After years of piling on black, it’s time to buck the monochrome trend and familiarise ourselves with colour again – a movement spearheaded by Kanye, Drake and the rest of the streetwear elite. But fear not, son. We’re not suggesting the kind of hues you need to wash down with a dose of brave pills – we’re championing a hugely wearable palette of earthy, muted mid-tones, comprising dusty pink, khaki, stone and tan. Here’s a video and a selection of outfit ideas to demonstrate precisely how to set the tone for summer.
New-season colours for SS16
By Gavin Jewkes, 4 May 2016
A colour that’s undergone a serious image upgrade recently, nothing provides the antidote to a bland summer wardrobe like a dusting of pastel pink. Perhaps one of the harder colours in the palette to pull off, the key is to keep things tonal. If you are going to wear it on the top and bottom, add variety and switch things up with deeper blush tones, dusty finishes and acid washes.
Give your summer getup a military air by firing khaki at it. Worn on strong, boxy silhouettes, such as this oversized T-shirt or a pair of wide-fit, longer-length shorts, khaki provides a fresh alternative to black for those of us who like to dabble in the dark stuff, despite the heat.
Nothing cools down your hot-weather vibe like a covering of calming stone. For a minimal look, wear simply on an oversized T-shirt and shorts – or warm it up with jewel tones. Keep the evening chill at bay and layer a suede jacket on top in – you guessed it – a stone tone.
Earthy tones sit well against darker and sun-kissed skin, which is what makes tan one of the strongest contenders for our favourite summer colour. Again, the key here is to vary your shades, because wearing the stuff head-to-toe looks ace if you mix up the tones. It works especially nicely on simple, Scandi-inspired silhouettes, including sharply cut T-shirts, shorts and bomber jackets.