Here we are in the last week of September, days away from the 1st October and even though every year it's very similar weather, the majority of us are under prepared. I think it's just the British way. I can't tell you how many people have said to me this week, "Can you believe this rain?" or " I can't believe how cold it is?" ...to which I obviously give the polite observant reply ..." yes, I agree... so cold?!" In the back of my mind i'm thinking, 'why can't we believe it?' It's clearly Autumn, October is around the corner and the clocks 'fall' back next month. It would actually make a lot more sense if every time it stopped raining and we got a glimmer of sunshine through the dark clouds for a few moments, we'd say to each other, "Wow, I can't believe its not raining" or "I cannot believe the sun is out!" Amazing that we seem to notice the cold and the rain more than the tiny glimmer of sun but I think that's probably symbolic on some deeper level. The funny thing is that we obviously can believe that it's this cold and that it's raining but more than likely we're feeling the cold because the majority of us aren't dressing for the weather. When you look around there are still a huge amount of people dressed for Summer. Maybe not 'high' summer but you can literally walk down a street and see ten's of people with bare legs or arms and then just one might be standing next to them in a, 'fairly appropriate for the temperature ' jacket or a scarf. Maybe we're still caught up in the fact that we haven't made good enough use of our Summer wardrobes yet or maybe we just all think we're more robust to the weather than we actually are. Either way Autumn is here, Winter is definitely on it's way and we think it's the perfect time to start getting inspired. We absolutely love scarves and they're such an easy way to start 'warming up' your wardrobe for the cooler weather. Choosing scarves that will be versatile with your wardrobe is the best way to achieve the most from them. We've shared a selection of some of our favourites we've seen recently in stores in the image above to give you a quick tease of some of the colour trends out there.
SCARVES clockwise from top left of image: ASOS Woven Oversized Scarf In Pastel Herringbone Stripe £18.00 www.asos.com, Hallhuber Scarf with Graphic Patterning £39.00 www.houseoffraser.co.uk, New Look Camo Print Scarf £12.99 www.newlook.com, Vila Tassel Scarf £20.00 www.asos.com
We always encourage people to look at 'the trends' but also to remember they don't have to follow them, they are there for inspiration. You need to look at the ones you're attracted to or drawn towards and most often they'll be the ones that suit you. Pick and choose from them and then gradually build a theme for what you want your 'look' to be. Today we wanted to specifically talk about colours for Autumn/Winter as we think this is a great place to start when getting inspired for your wardrobe going into a new season. As usual the colours that you will being seeing most of in stores will be the 'Pantone' colours. If you've not heard of this before, Pantone is a company best known for inventing colour palettes which then influence a number of different industries. In the simplest of terms, every year a group of select people get together with Pantone and decide what the colour/colours of the year will be and these then filter out into trends in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, interiors etc. The Pantone colours for 2016 have been 'Serenity Blue' and 'Rose Quartz.' The colours within these spectrum's then grow and diversify into different shades for each season of that year and although
Pantone then give each of these new tones an individual name, i'm not going to bother you with them for now but if you are interested in the names you can google 'Pantone colours A/W 2016' and you'll find them all online. What I can give you is an overview of what trends are coming through from these and what you'll probably be seeing lots of over the next couple of months.
First of all is 'Earth Tones'...Hurrah! One of our favourite colour families but as well as the taupes and soft beiges you'll be seeing lots of deep brown, red rust, yellow and richer camel, copper and toffee colours. Sitting next to these, staying quite natural and earthy will be olive greens and shades of grey. Sleek slate colours and darker gunmetal's will be the perfect base for the Blues (The massive trend for blues, i'm guessing, is from the 'Serenity Blue' Pantone of 2016 we talked of before). They'll mainly be Navy, Teal and Petrol colours which will lead beautifully to the deep rich jewel tones that will definitely be all over the beauty aisles from lipsticks to nail polishes. By Christmas I can definitely see us all getting into these rich plums, deep purple aubergines, burgundy's and merlots, and who doesn't like Merlot at Christmas, ha! :) These red tones also evolve to more purple/pink vibrant tones if you like more striking bright colours too! We'll be covering a few of our favourite ways to wear these colours over the next few weeks but for now why not try adding a hint of this seasons 'Pantones' by testing out one of these beautiful nail polishes in the image. Please click links below to see more.
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ESSIE Nail Colour '42 Angora Cardi': www.superdrug.com
CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour 'Particuliere': www.houseoffraser.co.uk
CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour Garçonne: www.houseoffraser.co.uk
NAILS INC Nail Polish 'The Thames': www.boots.com
CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour 'Cavaliere': www.houseoffraser.co.uk
TOM FORD Nail Colour 'African Violet': www.houseoffraser.co.uk
MAC Nail Colour 'Anti-Fashion': www.houseoffraser.co.uk
CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour 'Mariniere': www.houseoffraser.co.uk
We wish you all a wonderful weekend and happy shopping! :)