So this season for us in the UK we're going into autumn which is a season I love, I’ve always loved autumn partly because it’s my birthday in November so I get to celebrate and also because of the colours. Being primarily an artist at heart and being bought up by an artist, I’ve been playing with colour all my life. I love it, colour can transform your mood instantly and wearing colour has such an enriching experience on your life. I once remember a healer telling me that it really isn’t good to wear too much black because it literally blocks light flowing into your body. When I thought about this for myself to me it made sense, black is such a dense colour.
Yet so many people wear it head to toe all the time. It’s everybody’s 'go to' staple yet not that many people can truly carry off black and truly shine. So here we are going into autumn from summer where everyone wears colour and are far more adventurous with their clothes styles, within a month or so all those pretty summer dresses will be replaced with a sea of black uniform staples and in my heart I’m asking WHY?
So this is my take on colour; we all have certain colours which literally light us up, it’s amazing to see how this can work. I first had my colours done when I was about 9 years old, it was so much fun and amazing to see the effects of different colours against my skin. These days I can really feel when a colour is good for me, I’m naturally drawn to spring like colours which have a softness about them. When the season changes I don’t ditch them for black, I stay true to what I know works and love. I often get laughed at for wearing my cream mohair coat in the woods but it's as simple as this; cream makes me feel light and bright, why would I swap it for a black cagoule - surely I want to feel amazing wherever I go?
When you know what colours work for you it’s a really reassuring feeling because you can shop with confidence, knowing you can invest in key wardrobe items which you really are going to love forever. For example, I have an extensive collection of coloured cashmere cardigans and jumpers, every season or so I add a new one, it’s such a lovely thing to do. Funnily though, the girls in the shop always say they would buy the practical colours like black over colour so they would get more wear. However for me I love the fact I have lots of coloured knitwear it means I can always feel bright and myself even in the colder months when everything is drab.
For me the dressing safe buying safe colours mentality doesn't work because, before you know it, you have lost your own personality within your style. Using colour within your key pieces is a really great way to feel lots of pizzazz within your outfit. However the main key with this is know your colours. I really recommend getting your colours assessed professionally, I know it may seem like an older lady thing to do but it’s actually an amazing way to pamper yourself gain deeper understanding on what suits you so you can go out and make some really bold statements with colour within your clothes. For example I’m loving this red wool coat from Reiss, it would amazing on someone who can carry this colour of red… Maybe it’s you?