There are certain colours that are an obvious combination – blue and orange, blue and red, red and black to name a few.
Then, there are colours that don’t immediately spring to mind to wear together.
I think red and purple are such a pairing, probably because they sit next to each other on the colour wheel, with red being the dominant of the two (because red and blue make purple). However, match the tone of each right and you’ll have the growing realisation that
‘Hang on a minute, they look rather spiffy when paired. Why haven’t I worn these colours more often together?‘
And BOOM, you’ll just never want to separate them again! They can bring out the best in each other.
‘Very true’, I hear you say as you nod in agreement. ‘They do bring out the best in each other, but ahhhhh, Petite Vix, what about the polka dots you mentioned? I can’t see any polka dots?’
Don’t think I’ve forgotten about them!
Here’s a sneaky peak for you. Perfect, black and red polka dots, as promised.
‘Now come on, stop playing with your readers and show them properly!!!’, says small voice of reason. Ok, ok, I’ll stop teasing.
When planning this challenge I always knew, come Spring, my grey polka dot jumper would be paired with my red jeans for one of the weeks. You saw it before, when I wore it in my Polka Dots & Stripes post.
The polka dots are enough of a eye-catching design that the jumper holds its own, without needing to over egg any outfit it stars in. But like all good comedies or dramas, the lead should be ably surrounded by a cast of supporting players. On its previous outing on the blog, they were a red beret, red gloves and a cobalt blue bag.
This time around, my star was going to have a lead of equal stature and I instinctively pulled my purple scarf, from my ever growing scarf pile.
The purple looks wonderful with the red jeans, whilst lifting the jumper to even more giddy heights. The red and the polka dots now have something to play against. The repartee is fairly zinging back and forth!
Sometimes a third piece like a scarf or a piece of jewellery can be the pièce de résistance to an outfit.
The purple and red and the purple and polka dots make such a great pairings that really nothing else is needed. I just let these two bold colours take centre stage, with quiet support from black accessories.
But how to create a similar look, even without a polka dot piece? Easy.
– Use a another geometric or repeat pattern such as stripes, grids, hearts.
– Switch over which piece is the pattern. A patterned scarf in purple against a plain grey jumper would look equally fun and vibrant.
– a red skirt instead of jeans.
– a black and white polka dot skirt with a red top and a purple scarf or necklace.
Dorothy Perkins Red Skinny Jeans
Wallis Petite Leather Jacket
TKMaxx Cashmere Red & Black Polkadot Jumper (old) Red, Cream & Black Polka Dot Cardigan.
Or Woolovers Merino Two tone Grey Polka dot cardigan plus other colourways.
Purple Scarf (old) from a French market
Joythestore Fringe bag A/W15
Marks&Spencer Boots (old)
Purple & Polka dot Footnote
A simple, casual outfit of jumper and jeans can easily be upgraded with unexpected colour combinations. Just make sure the saturation of each colour is equal. Even if the jumper was plain grey, the addition of the purple scarf would still pack a punch.
But I think there’s something special about the polka dots!
Do you like mixing colours that at first glance don’t seem to be an obvious pairing?
You can find out more about my Seasonal Skinny Style Challenge here.