Calling all HOC Summers...

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issimma Sat 18-May-13 07:54:35

With apologies to queencadbury for nicking her idea!

I had my colours done last year, but haven't really got into it (pregnancy plus postnatal plus maternity leave lack of funds). I'm a summer and am still struggling with feeling like a cruise ship escapee.

So, thought I'd start a thread where other vases of sweet peas/watercolour paintings/bluebells in a rainy wood could share their buys and wishlists.

First off, I need some Ts and want to try the zara linen ones when they bring out summery colours. I don't get on with kettlewell as they're too short on my body sad

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QueenCadbury Sat 18-May-13 21:56:28

issima glad to be of service grin

orangeandemons Sat 18-May-13 22:03:13

Dark blue grey, I love that colour and almost impossible to find too. Much much more flattering than chrcoal

orangeandemons Sat 18-May-13 22:04:06

So would you say summer colours are hard to find?

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FrugalFashionista Sat 18-May-13 23:02:03

Hi fellow Summers, I think Summer clothes are somewhat underrepresented (high fashion favors Winters - summer clothes are often 'natural' linens and crumpled cottons) but when you have worked out what your colors really are there are quite a lot of choices. Summer sales is the best time to shop - finding a good winter coat can be difficult.

I made a quick pinboard of higher-end clothes and accessories that I think would work on me (I'm a light summer). I then searched Zara and yes, they have lots of things for summers too - see here. I haven't had difficulties finding great things for me. Everything denim is excellent; my color analyst thought camel/oatmeal might become my best neutral as long as I use some accent colors so that my tops don't blend in too much with my hair. Smoky blues (like the Freda dress in the pic) are my very best scarf color.

Regarding footwear, I tried to do navy/taupe/gray shoes for a bit but it just didn't work for me. My main shoe colors are black and nude (I tend to pick cooler nude shades) and that's fine. I even found an old Color Me Beautiful book that said that trying to find non-black shoes may be futile.

ellangirl Sun 19-May-13 02:41:54

I just remembered that I'm actually a deep summer! Darned sleep deprivation!
Frugal, I just can't wear black shoes, feels all wrong. Most of the Colours I wear are much more muted than the ones on your board though so maybe that's why.

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SunshinePanda Sun 19-May-13 08:55:41

TravelinColour you have identified exactly where I stray from my colours. I sometimes veer towards Winter grey, navy and black even - black for trousers and shoes only. I know I shouldn't but tried the whole brown thing and it wasn't me. Think I do prefer grey. Also I wear black opaque tights so prefer shoes boots in the same colour to lengthen legs. I have had my colours for about 20 years. Am I a lost cause when it comes to foot and legwear?!

wickedfairy Sun 19-May-13 09:46:59

Travel, I am a deep brown summer and I do like navy and grey. What is the difference between the navy and grey that would suit me and the ones that will wash me out?

I am starting to build up dusky/madder rose and blush tops which I think flatter me but struggling on my neutrals. I am a casual dresser, so always usually in jeans....

FrugalFashionista Sun 19-May-13 09:53:49

Okay, two years after getting my colors done I still get it utterly wrong sad This may help you decide whether the money, time and effort spent is really worth it.

And good luck finding tall boots in navy! That's exactly why I gave up, many of the prescriptions are just not realistic. I bought a few navy courts but they just feel so dowdy, like a part of an airline uniform or something...

orangeandemons Sun 19-May-13 10:06:59

I found tall boots in navy last winter from Next. I stuggle on neutrals too. The only ones I can really wear all soft white and really really pale grey, yet a lot of clothes seem to be in neutrals.

I struggle with winter coats too, I hate dark colours. I despair in winter seeing loads of black, dark greys, browns etc. I saw a woman wearing a coat the other day, in the only yellow that summer's can wear. I really wanted that coat!

SunshinePanda Sun 19-May-13 10:12:30

Frugal if having your colours done means that it you have more clothes that work together, rather than separate outfits, and you feel that the colours suit you then it isn't a waste. Like you found that some colours seemed frumpy in shoes and boots, which is why I go back to black, but find that overall my colours do work. Was really pleased that you joined this thread as have been lurking on frugal thread and you give excellent advice - don't be downhearted!
Wickedfairy hope that Travelincolour helps us both with grey, navy issues!

Shorty1980 Sun 19-May-13 10:28:38

Ooooh I was just diagnosed (if that's the right word) as a Summer this week - the consultant was insistent I had to tackle my 'wrong' hair colour before I even started on my wardrobe. Which is odd, because this is more or less my natural hair colour (minus some grey coverage). Anyway I wear a lot of blue/turquoise/teal and always get told how much it suits me - unfortunately I usually pair it with black, a big no no for summers I believe smile. I like toast/seasalt/fat face as they always seem to have pretty blues in.

Shorty1980 Sun 19-May-13 10:33:09

Oh and I always wear red shoes eyes wardrobe full of almost identical red shoes which consultant said was fine as long as they were on the blue red spectrum (rather than orangey) because they were so far from my face grin

orangeandemons Sun 19-May-13 10:34:47

A good one for Summer colours is Mistral....but the clothes are dire. Must be designed by a summer though.

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SunshinePanda Sun 19-May-13 12:09:11

Thanks Travelincolour. I do have other colour trousers - a very good blue and various greys but sometimes buy black for work because its easier. I find it hard to buy a pair of well fitted trousers anyway. I will try the tip of using the other colours in the swatch to check it tones not overwhelms. What do you do about opaque tights if you are a Summer? Can anyone link any clothes in the right grey?

issimma Sun 19-May-13 12:12:35

panda I wear these falke anthracite tights. <crosses fingers they're the right grey>. Hideously £££, but not so bad in the sale, and great quality.

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ellangirl Sun 19-May-13 12:28:38

This white stuff jacket looked to me to be a good summer colour here. I ordered it anyway so I'll let you know! I find too much of fatface/mistral/white stuff very drab, but I have bits from all of them. This is not hoc, but useful to see the right sort of neutrals I think. Correct me if I'm wrong travel! here

ellangirl Sun 19-May-13 12:36:58

Also, already there any blogs by summers? If not travel, can you start one? grin

issimma Sun 19-May-13 12:38:03

I'm not usually a white stuff fan (don't do patterns), but love that parka. AND it's in one of my best colours. Good job I'm not a size 8...

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