The Secret to Styling Tricky Colours

Hi Everyone,

What do you do when there is a colour you love but it doesn’t look the best on you?

My worst colour mistake ever was  with the beautiful suit I bought (or better said my dear Dad bought for me), to wear to my daughters Christening. Lovely starched linen suit from a designer in Madrid. The colour cream.  Teamed it up with a white tee. At the time thinking this to be very pretty.

Let me tell you every photo looks shocking. I look like a washed out ghost holding a cute package of pink and white (i.e: baby).

Needless to say I learnt my lesson the hard way and know now the tricks and tips necessary for styling tricky colours.

Keep reading to find out the secret to styling tricky colours.


The Secret to Styling Tricky Colours

This shade of salmon pink is one of my favourite colours but also a very tricky colour to style.

Tip #1 Hat

Adding a hat instantly makes an outfit more interesting – without the hat and my blonde hair the look is very washed out.

Tip #2 Same shade but darker

Note the shoes. I actually have exactly the same shade mules – surprisingly not a good look. Add a shade a little darker and the dress jumps out a little more.

The same tactic can be used for any light tricky colour. If your tricky colour is dark the opposite applies – you add a slightly lighter shade as an accessory such as shoes or hat.

Tip #3: Contrast

When wearing a tricky colour the easiest way ever to make it work is to team it up with accessories that are a total contrast. Hence here I’ve teamed the dress with black hat, belt, shoes and bag. The salmon dress gets a total new life with these accessories.

Which is your preferred look? The tone in tone or with contrasting accessories?

A close up of the bag. If you have been reading FufunnkyForty some time you’ll already know the story behind the bag so please excuse the repetition…

Atelier Avanzar – a bag label created by Margarita, a lovely woman from Ecuador now living in Switzerland. All of her bags are hand made in Ecuador by local women. There is also a special Avanzar foundation that has been set up and profits from the bags go to this foundation which supports sick children and women in need in Ecuador.

Available online and selection is also available in Paradis des Innocentsin Zurich.


Outfit details:

Dress c/o – Paradis des innocents

Bag  – Atelier Avanzar

Sunglasses – Mango

Hats –Scotch & Soda and Essential Antwerp (old)


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. thank you for your advise it is always tricky with some colours but when you match it up with a contrast it still can look really very nice I love your peach frock with black accessories

  2. A very good post. Interesting to hear that adding a darker shade works so much better (or lighter shade of the basis is dark).
    I really like your tone in tone outfit but I am a woman who adores contrasts so I opt for that outfit. Marvellous. But I find that wide dresses are hard to use a belt. Usually when you lift your arm, a lot of material bulges over the belt at the side, making the dress looking atridiculous.
    Your accessories are perfect. And I have to say, walking on those cobblestones in those heels… I take my hat off to you. Very difficult.

    1. Hi Greetje,

      You got me there – walking on those cobblestones was a real feat – tip toes in heels, making an ok face and not falling over at the same time – you can imagine the whole scene was hilarious to watch – smile!

      Have a fab weekend xoxo

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