Battle of the Brights: Anna & Florrie style them up


We get it: brights aren't everyone's cup of tea. But come summer, even the most monochromatic of us get a little pang in the stomach that says 'try me, try me.' That's the call of the bright hues of orange, pink, yellow, green and beyond.

After experimenting a little over Paris Fashion Week, we came to the conclusion that there are two easy ways to digest these hues: make them work for your outfit - AKA match them to something you're wearing - or tone them down with a completely neutral look. Which one wins? You decide.

B R I G H T S VS N E U T R A L : T H E B A T T L E

Perhaps the coolest of the brights, our citrine friend lends itself well to teaming with trend-driven pieces, like a coated (read: shiny) trench coat or the collaboration that took this season by storm: Jimmy Choo x Off White. Worn with a predominantly beige-toned outfit, it's an unexpected pop of colour that will give your daring sartorial self immense satisfaction. If you're feeling particularly gutsy, why not team it with a sister hue on a knit or outerwear. Go on, you only live once.

Anna wears: Marni x Sutterheim coat. Arket jumper. Nike trousers via Browns Fashion. Jimmy Choo x Off White Boots. Burberry bag.
Florrie wears: Burberry coat. Laurence Dacade shoes. Arket Bag.

If you take issue with this audacious shade of pink, then hear us out. It is, in fact, completely wearable sans connotations of bad 90s runway outfits-to-forget, but the key is keeping it simple. A 'smart' trouser will say 'grown' spice rather than 'baby' spice, and chic, single sole shoes will banish any memories of Buffalo platform sneakers (not that we have anything against them - quite the opposite - just not with the pink.)

Anna wears: Burberry trench coat. Manolo Blahnik mules. Nike trousers as before. Bienen Davis bag.
Florrie wears: Burberry trench coat. Laurence Dacade mules. Dior bag.

We're feeling the Bananarama fever (mostly because we got an epic surprise gig at this season's Sonia Rykiel show) but also because yellow is the easiest bright to wear. It accentuates neutrals, but isn't so 'out there' that you feel the urge to justify wearing more than one daffodil-hued piece at a time.

Anna wears: Arket jumper. Fendi skirt. Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Florrie wears: Sergio Rossi shoes.Joseph trousers at Matches Fashion.