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A ten minute masterclass on colour combining


I am genuinely excited about the little bit of news I have to share with you today. You see, I’ve chatted a lot with Kettlewell over the past year or two about how they can really support their customers (one of those conversations actually resulted in this blog), and colour combinations was a subject that came up again and again and again and again and…. you get the idea. Lots of colour analysis clients absolutely adore their new colours, but lack the confidence to put them together, so end up wearing neutrals + one pop of colour, or shades of blue from top to toe, or black bottoms + black accessories + one wow colour in a top or a scarf. These people all know that their palette holds so much more potential than this, but don’t feel able to experiment.

I knew that Kettlewell were playing round with some ideas for helping customers put together colours in their outfits in an easy and accessible way, and when I was browsing round the new and updated I was thrilled to see the solution they’re piloting at the moment. If you look up at the menu bar you’ll see a button called ‘gallery’, which will take you to a page where you can see a gallery of images of each season, drawn from the catalogue photo shoots, and also a selection of colour combinations for each season. These colour combinations are fabulous.

All the colour combinations are in groups of three, partly because it’s the level at which we really start to see the magic happen when wearing our colours – where one or two colours from our palette can still feel a little lacking in something, adding a third really pulls the whole look together – and partly because three is actually a very achievable number of colours in an outfit. Think how many colours you’re wearing right now (as I type I am wearing warm burgundy leather leggings, a teal long vest layered under a lizard grey slouchy t-shirt and a teal scarf. And breathing a sigh of relief that I am obeying my own rules here). Although going for four or five colours can work really well, especially when you learn how far you can push the boldness of the colours in your palette, starting with three colours is a great way to work within your palette but take your outfits up to the next level.

And if you’re still feeling a little low in confidence, I’ve taken one of the colour combinations shown on the website and shown you three ways of putting it together. Don’t say I never do anything for you.



jane on Nov 02, 2019 12:59 PM

I would love to do the colour analysis but live in Europe. I have had a look at the seasonal colour variations and this corresponds to me. This morning, going shopping, it was quite obvious that I'm a deep summer, although not too dark.

Kettlewell Colours on Feb 17, 2016 9:16 AM

Jane - if you are interested in finding out which season you are and would like a colour analysis, you can visit the website and go to the 'Find a colour consultant' page. Once there, if you enter your post code you can find a consultant near to you.

jane bennett on Feb 06, 2016 4:39 PM

How do I work out what colour I am ?

Anne on Oct 19, 2015 11:56 PM

Hi, I'm a soft and warm Autumn apparently. I'm 60 and need help putting which colour with which. I mainly wear trousers, jeans, jumpers, scarves. I just want to know what colours to wear on the top and bottom and scarves or maybe a jacket and shoes that go well together. Thanks for listening!

jacqui on Oct 15, 2015 1:04 PM

Excellent blog post. Love having the colour combinations to refer to so easily and would love to read more posts like this with even more suggestions for every season. Keep up the good work, I'm a regular blog reader!

Kettlewell Colours on Oct 09, 2015 10:32 AM

Thanks for your comments! We are so pleased that you find colour combination advice so helpful - it's good to know and we will continue to think of ways we can help with this. Our new Shop the Look pages will be launching soon and we hope you will like them!

Emma on Oct 08, 2015 9:35 PM

That's JUST what I need. I love seeing the colour groupings in the catalogue. It is so helpful to learn how to tie the colours together. More!

Vanessa on Oct 08, 2015 8:25 PM

This is really useful. I'm going to print out my Autumn combinations and stick them up in my wardrobe! Thanks.

Pauline Wiles on Oct 08, 2015 4:03 PM

Any plans to introduce an online outfit preview tool, like Boden's Outfit Maker?

It seems to me, this would allow customers to experiment for themselves with more creative combinations.

Janet Honeyball on Oct 08, 2015 1:14 PM

Love your colour range, thanks for brochure, will order soon as I get/save some pennies,.