Colour Combinations

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


 

A/W colour combinations for every palette

Autumn and winter are renowned for being vibrantly colourful times of year. Fashion has long drawn inspirations first from the reds, golds and browns of trees in full autumn leaf and the the blood red holly, deep green pine and crisp icy shades associated with the colder weather of winter.

This range of colour is bold, beautiful and inspiring, has a huge impact on what’s available in the shops and inspires us to dress in a way that reflects the season, but what are you supposed to do if you don’t fall into the appropriate palette? Luckily Kettlewell has every colour you can imagine available year-round, so finding the colours you need isn’t a problem, but how are you supposed to reflect this period of the year without compromising your best colours?

If you’ve had a personal colour analysis, just click on the link below to go to the appropriate post for your palette. If you haven’t had a colour analysis, 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 layering looks that will add autumnal shades to your outfit, whatever your skin tone.
 

 

 

 

Alpaca shawl in dark sage, Cara V Neck in lemongrass, Long Camisole in soft white

Dark sage/lemongrass/soft white – this is such a classic combination. We start to feel the beginning of the effects of autumn as deep leaf green blends beautifully with brighter golden yellow, softened off with a hint of soft white. Try layering these shades for a tonal look, and include a mixture of textures for added luxe.


Sara V Neck in bordeaux, Camisole in ochre, Florence Infinity Scarf in biscuit

Bordeaux/ochre/biscuit – a splash of bordeaux mixed with golden ochre evokes the memory of crisp autumn walks and the colours of late autumn. Make sure you add a scarf!

Merino Crossover in carmine red, Jersey Trousers in black, Lace Camisole in ice blue

Ice blue/carmine/black – move into the beginnings of winter with these deeper, more high contrast shades. Icy blue skies contrast with deep reds and black as the soft shades of autumn evolve into the more stark winter hues.

Milan Knit Crew in true blue marl, Silky Roll Neck in black, Florence Infinity Scarf in charcoal

Black/true blue marl/charcoal – layer up the bolder brighter shades of true winter. The deep blue of sloe berries contrasts with deepest blacks and greys as the warm autumn colour is leeched from the landscape, leaving only the strongest cool tones behind. Add a jet black silky roll neck for added cosy, but keep the bright with a true blue marl merino sweater.

Colour meets denim: everything you need to know


Sophie is wearing a Cosy Cotton Top in jellybean with boyfriend jeans

Whatever your personal style, the chances are you have a pair or ten of jeans in your wardrobe. We’ve talked about denim here before, but something that the good folk at Kettlewell and I get asked an awful lot is which Kettlewell tops go best with which jeans shapes. When faced with the challenge of seemingly limitless denim and t-shirt shapes, it can feel a little overwhelming to begin to work with colour as well, but I’m here to show you that putting the whole lot together can be a breeze.

Straight leg jeans are such a classic cut that it makes sense to pair them with similarly timeless top halves. For an easy smart-casual look, try pairing with a merino crew neck in winter or a simple cosy cotton stripe top. For an evening out, opt for the gorgeously drapey Daphne blouse and the Alexa biker.

Outfit 1 – Cosy Cotton Stripe Top in cornflower/light navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in dusky rose

Outfit 2 – Alexa Zip Jacket in cranberry, Daphne Blouse in pastel rose

Outfit 3 – Shawl Collar Wrap in navy, Darcey Square in blue moon

Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Cashmere Gauze Stole in ocean blue

Skinny jeans are so ubiquitous now that it’s hard to think of them as an ‘extreme’ style, but they do require a little more balancing out than classic straight or boot leg styles. Longer tops are your friend here. Layer a long vest under a standard tee, or add the beautiful merino tunic for sleek longline style. Go for the Diane swing top for a change of silhouette.

Outfit 1 – Merino Tunic in deep claret, Tassel Necklace in pink mulberry sparkle

Outfit 2 – Tasha Top in charcoal, Long Vest Top in raspberry

Outfit 3 – Davina Tee in fig, Florence Infinity Scarf in grey plum

Outfit 4 – Davina Tee in dutch blue, Alpaca Shawl in mallard

The bootcut has been out of favour for a while, but increasingly it’s returning to the denim front line. So easy to wear and to balance with a variety of tops, it’s easy to see why many of us refused to abandon this wardrobe stalwart during the skinny jeans years. Pair with classic tees, or add a camisole under a shirt or wrap top if you are larger busted.

Outfit 1 – Sara V Neck  in grey plum, Cashmere Gauze Stole in dolphin grey

Outfit 2 – Cotton Jersey Shirt in navy, Lace Camisole in silver

Outfit 3 – Merino Crossover in glacier, Camisole in steel blue

Outfit 4 – Paris Textured Jacket in true red, Darcey Scoop in ice blue

 

The more extreme wide leg of flared jeans demands a more fitted top half to avoid accidentally landing in clown territory. Embrace the retro feel by pairing with a silky roll neck or a poncho layered over a fitted tee, or go for a simple fitted merino crew neck.

Outfit 1 – Silky Tee in true red, Multi Star Necklace in silver

Outfit 2 – City Poncho in deep claret, Silky Roll Neck in dolphin grey

Outfit 3 – Sleeveless Merino Wrap in bright navy, Silky Crew Neck in light aqua

Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in marine blue, Tassel Necklace in charcoal sparkle

Boyfriend jeans can be worn with a relaxed top for a super casual look (go for something slouchy like the Tasha or Davina tees) but look their best contrasted with a more fitted option. Keep it simple with a short sleeve crew neck or a long sleeved silky v neck.

Outfit 1 – Tasha Top in meadow violet, Tassel Necklace in lilac sparkle

Outfit 2 – Alexa Zip Jacket in ink, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in raspberry

Outfit 3 – Silky Crew Neck in pink ice, Studded Scarf in grey

Outfit 4 – Cosy Merino Sweater in bright navy, Florence Infinity Scarf in pastel blue


 

Parisian chic

Georgia wears the Paris Jacket in Aubergine over a Fine Cotton V Neck in Mint Aqua

Well this is one that’s worth the wait. I know there’s been a huge number of you desperate for the effortless elegance of the Paris jacket, and you’ve been patiently hanging on since the beginning of September waiting for one. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that the next delivery of Paris jacket stock has finally arrived and any pre-orders will be shipped as soon as possible.



With that out of the way, let’s make sure you know exactly how to style one of Kettlewell’s three wardrobe cornerstone jackets.

Paris Jacket in Aubergine, Davina Tee in Sapphire, Pink Mulberry Sparkle Tassel Necklace

This is the classic hi-low mix boucle jacket outfit. The perfectly classic cut of the Paris jacket (but in beautiful comfortable heavy weight slight-stretch fabric rather than stiff tweed) plays nicely with relaxed denim and a simple tee – go bold rather than white with the t-shirt for your take on this timeless look.

Paris Jacket in True Red, Ponte Trousers in Charcoal, Cotton Jersey Shirt in Nimbus and Mid Grey Velvet Ballerinas

Up your game by pairing the Paris jacket with a classic collared shirt and ballet pumps. Effortless elegance, sorted. The light neutral shirt makes a bold contrast with the true red jacket, and both these shades are universal, suits-everyone colours, so whatever your palette, wear with confidence!

Paris Jacket in Light Grey, Grace Pencil Skirt in Grey, Sleeveless Mock Turtle in Raspberry, Silk Leopard Scarf in Bright Pink

Workwear never looked so good. Simply throw the Paris jacket over anywhere you’d normally add a cardigan or blazer for a feminine look that’s 100% pulled together and smart enough for any board meeting.

Secrets of layering for every palette

Eveline wears a City Poncho in Marine Blue over a Silky Roll Neck in Mandarin Orange.

Layering is an essential skill during the transition seasons, but many of us lack confidence in how to add different styles, colours and textures within an outfit.

Effective layering has many benefits. Number one, the practical. You’ll be warm, but if it heats up, you’ll be able to cool down incrementally, rather than just shedding one enormous sweater and freezing to death. Number two, style. Mixing layers, textures and prints within an outfit gives it depth and interest, instantly making you look more pulled together. Number three, colour! Layering gives you an opportunity to add more colour into your outfit in a way that looks current and wearable, rather than you having to head out in top to toe ochre (unless you want to. Please don’t let me stand between you and top to toe ochre if that’s where your heart lies).

When I started to discuss this post with Kettlewell, we got so excited about the opportunities to demonstrate effective layering that it quickly became apparent that we’d need a separate post for each of the four seasonal colour palettes. So if you’ve had a personal colour analysis, just click on the link below to go to the appropriate post for your palette. If you haven’t had a colour analysis, 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 layering looks that will add wow colours to your outfit whatever your skin tone.

 

The easiest and least challenging way to layer is to stick to tonal shades. The lack of different colours means you just can’t go wrong. Make sure you add a long layer to peek out the bottom.

Start with a Long Vest Top in Sky Blue and Ponte Trousers in Navy. Add a Tasha Top in Galaxy Blue and throw on an Alpaca Shawl in Greek Blue. Finish off with a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Navy.

Getting bolder? Try adding some contrasting colours to your layers to add depth and interest to your look. This is a great way of adding a bright shade if you lack confidence doing large quantities of bright colours.

Start with a Silky Roll Neck in Mallard and Ponte Trousers in Charcoal. Layer a Merino Crossover in Festival Fuchsia

The ultimate winter layering system – try adding more than one knitwear layer for style that keeps you cosy.

Start with a Cosy Merino Sweater in Marine Blue and your favourite jeans. Add a Merino Sleeveless Wrap in Indian Ochre and top off with a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Ocean Blue.

Layering can be a great way to add some colour to your workwear too – the sleeveless mock turtle is the perfect lightweight base layer.

Wear a Sleeveless Mock Turtle in Aquamarine and a Grace Pencil Skirt in Praline. Layer over a Cotton Jersey Shirt in Nimbus and then add your Grace Jacquard Blazer in Praline.

Green – for every palette

Green, the colour of renewal, of nature, of life. It’s an uplifting shade and goes with a multitude of other colours. It can range from palest mint through to darkest pine, from softest olive to vibrant emerald. And you know what else? Most people hardly ever wear it.

You may or may not remember that Pantone’s colour of the year this year is Greenery. Unlike 2015, when the colour of the year, Marsala, was absolutely everywhere, Greenery hasn’t made quite the same impact. People just aren’t as brave with green, in my experience.

I’d be willing to bet that this is because most of us have been put off by a negative experience with green, because when it’s wrong, it’s really really wrong. The right green can brighten and lift, whereas the wrong one will drag you down, add shadows and insta-age the skin.

So which green should you be wearing, and how do you identify it? If you’ve had your colours analysed, just click on the seasonal links below for more information about your best greens and how to choose them. If you haven’t had a colour analysis, why not start with Kettlewell’s quiz, or read on for more information.

 

 

 

If you don’t know your personal colour palette, your safest green is always going to be one with a hint of teal to it, which makes it a more universally flattering shade. If you want to go greener but you aren’t sure if it suits you, just keep the colour away from the area directly under your face, or add another safe universal colour to help balance out any negative effect from the green you have chosen. The chances are, when it comes to green, you’ll be able to see whether it works or not. If you try one and it doesn’t, do persevere, as the right green is like wardrobe magic!

A safe feeling blue with a hint of greenish teal is a great tentative step into the world of greens. Go for Mallard, a universal shade that flatters almost all skin tones.

Kettlewell items shown: Short Cascade Wrap, Soft Square Vest, Suede Tassel Clutch

Light olive shades are usually everywhere in the spring/summer, so another easy green to try, as it won’t stand out as a ‘look at me, I’m wearing green!’ shade. Pair it with a soft white tee, a fairly safe shade for most skin tones.

Kettlewell items shown: Mid Cascade Wrap, Silky Tee, Tassel Necklace

Ready to go bright? Pair a grass green with nature inspired neutrals to keep it boldly tropical but 100% stylish.

Kettlewell items shown: Mid Cascade Wrap, Fine Cotton Tee, Short Ruched Skirt, Tassel Necklace