All things bright and beautiful


Someone once said that laughter is the best medicine. Well, I would like to add colour to that prescription. Just as a bunch of spring daffodils cheers you up on a grey day, wearing something colourful boosts your mood and makes you feel happier and energised. Like a long walk, a soak in the bath or a coffee and a catch-up with a good friend, it’s a tonic for the soul. I don’t know about you, but I only have to pull a yellow jumper out of the drawer to know it’s going to be a good day!

For this week’s vlog post, I thought I’d share with you my favourite picks from our SS20 collection – the colourful new pieces in my Spring palette that I will be wearing as the weather warms up and the days start getting longer. I’m joined in the vlogs below by our resident colour expert, Jo, who has selected her favourites in the Autumn palette. Between us we will show you how to style them up, whether it’s lunch out with friends, or simply pottering around the garden on a warm afternoon. You see, just the thought of colour and sunshine is enough to put a spring in your step. Roll on blue-sky sunny days! 

Melissa's SS20 picks

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Tulip Tilly Dress in Coral Bloom

Easy to wash and wear and non-creasing, this pretty floral-print Tulip Tilly Dress is destined to be my go-to everyday dress for summer.

How I’ll wear mine: With a Roxy Jacket in Ginger and trainers for a relaxed weekend look; with a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Peach and a pair of heels for a wedding or summer party.

Verona Fitted Cardigan in Acid Lime

One of the things I discovered when I had my style analysed is that I’m an hourglass, so this fitted cardigan will accentuate my waist perfectly.

How I’ll wear mine: Relaxed with a Cotton Weekend Skirt in True Blue for a smooth silhouette with trainers or ballet pumps; or open over a pretty summer dress with heels for a smarter look. 

Satin Tie Blouse in Pale Peach

This is the prettiest pastel colour for Springs and Autumns. The satin fabric feels so soft and luxurious on the skin and is a real pleasure to wear.

How I’ll wear mine: With the tie undone out to dinner with friends with a pair of jeans and a Print Belt in Tan Brown or the full pussybow at work with a skirt.   

Lace Edge Tee in Melon Sorbet

I can see I’m going to be wearing this broderie anglaise-edged tee all summer long. This coral shade looks great with denim.

How I’ll wear mine: With jeans, skirt or a pair of paperbag shorts.

Jo's SS20 picks

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Verona V Neck Sweater in Atlantis

Officially the most useful item of clothing I’m going to own this summer. The lightweight cotton cashmere combo makes it the perfect chilly evening throw on, while the sleeve detailing makes it a little more interesting than the average sweater.
How I’ll wear mine - with everything! Jeans, shorts, skirts - this one is going to be a real summer hero.

Charli Linen Top in Zesty Lime

The lightweight 100% linen jersey and relaxed fit of the Charli tee means I won’t overheat this summer, and the colour pop will lift my Autumn palette ready for the sunshine.
How I’ll wear mine - With jeans and a casual Seville Jacket until the weather warms up, and once the sun is out with distressed denim shorts and leather sandals.

Multi Stripe Breton in Autumn Stripe

A warm-toned Breton tee is worth its weight in gold, and I can’t get enough of this Autumn-perfection combination, which will mix and match with almost everything in my wardrobe.
How I’ll wear mine - With rolled up skinny jeans and sneakers for easy weekend dressing, or paired with a Flint Ruched Skirt for work.

Ruched Skirt in Flint

The side ruching and double layer make this skirt incredibly flattering (so no need to be frightened of the slim fit) and the stretch jersey and comfortable waistband keep it ultra comfortable.
How I’ll wear mine - with loose fit tops like the Linen Charli Top for casual wear, or with a matching Flint Betty Cowl to turn it into a party-ready dress.

Susan on Mar 11, 2020 7:16 PM

I may be out of kilter with other posters, but I find it rather dispiriting to see how many garments are "waterfall" or "wrap" style. To my way of thinking this is just a way of cutting corners on the cost of garments by not having to sew on buttons or create buttonholes. They also tend to be shapeless and a bit cheap looking.

Kettlewell Colours: We realise that it's everyone's personal preference but we repeat the wraps every season in new colours as they are always amongst our best selling styles.

Jayne McClelland on Mar 11, 2020 1:03 PM

I teach Pilates and notice how people where different colours with each season. I wore one of my favourite yellow kettlewell tops for teaching today (I am an Autumn) and got many comments today from both group and 1:1 about what a happy colour it an inner daffodil one. Colour let's us shine from within I think. PS loved the blog girls

Virginia Quant on Mar 10, 2020 11:27 AM

Thanks for Judy's post above-I have now discovered that videos of your clothes on non-model shapes can be found on Style Guide... I had just seen your pix with models, and despaired ! - should have done a bit more clicking .... ! So thanks!

Janet Prager on Mar 07, 2020 4:57 PM

This is a really helpful blog showing lovely clothes and very helpful colour combinations. Thank you.

Virginia Quant on Mar 07, 2020 3:48 PM

Thanks for the cheery spring colour ideas! But please (

- as neither of you appears to be an apple shape, and over 60 !) could you feature some solutions for : 1. Apple shapes, who don't look good with a horizontal line of colour break slap bang across our widest bit !?

2. Those of us over 60, who don't always look good in vague boatey T shirt necklines, spriggy 70s retro flowers, (we were there - it's not retro for us!), pussy bow flimsy blouses! Thanks!


Catherine Holland on Mar 07, 2020 11:12 AM

Thank you so much for making these videos, showing some of the new styles. Really helpful to see them on you both!

Judy on Mar 07, 2020 9:20 AM

I'm 5ft 4, apple shaped, size 14 and I really love these video clips. I watch them all. It's so helpful to see the clothes on 'normal' people, ie not rail thin girls heading for 6ft in height. I learn way more about the clothes from the videos and they've helped me branch out and try styles I wouldn't normally have tried because they stop me saying 'that looks great on the model but it would never suit me'. I'm already inspired by the Breton top and the Lace Edged Tee just from these clips. Please bring back the lady with white hair - she seems much closer to an apple shape for those of us who are apples, and please can we see the clothes on ladies with curves too. It is good when you turn slowly so we can see the back of the garment, how it hangs on different body shapes, and lighter rather than darker colours show the details better. Thanks Kettlewell, you are the best :-)

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