5 Curve-Flattering Colour Combinations You Need To Try

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With a new season comes a new wardrobe palette – and we couldn’t be happier. Put away those summer threads and get ready to fully embrace these curve-friendly, winter colour combos.

There are so many more ways to mix up your look. Forget boring monochrome and shelve red and blue (you’re not a Presidential candidate). AW ’16’s hottest colours are rich, chic and look fab when worn in these gorgeous combinations…

1. Pink And Red



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What’s that saying – rules were made for breaking? And no rule is better to smash than the one forbidding pink and red being seen together. The effect of wearing pretty pink with punchy red is a recent fashion win, and the beauty of this clash is you can wear varying levels together and get very different outcomes.

An early adopter is Rebel Wilson, who covered her curves in rich berry red at the Elle Style Awards. The wavy hem featured a thick block of pink, and the cinched waist played up Rebel’s gorgeous hourglass shape.

Gucci’s AW ’16 show had models clad in loud fuchsia and strawberry red, for a look that yelled ‘Take me out’! This combo works particularly well on curvy bodies, thanks to the darker overall tone.

Chanel mixed sugary pink with fire engine red, a combination which is perfect if you’re not crazy for pink and just want to dip your toes into this colour trend.

Look for separates in pink and red to create your ideal look, or find a clever print that mashes both shades for an instant trend hit.

2. Wine And Camel



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Who doesn’t love a big ol’ helping of delicious red wine when winter hits? Sadly, this trend doesn’t excuse you sloshing your fave Sangiovese down your camel sweater: Instead, it’s all about balance.

Introduce the juicy shade into your wardrobe by teaming it with camel. Wear the darker Merlot on any part of the body you want to disguise, and play up your favourite bits with more tanned tones.

Play with accessories, too. A long camel coat with a blackberry silk scarf over? Divine. Berry trousers cinched at the waist with a rich wine belt? Perfection. The easiest way to add some colour to a butterscotch look is to slick on a vampy purple lipstick. Not only is the shade super-flattering on all skin tones, it will add a bad girl edge to any good girl camel look.

If you’re going for the camel coat, the best choice is a loose robe style. Knot the belt to add shape, or leave loose for a flattering body skimming effect.
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3. Mustard And Khaki



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Say farewell to the sugary sorbets and lemons of summer: The surprise big hitter of AW ’16? Spicy mustard.

Chloe and Sonia Rykiel were leaders of the condiment pack, sending models wearing the sultriest shades down the runways. Catwalk favourite Marni, however, delved heavily into the themes around the military, using swathes of lush fabrics to create some khaki coats to die for. So, can you guess what shade we’re saying is best to wear with mustard? Yup – cool khaki.

The lush yellow lifts khaki and gives it a new lease of life, and darker mustard shades are super easy for voluptuous figures to wear, too. Bright colours can often highlight every little lump and bump, whereas soft focus mustard cleverly skims and trims them.

Another great thing about a khaki coat is that it will last forever. As long as you care for it, you'll be able to bring your regulation jacket out of storage every single winter – Khaki never gets old.

4. Grey And… Grey!



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No, we haven’t lost it. Grey’s ideal fashion friend is itself!

Shades of grey are the ideal every day tailoring shade that won’t suck all the colour out of your skin, and AW ’16’s favourite way to wear the uber-chic shade is layered on top of other shades of grey. Think dove with slate, gunmetal with silver and concrete with iron.

Stella McCartney girls layered loose tunic coats in lead grey over baggy silver-grey trews, while Jason Wu added furry extras in darker greys to office-appropriate sharkskin grey suits.

There’s also something to be said for a totally top-to-toe grey look: Wearing the same shade of grey can look high fashion when worn all at once, plus it’s super slimming. The singular colour creates a lengthening effect, encouraging eyes to travel up and down in a single motion. 

5. Rust And Navy



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We love navy. It’s classic, elegant and the perfect alternative to boring black. Navy worn with rich rust is the latest way to style it. If your figure is pear shaped, slip on a pair or tailored navy trousers then add a loose amber blouse. The eye is drawn to the orange shade, distracting from any lumps you might not wish to share.

Another great reason to clash deep navy is to drag the mum-approved shade into 2016. Navy and white? Nautical and blah. Navy and black? Bore off. Navy and colour popping rust? Hello, perfect!

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