Take one look at my clothes rails and it’ll be immediately obvious that I love wearing colour. That extends to my shoes, handbags and of course my eyewear. Now I’m not one for fashion rules and the like, but sometimes, it can be useful to know a bit of theory about putting different colours together, especially if one is trying to accessorise a particular outfit and want a particular effect. This is where colour theory comes in. It’s something I’ve touched on before a few years ago. So here’s a short recap which helped me to style this bright eyewear, all of which is handmade in Normandy by Strutkur.
How to style bright eyewear using the colour wheel
There are 12 basic colours. Red, yellow and blue are primary colours. They cannot be made by adding or mixing other colours together. Green, orange and violet are secondary colours, created by combining two primary colours. The remaining six colours are tertiary colours. These lie between the primary and secondary colours.
Complimentary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. The human eye notices the contrast between complementary colours more than other which is why they are so eye-catching, for example, blue and orange.
Here, I’m wearing “The Quarterback” in azure blue with a matching dress, orange shoes and coral lipstick. See how the blue and orange make each other pop.
Triad Colours are equidistant from one another, for example, orange, purple and green. These combinations create the most balanced form of contrast.
This is useful when composing an outfit with a lot of elements. This eyewear is “The Elixir” in purple clear. It looks harmonious with my green dress and orange nail polish.
Analogous Colours are next to each other on the colour wheel. This creates minimal contrast and gives a more understated look, especially with pastels.
My orange-red dress, orange shoes and orange-yellow bag are set off to perfection with “The Midnight Dive” in chilli crush.
The best way to combine colours though is to simply wear what makes you happy. My frivolous dress in light blue and magenta is made all the more fabulous with “The Beauty” in fresh pink.
Notes and outfit details
All eyewear by Strutkur and available via MAC Eyewear. How To Style Bright Eyewear is part of my MAC Eyewear company ambassadorship. For all enquiries, please visit MAC Eyewear.
The team are on hand to answer any enquiries and can point you in the right direction of your nearest stockist. If you are an eye care professional, MAC Eyewear only supplies eyewear to independent practices- no multiples and no online sales. You can be sure of getting eyewear to set you apart .
Mustard yellow bag: Paddy by Apatchy London. (gift). Get 15% off with code Lizzy15.
Red dress: Boden, past season.
Light blue tulle dress: Coast, past season.