A/W: Colour trend round up
Don’t Be Late to The Petrol Party: It is my suggestion that absolutely everybody jump aboard the petrol blue train, as immediately as schedules allow. Destination: Autumn/Winter. This is definitely a shade of blue that I recommend you incorporate into your closet before the season is up. It’s truly a game-changer. The best part is that it will still look incredibly chic going into spring when teamed with cream and/or crisp pastels. That’s the best thing about petrol. Seasonally, you’ll get a lot of mileage (pun entirely intended). What better way to dive into this colour trend than with a blazer- you can dress it down with jeans and white trainers for a daytime look or go glam with a lacy camisole and satin midi skirt. Alternatively, accessorize with a bag or cosy scarf in petrol if you relate to the less-is-more ethos. On the other hand, maximalists should aim to combine all of the above. However you decide to wear it, you won’t regret welcoming this oh-so-cool blue hue into your wardrobe.
Bundled Up in Burgundy: This vampy shade of wine red screams Winter. I know what you’re thinking, it’s a pretty obvious choice for this list- berry tones have been round the block and back again. I’m delighted to tell you that, although predictable of me to include it, burgundy isn’t going anywhere. However, this season, shift your focus to the other colours you’re styling it with. For example, burgundy styled with nothing else but burgundy? She’s a bold, elegant, fashion-forward woman with a penchant for sleek monochromatic dressing and (allegedly) no time for seasonal beverages. Glaring at you, pumpkin spice. Now, burgundy when paired with dusty pinks, pastel blues or soft neutrals? She’s a different woman altogether- dressed to invite friendly small talk in ques, rather than intimidate. She is enviably put-together and looks simultaneously classic and a half-step ahead of the trends at all times. Case in point, she just finished reading a novel just on the cusp of becoming an overnight bestseller. You kind of want to hate her, but she inspired you to wear more burgundy, and you’ve never looked back since.
Remaining Neutral: There is no other neutral, in my opinion, that is as universally timeless as camel for the Autumn/ Winter season. It’s an old faithful where fashion is concerned- dependable, comforting and a great transitional colour for when winter begins to thaw into spring. Apart from probably matching nearly every piece in your wardrobe, subtle variations in the shades of camel offered by different brands mean you can always find something in this colour that compliments your complexion. For AW, I suggest that if you don’t already own some form of knitwear in camel, you pursue that endeavour instantly. Add to list, add to bag. A knitted co-ord puts a chic twist on cold weather dressing and can look extremely high fashion when styled with yet more neutrals such as off white or cream. A chunky cropped cardigan in camel is a prime example of something you could invest in now, knowing that you’re going to be able to wear that item for years to come in many different ways. Wear it buttoned up as a top with a midi skirt/ jeans, wear it back to front and buttoned up as if it’s a jumper, wear it off the shoulder… go wild. Or, you know, you could always just wear it open, thrown over a printed dress as nature intended. If there is one thing that should unquestionably be invested in though, it’s some form of camel coat. I’m not exactly presenting any brand-new information with that statement though- this is just a re-hash of the fashion staple rulebook now.
Life’s A Dream in Forest Green: Of all the greens there are, forest is in my top three. You can imagine my excitement when I saw it splashed all over the AW19 catwalks and weaving its way into street style Instagram pages. I just can’t get enough of it. Where incorporating this shade into your wardrobe is concerned, it’s important to experiment with lots of texture. I find that feathers, faux fur, leather, suede and satin in this colour are all positively dreamy ways to wear it- they exude opulence. It’s exactly this suggestion of luxury that I love about forest green. It looks seriously expensive when styled with another cool jewel tone like midnight blue and accessorised with silver/metallic accents. That seemingly-nonchalant-but-usually-highly-stressful-to-achieve dressiness that winter party season demands of you? Covered. Additionally, if you, like me, are someone who objectively owns too many items of black clothing, I can confirm that it’s an excellent alternative for when we want to marginally deviate from our shadowy norm. My advice to anyone who doesn’t currently own something in forest green would be to, you guessed it, throw caution to the wind and buy literally any item in this colour. It’s impossible to go wrong. Right now, NOTHING looks better to me than a dark green, gorgeously glossy faux fur coat. Sigh.