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A/W colour combinations


Autumn and winter are renowned for being vibrantly colourful times of year. Fashion has long drawn inspirations first from the reds, golds and browns of trees in full autumn leaf and the blood red holly, deep green pine and crisp icy shades associated with the colder weather of winter.

Although this range of colour is bold, beautiful and inspiring and has a huge impact on what's available in the shops, what are you supposed to do if you don't fall into the appropriate palette? Luckily Kettlewell has every colour you can imagine available year-round, so finding the colours you need isn't a problem, but how should you put those colours to best reflect this time of year for your palette?

If you've had a personal colour analysis, just click on the link below to go to the appropriate post for your palette. If you haven't had a colour analysis, don't panic. You can either make a start on your journey into colour by visiting the Kettlewell colour quiz or simply read on for some great layering looks that will add autumnal shades to your outfit, whatever your skin tone.

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Alpaca shawl in dark sage, Cara V Neck in lemongrass, Long Camisole in soft white

Dark sage/lemongrass/soft white - this is such a classic combination. We start to feel the beginning of autumn as deep green blends beautiful with brighter autumnal golden yellow, softened off with a hint of soft white. Try tonally layering these shades, including a mixture of textures for added luxe.

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Sara V Neck in bordeaux, Camisole in ochre, Florence Infinity Scarf in biscuit

Bordeaux/ochre/biscuit - a splash of bordeaux mixed with golden ochre evokes the memory of crisp autumn walks and the colours of late autumn. Make sure you add a scarf!

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Merino Crossover in carmine red, Jersey Trousers in black, Lace Camisole in ice blue

Ice blue/carmine/black - move into the beginnings of winter with these deeper, more high contrast shades. Icy blue skies contrast with deep reds and black as the soft shades of autumn evolve into the more stark winter hues.

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Milan Knit Crew in true blue marl, Silky Roll Neck in black, Florence Infinity Scarf in charcoal

Black/true blue marl/charcoal - layer up the bolder brighter shades of true winter. The deep blue of sloe berries contrasts with deepest blacks and greys as the warm autumn colour is leeched from the landscape, leaving only the strongest cool tones behind. Add a jet black silky roll neck for added cosy, but keep the bright with a true blue marl merino sweater.

Ann on Nov 04, 2017 9:28 AM

Each Saturday morning I sit down with a cup of coffee to read the weekly blog. There is always inspiring ideas for recombining colours in my wardrobe plus start a new wish list!

Artist Helen on Oct 28, 2017 4:30 PM

Another great colour blog! I'm just enjoying my latest Tasha top in Cassis and the Diane swing tunic in Emerald, mixing and matching with scarves and knitwear. The Hallowe'en suggestions are brilliant - Forest Green and Lobelia - wow! It's all very helpful and inspiring.

I'm a happy Winter with Kettlewell!