How To Inject Colour (and Compliments) Into Your Winter Wardrobe

Winter dressing often ends up with us wearing the same uniform everyday.  Well it’s time to inject some serious colour into your cold weather wardrobe with one of my favourite trends: colour blocking.  And while it can be intimidating at first, with a little help from the colour wheel there is no stopping the number of outfits you can create.  Keep reading for my key colour combinations!


Primary colours are always a striking combination.  That’s why this teal (a shade of blue) and mustard (a shade of yellow) are such a match made in colour heaven.

H&M yellow faux fur coat | Aritzia blue lightweight sweater |H&M plaid skirt with buttons | Ebay teal sheer tights | L’intervalle green snake heel | Nordstrom, Ted Baker Croc embossed circle crossbody bag


Plum is such a deep, rich, purple that it can almost act like a neutral.  Adding a bright citron brings a whole new life to the plum.  If the neon is too loud, break it up again with the matching blazer.  Roll up the sleeves to let the colours pop.  To find out why this combo works so well, it’s because these colours are complimentary on the colour wheel, which means they are opposite each other.

Banana Republic citron yellow turtleneck sweater | Addition Elle burgundy long single breasted blazer | Banana Republic neon yellow unlined double-faced topcoat | Addition Elle burgundy solid ankle pant | L’intervalle burgundy leather heel | Nordstrom, Rebecca Minkoff Signature leather tote


You can even colour block in various shades of the same colour, which would be a monochromatic look.  Here I’ve chosen everything from periwinkle to Robin’s egg.  A more subtle way to colour block is through accessories.  You can also cheat a little by finding a pattern that has both colours, which will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.

H&M alpaca-blend sweater | Winners light blue topcoat | Banana Republic Italian plaid coat | Winners, Carolina Belle red jacket | Winners orange bag | H&M orange necklace | H&M red bag | Aritzia blue high-waisted cropped pant | L’intervalle braga blue leather heel


Equally as striking are analogous colours, ie. colours that are beside each other on the colour wheel. This vibrant combo is guaranteed to turn a few heads.

Banana Republic purple puff-sleeve sweater dress | Banana Republic hot pink unlined double-faced topcoat | ZARA animal print frock coat | Ebay pink sheer tights | ZARA fuchsia leather heel ankle boot | H&M pink crossbody bag

Images by Caitlin Connelly/CTV

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