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Just add sunshine
7:00am Saturday 11th August 2012 in NewsXtra
Embrace this summer's sunset-inspired brights. Lisa Haynes reveals how to work hot pinks, oranges, yellows and reds in your wardrobe.
When the weather's grim, add some sunshine to your life with your wardrobe.
This season's hottest shades are inspired by a glowing sunset - think reds, oranges, yellows and pinks.
Wear them solo or clash them together to maximise your sunny disposition.
A trend made for extroverts, this uplifting palette is ideal for high summer and holiday season.
"Forget black, grey and navy and start wearing your own sunshine on your back," says Veronique Henderson, creative director of Colour Me Beautiful.
Ignore the forecast and fashion your own bright outlook.
Primary, pastel or neon, solid blocks of colours have been dominating the catwalks for seasons but the trend doesn't translate for all colourings.
"Generally, bright colours are best worn by women who can take contrasting colours, like dark hair/bright blue eyes," advises Henderson.
But in the summer months (and with the help of a self-tan bottle) everyone can be less colour cautious...
"Your skin tone changes if you are tanned (naturally or self-applied) and that's when brighter colours can be worn more successfully."
On red alert or got a crush on orange? Classic sunset shades can vary from coral and pumpkin to tomato red and tangerine.
Henderson says: "These hot hues are best worn by women with red or auburn hair and also strawberry blonde to brown with warm red highlights. Eyes are likely to be green, brown or blue.
"Darker skins will have an overall golden look with warm tones to the eyebrows."
Consider the clarity of the colour too, which can differ depending on the material - a matte linen will always be less intense than a shiny silk.
If you love the pinky afterglow of a sunset more than the disappearing ball of fire, work some hot pink into your wardrobe.
Fuchsia shades are best suited to women with a 'blue' undertone like Kate Middleton, according to Henderson: "These will generally be women with black hair/blue eyes/pinky tones to their skintone.
"Women with ashy blond hair or greying hair also fit into that category."
A bright pink can work effectively as an accent shade against black, navy or grey so you can re-work your summery pieces for autumn/winter season.
A colour associated with summer, freshness and light, sunny yellows can vary from subtle lemon through to bolder daffodil and canary.
"Yellow cabs in NYC stand out. If that's what you want, wear it head to toe to create cheerfulness," Henderson says.
"For dark hair and dark eyes/bright eyes, brighter shades of yellow are best worn as a contrast with a dark shade or within a print. Any yellow-based colours will be great on auburn/red heads."
If in doubt, try different shades of yellow close to your face and opt for the one that really brings out your eyes.
Bold colours not punchy enough for you? Go bolder. Clash two or even three colours together for the full sunset spectrum.
Orange and hot pink is the hottest combination right now - one is warm, the other cool in tone.
Henderson advises: "These two clashing shades will work best on light (pale blondes) and soft (highlighted hair) colourings in slightly lighter shades and deep (dark hair/dark eyes) and clear (dark hair/bright eyes) colourings in darker shades of orange and hot pink."
If in doubt, let a print, ombre or colour blocked piece do the clashing for you.
If bold block colours and clashing prints have you reaching for your sunglasses and taking cover, take the subtle route to sunset chic.
You can still wear neutrals and inject brights into your outfit with eye-catching accessories.
"Try a colourful handbag, pair of shoes or jewellery instead," Henderson suggests. "If one shade isn't enough, there are plenty of two tone bags and shoes to choose from."
Wearing neutral colours will give you just the right backdrop to let your statement accessory dazzle.
Get the look
Kristen Stewart looks ready to run away from her bad headlines in black hi-top trainers. Steal her sneaker style with Bronx's black quilted hi-tops, available from mid-August, £90 (www.bronxshoes.com).
Buy it now
If you're flagging a little from Olympic fever, designer Ashish's fun flag print sweater should get you back in the patriotic mood, £50 (www.topshop.com).
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