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But I always wear neutrals so I don't need a colour analysis...

As a stylist, I quite often find myself chatting to people about what I do - it's one of those jobs that sounds slightly glamorous (it can be) and interesting (always. Except maybe at tax return time) and people always want to know more. However, when they find out that a key part of what I do it colour analysis, they often shy away slightly. "Oh, I don't really wear colour, I don't think it would work for me," or "I could never abandon black/navy/grey/white/beige (delete sensible neutral as appropriate)."

The thing is, and keep it to yourself because I don't often share this among my colour loving colleagues and friends, I don't actually like to wear bright colours a lot of the time. I gravitate towards dark neutrals and monochrome palettes for my everyday wear, with maybe an unexpected bright pop of colour when I'm feeling particularly perky.

However, for neutrals lovers like me, colour analysis still has a life changing (yes, really. I'm not even slightly exaggerating) role to play. There's a lot to be said for knowing that you look minimalist and sleek rather than channelling Cruella de Vil.

And to show you how a minimalist palette can work for each season, we put together a mood board of neutrals for each season, in the hope of tempting even you neutral lovers into the power of colour analysis.Because whatever your colour preferences, knowing which tones of each colour to wear can mean the difference between, 'are you ok? You look tired' and 'wow, have you been on holiday?'

Spring neutrals


Summer neutrals


Autumn neutrals


Winter neutrals


Details of all images including Kettlewell items can be found on our Pinterest board - Unexpected Neutrals

Cally Todd on Mar 05, 2020 6:03 AM

Love your colours, especially the infinity scarves. Just got the Spring brochure and noticed the models are all slim, young and beautiful. There is a vast section of the population, baby boomers, myself included, who love your things. However, not a grey/white head in sight! Please consider us. Sometimes we feel invisible in this society and ignored. So I challenge you to broaden your approach. It was mother in her nineties who introduced me to Kettlewell in this place! Thanks.

Sharon on Sep 28, 2016 5:20 PM

I love kettlewell styles & colours. Such a shame you don't do plus sizes as NONE of your clothes fit 😳😡

JILL on Sep 02, 2016 9:12 AM

please do a dress/skirt which comes just below the knee

Sue Howard on Jul 07, 2016 2:30 PM

I also love the help with colours but find the styles of the tops too clingy and short for my plumper older woman shape!!

Glennis on May 19, 2016 1:53 PM

Please do a Plus size. I want to buy but don't think they will fit an 18/20 sizing?

Sally Dempster on May 09, 2016 11:33 AM

I agree with a previous comment. Please start doing a plus size range. I'm sure it would prove to be cost effective.

Tricia Williams on Apr 29, 2016 8:00 AM

Love this Winter page, as it confirms and reminds me of the colours I should and should not wear. I do wander in to Summer occasionally but I was on the cusp when being analysed. It also teaches me which colours to absolutely not go for, but sometimes one is tempted by style etc. Thank you

Averil Crowther on Mar 01, 2016 10:39 AM

I love love love the Autumn watch, it's not on your Pinterest board, please could you let me know what it is?

cynthia hunt on Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM

I follow your colour advice I am winter. but cant buy your clothes because I am too big please do a plus size.

Judith Cobb on Jan 31, 2016 7:19 PM

Good to know what neutrals are best! Sometimes it's just soothing to tone things down. Thanks

patricia mctaggart on Jan 30, 2016 8:25 AM

love my summer neutrals but also like the winter as well due to the lovely colours , and moira i managed to a lovely red winter coat with long sleves and its cover my applaling legs and it does not tangle while i drive ,thankyou for your great adive about my coat