How to combine colour with Tata Christiane
by Lara Serlin
In the world of fashion, colour isn’t merely a choice; it’s a revelation. Our clothing is a storytelling canvas for self-expression and individuality. My London upbringing was a journey through various mood boards – from the bold punk aesthetic paying homage to Vivienne Westwood to the pop art phase with a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired skirt. Each phase, though cringe-worthy in retrospect, was a bold exploration, a means of discovering my style and individual identity. Today, I advocate for maintaining this playful element of experimentation.
The Psychology of Colour
Colour is the ultimate form of self-expression. It not only shapes our personal style, but makes us happier, more confident, and brings joy. It will literally brighten a day – so make sure you have fun wearing it. Serene blues and greens often induce a sense of calmness, vibrant reds elicit energy, and orange exudes vitality. Lighter shades of purple, like lavender, are associated with love and romance. Darker shades are associated with sensuality and mystery. Understanding this intricate relationship empowers us to choose colours that convey distinct moods and emotions.
Apply basic principles of colour theory to our clothes
Understanding the basics of colour theory is an under-rated skill when it comes to selecting and coordinating colours in our clothing. Complementary colours create dynamic contrast, analogous colours provide harmony, and starting with a focal point or vibrant shade is essential. Consider the colour temperature, balancing warm tones like reds and yellows for energy with cool tones like blues and greens for calmness. Experiment with patterns and textures, maintaining a common colour thread to tie them together. While it’s easy to stick to black, embracing colour and pattern showcases strength and confidence.
Making a statement with colour
We all have those timeless items in our wardrobes – the ones that bring newfound joy each season. The statement pieces you dont forget, that will always have an emotional connection to you. These statement pieces, be it a gilet, cardigan, or coat, offer an instant chic uplift and a burst of colour expression. Explore our top picks, all crafted with love from upcycled fabrics.
This oversized cardigan is a beauty. I want to wrap it around my body, feel the different textures and marvel at the beautiful shades of pink, salmon and red. The intricate patterns on the back, contrasting fur and crochet, transform it into a work of art. Easily paired with black leggings or boyfriend jeans, this statement piece shines accessibility for daily wear. Check out two equally colourful and fierce cardigans in the current collection, the Orange FrouFrou Cardigan and the Palmstree Cardigan in Red, you can get your hands on today to make the ultimate statement.
Next Level Layering
Step into the spotlight with a long gilet featuring a blend of textures – knitting techniques, crochet, lace appliques, and pearl detailing. Perfectly paired with a slouchy jumpsuit in earthy tones and deep blue rectangular detailing, this ensemble exudes an edgy vibe for casual wear.
Cultural Influences on Colour
Colours hold profound cultural significance, shaping personal preferences and societal norms globally. The Renaissance era, a revival of art, culture, and intellect, witnessed bold colours symbolising wealth, power, and social status. Monarchs draped in sumptuous fabrics dyed with deep reds, luxurious purples, and vibrant blues conveyed opulence and authority. The dyes used in this period were often derived from natural sources, and the intensity of colours was highly prized. For example, purple was extracted from marine snails and crimson from cochineal insects. This is mentioned as we are still taking inspiration from this period today.
The vivacious and eclectic colour choices of Tata Christiane have become synonymous with the brand, reflecting a celebration of confidence and challenging conventional norms. The meticulous patterns and patchwork prints provide a collage of experimental creativity.
Fashion psychologist Dr Dawnn Karen said that “people are dressing for their best life. They are receiving that internal validation. We no longer are looking towards others, we’re looking towards ourselves.” So, are you ready to embrace the bold and be your true creative self?
Lara is a Berlin-based freelance writer, originally from London. With a background in marketing, she’s spent the last 10+ years working on everything content-related. She can usually be found hanging out with her dog Freddie, training for a marathon, or traveling to warmer places. She’s open to collaborations with brands or individuals, & can be contacted via email or LinkedIn.