OFFICE WARDROBE: COMPLIMENTARY COLOURS

OFFICE WARDROBE: COMPLIMENTARY COLOURS

Of the four AS-Level subjects I studied at school, Art History was most definitely my favourite.  In between lessons on Impressionism, Roman architecture and Gauguin’s various representations of Tahiti, I remember one lesson in particular on complementary colours. I learned that when paired together, purple and yellow, red and green, and blue and orange create the greatest contrasts against each other and (as a result) each colour makes its pair look more vibrant. For example, you might have seen cuts of fresh red meat displayed on top of bright green plastic “grass” at meat markets, or fresh oranges arranged on bright blue foam – in each instance, the background colour making the produce look even more fresh and appealing.

Although I like to venture away from the dark colours in my wardrobe every now and again, it’s no secret that my City uniform consists mainly of neutrals, black, greys and navy. Taking the very “corporate” latter then, it only seemed right to freshen up a basic monochrome sweater and pencil skirt set with a colour I never see around the office: orange. I bought this bag about four years ago from the Cambridge Satchel Company and don’t use it very often, but seeing the way in which it complements this simple look makes me feel more inclined to dust it off a little more often.

Cashmere sweater and slit pencil skirt, both Banana Republic. Neon bag, The Cambridge Satchel Company.

 

P.S. Do you guys prefer off-duty style or work wear posts? I’m hoping to blog more consistently once I’ve settled into my new flat/surroundings, and would love to hear any feedback you guys might have.

afia and jay in complementary colours, wearing a jumper and skirt from banana republic, bracelet from hermes, watch from larsson and jennings and satchel from The Cambridge Satchel company. This post shows you how to wear "complementary colours" around the office. afia and jay in complementary colours, wearing a jumper and skirt from banana republic, bracelet from hermes, watch from larsson and jennings and satchel from The Cambridge Satchel company. This post shows you how to wear "complementary colours" around the office.afia and jay in complementary colours, wearing a jumper and skirt from banana republic, bracelet from hermes, watch from larsson and jennings and satchel from The Cambridge Satchel company. This post shows you how to wear "complementary colours" around the office. afia and jay in complementary colours, wearing a jumper and skirt from banana republic, bracelet from hermes, watch from larsson and jennings and satchel from The Cambridge Satchel company. This post shows you how to wear "complementary colours" around the office.

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  • Love these colors together! Your wrist game is strong 🙂

    Erica
    http://www.eggcanvas.me

    • Haha thank you Erica! 🙂

  • Risum with Ameze

    The pop of orange makes the neutral attire stand out! I love that orange colour! I personally like off duty style posts 🙂 but happy to with the work related posts too 🙂
    Ameze xxx
    http://www.risumwithameze.co.uk/

    • Thanks Ameze! Gonna try and wear bright colours more I think! And will keep this in mind (re. style posts) 🙂

  • Obsessed with that bag!

    alexamjohnson.com

    • Thanks Alexa! I literally never use it but I think doing this post has made me want to wear it a bit more often!