Dare of the week: Colour In

Image: Garance Dore

This week I dare you to go colour crazy.

Specifically, I’m daring you to add at least two different colours to your outfit everyday for a week, and for these to be the feature of your outfit. Whether it’s brilliantly bold bangles, a Technicolor top,  fuchsia flats, a multi-coloured mani, lips saturated in colour, or bags bathed in blue. This week it’s about adding colour to make you pop!

And by colours, I mean any shade that appears in a rainbow or in one of those fancy looking colour wheel thingies, which by nature excludes all variations of black, white, and shades of beige.

Pick a colour!


But going colour crazy is not about being totally cuckoo, Lady Ga Ga or Bo Bo The Clown style.

It’s about being bold and trying new combinations. It’s about experimenting with a colour you never thought you’d try. Fishing out that bright top, dress or scarf that’s never really been worn and finding a way to work it. It’s about colouring in – grown up style.


I’ll admit, I’m nervous about this dare – perhaps even more than the dares we’ve run before.

Like 78% of mums, I’ve got a ‘mummy uniform’ which for me is usually jeans and a t-shirt or tank (check it here) and they’re almost always black or grey. Whether right or wrong, I’ve been a firm believer that “black makes you look thinner”, and as for grey, I think I spotted Kate Moss in a ciggie-smoke coloured outfit years ago and decided to partake, and it felt “gooooood, man.

I’m curious to see how I’ll feel this week when I creep out of the colourless-cave that is my comfort zone and drench myself in colour”.

The dare to wear red lipstick all week – inspired by the book Anonymums – made me feel empowered, and a little bit sexy.

The dare to wear a dress all week showed me that even though my wardrobe may not be filled with a plethora of flowing frocks, when pushed – and with a bit of imagination and style inspiration – I can wear the dresses I’ve got much, much more frequently, and in a variety of ways. I literally doubled my wardrobe options that week.

So I can’t help wondering how a week tipped into Technicolor will turn out?

Join in? C’mon, I dare you!”

A bit of iridescent inspiration will no doubt help, so here are some tips and ideas from the Fox in Flats files:


Brilliant beauty

Try saturating your lips and nails in brilliant bolds.

Bright lips in orange, red, or hot pink will make your face a feature (and detract from tired eyes!).

Channel your inner Smurfette with blue nailpolish, or indulge in “Skittles Nails” to satisfy your candy-coloured cravings.


Accent accessories

How about adding the accent of colour through your accessories?

Try stacks of bracelets, bright tights, or a hot hat.


Vivid on your visa

Keen to take up the dare, but your wardrobe needs a bit of a hot pink injection? Pull out the plastic and do a quick shop.

Our online picks include bright bagsshowy shoes, jazzy jeans, cheap & cheerful sunnies and from what I’ve seen of the new Coles clothing line, MIX, there are loads of bright outfit options there that you can pop into your trolley for under $40.


Technicolor Tips

Mother and celebrity stylist Sophia Banks-Coloma (who sorts out celebrities like Nicole Ritchie, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams, Kirstie Alley and Rachel McAdams) shared her tips on ‘colour blocking’ here.

Why not take a leaf out of Sarah-Jessica Parker’s book and simply copy Dora the Explorer as she did here. The combo of hot pink, orange, green and yellow is simply “Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, Delicioso!“.

Or check out our Crazy for Colour file on Pinterest.


Share the Dare!

Part of the fun with these dares is checking out what we all come up with, and sharing our experiences as we go.

Is it a hassle or easier than you think? Does a dose of colour make you feel like a clown? Or a glam woman-about-town?

If you’re up for the dare, share your experiences in the comments section below, or on our Facebook or Twitter, and feel free to showcase your days of colour by attaching a photo. We might just use some of your tips in an article on site like we did here and there may be a mystery prize awarded too!


Come, join in, and let’s check out together what it actually looks like somewhere over the rainbow.


Here are just some of the fab foxes who’ve joined in so far:


Are you up for the dare? Or are you Chicken???

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Got a style dare you’d like to propose? Email FoxInFlats {dot} com {dot} au with your idea – we’ll choose a new one each week. 

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  • Oh now you are making it difficult for me! I reckon that at the very least I can jazz up the basic black with additional colours though 😉 I did see a pair of canary yellow sandals in the window of Vinnies yesterday. ‘What on earth would I wear with them?’ I thought at the time.  Now, perhaps I should find out, right?

    • Perfect! I reckon they’ll probably become favourites for you! Show me a pic? x

  • I’m in. I’ve been an all-black kinda girl for far too long and I’m trying to add colour to my wardrobe.

    • Ripper Bronnie! Hold my cyber-hand on this?! I’m freaking out a bit already…

  • Pagan

    Oh I LOVE this one!!  Not much of a dare for me though, one of my fave outfits is red pencil skirt, red tights with black polka dots, leopard ballet flats, pink long sleeved top, and orange tank over the top!  Living in Melbourne (especially in winter) can get VERY dull, I always have at least a splash of colour, usually more than one!

    • Damn girl you’ve got it nailed! Maybe you can post some pics of how you do it (inclusive of tips) to help the more colour-challenged among us (um that’d be me!) 😉

    • Nicola

      That combo sounds fantastic. I used to live in Melbourne too… black is chic but it does become boring after a while…

  • Pene

    I’m in!!  Of COURSE I am in!!!  Soooo ready for some spring colour to brighten up my world!!

    • Yessssss! And I’ve got your colour coordinating tips here (they have simplified things so much for me already) – will be sharing these with the foxes early this week. x

  • Gayels

    I am in!! Says the lady wearing black and grey today 🙁

    • Yay! That’s cool, I’m in black & white today too – still gearing up for the onslaught of colour…tomorrow! 

  • Add me to the list!  I’m so in for splashes of colour, and am absolutely loving the shops at the moment, filled with bright, vibrant colour.  I’m currently wearing aqua greeny shellac fingernails and tangerine toenails, so that’s a hint how much I’m going to adore this challenge! 🙂

    • Awesome & looks like you’re ready & set to GO! Promise more pics Kim-Marie? You’ve been nailing it the other weeks x 😉

  • Of course, today I’m wearing black rolled jeans with a black & white striped T, but it’s too hot to wear my All Blacks jersey!

  • I am so in like Flynn – love this dare 🙂 xx

  • AJ

    I’m in!!! In fact, if the Wallabies happen to beat the All Blacks tonight, I’ll wear bright yellow with green flats tomorrow! 🙂

  • SB

    I’m in (she says so very tentatively, wondering how she will get over the fear of all that colour). That said, I did the red lipstick dare (toned it all down by wearing black clothes) and the hair/hat dare so perhaps there’s hope for me yet 😛

    • Yay! It’s ok, I’ve got the same fear. x

  • element

    OK! Game on sister 😉 Plan for this week…

    Monday: Purple wrap dress, pink cami, ethnic necklace and green metallic sandals.
    Tuesday: I haven’t got that far yet…

    • Pene

      Make sure you put up a photo!!  Sounds GORGEOUS!

    • Sounds fab element! x

  • I used to be a black & white girl but over the last 12 months have been embracing colour and I LOVE IT. I am looking forward to the weather warming up so I can wear a gorgeous orange citrus dress that I bought recently. Colour makes you feel alive!

    • Oh that dress sounds divine! 

  • Discovering this dare via Twitter (a new follower, too, hello!)… Can’t let this opportunity slip! Easy enough for me as I barely own a black garment and love brights :D. Kicking the week off with a splash in bright red and purple – my favourite combo!

    • Saw your dress on Twitter – so lovely! Keep ’em coming! 

  • So far I’ve done:
    Sunday – sea green tunic & dangly earrings with leggings & ballet flats at the playground
    Monday – purple tee & colourful scarf with cargoes at the library.

    Bub liked the earrings (yank) and 3yo has nicked the scarf. I’m on a winner!

    • Gorgeous! Beautiful colours. And you know you’re onto a winner when your kids want it for themselves… 

  • Day 1. This poor cuff has been sitting on my dressing table gathering dust for about 2 years now. I keep trying it on, and then always take it off before I leave the house as it feels too ‘colourful’. Happy little thing liked the sunshine in the playground today I think! 

    Teamed it with some fuchia pants I picked up at Vinnies for about $4, some bright orange nailpolish, and a chunky blue ring. (note, I missed painting my thumb nail…had to step away from the polish to deal with a poo-disaster from the little one). 

    Got a few double takes…and one of the local 6 year-olds took one look at me, pointed and squeeked “PINK PANTS!” :O

  • Day 2 – Colour Dare. Navy & white striped t, red bandanna, light blue jeans. My little one getting pretty good on the Nikon!

  • Fantastic idea! Unfortunately I missed out on the previous challenges due to travel and travel recovery, but this one – I am embracing it!! Hubby loves the idea too (since he has been trying to colour my wardrobe for years!). Monday was Red (and a bit of orange); Tuesday is Royal Blue with multi-coloured skirt. Now I am thinking about tomorrow! I’m also updating on Facebook, so let’s see if any friends will join in. Thanks again!!

    • Wowee! You look so different in each shot. Am LOVING that red wrap & bag. Link to Fox in Flats on Facebook too so everyone can check out your awesome style there too ok?! s

  • Today – Flowers! Wrap dress with leggings accesorised with psychedelic baby wrap at Gymbaroo! Most of the other mums were in boring mum uniforms, obviously hadn’t discovered fabulous Fox in Flats 🙂

    • Ha ha, I felt the same at Little Athletics yesterday afternoon. I had bright pink pants on in a sea of grey/ black / navy. May need to start making flyers or something…

  • SB

    Just wanted to come back and say thanks. I’ve being doing the colour dare (although I’ve nearly used up all my colourful clothes and its only Tuesday!). I’ve done orange jumper with jeans Sunday, red peasant top with purple cardigan one day for work, rainbow necklace and bright blue cardi/top another day. I have a very very sick friend at the moment and I felt like wearing grey every day to match my mood, but the colour dare has actually helped me to be a little more cheerful and to project a little sunshine in my little corner of the world. Thanks. I wouldn’t have that if it wasn’t for the dare. Now to go find something to colour in tomorrow…. 🙂

    • SB, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. She is so lucky to have you – I’m sure you are a huge support to her. Big hugs to you. And thankyou for taking the time to feed this back – it’s made my day x

    • Colour is so helpful in lifting your mood! I find I smile more, especially if I’m wearing my favourite colour 🙂
      SB, hopefully you can inject some colour into your friend’s environment at this moment as well. Thanks for your story.

  • Today’s going to be a hot one – 33! So I’ve gone with cool floaty material for the supermarket, paired with my favourite pendant from high school & a chunky wooden neclace wound round my wrist. And more scarabs on my ears!

  • Update for Wednesday: Found a skirt that I made myself a little while ago. Very geeky tetris material found at Spoonflower. My sons loved it!! Not only have I answered the dare for another day, but I included a little pop culture reference for my kids too.

    • High-fives for that. 

  • Update for Thursday: Stepped a little further out of my comfort zone and wore PINK today. I think a few friends are a little worried about your influence on me… 😉 Added a beaded necklace that my eldest made in preschool for me (very colourful and cheery). 

  • Day 3 of colour dare: My lovely brother in-law gave me this necklace last year and I’d sorry to say I’ve never really worn it as it felt too ‘colourful’ (sorry Pete!) But am LOVING it today! What are you wearing for the Dare? You can still join in! 

  • Day 4 :  I pulled out a mu mu that I bought at Vinnies and went colour crazy!

    • I love the skirt, but please forgive the ignorance: what is a mu mu?

  • Update for Friday: Ooooh, starting to run out of colour in the wardrobe… I had to resort to *gasp* pink again, over a *double gasp* coral singlet. Still have the weekend to go, don’t we? 

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  • Update for Saturday: Okay, thanks to early morning swim lessons, Saturday is not my day and I almost chickened out of the dare. But I did at least add some blue in my t-shirt (though: comfort zone geek t-shirt) and a rainbow belt/scarf to brighten me up. I’ll try to end the week with a better effort tomorrow. 

  • A bit late with Friday’s effort, as I was at a blogging conference where I featured on a panel, chatting about Fox in Flats – Awesome experience! This photo was taken late that night after a few glasses of champers….

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