As I transition from an all black clothing wearer into a walking talking rainbow, I’m constantly on the look out for the most exciting, quirky and colourful pieces. The aim? An outfit that’s just screaming to be photographed in front of a cool wall on an Instagram adventure. A Pantone perfect outfit…
OH HI THERE Oasis x Pantone Colour Institute range. Can I hear you say Parma Violet vibes? But seriously, how sugary sweet is this outfit? When I saw that Oasis had collaborated with Pantone to curate a collection of colourful pieces I actually did a little squeak. As a Graphic Designer, it’s pretty much a dream to live in a Pantone world.
If you don’t already know about Pantone then it’s basically a system of colours that creatives across the world use to make sure that all colour is consistent e.g. the same brand purple used for all chocolate bars packaging, adverts on TV and in print etc. Colour is important!
For a lot of people, dressing in colour is quite daunting. Since owning a bright orange coat I’ve noticed that when wearing it I’m usually the only pop of colour in a sea of black and grey. When I get on the tube I can feel people looking at me because it stands out so much, not that I really mind. Wearing colour has not only brightened my tube journey, but my mood – I always have a good day! And I’ve started to receive compliments on my outfits too which is always a bonus.
Photos thanks to the amazing Ella Masters
Now I know it’s still a bit grey outside at the moment, but double denim is going to be big for Spring/Summer 2018 and I’m going to have fun rocking it, especially in lilac! It’s so unusual and a bit out of my comfort zone, but I think that’s why I like it. It’s good to play and experiment with fashion, and even at 28 I’m still learning what I like.
The most exciting thing is that I’ve been looking for the perfect denim jacket for a while and I think I’ve finally found it! It’s a good length and overall fit – some of the others I’ve previously tried have been either cropped or drop sleeve, which isn’t flattering for me. And it has pockets too, wahoo!
I really am excited!! I have a little collection of patches just waiting for a home so I can’t wait to get the iron out and customise this jacket. I’ve got a rainbow planet by Zabby Allen, some cute words by Bel’s Art and a couple of floral numbers by Suzie London and Stay Home Club. I’ve also got some holographic iron on letters, but I’m not sure what I’d spell out with them – suggestions on a postcard!
Can we just talk about these sleeves though? I love a statement sleeve and this Bell Sleeve Jumper in Teal has definitely delivered on that! Dunno if you can tell but I felt pretty sweet in this outfit, despite being watched by traffic at a busy junction in North London.
P.S. A pigeon was obviously a little bit too excited by my outfit and did a little poo on me whilst we were shooting these photos. Sigh.
Bold is beautiful
This amazing mural, directly opposite Blackhorse Road tube station, is the handiwork of Irish artist Maser whose work I first discovered at Offset Festival back in 2015. I’d seen this mural on Instagram a few times but don’t venture North too often… this was the perfect opportunity though! I love the juxtaposition of how bold and colourful it is compared to the grey junction it sits on, although I can’t help but wonder if it might be a little distracting for the drivers? ha
Sequin earrings – H&M
Lilac Denim Jacket* – c/o Oasis x Pantone
Teal Bell Sleeve Jumper* – c/o Oasis x Pantone
Name necklace* – c/o Tatty Devine
Lilac Isabella Jeans* – c/o Oasis x Pantone Colour Institute
Pink Betty Backpack* – c/o Oasis x Pantone Colour Institute
Shimmering Metallic Boots – H&M
I can’t remember the last time I owned a backpack (even at school I opted for shoulder satchel bags) but seeing Rosh go exploring with hers made me realise that I’ve been missing out on being hands free. The Betty Backpack is a really good size and has a few different compartments to help you organise your life – perfect for going on an Instagram adventure, as you do. I’m going to Milan Design Week in April so I’m looking forward to tasting the hands free life… as well as ALL of the pizza & gelato possible, of course!
It’s all in the details – a statement sock is not to be underestimated! Gone are the days of wearing Friday socks on a Tuesday (wishful thinking) because it’s all about a pop of colour now. Clashing colours is pretty popular at the moment too, depending on how brave you’re feeling of course! I’m not sure where I stand on the whole socks & sandals debate (maybe it’s too fashun for me) but I do love a cool sock poking out from the top of my boot/converse.
So what do you think; have I persuaded you to give colour a go? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see the results! Working colour into your wardrobe doesn’t have to be scary – start small and build up your confidence if you’re unsure.
We’ll have you dressed as a rainbow in no time!
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted to me by Oasis so that I could create some super colourful content!