Show off your fashion sense and revamp your colour palette with these fabulous colour combos for summer. Bright and beautiful, they’re exactly what summer is all about. 

Ring in a brighter 2013 with these gorgeous colour combos for summer. We’ve picked out a few pieces to help you get a cool, colourblocked look down pat.

Out with the old and in with the new colour combos for summer

If you’re stuck in the same old same old rut, with a wardrobe full of clothing in a few shades, it’s time to expand your palette and revamp your styles with these super hot colour combos â?? perfect for summer.

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We’ve found the hottest colour combos for summer 2012/2013

Go for all out summery hues this season with our top colour combinations. Innovative and exciting, these fashion-forward pairings have been seen on the runways for a number of top designers like Phillip Lim and Tommy Hilfiger. They’ve also been seen on hotties like Emma Stone and Jessica Alba. 

Our top combos are:

  • Tangerine and deep blue

  • Coral and turquoise

  • Aqua and yellow

  • Mint green and melon

Flip through the screens to find your dream look and see the items we’ve selected for some additions to your wardrobe as well as some excellent makeup tips to help make the looks work for you.

See Dress like Jessica Alba and Hair DIY: Emma Stone’s chic chignon to get more star style inspiration.

Tangerine and deep blue

Citrus-coloured fashion is still big news especially in this fab summer colour combo. Midnight or navy blues contrast perfectly with juicy tangerine shades. The brightness of the orange pops against a darker blue shade to create a super hot colour combo. This look is chic but bold – the perfect summer combination. 

Wearing this colour combo for summer

Think bright, floaty tangerine skirts with a navy vest or even jeans cut-offs with a hot orange top. Remember to follow the rules in Dressing for your body shape to make this look work for you.

If youâ??re not ready to commit to a full-on orange piece accessories are a perfect start. Go for an orange bag â?? like in the look on the right. You can also mimic fashionista and yummy mummy Victoria Beckham who used this season’s hottest hue, tangerine, to accentuate the waist on a sexy navy body-con dress. 

Items to try to get this look

Add a burst of citrusy orange  these striped orange heels, R399, Foschini and this orange skater skirt, R89,99 Mr Price.


Go blue with these belted lace shorts, R119,99, Mr Price; this sleeveless blue top, R199, Linx and this 


Coral and turquoise

Pretty and soft, coral and turquoise make a stunning combination. Both colours featured strongly in the  aquatic fashion trend and contrast perfectly with each other for a striking and pretty look.

The good news is that these two colours are flattering on all skin tones so they’re perfect for you! They’re also perfect for daytime with their fun and flirty tropical feel.

Wearing this colour combo for summer

Again, it’s important to take your shape into account when choosing the pieces to wear so that your proportions are balanced. 

Colour blocking can work on even the smallest levels and details like a contrasting collar or an armful of bracelets.

Wear this combo on your makeup with a fun, bright turqoise eyeliner or coral cheeks with a slick of nude gloss for a cute look. The trick is to see which colour features more strongly in your outfit and then wear incorporate the other in your makeup.

See Three tricks to perfect summer makeup for more summer makeup hints.

Items to try to get this look

We love this high-low dress, R279,96 Edgars and these turquoise bagles, R110, Truworths. 


Inject some coral into your wardrobe with this pencil skirt, R199,99 Betty Basics and this adorable dress, R499, Just Add Sugar.



Aqua and yellow

A sunny yellow and a cooler poolside-appropriate shade are absolutely perfect for cheering up your dreary, rainy summer days.

This trendy colour combo was a hit with Blake Lively and on the runway. See Steal Blake Livelyâ??s style  to learn more about this Hollywood hottie’s look.

Wearing this colour combo for summer

Because both colours are so eye-catching and bright, a neutral shoe (like cork wedges or nude heels) will ground your outfit, while giving the illusion of longer legs.

Again, you’ll have to play with the proportions carefully to make sure the look flatters your figure.

Makeup-wise you need a bold hit of colour if you’re wearing yellow close to your face as it may wash you out. For a bold look swipe on a slick of red lipstick for another pop of colour or go for bright eyeshadow.

Items to try to get this look

Prove coloured jeans still rock with these jeggings, R119,99, Ackermans (see Denim trends for spring/summer 2012). You can also make an awesome aqua statement with this stunning ruched dress, R1 600, Errol Arendz.

This yellow high-low maxi skirt, R119,99, Mr Price is to die for, as is this studded vest, R199, Linx.


Mint green and melon

Perk up your office-casual look with a refreshing twist: tailored pieces reminiscent of a watermelon. The pastel shades wonâ??t scream as loud as your bold neons, but your outfit will definitely speak for itself.

The frosty green is too pretty to be worn only on St. Pattyâ??s day â?? try it with navy, black, and even lemony yellow. Itâ??ll act as a new neutral.

Items to try to get this look

Look fab and feel comfortable with these melon wedges, R199,96, Edgars and this cute blouse, R260, Foschini


Keep things cool and minted with this fresh, lace skater dress, R199, Linx and this burnout mesh top, R49,99, Mr Price.


For more fashion see 3 Hot summer looks; Steal Kim Kardashian’s style and Get a perfect summer pedicure at home.