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How To Wear Dark Colours In Spring

Think you can’t wear dark colours in spring? Think again! This season, work a spring colour palette with a difference in stylish shades of black, navy and forest green. From ditsy florals and monochrome prints to playful ruffle dresses, get ready to hit refresh on new season dressing with our guide to wearing dark colours in spring.

Can You Wear Dark Colours In Spring?

It’s no secret that pretty pastels and colour pop prints are spring staples, but moody hues can work for warmer weather too! Rewrite the fashion rulebook and switch your pastel hues for a dark and dramatic colour palette featuring your favourite shades.

Whether you pick monochrome smock dresses, peacock blue blouses or wear-again trousers, we’ve got the fits to help you discover the dark side this season.

How To Wear Dark Colours In Spring

Get rebellious by working moody blooms and gingham prints with vibrant accessories or elevate dark basics with bleached denim. Whatever your vibe, draw inspo from our guide to wearing dark colours in spring.

1. Start With Neutral Colours

We know that welcoming dark colours into your fresh spring fits can feel daunting. Make a seamless start by introducing dark neutrals like chocolate brown, light beige and marl grey.

To unlock your wild side team an animal print blouse with bleached mom jeans and a faux-leather jacket. You can also play up shade variations for extra style points. For a spring-ready look you’ll be wearing on repeat, team a bright dress with a beige shacket and tan sandals – simple!

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Woman poses with hands in hair looking down wearing black floral long sleeve smock dress.

2. Freshen Your Look With Floral Smock Dresses

You guessed it! Florals for spring aren’t going anywhere anytime soon – but they’re having a revamp. Tap into flower power with ditsy floral smock dresses in shades of black, indigo or slate grey. Pair your dress with a denim jacket and white trainers for a fresh and fashionable combo that will see you through countless spring adventures.

3. Check It Out

Florals aren’t the only way to lighten and brighten dark colours for spring. For a long-adored print you’ll be living in, check out gingham. From gingham blouses and dresses to gingham shoes and jackets, this picnic-perfect print is ideal for warmer weather. We can’t get enough of the trend in understated navy, khaki green and jet black.

Complete the look for iced-coffee runs and lunchtime strolls with strappy sandals and a lightweight cardigan. Picnics in the park? We’re there!

Black gingham ballet shoes.
Woman poses smiling with one foot forward wearing purple floral print high neck dress and white trainers.

4. Add A Pop Of Playfulness

We love giving our wardrobe a pop of playfulness when the sun starts to shine. Bring new-season energy to dark colour palettes with everything from ruffle details and oversized collars to peplum shapes.

Whether you team a dark peplum blouse with mom jeans or a vivid ruffle dress with trainers, keep your colour palette on point by experimenting with fashion-forward shapes.

You can also enjoy that carefree spring vibe with breezy fabrics like light cotton tops, linen trousers and chiffon dresses. Finish off with a pair of sunglasses and you’ll be good to go!

5. Do It With Denim

Whatever the question – denim’s usually the answer. Update dark tops and blouses with fresh fits and new season washes. From bleached mom jeans and distressed straight jeans to white denim shorts – we’ve got you!

For lazy days in the garden, tuck a chic black cami top into mom jean. Or get a dark floral blouse ready for park strolls by teaming with light denim and sandals. Versatile and low-key, denim is a style saviour no matter the season.

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Brown tortoiseshell effect round sunglasses.

6. Reach For Bold & Bright Accessories

Details make all the difference – trust us! Looking to make a statement? Add a splash of colour to your get-up with colour contrast accessories, including gold buckle belts, tortoiseshell sunglasses and vibrant mule sandals.

Balancing dark shades for spring, bold accessories are a quick and easy way to wear navy, black and grey year-round. Mix-and-match to discover new colour combos, from navy and coral to forest green and orange.

7. Put A Spring In Your Step With Sandals

Hop on the fast track to warmer weather by teaming dark colours with new seasonal sandals. From mule sandals and buckle details to super-cool sliders, our just-landed footwear trends are bound to put a spring in your step! Taking you from A to B in style, sandals will give dark outfits that blue-sky breeziness in a flash.

For some off-duty cool, pair a black midi dress with two-strap sandals. Whether you pick neutral designs or animal print footwear, dark colours and sandals are a style match made in heaven.

Black gold-tone ring detail sandals.

Love staying up to date with the latest trends? Find out how to wear a shacket with our guide.