Jan 24, 2013 11:11
by Nicola West
In fashion, berry hues tend to be classified in three separate colour groups – reds (think strawberry, raspberry and cranberry), purples (mulberry and blackberry) and blue (obviously blueberry)… They also happen to be some of the hottest shades for summer. But which berry hue will look best on you?
While red hues are some of the most popular berry colours this season they can be a bit tricky for people with pale skin… Those with pink-based skin tones normally suit orange-based reds, so Rachel Gilbert’s sheer strawberry maxi-skirt will look great, while yellow-based skin looks best in pink-based reds such as Karen Walker’s ravishing raspberry dress. Got a killer tan? You’ll look amazing in both!
Too scared to tackle the trend head on? Dip your toe in by investing in a statement berry accessory. We can’t get enough of Mimco’s glossy cranberry clutch, as well as Kirrily Johnston’s stunning raspberry-hued necklace.
Mulberry is not only a stellar British fashion brand, it’s also a great colour. While normally associated with the colder months, a lighter tone such as Manning Cartell’s peplum top is a great look for summer – it’s all about that racerback cut and wetsuit-style fabric, and while purple shades tend to look best on pale skin, the white border ensures those with a tan look just as lovely.
A blackberry hue is perfect for after dark, and Ellery’s iridescent shift dress is bang on trend. The colour combo and slight sheen of the dress illuminates all skin tones for a flawless glow. As always, accessories are the perfect foil for adding an injection of a trend into your wardrobe. Get the best of both worlds with Peeptoe’s mixed-berry slingbacks.
It may be reminiscent of that Willy Wonka scene, but blueberry is actually inherently wearable and looks great on every skin tone. The key is picking figure-flattering separates such as Carla Zampatti’s lightweight Georgette tank, or Bianca Spender’s silk shorts, then combining them with pieces in neutral, yet complimentary tones (black and white are a no brainer, but to really make the blue pop go for tan or grey).
If you want to wear head-to-toe blueberry without looking like Violet Beauregarde be sure to pick a sleek silhouette such as Talulah’s effortless silk maxi-dress - it elongates the body, while the rope detailing helps show off shapely shoulders.
Did I mention all these pieces can be purchased online, right now? Just click the links to head straight to the products mentioned - and have yourself a berry nice day!
Which berry hue do you love?