How To Do Colour

For a lot of us, black and neutrals are “safe” colours. There’s a lot of it around, it’s easy to buy and is more user-friendly (what with black being so slimming and all).

But black day after day can be, well, just dull.

So here are a few quick tips to inject a little rainbow of colour into your day, without looking like you’ve dressed up for your kids’ clown themed birthday party!



Start small

Nothing worse than shocking everyone by looking like a walking block of colour 🙂

So start small when incorporating colours to your wardrobe. The colour doesn’t need to be super bright – just pick something that you’re comfortable with.

In fact, when you’re first experimenting with colour, anything out of your standard norm is a step in the right direction!

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Use just one bold, bright piece

If this is your first time at the colour rodeo, don’t overpower your outfit with an overwhelming amount of colour – use it sparingly.

Baby steps are always a good way to go with something new and it’s a good way to let just one colour take the spotlight. Plus you’ll only need to worry about finding that ONE good coloured piece instead of trying to combine a bunch of hues together.

You could also allow this “statement piece” to define your look, like I’ve done below with a coloured blazer – my outfit is about the blazer rather than a boring pair of jeans.

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Clash a couple of colours

If you’re feeling a bit bolder, then try some colour clashing!

There’s a really neat little trick to colour clashing effectively, which you can read all about here in a previous post about how to coordinate colour in accessories (the theory in the post holds true for clothing too, not just accessories).

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Be creative

The ultimate trick to colour, is to be daring and creative.

Throw “rules” out the window. Forget your inhibitions. Don’t worry about what others will think >> if YOU love it, wear it!

Mix it all up, colours and prints – and dare to go so far as to introduce colour in clothing and accessories all at once!


No matter how you do colour, let me know in the comments below or better yet – post a pic on Facebook!


Until next time – stay stylishly happy,






By | 2017-09-11T07:35:08+10:00 November 18th, 2015|Fabulous Fashion, How to fashion|3 Comments


  1. Rosa November 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    “Throw “rules” out the window. Forget your inhibitions. Don’t worry about what others will think >> if YOU love it, wear it!”
    Wendy, I LOVE this line, it’s one of the biggest things that stuck with me from your workshop and it’s something I still live by today. I only have items in my wardrobe that I love, love wearing and make me feel good. I also do a regular clean out to keep things fresh from season to season, nothing like adding the latest colours to your wardrobe! 🙂

  2. Anne Ragan November 19, 2015 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Love to read your latest tips et al Wendy – I am a sewist – have been for 60 years – I sew pieces of fabric together and then make a garment out of the resulting piece – I use scraps too – Not everyone likes my style BUT I have met many people (all over the world) who ask me where I have purchased a piece . I love colour – recycling- and sewing . I have just retired – had a back operation and plan to keep on making my pieces ( I need a revamped wardrobe ) as it brings me joy and makes others smile . You are doing a wonderful job – Keep up the great colour tips – Ladies my ages ( 70 +) really need more colour to make them shine.
    Warmest regards – Anne R. Gold Coast – Queensland

    • Team Wendy Mak November 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the lovely comment Anne!! I love your spirit and story and am very honoured that you are reading this blog. Thank you!!!
      -Wendy xx

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