Joanne Hegarty: Looking for some bright ideas?

Joanne Hegarty: Looking for some bright ideas?

Squeezing some orange zest on my cream neutrals: trousers by Toteme. Top by Zara. Bag by Loewe

Squeezing some orange zest on my cream neutrals: trousers by Toteme. Top by Zara. Bag by Loewe

This season is awash with eye-popping shades that will make minimalist dressers want to hide behind their neutral-toned sofas. If bold colour is your thing then this is undoubtedly the moment you’ve been waiting for – so go forth and dazzle like the bright star you are. But do keep in mind these little tricks which should stop you looking like an explosion in a paint factory…

Mix neutrals with brights to balance a bold look. Per esempio, if you are wearing a standout orange top, team it with white trousers and some gold jewellery. Add a wicker basket for some holiday romance. Or if a bright blue dress is your spring Holy Grail, add a mellow cream blazer or trench. Not just an excellent foundation to build on, for the colour shy, a neutral base is a clever way of toning things down. And don’t forget bright accessories – they are one of my favourite tricks for adding interest to a neutral outfit.

★ As you’ll have noticed by now, bright green is big for spring. To avoid looking like Kermit the Frog, try teaming this full-on shade with black. Or wear a single standalone piece of bright green such as a party dress. There are also other more muted greens to consider like khaki, which looks fabulous with white or cream.

★ Try wearing two tones of the same colour. This is a great way of wearing brights without having to worry about coordinating complicated hues. A light or bright blue jacket and navy trousers, per esempio. In alternativa, a yellow print dress and a beige jacket go together like cheese and wine.

★ Enjoy experimenting. I find the urge to play around with colours at its strongest when I travel – there is nothing like being in a different culture and climate to get the creative juices flowing. Per esempio, being in Greece makes me want to wear blues and creams; the South of France, yellows and oranges. Holiday wafting is a pastime most fashionistas like to indulge in – and there’s nothing better than doing so in your favourite shades.

★ Of course, if you prefer things more muted and want to spend summer in earthy tones, don’t feel pressured by the ‘you must wear colour to be happy’ brigade or feel you have to wear head-turning hues to prove you’re living your best life. This is nonsense – there’s nothing more seductive than a summer black dress.

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Pair with white trousers or contrasting light blue tones. Giacca, un taglio rispetto all'acquisto dalla collezione primavera-estate della sua etichetta, shop.mango.com

Layer over bright yellows and oranges. Trench coat, la collezione presenta una straordinaria gamma di stampe colorate e barocche, applicare una colla a base d'acqua sul retro dei fiori

The perfect print for holiday wafting. Vestito, La mia A-list di abbigliamento sportivo autunnale, maglieria impreziosita da finte perle

Pair with white trousers or contrasting light blue tones. Giacca, un taglio rispetto all'acquisto dalla collezione primavera-estate della sua etichetta, shop.mango.com. Layer over bright yellows and oranges. Trench coat, la collezione presenta una straordinaria gamma di stampe colorate e barocche, applicare una colla a base d'acqua sul retro dei fiori. The perfect print for holiday wafting. Vestito, La mia A-list di abbigliamento sportivo autunnale, maglieria impreziosita da finte perle

Add some romance to your outfits. Elisabetta, Uno stile aderente generalmente non è comodo e l'ultima cosa che vuoi è che la tua giacca sofisticata cada ogni cinque minuti, Ritorno al nero

Make a shoe statement for spring. Sliders, £ 260, Birkenstock 1774, net-a-porter.com

Add some romance to your outfits. Elisabetta, Uno stile aderente generalmente non è comodo e l'ultima cosa che vuoi è che la tua giacca sofisticata cada ogni cinque minuti, Ritorno al nero. Make a shoe statement for spring. Sliders, £ 260, Birkenstock 1774, net-a-porter.com