A “complement” is a group of wardrobe items that match in colour, pattern or vibe. Having a complement in an outfit makes it look more cohesive and pulled together. I create colour complements with footwear, bags, scarves, belts and sometimes eyewear. 

The tomato red, white and blush items in my wardrobe create the most versatile complements. Blush is surprisingly versatile, especially when you repeat it as an accent in an outfit. My blush complements have grown over time. Here are the exact items from my wardrobe.

There are four blush items that I’ve been enjoying most this Spring, and they create two very effective 3-piece “shoes-bag-belt” complements. The belt and the loafers are from last season, while the ballet flats and Furla bag are new.

I’ve been adding my favourite blush complements to citron and white outfits, to tomato red looks, all sorts of blue outfits, and to black & white combinations. And therein lies the versatility. Blush can be remixed with pastels, light neutrals, dark neutrals, and brights — across solids and patterns. Blush can function like a neutral. It’s light, making it more Spring and Summery. It’s less bright than optical white or a metallic. It’s also easier to wear blush as an accessory or pair of shoes, instead of as a solid against your face. That way it won’t make you feel washed out. I finish off my look with nude or a soft pink lipstick which brings out the blush components of the outfit further.

Below is one of the ways I’ve been wearing my blush complement recently, and it’s become a favourite Spring outfit. The exact items are shown in the collection. I combine a slubby citron pullover with a lightweight citron cocoon topper to create a tonal twinset effect. I wear that with white jeans and add the blush shoes-bag-belt complement. For extra warmth I add a camisole and nude knee-highs. I finish things off with chunky white pearls and specs. This colour combination creates my own sunshine on a rainy Spring day.