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5 unusual colours the minimalist should try in spring/summer 2018

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5 unusual colours the minimalist should try in spring/summer 2018
If Pantone's 2018 colour of the year proves too potent, COS' SS18 collection is exemplary of shaking up one's repertoire surely, but discretely

The rest of the world knows it as ultra violet. In the fashion industry, it's recognised as Vetements purple. Of which, we're referring to Pantone's 2018 colour of the year. It is striking. A deep, rich blue-toned purple rather impossible to miss that its Colour Institute has declared "provocative" and "thoughtful""a reflection of what's needed in our world today".

Those of you already familiar with the shade sartorially by way of spring 2016 Vetements bombers, sweaters and dresses will know that it's not an easy colour to work with. And that's if you have the guts to give it a go in the first place. So with the minimalist and style-cautious in mind, we look to five atypical alternatives other than ultra violet to broaden wardrobe horizons in the season incoming. Courtesy of COS SS18, your fears of experimenting and winding up a walking loudhailer put to bed, below.

1. SAGE TO GIVE THEM ENVY
Unlike an in-your-face shamrock shade that brings to mind Saint Patrick or a hackneyed forest green, introducing mild sage into your monochrome combos is by far more intriguing to the eye. It's just enough to command attention from the observant, without drawing curious (and unwelcomed) stares.

Match it with: White, silver, and pale greys. 

2. BURNT ORANGE THAT'S JUST LIT ENOUGH
The streetwear wave has fed us crimson red (more often than not paired with black) a dozen times over and then some in the last two years. We think it's worth letting the look-at-me shade cool off for a bit. Lovers of the colour family will find burnt orange a deeper, off-kilter alternative that's more of a quiet statement. 

Match it with: Powder blue and navy. 

3. OCHRE, BUT MELLOWER
It's not quite as rich as ochre, yet not as deep as mustard. We'll call it pale butterscotch. Yellow was all the rage in acid tones for 2017, but we're guessing you let that one pass by virtue of its loud, head-turning quality. Here's a fun-sized sample of what you missed out on.

Match it with: Sage, cream, and light-wash denim.

4. COMING UP CINNAMON
Brown's a tall order. Always have, always will be. Our advice should you choose to attempt it? Try cinnamon and not the shade of tawny brown commonly seen in men's accessories, as the former lives up to its full potential in leather. To steer clear of the colour's dowdy rep completely, pick a garment that's slightly unconventional like the collarless coat below.

Match it with: Pale butterscotch and burnt orange, white and powder blue. 

5. PEACOCKING, BUT NOT REALLY
Not to be mistaken for teal, the design realm has coined the above hue 'peacock'. Just about befitting. While the bold will hardly bat an eye to COS' tone-on-tone sensibilities, the blue-green concoction worn head-to-toe is probably the minimalist's definition of peacocking. Nonetheless, it's an atypical colour that's easy on the eyes in both small doses and full on.

Match it with: Black, cream, light greys and blues. 

COS' SS18 collection is available at COS stores. 

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