Colour of the month - Rust
You didn't think we were going to get through the whole of autumn without me championing at least one truly autumnal colour, did you? As the leaves begin to turn and the trees show us how tonal dressing is really done, it seems the right month to celebrate a colour which belongs solely to Autumns among us (but don't panic if you're not an Autumn - I've got some colour ideas for your month ahead at the end of this post).
Rust is a quintessentially Autumn colour - it is used repeatedly during the colour analysis process to determine both whether a client has a warm or a cool skintone, and then to differentiate between Spring and Autumn, because only Autumns can carry off the soft-but-saturated and total warmth of Rust. And is there a colour which evokes the colour of freshly fallen autumn leaves more than Rust? Everything about this colour makes me think of kicking dry piles of leaves in the air on a crisp autumn day.
Can I wear it?
As you've probably guessed, Rust is only for you if you are an Autumn! Which means that for three quarters of you, it's time to take some style inspiration from the outfits shown below, then skip to the bottom of the post to find out how to tap into your own best colours for this month!
But for you Autumns, wherever you fall within the Autumn palette, I guarantee there's an outfit featuring Rust which you'll fall in love with. Since we're only dressing one season, I've styled Rust for three seasonal sub-types/tonal directions, to give you maximum outfit inspiration.
Floral Wrap Top | Jersey Maxi Skirt | Heart Earrings | Leather Tassel Bag
Style notes: I love the delicate details on this pretty top, from the print to the curved wrap hem and slight peplum shape. The colour combination of Rust with warm-but-not-too-warm green is cooled down further (without drifting out of Autumn territory) by the addition of Soft Navy, making this the perfect outfit for a Deep/Blue Autumn and dominant Deep tonal direction.
Mia Sweater | Palazzo Pants | Florence Infinity Scarf | Print Clutch Bag
Style notes: This colour combination embodies the spirit of Autumn, combining rich Old Gold with dark but oh so warm Chocolate. The texture of the sumptuous merino Rust Mia Sweater adds the finishing touch to this laid back luxe outfit which will work perfectly for True/Leaf Autumns and dominant Warm tonal directions.
Sleeveless Mock Turtle | Ruched Skirt | Roxy Shirt Jacket Print Clutch Bag | Classic Metallic Belt
Style notes: Soften off the richness of Rust by pairing it with neutral Flint, which pulls it firmly into the Soft Autumn palette and Soft dominant tonal direction.
Your version - Spring
Silky Crew | Lauren Jersey Trousers | Sia Silk Scarf | Roxy Shirt Jacket | Suede Tassel Bag
Rust, while warm enough for you, is too muted and heavy for your clear, bright Spring palette, but try something like vibrant Papaya or Golden Yellow, paired with warm neutrals like Chocolate and Honey, for an autumnal outfit that doesn't sacrifice your Spring lightness.
Your version - Summer
Rachel Jacket (coming VERY soon!) | Palazzo Pants | Semi Scoop 3/4 | Merino Infinity Scarf | Leather Tassel Bag
Summer colours can feel challenging to wear as the weather cools, but I absolutely love the depth and richness of this little collection of Summer shades. Your alternatives, Cranberry, Garnet or Rio Red don't sacrifice the softness that you need to look your best. Pair them with classic denim or your deep Summer blues or greys for an effortless autumn look.
Your version - Winter
Ziggy Sweater | Lauren Jersey Trousers | Florence Infinity Scarf | Tassel Earrings | Print Clutch Bag
While your colours really feel at home once winter hits, opt for your most opulent shades, like Carmine Red and Deep Claret, worn in a slightly more tonal way to evoke the cosiness and depth of colour of autumn without sacrificing your style. If you want to add a pop of contrast, how about a splash of Ice Pink, or Fuchsia or even White if you're feeling bold?