1. Adelle’s Top Tips for Autumn/Winter Colours 2014
This autumn, there are lots of lovely colours around. As always there is a huge amount of choice, but to make things easier, I have tried to pick out some for each palette to give you ideas if you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to look for.
The colour palette for this season is quite diverse, which should mean that there is something for everyone, although I have to be honest and admit that as usual, the Springs are the hardest to shop for!
Reds are particularly strong and I have seen a lot of them around in the shops. Most prevalent are berry reds and blood reds, with burgundy being especially popular.
Happily, the neon trend (never very wearable at the best of times!), has now disappeared, but there are quite a few bold brights around – reds and blues in particular – so colour-blocking still works.
If you suit cool colours….
So Winters and Summers it’s easy for you! Update your outfit with one key piece – perhaps this might be a burgundy jacket or a great new handbag (remember, if you are using the principle of a capsule wardrobe, you will only need one or two additions to update your look – and often adding a new accessory is one of the most cost-effective ways to do this).
Soft fuchsia and radiant orchid shades are also around – again good for summers and winters and can be easily added in to your existing wardrobes.
Aluminium grey is currently very hip –this is THE neutral for the season and would look great teamed with a burgundy or soft fuchsia scarf.
Bright cobalt and royal blue – again colours for winters – great to wear jewel colours as the light gets duller and the days shorter.
If you suit warm colours…..
For Autumns, there is lots of teal around (some of this is quite cusp with the deep jade which is very wearable by summers too).
Sadly, there is not the usual plethora of rich warm autumn colours which can often be found at this time of year in the shops, but there is still quite a bit of mustard to be found (along with deeper yellows and more vibrant marigolds) and another colour the designers are favouring this season is a cognac brown – classy and rich although maybe not quite as prevalent as some of the other colours.
Springs, do not despair! As red is so prevalent this season I have noted quite a few bright spring reds on my travels too (see this very reasonably priced red dress from Tesco below). Also some rather lovely French navy – teamed with the bright red for a pop of colour this would look fab!
I have also seen some pretty bright oranges out there so why not try that for a change (just make sure you find the right lippy!).
2. Adelle’s Top Tips for Autumn/Winter Style 2014
How to stay warm and current? There are lots of ways to do this, this season, and for all different body shapes too, so think carefully about which key item(s) you might want to add to your wardrobe. Remember that it’s so much more important to be congruent to who YOU are than be a slave to fashion!
This year the designers have been ‘fascinated with the beauty of the past and the spirit of the present’. This allows for a number of different style directions or ‘clothing personalities’ to feel at home in the current season. Romantics will love the mixture of drama and intrigue in the ‘dark fairytale ‘ look, whilst dramatics will revel in the more futuristic graphic look with straight lines and colour-blocking.
This is a look you can have fun with and also it’s great for making you feel cosy in the wintry weather! Faux fur is very key this season and can be added to jackets around the collar and also chunky cardigans. Remember to think about your body shape when purchasing knitwear. If you are a soft straight with average or above average height then you will look great wearing quite chunky knitwear and can go for longer cardis and wraps (also currently very in). If you are smaller or have a more structured body shape you might be better seeking out a so on trend biker jacket (see my Facebook posts for some lovely burgundy ones!), which you could also get with a faux fur trim.
Very trendy at the moment are these ‘throw them on and snuggle up’ blanket scarves and wraps. Again these are ideal for taller people but also for those who don’t need to show their waist. Be careful to balance all that added volume above your waist with a narrower silhouette below – skinnies and leggings are perfect for this (so long as they suit you, of course!)
As ever, checks, plaid and tartan are more popular at this time of year. Lots of checked shirts around and plaid is often to be seen on wraps and scarves. Be careful with scale here. Remember that if you are tall you will need a much bigger scale plaid than if you are petite.
3. These are some sites we like and think you will too!
Jane Fardon Cosmetics – our sister company. Excellent quailty, reasonably priced make-up with a wonderful range of colours to enhance your natural beauty. We use and stock the full range or you can buy it through their website.
If you’d like to see and try out the range, just get in you can try it at our Studio
Kettlewell Colours – great quality tops and key items in fabulous seasonal colours. Our team wear them and we stock samples so you can try them out and make sure you order the right size!
Charles Tyrwitt – our favourite company for reasonably priced men and women’s tailored shirts, in a range of fits and sleeve lengths. We especially like the non – iron men’s shirts and tailored fit women’s ones. Jane Chapman is a big fan and she and her husband have 10 of their shirts between them! Just ask her if you want some advice.