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As I mentioned in part one of this post, since the start of the year, I’ve been on a mish to slowly replace darker coloured items with more upbeat and vibrant one’s. I’m mixing and matching so not chucking owt out, unless it’s seen (much) better days.

What if you tend to stick to basics though?

Well, from the start I decided that all of my colourful clothes would be basics! I build the outfit around them by adding neutral colours. A camisole/vest top can dress up anything (like jeans and trainers) and a tee can dress things down (like maxi skirts or fitted pants). Then you have that band tee, maxi skirt and trainers combo, which I love on others but haven’t tried yet.

The Accessories Rules

I was finding that including bright accessories too was a bit confusing so decided on these rules.

  1. Pick a bright accessory, either the same colour as your outfit or a flattering, contrasting colour that subtly ties in somewhere else (like blue dress and yellow bag with gold jewellery).
  2. Wear several bright accessories but only with a neutral coloured outfit (greys and neons look awesome together)
  3. Have bags, belts and shoes in metallic silver, gold and rose gold, which are fancy neutrals.

Here’s the original top that inspired the idea. I’d love to know what this pattern stitch is called?

Ideally Summer is like….

But honestly, it’s more like this…

But when this Covid craziness is mostly over, I’ll be going out more, as well as wanting to look more cheerful indoors.

(From top – bottom)

1st Column

Stay Wild Moon Child tee – Bellelily (an Insta add which reeled me in!)

Nirvana tee – EMP

Sakura unicorn tee – Tokidoki

Tiger racer back vest – Brave Soul London

2nd Column

Butterfly tunic (cropped into vest) – Joe Browns

Orange camisole – Boohoo

Grungy tie dye tee – Veronica Fever (Ebay)

Tie dye racer-back camisole – Persephone Apparel (Etsy)

3rd Column

Lime green vest – Not a clue!? Either I was drunk or half asleep when I ordered this, ha! (Edit) Really versatile day-night item as it turns out, yay!

Neon tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official (Ebay)

Teal green tee (cut into tank) – EMP

Most of these earrings are from Claire’s Accessories apart from the owls which were a gift, the blue and silver raindrop ones were from EMP, the pink drop earrings I made from guitar plectrums and the peace sign earrings I got from Moss-side Caribbean Carnival.

Being able to pick a colourful item of clothing and accessory each morning is making such a difference to my moods, especially on dull days. I look forward to getting up and getting dressed now, rather than it being a chore.

As always, I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration or you’ve simply enjoyed having a nosey at my stuff. ✌🏽🤘🏽


9 responses to “How I’ve Brought More Colour Into My Wardrobe – Part 2, Styling Tips, Tops & Jewellery”

  1. Bizarre Brunette Avatar

    Yay all the colors

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    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Yup, but not all, at once, we’ll maybe a few, three, four tops.😁🌈🌈🌈🌈 Thanks for commenting hon

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  2. How I’ve Brought More Colour into My Wardrobe Part 1 | Vamp It Up Manchester Avatar

    […] Colourful tops and jewellery, along with some useful tips are here in part 2 […]


  3. teachezwell Avatar

    You are amazing. I love the colorful photos. And yeah, that lime green vest looks like maybe a mistake. But I am guessing that you can make it work beautifully. You’ll have to include a photo of how you do it!


    1. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

      Oh thank you so much hon! I’ve found it brightens up neutral colours and is good for day-evening outfits with trousers and also dresses up jeans and smart trainers. Pleasantly surprised by it. To get the photo I had to stand on a chair with all of the lights on, so thank you xx

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      1. teachezwell Avatar

        I’d love a photo of you taking the photo!


      2. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        Haha! I suppose I should be seen in my own blog more often xx


      3. Vamp It Up Mcr (Chrissie) Avatar

        Hello again Katherine (Kath? Teach?) I’ve added some pictures of myself to my post after your suggestions (the literal and non literal ones)😄 Still keep forgetting to take/add piccies of myself in posts, even after 8 years of blogging. 😊

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      4. teachezwell Avatar

        Golly, I am slow in responding! I will check it out!

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