Colour Combinations

Wear sunshine!

Michelle wears an Everyday Cotton V Neck in Corn Yellow

I’d like to apologise in advance if you’re one of the small areas of the UK not being blessed with at least some warmth and sunshine today.

For the rest of us, it’s time to celebrate! After a long and decidedly dreary winter the sun has finally decided to put in an appearance, so we’re embracing all things bold, bright and yellow today. Particularly since the sunshine is due to go again any day, so we’re making the most of it while it lasts.

Did you know that you can wear yellow whatever your skin tone and whatever palette of colours suits you? The trick is to simply to pick the right yellow to flatter you. If you’re not sure which colour palette, and therefore yellow, is your best, head over to our colour quiz to get started with discovering your seasonal palette.

Done that? Ready to go? Excellent. Let’s explore which yellow is best for you, and how to know it when you see it.

Milan Knit Cardigan in Soft Apple, Pippa Top in Soft White and a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Canary Yellow


Cotton Rib Bolero in Rosewater, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in Primrose, Cashmere Gauze Stole in Soft White


Midi Shawl Wrap in Marine Navy, Betty Cowl in Sunflower, Cashmere Gauze Stole in Soft White


 

Pocket V Neck in Ice Lemon, Weekend Skirt in Cobalt Blue,Tassel necklace  in Black & Silver Sparkle


Want to take the easy option? Simply click on the ‘shop by colour’ menu option and choose from your palette to discover which garments are available in your favourite shade.

Neon for everyone

I am so in love with neon this season. A huge trend for 2018, neon shades pack a huge fashion and colour punch; a combination I am always pleased to embrace.

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of fashion or someone who likes to tread their own path, neon gives you the chance to add a little individuality to an outfit, to wear a colour pop like no other, and to play with a brand new shade.

Believe it or not, neon colours, like every other shade, can be divided up into the four seasonal palettes. There are neons for Springs, neons for Summers (well, sort of. More on that later), neons for Autumns and neons for Winters. If you know which palette is yours, simply click on the links below to be taken to a personalised post for your neon. If you don’t know which palette is yours, why not take our colour quiz to start discovering your colours, or keep reading for neon styling ideas for everyone.

 

 

 

 


Kettlewell items: Silky Tee in Soft White with a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Limeade and an Everyday Cotton Tee in Tangelo and a Tassel Necklace in Neon & Cream

Introducing SS18

Drum roll, please – the wait is over! The SS18 collection has landed on the website and we couldn’t be more excited. What we hadn’t anticipated was that the launch would coincide with a Siberian weather front but not to worry – spring is just around the corner and there are plenty of layers and scarves to choose from to keep the chill at bay.

People often ask me when a new collection launches which styles and colours I will be adding to my new-season wardrobe. As a Spring I always love a yellow and this season we have so many shades on offer, from freshest ice lemon and zingy neon to a lovely warm shade of corn yellow.

Above LTR: Cashmere Gauze Stole in Canary Yellow, Pocket V Neck in Ice Lemon, Breton Stripe Top in Neon Yellow, Everyday Cotton V in Corn Yellow

 

I also love the new Bretons. I used to think stripes were a bit classic or tomboy for me but I’ve since discovered that you can create a prettier, softer look by choosing colours like this juicy shade of watermelon and wearing with skirts or adding a necklace or scarf.

Above: Breton Stripe Top in Watermelon, Weekend Skirt in Capri Blue,  Starburst Necklace in Gold, Starlight Necklace 

 

For some reason I seem to feel the cold more than most, so the Milan Knit Crew was the most-worn item in my wardrobe last spring (I can’t have been the only one as it became one of our bestsellers!). I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this new Milan Knit Crew in Apple green – it’s such a fresh, crisp colour and the perfect way to usher in spring.

If, like me, you can’t get through the season without buying a new scarf, you’ll love these new metallic ones, which are a quick and contemporary way to update your wardrobe. It’s impossible to see from the photo how good they look and feel but they’re soft, lightly textured and easy to throw on, and the metallic threads really lift the colours.

Above: Milan Knit Crew in Apple, Metallic Print Scarf in Copper Camo, Friendship Bracelet in Spring Gold

 

One of my favourite pieces – which I can see becoming a weekend classic – is the new Eveline Blouse in 100% cotton slub, a new fabric for us, which will appeal to all you cotton lovers. It has a bit of texture and is not at all clingy. I like to wear the front tucked in to show a bit of waist and then to leave the back long.

At this time of year when you don’t know what you’re going to get in terms of weather, everyone needs an extra layer or two. I’m wearing a Lace Cami + Silky Scoop under my Eveline Blouse, and finishing it off with a Cashmere Gauze Stole (which never leaves the back of my chair in the office!). Last but not least I can’t resist these neon pompom necklaces – such a great, fun colour pop.

Above: Eveline Blouse in Light Aqua, Pom Pom Tassel Necklace in Coral, Lace Camisole in Flamingo Pink

And just one more thing – the orange and gold wedge-sole floral trainers. Not only are they colourful, substantial and beautifully made, they also make me smile. All the ingredients, in fact, for a happy wardrobe!

Patterned Sneakers in Coral

 

In the pink

Analu, our Winter model, wears a Cotton Rib Jumper in True Red worn over a Long Vest Top in White with  in Rosa Trousers in Hot Pink (jumper and trousers available 1st March)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we just couldn’t resist this most Valentines of shades.

Pink has a huge amount of stereotype surrounding it. Often receiving a bit of a polarised response response, so many of my colour analysis clients comment that either they avoid it at all costs or, conversely, plenty of them seek it out at every opportunity.

But love it or hate it, it’s time to take a fresh look at the shade that has become the marmite of the colour world and provide you with inspiration to make it into a wow shade for you, whichever side of the marmite divide you have previously fallen on.

So often pink is paired in saccharine combinations and cutesy styles, so let’s look at a few combinations that play with pink in less obvious ways.

I do love a bit of a colour clash with pink and red. If you’re feeling brave you can go for full on fuchsia and red, but for a safer option that still feels thoroughly modern, try palest ice pink with punchy true red. Shown here: a Long Rio Wrap in True Red with a Silky Crew Neck in Pink Ice.

Pink and burgundy is such an elegant combination with just a little hint of the gothic about it. It is also less ‘look at me’ than red and pink, but full of understated confidence in its subtle clash. Shown here a Cosy Merino Wrap in Deep Claret and a Charli Top in Pastel Rose.

Worried about looking a bit unsophisticated in pink? Pair a bright pink or coral with soft white and shades of camel or biscuit to add a good dose of grown up to your pink. Shown here a Mid Cascade Wrap in Flamingo Pink with a Silky Tee in Soft White and a Florence Infinity Scarf in Biscuit.Much like pink and burgundy, and incredibly subtle and non-girly, pairing a dusty brownish pink with sea green is such an effortlessly stylish combination. Try wearing a Paris Textured Jacket in Marine Teal with a Charli Top in Mink.Want to go out all guns blazing? Everyone at Kettlewell is in love with this season’s hot clash – bright pink with orange! Try a Cosy Cotton Top in Magenta with a Florence Infinity Scarf in Firecracker.


 

The white t-shirt – your best version of a wardrobe classic

The white t-shirt is indisputably an iconic piece of clothing. There is simply no item of clothing that more fully expresses effortless style than the humble white tee.

The origins of the white t-shirt hark all the way back to medieval times, when a simple T shaped garment of wool, linen or silk would typically be worn under outer garments. This garment later became an all in one ‘union suit’ before being split once again at the end of the 19th century into long johns and a t-shirt, still to be worn under outer garments.

It wasn’t until the US Navy issued a white t-shirt as part of its uniform around the turn of the 20th century that this simple undergarment began its transformation into a mainstream item of clothing, symbolising practicality, simplicity and effortless style. Worn by icons of 20th century style from Marlon Brando and James Dean to Jane Birkin and Kurt Cobain and the models of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, the white tee established its place among fashion’s elite – a position it has maintained for the better part of a century.

Why not check out our Time for Tee  Pinterest board?

The downside of this iconic piece of clothing is that, well, to be honest, it doesn’t look all that amazing on all of us. Yes, it’s simple, stylish, minimalist and sleek, but if it doesn’t suit your skintone, it’s also going to make you look washed out, tired or grey, meaning it’s not completely without its issues. Which is why, for 2018, we want you to incorporate your version of the classic white t-shirt into your wardrobe. Keep it simple, keep it light and neutral, keep it in a colour and style that works with everything from denim to evening wear, but above all make sure it’s in a shade that makes you look amazing.

If you already know your personal colour palette, simply click on the link below to discover your best version of the classic white tee. If you aren’t sure which colours work best for you, simply read on to find some alternatives to the classic which will look even better than the original on you.

 

 

 

 

If you don’t know which colour palette (and therefore light neutral) works best for you, your best bet is to stick to a soft white. Almost universally flattering, and less stark than true optic white, soft white has a slightly chalky finish, especially in matte fabrics and knitwear.

 

7 items, 7 outfits

 

Once upon a time, when I first started writing this blog, we didn’t used to be able to create a complete capsule wardrobe using only Kettlewell pieces, so we had to send you elsewhere to fill in the gaps. I’m really thrilled that we’ve introduced so many more items over the years, and it’s now possible to create a complete look knowing that each and every piece has been carefully selected to mix and match as well as compliment your skintone and colouring.

Rather than diving into a full capsule wardrobe, which can be somewhat overwhelming and not actually that useful, I’ve created a ‘mini capsule’ using seven Kettlewell garments to create seven outfits, for a full week of colour fun.

7 items

Remember, this is just a sample wardrobe. If your style is a little less classic, go for the Alexa Jacket rather than the Paris jacket, or you might prefer to swap the Ponte Trousers for skinny jeans. Or if you love the classic look, maybe a dress instead of the dressed-down Davina tee? What would your perfect seven items be?

7 outfits 


 







Links to: Paris Jacket, Merino Crossover, Grace Pencil Skirt, Ponte Trousers, Davina Tee, Long Vest, Silky Roll Neck


This week’s post uses colours from the Winter palette. Each week we will be choosing a different seasonal palette to illustrate our blog posts – watch out for yours!

How to wear true red, whatever your palette

True red. Vibrant, festive and confident. And, believe it or not, a colour that we can all wear. If you’ve always thought that you couldn’t wear red, the chances are you’ve been trying one with the wrong undertone or brightness level. True red has neither a yellow or a blue undertone, meaning it sits bang in the middle of the four seasonal palettes, and can tone in with all of them.

The trick is in how you wear your true red; what you wear it with. Pairing vibrant true red with stark black and white creates a totally different effect to pairing it with cream and aqua, or chocolate and tan, and which one looks best on you will depend on your seasonal palette.

If you already know your own seasonal colour palette, just click on the link below to go to the appropriate post for your palette. If you haven’t had a colour analysis yet, don’t panic. You can either make a start on your journey into colour by visiting the Kettlewell colour quiz or simply read on for some great looks that will maximise that universally flattering true red, whatever your skintone.

 

 

 

 


Davina Tee in true red


 

Paris Textured Jacket in true red,  Ponte Trousers in charcoal and a Darcey V Neck in soft white


Grace Jacquard Blazer in marine teal, Grace Pencil Skirt in marine teal, Silky Roll Neck in true red, simple court shoes


​Lace Camisole in true red, ​Merino Crossover in emerald, ​Cashmere Gauze Stole in true red, navy skinny jeans