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Demystifying universal colours


If you've shopped on Kettlewell's site before, you may have noticed that we show some colours as working for every season. This might be confusing for you if you were told that every single colour apart from true red falls distinctly into a season, so we thought it was about time we explained ourselves.

There are currently six universal colours available at Kettlewell, with one more coming in the new season. These are pebble grey, mallard, true red, mole, purple, and warm grey. Each of these colours is flattering to every skin tone, it just needs to be styled in the right colour combination to make it work best for you. These universal colours are a great choice if you haven't had a colour analysis yet, as there's about a 99.9% chance they'll work well on you and will tone in with plenty of colours in your wardrobe.

The magic of universal colours lies in the way you combine them with the clothes you have. You can see in the image below how different Blue Jade, our new season universal colour, looks depending on which season it is styled for.

  • Spring - Blue Jade needs some contrast, and to be brought into the light bright spring palette. Pairing it with light neutrals such as Soft White and a splash of Coral gives it the lift it needs.
  • Autumn - Blue Jade gets given a dose of autumn bonfire warmth by pairing it with rich Mocha, Marine Blue and Camel. The tonal shades bring it into the autumn palette, but with a warmth not found in Summer colours.
  • Summer - Softened down by pairing it with harmonious Peacock and Bright Navy, Blue Jade is brought into the elegant Summer palette.
  • Winter - Bold contrast and blocks of colour bring out the brightness in Blue Jade, and give the contrast that Winters need to look their best, here shown with White, Light Grey and Fuchsia.

All new Kettlewell items shown are available in 2-3 weeks. Also shown in the Winter look is the Merino wrap in Light Grey Marl - available now!

Kari Jacob on May 06, 2016 6:02 PM

Hi, could you please tell where I can train to be a colour consultant? I live in Glast, Somerset. Thank you

Kettlewell Colours on Apr 12, 2016 10:39 AM

Jac, we do suggest adding a splash of coral to the Spring combination which I think would lift it more but the idea was to show how Blue Jade could be styled for each season and we didn't want to be too scary for Springs!

Jac Ritchie on Apr 07, 2016 4:44 PM

Perhaps it's just the colours on the screen but, as a 'Spring' I think the blue jade colour combination shown is far too muted for spring.

I think Kettlewell has many , many more colour combos which would be much better for Springs.

Hazel Nyblom on Feb 18, 2016 10:59 PM

I love all your colours and the classifications to suit different colourings. It would be great to add which body shapes the styles suit too. I was colour analysed years ago but found the advice given to me for styles of clothes to suit me differed from what was advised in the Colour Me Beautiful book. Just an idea....

Kettlewell Colours on Feb 17, 2016 9:07 AM

If you go to this page on our website and enter your post code into the search box, you can find a colour consultant close to you (or as far away as you are prepared to travel!)

jane bennett on Feb 13, 2016 12:50 PM

Where in the north west can I get my colours done?