Autumn Colours

This season and next (have you seen the Spring/Summer ’18 runways?) are all about colour. Obviously being a complete colour enthusiast, this makes me very happy indeed. Particularly at this time of year when everyone tends to reach for their fail-safe uniform of black, dark blue and grey, time after time (hubby take note).

Surely Autumn and Winter is when we all need some colour in our lives, not only to lift our complexions but our mood?  This year we can not only work with the usual suspects of reds, greens and burgundies but experiment with some amazing colour combinations – be it working with different tones of similar colours such as soft pinks and lilacs and different hues of blue:

… to more adventurous clashing/colour blocking such as plum and pale blue:

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Hat: Etro (sold out), Coat: Pure Collection, Cashmere: Pure Collection, Belt: Gucci, Pants: Jil Sander (sold out)

….and burgundy and red:

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Coat: Reiss, Top: Anthropologie, Pants: Theory, Boots: Zara

I like to think more long term for bigger purchases so I may buy something in a classic shape but choose it in an interesting colour, depending on what works best with my existing wardrobe.

As you may have read in my last post I have recently fallen in love with ochre/gold. I’ve always loved yellow but have quite sallow skin, however because of it’s warmer tone I’m delighted to finally be able to add this to my repertoire of colours.

One of the standout images of SS18 fashion week for me was from the Roksanda runway show of an ochre/gold top paired with bright pink trousers (please google it, if you will). This is not a pairing I’d thought of before, but wow, it looks amazing – I’ll certainly be attempting to replicate it this season and next.

Sequins are also a great investment (if you haven’t already got them gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe). Today sequins are not just for evening though so it’s worth thinking about colour (let’s face it, not everyone looks good in gold and silver) and layering.

I’ve always been a bit of a magpie when it comes to anything shiny but as I’ve got older have become more dubious about wearing sequins.  I don’t want to be in danger of looking like an aging disco ball. However, it is possible to wear them more subtly, such as with just a glimpse of a sleeve or neckline:

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Sequin Top: MSGM, Cashmere: Pure Collection, Ring: Isharya (sold out)

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Coat & Top (as before), Clutch: Jimmy Choo (sold out)

I’m still loving anything with a fluted or voluminous sleeve:

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Cloak: MSGM (sold out), Top: Roksanda

Although you may want to tone down the volume for day! If like me, you live in knits at this time of year, this is a great way of bringing a bit of contrast to a bracelet-sleeve coat, cloak, or for flashing a printed shirt:

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Shirt: Stella McCartney (sold out), Cashmere: Pure Collection

… little details like this can bring a whole outfit together.

Textures can also play a big part in making an outfit more interesting if you’re not so brave with colour. Whether it be faux fur, velvet, frills or a textured knit:

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Cashmere (as before), Skirt: MSGM, Bag: Vintage Chanel, Gold Rings: Monica Vinader

And if you’re wearing a more classic outfit you can make it more fun with the addition of some bright accessories such as white shoes or boots, a standout bag, great sunglasses and a splash of leopard print:

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Sunnies: Bulgari (sold out), Cashmere: Pure Collection, Belt: Anderson’s, Trousers: Theory, Shoes: Stella McCartney (sold out) & Bag: Pierre Hardy (sold out)

What colours will you be wearing this season?

X

P.S. I realise in my last fashion post I said I’d do a wishlist post – I’ll do it next, I promise (there’s a lot on there)!

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Sunnies: Freda Banana, Cashmere (as before)

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