The clocks go back this weekend, so we are now firmly into the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness”. I know that many don’t, but I love this time of year when the nights draw in and there is a blaze of colour as the leaves turn from palest cream to the dark warm red of the virginia creeper growing up the side my daughter’s house. Which brings me to the subject of those colour tones found in each season which work best to enhance your looks whether in your clothes or makeup.
Many of you will be familiar with the concept that people (mostly) fit into one of four colour palettes* which can be matched to the 4 seasons - two of which are warm in tone (spring and autumn) and two of which are cool (summer and winter). I know it sounds fiendishly complicated so let me introduce you to the founder of Kettlewell, a clothing line which quite brilliantly offers you all of their styles according to your seasonal palette. The founder, Melissa has been running the business for fifteen years with her husband John. Like all good entrepreneurs, Melissa spotted a huge gap in the market when, after a colour consultation with a stylist, she was told that she was a ‘bright spring.’ It was winter at the time and Melissa, armed with her perfect colour swatches, could find nothing in the shops that matched her needs. So, she started a business to do just that.
Like Melissa, I also ‘had my colours done’ many years ago and was happy to discover that my natural attraction to navy, grey and black clothes, maybe with a touch of fuchsia pink, was actually the right choice for someone like me who was a ‘vibrant winter’ and therefore very decidedly cool toned. Therefore, when I launched LFF, I knew that choosing the right colours for your eye, cheek and lip makeup according to whether you are cool or warm-toned could make all the difference to your overall appearance. So, the approach that we take to helping you to choose the perfect makeup colours for your face is the same approach that Kettlewell takes in helping you to find the styles and colours that suit you best. I wholeheartedly endorse what Melissa says: “I’ve always believed that we look our best in clothes (and I’d add makeup) that inspire and uplift us - those magical, colourful pieces in our wardrobe that spark joy the moment we put them on.”
I am all for sparking joy, so in my recent shopping trips for a few new items for my winter wardrobe I have assiduously avoided the racks and racks of black, navy and grey items that create an immediate pull when I am browsing in clothes shops. This has resulted in my purchase of a red coat, a cornflower blue blouse and a pair of bright pink trousers (see below). It has also resulted in an invitation to Melissa and John (acting as cameraman) to come to my house with a range of their clothes in a ‘winter’ palette in order to encourage me to be a bit more adventurous with my colour choices. I had such an inspiring day which I want to share with you in this video below of Melissa and I chatting about the importance of colour, followed by the photographs which John took of each of the Kettlewell items that I tried. We also filmed a video of Melissa having a beautiful makeover using warm toned LFF products, which you can see here.
Merino Crossover in ultra violet with the white lace camisole, accessorised with the Cashmere Gauze Stole in diva pink
Verity Lace Blouse in dark emerald green with a long camisole in emerald underneath
Freya Velvet Dress in magenta
Merino Infinity Scarf in brilliant blue
Three-Way Scarf in purple bloom
My 3 Recent Colourful Purchases
Red Coat and Boots (Fenwicks)
Fuchsia Pink Trousers (LK Bennet)
Cornflower Blue Blouse (Fenwicks)
I especially loved the Kettlewell Merino Crossover in sapphire with the white lace camisole, accessorised with the Cashmere Gauze Stole in fuchsia. I was also amazed at how striking that dark emerald green Verity Lace Blouse was and how much it suited me, because I’d never have chosen that for myself in a million years, but it’s now on my ‘wish list’ as a really gorgeous Christmassy look.
Do share your thoughts below as I really welcome your contributions. Are you also trying to eschew black, navy, grey (and maybe the dreaded beige!) in favour of something brighter and more uplifting?
Hi Tricia I have shopped with for a while now and recently you have teamed with Kettlewell on colours this I found very interesting I am confused though because you say I am warm toned because I definitely have a yellow undertone to my skin you say oranges greens Kettlewell say I’m summer pinks purples..I have blue eyes and brown hair..can you solve my problem.. Many thanks sue..
You may be one of those confusing people who is 'neutral' - which means that there are no colours which are terrible on you! I'd trust those colours you are drawn to and which get you the most compliments. I realise that's a bit vague but trust your instincts about what makes you feel and look your mosty confident self. Triciax
I discovered Kettlewell before I discovered LFF. I am 76 and love bright colours, but I think you hit the nail on the head in one of your blogs when you said that most mature women seem to wear porridge colours. It is always a difficult job trying to find colourful skirts that don’t show your Knickers when you bend over. It seems that most fashion houses deliberately cater for the young and thin. To discover Kettlewell has been refreshing to say the least. I wish I had more money to spend, but I am gradually upgrading my wardrobe with some colourful core pieces from Kettlewell and re learning how to use make up again. So thank you to both for the inspiration I needed to get out of the rut.
Your photos show you looking just great, but always the same expression - why can't we see you just for once looking different, laughing or properly smiling with an open mouth?
Have just looked at Kettlewell online but unfortunately all the lovely clothes are worn by a stick thin young model and have no relevance for an older and slightly porky woman. What a shame.
Tricia you look absolutely stunning in all of those colours. Each year you are living up to the name and looking more fabulous and a wonderful inspiration to the rest of us.