Barely-there colour trend hits technology.

All-over white, interspersed with occasional flashes of strong colour, is a big feature of winter 2013 dressing, and this look is perfectly aligned with what we’re seeing in the world of designer tech. It’s a look that’s very easy on the eye – especially after a few seasons of pattern mania.

The preoccupation with barely-there colouring is all a part of the current trend for fuss-free, clean-lined design being championed by Proenza Schouler (top right), Tommy Hilfiger (bottom left) et al., and frankly it’s far easier to pull of this look through the medium of your gadgets than it is through bulky and crease-prone fabric! Here’s how we did it with the help of some of our current favourite audiovisual products.


Tivoli Model One radio in frost red; £219 at Amara Ultimate Ears Boom bluetooth wireless speaker; £169 at Apple Store UK Microsoft Touch soft keyboard cover £44.95 at John Lewis C6 Matted iPhone case £20 at Farfetch Skullcandy Ink’d candy apple red earbuds, £9.95 at Zavvi Samsung Galaxy smart wifi digital compact camera, £299 at Curry's Scosche grey and white earbuds, £9.77 at Server Case UK Smartphone and tablet-friendly gloves £2.98 at Ebay Black rimmed sillicone smartphone case, £6.40 at My Trendy Phone Image Map

This look itself takes inspiration from the elegant beauty of machines, so channelling it through tech is really easy: just go for clutter-free monochrome designs to match your chic clutch bag and streamlined outerwear, but a jolt of bright colour will add interest.

The world of wearable tech has embraced the trend in a particularly big way, with plenty of all white or semi-transparent items to fit in with an overall pared-down look. Headphones, touchscreen-friendly gloves and mobile cases are looking a lot less garish than their predecessors of a few seasons ago, while everything else from cameras to home audio has followed suit.

We love the simplicity and clean lines of the products featured above, from the Ultimate Ears UE boom – a small and slick bluetooth speaker that emits glorious 360 sound – to the Samsung Galaxy Camera, our new favourite compact point-and-shoot. Keep an eye out for more stylish products being created along these streamlined design lines, as the catwalk is very much on a clean and simple tip next season too!

Tivoli Model One radio in frost red: £219 at Amara | Beats by Dr. Dre ‘Pro’ over-ear headphones £349 at Very | Ultimate Ears Boom wireless bluetooth speaker, £169 at Apple Store UK | Microsoft Touch soft keyboard cover, £44.95 at John Lewis | C6 matted iPhone case, £20 at Farfetch | Skullcandy Ink’d candy apple red earbuds, £9.95 at Zavvi | Samsung Galaxy Smart Wifi enhanced compact digital camera , £299 at Curry’s | Scosche grey and white earbuds, £9.77 at Server Case UK | Smartphone and tablet-friendly gloves, £2.98 at Ebay | Black-rimmed smartphone case, £6.40 at My Trendy Phone

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