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This shouldn’t work but somehow it does

Spring Equinox (usually 21st March) is one of my favourite days of the year, full of the promise of things to come. The trees aren’t quite green, just slightly less brown. Bulbs are popping and blossom is bursting all over the place.

The other day, this wonderful forsythia and magnolia combo caught my eye (let’s face it, it’s hard to miss). Vivid yellow and blush pink is a colour scheme that shouldn’t really work. Except somehow it does.

It reminded me of this bag and coat combo from Salvatore Ferragamo, which looks fresh, simple and sophisticated. Like so many deceptively simple things in life, it’s also fantastically expensive. But if you can afford it, I recommend you buy it immediately and don’t take it off until springtime ends at Summer Solstice.

Practical colour combo advice

  • Thankfully beautiful colours come in all price ranges, not just top end.
  • It’s best to combine one bright and one muted colour. Above all don’t get matchy matchy – the contrast is the whole point.
  • Keep your silhouette and accessories simple. Let the colours do the talking.
  • Plain fabric works better than patterned, otherwise you might look a bit bonkers (if you’re over 50 you almost certainly will).
  • Because you’re wearing something noticeable, people will look at you more. This can be a shock if you’ve got used to wearing dark colours and being invisible. Stick with it – it’s great to be noticed.
  • If you don’t feel brave enough, keep the base neutral and add a splash of mismatched colours – like navy dress, bright yellow scarf and blush pink bag.
  • Gorgeous colours don’t look good only on the young. They put a spring in your step at any age.