A look at Anya Taylor-Joy's love of vibrant clothing, the bright, mood-boosting colour trends for spring '23 and some bold-hued pieces available to buy now
Glamour magazine have described Anya Taylor-Joy as a "true style chameleon" with an "ever-changing aesthetic and willingness to try something new." (Charlie Teather, glamourmagazine.co.uk, 2022) Whilst she isn't afraid to wear a wide range of styles, the aspect of her wardrobe that stands out to me is the repeat appearance of bold, block colours. Also, I love that her accessories tend to be brightly coloured or in a contrasting print so they don't tone her outfit down. She often wears numerous, dramatic accessories with a bright dress and it makes her outfits memorable. I love the drama and retro-look of her bright purple Dior dress with a leopard print hat and gloves in the image below. It shows that you can mix dramatic fabrics, without a garish result, as long as they are carefully chosen. Taylor-Joy became the global ambassador for Dior in 2021 and is regularly seen in Dior outfits chosen by her stylist, Law Roach. (Natalie Mitchie, fashionmagazine.com, 2021)
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, I love the uplifting and energizing quality of her bright colour choices. It has been reported that, with the challenges of recent years, people have been turning more to vibrant colours in fashion as a mood booster. Marie Claire refer to this as a "widespread maximalist movement known as dopamine dressing". (Emma Childs, Marie Claire, March 2023) With a number of highly saturated, mood-boosting colours listed as on-trend for spring '23, I've shared some more of Taylor-Joy's most striking, vivid outfits below as inspiration:
As you can see in the images below, Anya Taylor-Joy seems to particularly like wearing bright orange outfits.
With it being spring, a wide range of energising colours have been listed as trends for the season. Let's look at some online fashion publication's top colour recommendations for this spring '23:
Marie Claire recommend rich blue (including cobalt and deep azure), "mellow yellow" (shades of daffodil and pale yellow), all shades of pink, pale lavender, true red and black. (Emma Childs, marieclaire.com, March 2023) Black is a reliable choice but for spring I prefer the uplifting nature of the other recommendations. Magenta is another colour worth noting as 'Viva Magenta' is Pantone's 2023 colour of the year and fits into the 'all shades of pink' category. (hola.com, 2022) I really love magenta for S/S wear as it brings to my mind the intense colour of bougainvillea and reminds me of the Mediterranean.
To "make your outfits feel fresh for 2023", Who What Wear recommend choosing violet, black, lime, "blinding whites" and saffron red. Also, they confidently list these five colours as being "the most prevalent in the new collections" showing that they will be abundant in stores for the weeks to come. (Maxine Eggenberger, whowhatwear.co.uk, March 2023)
When choosing which trends to follow, Editorialist recommend that you "Recreate the most coveted color stories from the runways, and you’ll be set for the months ahead." Editorialist focus on a selection of pastel and "icy and futuristic" hues. They recommend lilac, limoncello, powder blue, black and slate grey. If choosing a piece of grey clothing for spring, I prefer grey teamed with a bold colour such as green, blue or yellow for a more uplifting look. The Spring '23 Issey Miyake collection included slate grey coupled with a bold lime green.
Another colour that has been indicated as important for S/S '23 is silver. Vogue have stated that while "mood-boosting rainbow hues are abundant and here to stay – fashion appears to be bewitched by shiny silver." (Ellie Pithers and Joy Montgomery, vogue.co.uk, March 2023) Silver looks stunning on its own and can also look beautiful when teamed with brighter tones.
Next, with Anya Taylor-Joy's vibrant and uplifting style as inspiration, let's look at some standout items in the boldest spring '23 colours:
Whilst powder blue is peaceful and calming for day wear, cobalt blue is a more dramatic choice for evening wear.
Pink is my favourite colour. It's ultra feminine and can be chosen in hot, vibrant shades or calming, light hues.
Lime green is a fun, citrus shade for if you want to stand out. Harpers Bazaar have named it one of their top five trends for New York Fashion Week of spring '23. (Kerry Pieri, harpersbazaar.com, April 2023)
True red is such a universally flattering shade and reminds me of vintage, Hollywood glamour.
Ultimately, whilst on-trend shades will be featuring heavily in stores, it's always best to wear whichever colours you like the most and feel your best in. Let me know what you think of Anya Taylor-Joy's bright ensembles, which of my outfit picks you like and which Spring '23 colour trends are your favourite in the comments. I really love the ASOS cobalt blue jumpsuit, the pink Oasis dress, the red River Island jumpsuit and the lime Zara blazer.
By Kendall Becker and Danielle Naer. March 2023. https://editorialist.com/fashion/spring-color-trends/
By Natalie Mitchie. October 2021. https://fashionmagazine.com/style/anya-taylor-joy-dior-global-ambassador/
By Charlie Teather. April 2022. https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/gallery/anya-taylor-joy-fashion
By Shirley Gomez. December 2022. https://www.hola.com/us/lifestyle/20221202339936/viva-magenta-18-1750-is-the-color-of-the-year-2023-1/
By Emma Childs. March 2023. https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/spring-2023-color-trends/#section-true-red
By Kerry Pieri. April 2023. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/a41247745/spring-2023-fashion-trends/
By Ellie Pithers and Joy Montgomery. March 2023. https://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/gallery/spring-summer-2023-fashion-trends
By Maxine Eggenberger. March 2023. https://www.whowhatwear.co.uk/fashion-colour-trends-2023
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