Fashion: Paintbox brights are this summer's new kids on the colour block
It's all about bright blocks of colour this summer, with super-saturated shades setting the trend, according to Katie Wright
REMEMBER Crayola Crayons? If your childhood was anything like ours, a brand new yellow and green cardboard box filled with pristine paper-wrapped wax crayons, or chunky felt-tip pens, was enough to send us loopy – and keep us occupied for hours.
The art supplies company still exists, of course, but now it's having a major fashion moment, thanks to a new make-up collection that launched last month on ASOS and the so-called 'Crayola brights' trend that lit up the SS18 catwalks.
A departure from the rainbow trend, which involves the whole ROYGBIV spectrum, this paintbox trend is all about colour blocking, picking a narrow palette of super-saturated shades and working them together in one outfit.
This is a trend that's superbly suited to summer – particularly this year's sweltering temperatures.
Sunny hues, like tangerine, lemon and tomato red, make a delicious sartorial cocktail – but keep it to no more than two or three colours on one outfit, or you'll end up looking a tad too much like a tequila sunrise.
Coloured denim is also making a comeback this season, in the form of cute mini skirts with matching jackets – add a pop of cool cornflower blue to contrast the sunset shades.
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