Can you Combine Colours?


The above shawl was designed by  Melanie Berg aka Mairlynd as part of the Fell Garth Range in the most beautiful colourful ‘Cumbria’ fibre and is available to view on The Fibre Co. website.   This photo was taken in Cumbria by Tommy Martin , styled by me  Maggi Toner-Edgar and worn by Debbie Ingram. These colours make you want to knit something in preparation for the colder weather returning.  this summer has been so colourful – lets just keep those colours going all winter.

This summer’s colour schemes have been influenced by neon and brightly colour-blocked sportswear. If you love colour, but don’t want your colours to be too  garish, here are a few ideas.

Choose one of three methods

1. Monochrome = entire outfit in one bold colour or shades of a similar colour.

2. Separates = mix garments of 2 or 3 complimentary combinations.

3. Let the designer do it for you = buy one colour-blocked garment, then match accessories to it.

For No.2 Separates – try Complimentary colours, which are opposites on the colour wheel (I prefer almost opposite combinations) – bright contrasts.  Analogous colour schemes, are colours next to each other on the colour wheel, slightly more harmonious. Two to three colours work best in an outfit, especially if one of them is a Neutral colour (black, grey, white or nude).

The secret is to ensure the focus is on you, rather than what you are wearing, choose a favourite colour that flatters your complexion. If you are not sure of the best colours for you, don’t give up! Just try a few two-tone accessories, or  stay confident and ensure that your colourful summer continues through the autumn as it lifts your spirits and makes you look and feel so much better when you wear  colours you love that suit you the best!


About maggi toner-edgar

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