Hannah Sharman styles red Racil tailored trousers with a pink knit for a modern colour block outfit

I’m writing this following a rather entertaining few days at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. Terrible phone reception meant my first days of enforced digital detox since HøFSisters was born in the spring of last year. It was absolute bliss. Not having to worry about what to post, or recording stories to make my days look interesting (or sensible in this case). Somehow, I seem to have returned relatively unscathed – aggressive Berocca, Vitamin C and 5-HTP popping seems to have done the trick. Plus a cheeky sleeping pill on Sunday night to make sure I got a full 8hours. Before you call an intervention, I’m totally fine. Desperate Housewives-style pill popping is strictly only employed when absolutely necessary – so Wednesday through to Sunday. Joke! Honest.

Colour block dressing - pink and red

I typically like to retreat for a day or two after a festival weekend; to hibernate and give myself a good talking to before re-emerging, brightly coloured and full of life, to warm my weary wings in the summer sun. Well, the summer sun seems to have taken a hike, but return in bright colours I nevertheless shall – bright red and fuchsia pink, to be precise. Colour blocking has been popular of late, and while pink was the colour of SS17, red is undoubtedly the colour of AW17. This outfit, therefore, is going to be a winner when it comes to transitioning the seasons.

Hannah Sharman styles red tailored trousers with a pink knit for a modern colour block outfit

A colour clashing outfit is exciting and striking, but finding the right colours takes a little consideration. You can either choose one colour, and try a variation of it’s shades, or you can opt for different colours with complementary tones. If you love the idea, but perhaps not confident you’ll get the right colours straightaway, there are tonnes of beautiful colour block dresses, skirts and accessories – I have suggested a few of these below this post.

Red Racil trousers with thick black side stripe

This particular look was inspired by these high-waisted tailored trousers from the wonderful London-based brand Racil (Lebanese/French influence), which I snatched up a couple of weeks ago. In the hottest colour of the AW17, and with their thick black athleisure-inspired stripe, they sold out in a flash. You can still buy them in black at Matches (beautiful but better for a monochrome look perhaps), or the slightly longer Tuxedo style (albeit without the striking black stripe) at Moda Operandi. But if you love tapered and want to experiment with autumn colours, these tailored trousers from Missguided might be just the ticket. They come in orange, green and red and they’re also extraordinarily good value at just £20.

Pink and red colour clash

Ribbed Jumper, £34.99, H&M

This kind of bright, blood red requires an equally bright top. I searched high and low for a fuchsia pink blouse or camisole, but it was surprisingly hard as summer sales draw to an end and autumn colours flood the high street. Instead, I found this chunky, ribbed knit from H&M, and I must admit I love the juxtaposition of a relaxed jumper with the smarter, tailored trousers. The jumper is very oversized – I needed only a Small.

Hannah Sharman styles red tailored trousers with a pink knit for a modern colour block outfit

My good friend and very talented stylist, Emy Giffard-Taylor of Bees & Taylor, advises that to avoid looking like a layered cake, as delicious as that might be, it’s best to keep the shoes the same colour as your bottom half. That seemed the perfect excuse to get out my vertiginous, and hence rarely ever worn, Jimmy Choo suede courts – hello, old friends. The string of (delightfully fake) pearls felt like a traditional way to accessorise a very modern colour clash outfit. What do you think?


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Hannah wears a fuchsia pink oversized sweater from H&M for a modern colour clash look.

Ribbed Jumper, £34.99, H&M

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