cheerful hue like this neon coral.
A mustard polo neck seemed the perfect choice to wear underneath.
Pink and orange are a great combination.
My Moth necklace picked out the mustard and grey, tying the whole look together.
See it here, with shorts and here, with a party dress...during the day!
Adding a super-cosy and fluffy scarf added warmth and made the colours blend together.
See this scarf with a vintage knit, here.
A cute silver bag and my (now obligatory) pompoms finished things off perfectly.
Simple ways to add more colour to any outfit:
- Jewellery. A large and colourful necklace (or earnings) can lift a look from "Meh" to "Wow".
- Bag. Carry a pop of colour in the form of a classic bag in an unexpected shade.
- Shoes. Colourful shoes or boots can transform a mediocre outfit.
- Nails. A trendy and bright nail colour is so chic, and unexpected...people do notice!
- Lips. A colourful Pop can bring your face (and your outfit) to life.
- Scarf. Wearing a colourful scarf in an unusual texture (bright pink faux fur?) can add interest.
- Hat &/or gloves. Colourful leather gloves are a beautiful addition to any winter wardrobe... I am looking for a yellow pair.
- Coat. If you are feeling brave, a bright coat can brighten not just your day, but everyone that meets you too!
Skirt: Forever21 (similar)
Polo neck: La Redoute..this one is nice, and on sale!
Necklace: Ebay (here is an easy shop selling similar designs)
Scarf: Newlook (This one is nice)
Bag: Topshop (This one is VERY cool)
Shoes: JohnnieB (similar)
I am joined today by five incredibly inspiring women...
Firstly, here is Ann from krembedelakrembe.com
Who looks like she is in a Winter Wonderland, obviously not in Hong Kong at the moment!
I wondered where all of the snow had gone...
She is head to to in prints, colours and textures, a riot of detail.
And, of course, her signature red lip.
She is one bold lady.
Lipstick: Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur
Trousers: Forever 21
Gloves: Market in China
Shirt: Tailored from China
Bag: Louis Vuitton Speedy 35
I am a little (read: pea green) envious of her cute bag and cool gutties....sigh.
Look how casual and effortless, yet stylish this look is.
What a fresh combination of colours.
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Her quirky hosiery and shoe combination is a joy to behold!
I love an unexpected twist to an outfit....especially when the top half seems quite conservative.
I must get some Tartan tights, there is an opening in my collection for a pair like these.
Dress: St Michael
Necklace: Magpie Vintage
Check out those pom pom shoes, gorgeous cape and those tassel earnings....a girl after my own heart!
Her outfit is a riot of delicious tones then her hair adds another colourful punch.
Cape Coat: ASOS
Clutch: The Cottage Shop in Houston
Shoes: Custom Made by Coronation Vintage local stylist Dawn Bell
Last, but by no means least, Sheela from sheelagoh.com.
I think this colourful look was more of a challenge for her than anyone of the others!
She is more about unexpected shapes and fierce shoes than a riot of colour.
I love the yellow (one of my favourite colours) with the black and white...and who doesn't love a tartan wrap?
A great way to inject colour into any outfit.
Notice how her boots, lipstick and hair pull the rest of the colours together?
Makeup and hair can be great accessories too.
Jumper: B&W - Thrifted
Trousers: Herban Devi on Etsy
Lipstick: Veronica from Anastasia Beverly Hills
Thank you for joining me on my first challenge.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what other bloggers make of a '4 colours (or more)' outfit.
Do you have a favourite?
Which outfit is closest to your personal style?
Please let me know in the comments...or tweet me @samantha4blair
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