Colour of the month - Blackberry
We're on the brink of not just a new month, but a whole new season, as the leaves put on a full colour display and the temperature begins to drop. And as the weather starts to turn, it feels like the right sort of time to move your wardrobe away from summer brights and colour splashes for holiday, and look to cosy layers and richer colours.
A rich, deep colour feels like the best way to mark the changing of the season, something elegant, effortless and timeless, but a little more interesting than the safe-but-dull neutral options of black, navy and grey. Plummy, purpley, decadent Blackberry offers all of this, evoking the colours of the season without screaming autumn, and offers a luxe alternative to more traditional neutrals.
Can I wear it?
For three quarters of you, the answer is a resounding yes! Blackberry's primary characteristic is its depth and richness. This depth of colour means that it is unsuitable for the Spring seasonal palette, but it sits in the middle of the warm/cool spectrum, falling neither one side nor the other of that line, and as a colour which is neither too bright and brash nor too soft and muted, it works for all three other seasonal palettes; Summer, Autumn and Winter. If you're not yet sure which seasonal palette belongs to you, our Colour Quiz will get you started on your colour journey.
The multi-seasonality of Blackberry can feel confusing, especially if you're right at the beginning of your colour exploration - surely a colour is either cool or warm, bright or neutral? And Blackberry crosses not just the warm/cool divide, working for warm toned Autumns as well as cool toned Summers and Winters, but the bright/muted divide, with both softer seasons (Summer and Autumn) wearing it just as well as bold and vibrant Winter.
How? The answer lies in where blackberry falls within the colour spectrum - neither too warm nor too cool, and neither too bright nor too soft. So rather than sitting firmly within one palette, Blackberry can be paired with colours from any of Summer, Autumn or Winter and look right at home. If you want to learn a little more about multi-season colours, this post on universal colours will teach you everything you need to know.
Our brand new leopard leggings are officially one of my favourite things for adding instant cool to an outfit. Pair Silver Leopard with tonal Blackberry on top to rock the look without going OTT. If leggings aren't for you try our Marie Trousers in Blackberry with tonal Lilac Pink and add a Print Infinity Scarf to being the whole look together.
Autumns, make the most of your time of year - one for cosy layers, texture, and warm vibrancy. Our sumptuously cosy Cocoon Sweater adds all of it to a relaxed weekend look. Wear a tunic in our new Vine print in Blackberry & Olive with Lauren Jersey Trousers in Blackberry (or try dark Olive for a change) for a casual-but-smart vibe.
The Blackberry Long Wrap Cardigan is sensational with the vibrant Red & Fuchsia Check Short Skirt - add neutral Nimbus and Grey to tone down the clash! Blackberry and Bright Teal are another eye catching combination that works unexpectedly well
Your alternative - Spring
Blackberry is just too heavy and dark for your clear, warm and bright skintone. Opt for brighter Ultra Violet or Pansy for the richness without the weight, or for a dark neutral try Warm Navy or Chocolate.