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Colour of the month - peacock

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Teresa Swing Top in Peacock

New month, new colour! Even if the May bank holidays have become somewhat meaningless for many of us, May feels like a time for joy and fun and warm weather, and just maybe a fresh injection of colour into your wardrobe to go with it all. And for an injection of colour which is bright enough to feel bold without overwhelming, will mix and match with half your wardrobe, and will flatter most skin tones, I'm thinking we need to celebrate Peacock this month.

Can I wear it?

The answer for 3/4 of you is a resounding yes! Peacock isn't quite what we call a universal colour (one which suits every single skin tone), but it does work brilliantly for three out of the four seasonal palettes. Spring, Summer and Autumn can all wear Peacock - only Winters find it too light and soft for their needs.

The reason Peacock works so well for three seasons is because of where it sits on both the warm/cool spectrum and the clear/soft spectrum. The balance of blue and yellow means it can work for both cool (Summers) and warm (Springs and Autumns) skin tones, and the fact that it is just barely soft means it works for Summers and Autumns, but isn't too muted for Springs either. If you want to learn a little more about multi-season colours, this blog post contains everything you need to know.

Knowing your seasonal palette will be key to knowing how to style Peacock so it ties in with the rest of your wardrobe. If you're not sure where your skintone belongs, it's best to get started with our Colour Quiz, then come back for styling tips for your seasonal palette.

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Style notes

The key to making Peacock work for you is contrast. Add light/dark contrast without losing the tropical feel by pairing it with Soft White, and keep things warm with a splash of Corn Yellow.

Faux Wrap 3/4 Sleeve in Peacock | Camisole in Corn Yellow | Bella Shorts in Soft White | Superga Canvas Trainers in All White | Feather Necklace Gold


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Style notes

Keep your look smoky and tonal to make Peacock work for you - I absolutely love Rose Brown as an alternative neutral to Summer's blues and greys.

Mid Cascade Long Sleeve in Peacock | Betty Cowl in Rose Brown | Ruched Skirt in Rose Brown | Beaded Bracelet in Soft Teal & Silver | Beaded Bracelet in White Pearl & Silver | Love Bracelet in Silver


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Style notes

Autumns do teal so well, so I've embraced it in this look by pairing Peacock with yet more teal in the shape of Marine Navy. If you are a particularly warm Autumn, a scarf in Old Gold or Burnt Orange will add that golden glow near your face.

Teresa Swing Top in Peacock | Lauren Jersey Trousers in Marine Navy | Florence Infinity Scarf in Flint | Leather Tassel Bag in Rust


Winters - your alternative

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Variations on teal can be tricky for Winters, as they are generally too soft and muted for this vibrant, high contrast palette, but Mallard and Deep Lagoon both contain the depth of colour you need. Or if you want to go bright for the warmer weather, I love tropical feeling Emerald Turquoise.
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Lydia Linen Tee in Deep Lagoon | Stripey Bella Trousers in Ink | Chloe Jacket in Silver Moon | Florence Infinity Scarf in Fuchsia | Wing Necklace Silver

Julie on May 08, 2020 2:57 PM

I recently ordered two items in Peacock colour as it looked lovely. I was half expecting it would be far too bright for me, but I was wrong.... When I tried the items on I found the colour very flattering. The best word I can think of to describe Peacock, is Radiant. Thankyou Kettlewell.

Olwen on May 02, 2020 12:34 PM

As a very Cool Summer, this colour doesn't work for me sadly. Too deep, too dark. I have learnt from experience that most colours described as SU/AU aren't in my spectrum. Emerald is a better choice for me if I want a stronger colour ....

Virginia Quant on May 02, 2020 9:29 AM

Lots of open necks, I see coming in your summer wardrobe, and delicate jewellery. Please could you feature something maybe a bit chunkier in necklaces, which might look a bit better on those of us older folks whose necks are getting a bit sinewy/muscular with age/exercise! On a hot day one doesn't always want to wear a scarf, however good the colour might be! Thanks!

Heidi 62 on May 02, 2020 8:53 AM

I love these colour blogs and in all this gloom peacock is a colour I intend fitting into my wardrobe. When I see dowdy colours on tv on prominent figures I think you need a Kettlewell fix ..

Linda McKie on May 02, 2020 8:47 AM

You are so good at putting colours together! I have learned so much from this blog, and become so much more adventurous when deciding what goes with what. Well done, and keep up the good work!