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

Four125 Wed 01-Apr-15 09:23:43

Yes muddling I assumed I was a winter too. I was bored the other week and looked at the versions of all my one and two star colours in the Kettlewell catalogue and yes, almost all of them are winter colours too.
I was surprised when I came out of the consultation, I didn't like a lot of the summer colours, but I'm getting used to it now I think.

Hello everyone smile i was surprised as i thought i was a winter but when she put the scarves on me you could tell the difference in my face. The big surprise was the pink plum lipstick which was a colour i had avoided in the past always wore red but the colour looked great especially when she added the different scarves it was a jaw drop moment for us both.
The consultant was quite excited she hadnt had a summer for a while lol my outstanding colours are all the dark spectrum and she said to use the paler colours for blouses and tshirts which i think i can cope with as not really a pale colour person usually.

Four125 Tue 31-Mar-15 17:52:40

Hello muddling smile

I agree completely Ant, I'm a sweet pea (or soft) summer, diagnosed in August and still trying to get to grips with it.
Funnily enough, when I went back through my stars and ticks colour list I found that almost all of them were darker colours, not pastels.

I agree about the shops at the moment LaPomme but there are loads of blues around and some of them seem right.

LaPomme Tue 31-Mar-15 15:22:45

summer too grin
Today I'm in grey jeans (far enough from face and muted colour!), airforce blue merino jumper (cold!) and becksondergaard pale blue and ivory star scarf, with a navy bag.
Trying to get new work tops and some clothes for summer holidays, but everything is very bright in the shops and I'm not mad on pastels either!

AntNebula Tue 31-Mar-15 11:32:39

Hello muddling, thread's a bit quiet at the mo but jump aboard smile

How do you feel about your diagnosis? Was it what you were hoping for/expecting? I'm a sweet pea summer and still can't get my head around the lighter pastels... they just don't feel like me.

Hi I am a newly discovered deep summer, hope i can join you all =)

Four125 Fri 13-Mar-15 19:30:17

What about this in the darker red, is this near HoC smoked grape/plum?

www.ewm.co.uk/c-neck-sweater-cont-59375.html?___store=default

AntNebula Fri 13-Mar-15 10:22:17

Definitely summer, I'd say.

RoganJosh Wed 11-Mar-15 19:12:59

I think that jacket is summer. It's not an icy winter blue.

SoMuchForSubtlety Wed 11-Mar-15 19:06:48

I'm undecided about this in the 61 blue colour. Summer, or too pale a blue?

SunshinePanda Thu 26-Feb-15 19:31:28

Lovely cape but wouldn't suit me either. Bet it looks fabulous on you and will be really useful as well.
Starting to think of Spring - seen a blue oriental patterned top in Oasis but might wait for an offer as it seems overpriced at £32 for what it is. Maybe something in green...? I also really want a jacket, asymmetrical zip possibly, not leather but fabric. Also need replacement pewter ballet pumps.
If anyone has highlights could recommend Bleach London purple shampoo from Boots to avoid brassiness.

Finbar Thu 26-Feb-15 17:02:03

I like that - though I can't do drapey!

Bought a great raspberry pink scarf in Laura Ashley today with 30% off

Chewbecca Thu 26-Feb-15 14:22:37

Hello summers, how are you and your wardrobes doing?

slate did you ever find some grey courts? I saw some gorgeous ones in store in Jones the bookmaker yesterday, but they don't seem to be on their website.

I bought this jigsaw silk 'cape' today, am rather pleased with it.

Four125 Thu 29-Jan-15 20:47:14

If anyone sees a round neck jumper in the summer berry red colour please can you post?
I can't find the right thing anywhere.

RobotLover68 Wed 21-Jan-15 14:01:37

ooh that Reiss coat is very pale but then I'm a deep summer, probably why I'm put off - it almost looks like winter white on the internet

re: grey shoes, I bought some a couple of years ago from John Lewis, they usually have a good selection

Geminid Mon 19-Jan-15 09:37:37

Thanks Panda. I actually tried the coat on in person but it was so difficult to judge. It looked like a very much paler version of light blue grey - but I found my eyes didn't work so well in the artificial light of the shop. I'll perhaps go and give it another try.

Four: had a quick scout round Oasis but nothing much grabbed me.

Four125 Sun 18-Jan-15 21:15:15

I find it's difficult to judge the shade of colours on the Internet and often they look different on my laptop/tablet or phone.

Did anyone find anything nice in Oasis following the post a few weeks ago about their good summer colours?

SunshinePanda Sun 18-Jan-15 13:53:01

It's a beautiful jacket but a tricky colour to judge on screen. It looks cool rather than warm. Could you compare it against pure white and cream? Also does it look right and blend with other Summer colours? I'm not much help am I! Maybe someone better will come along like Travel. [smil

Geminid Sun 18-Jan-15 10:06:33

It is hard isn't it to find the right colour, style and fit - you can say that again!

Can I ask for your opinion on whether this jacket is a summer colour?

www.reiss.com/womens/coats-and-jackets/hermitage/frost/

Tried in on yesterday and fell in love with the style and the fit is great. Not sure about the colour though.

SunshinePanda Sun 18-Jan-15 07:31:34

Sorry none of my links are working.sad

SunshinePanda Sun 18-Jan-15 07:30:32

Your friend is quite right if you have a waist show it off. I think that it is easy to get swayed by colour. I'm sure you would have known when you tried it on. It is hard isn't it to find the right colour, style and fit. Still I guess that's why we're all on here.
I changed my Oasis striped dress for a similar H of F one but the fit is much better, better quality and the stripes seem more muted. They also had a soft navy plain one with a little silver thread in it:
http://m.houseoffraser.co.uk/on/demandware.store/Sites-hof-Site/default/Product-Show?pid=D489990
Also saw a grey top which was a good colour yesterday in New Look:
http://m.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/dark-grey-curved-hem-sleeveless-top-_327167005
and this looks similar online:
http://m.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/grey-wrap-bar-front-sleeveless-top-_332224305

Four125 Sat 17-Jan-15 10:03:10

I showed the Boden dress to my friend who said 'why would you wear a dress like that? It doesn't go in at the waist'.
She's right, I do go in at the waist, so the Boden dress is shelved for now.
Back to the drawing board.....

Chewbecca Fri 16-Jan-15 10:49:43

grey suede block heels from Next

Chewbecca Fri 16-Jan-15 10:23:03

& four I am also a 'deep' summer and 2* in all the stronger shades, including burgundy & raspberry, never the lighter ones. For me the beetroot shade of the Boden dress would be just right.

Chewbecca Fri 16-Jan-15 10:20:32

Not your blocky heel but I do really like these (expensive) LK Bennett grey court shoes.

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