HoC Autumns

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Seri77 Tue 20-Aug-13 14:51:46

Thought I'd start a thread for autumns as the spring and winters threads seem busy and I feel I'm missing out!

I'm an autumn leaf and going for the style day soon. I haven't bought much this year as only had colours done a couple of months ago and waiting to discover my style before spending. I have been decluttering my wardrobe quite ruthlessly as I had a lot of the wrong colours/tatty clothes.

I did buy some Kettlewell tops and have had a few compliments so I certainly believe that colour analysis works.

Unfortunately my autumn/winter coats are black but expensive so I won't be replacing them for at least a couple of years.

Any suggestions for colourful hats/scarves/gloves to lift the black? High street brands please as I can't get parcels delivered to home.

pretoria Tue 20-Aug-13 21:09:13

I'm a soft autumn, so would be interested in anyone's suggestions. Have hardly bought any clothes over the last few years, so my wardrobe needs a serious update!

GeorginaWorsley Tue 20-Aug-13 21:57:46

Have never had my colours done professionally but am sure I am an autumn.
I have hazel eyes,brown hair with lowlights and olivey complexion.
I look far beyyer in browns than black!
I would suggest scarves with brown in ,perhaps the ubiquitous leopard print! that would tone with black coat but add warmth.
Or green and black,berry and black?

Am hoping for more chocolatey colours in the shops soon.

Meganhunt Tue 20-Aug-13 22:07:30

I've been waiting for someone to start an autumn thread! I'm a Dark Autumn. I did my HoC day in July so have been very happy to see the autumn clothes coming in. I've been looking at a lot of burgandy dresses (also seems to be called ox blood these days??!!) and I think this will work well with the darker autumn colours but still finding my way with the colours. Will come back with links!

GeorginaWorsley Tue 20-Aug-13 22:11:49

I think I am probably a soft Autumn.
My best colours are navy,peacock,berry,taupe,purple,moss greens,khaki,
I look awful in bluey toned red or pastels,and lip colours are basically Bobbi Brown's palette.

Careful with burgundy - it's a cool colour (in both Summer and Winter and will not do warm people any favours). However, descriptions on websites vary and lots of what the shops describe as oxblood / burgundy are actually warm. More important that it tones with your swatch book than what it's called.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 20-Aug-13 22:20:12

I like russet reds but don't often find them in the shops!

Meganhunt Tue 20-Aug-13 22:20:24

Thanks TiC - I do order a lot online and find it tricky to tell. I've found the 12blueprint site and find the descriptions and pics very helpful. Also found Bobbi Brown great - they have a new chocolate eye shadow palette out which looks nice.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 20-Aug-13 22:25:10

Bobbi Brown colours are great for me,cant get on with their foundations though!

babySophieRose Tue 20-Aug-13 22:47:39

Hi, i am warm autumn and really like my colours. There are some colour charts, not HOC, but good enough:

Seri77 Wed 21-Aug-13 06:05:20

Hello Autumns smile

Georgina, chestnut and rust red are two of my ** colours so I'm really keen on getting something in either shade. I don't ever wear print, bit scared of them really so I hope the style day will help with this. And get me out of the habit of wearing essentially baggy sacks for clothes.

I've never thought brown eyeshadow looked good on me, always wear Clinique true khaki eyeliner and just finishing up my tube of black mascara. Another thing to try, though was also considering gold?

I had a quick look round the shops this week and there seems to be a lot of unsuitable purple, grey and other cool colours. I don't think the full autumn ranges are in yet.

Has anyone looked at the leather gloves in M&S? The website colours look promising.

dueindecember10 Wed 21-Aug-13 06:43:40

So excited to have found this thread for some ideas!

schmalex Wed 21-Aug-13 07:45:14

Hurrah, an autumn thread!

I had my colours done at the weekend. I had no clue I was an autumn, thought I would be winter or spring due to dark hair / pale skin. It was quite a revelation.

I've found some lovely peacock/kingfisher blue merino cardigans in Uniqlo for £30. I've also sorted out my make up. Clinique Ambrosia lipstick works very well, but I also bought a couple from HoC as they seem very long lasting.

Loving the khaki leather gloves.

I am also on the lookout for rust seri77, so please tell us if you find anything nice!

I am dreading having to buy maternity clothes as it is all black/grey/white. Might have to invest in some Dylon...

Hello Autumns!

I search TKMaxx for scarves - last time I was there I picked up a Oscar one in soft brown/ muted paisley design for £4.

buildingmycorestrength Wed 21-Aug-13 08:36:21

Hi, I've always been told I'm an autumn by my mum, who is obsessed with her colours.

I find certain shops don't really stock autumn colours...Next, for instance, doesn't seem to. I have better luck with H&M. I am accepting the power of scarves now.

I find summer clothes quite tricky generally for colours so I'm always glad when actual autumn comes around. grin

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 10:56:16

I've had a russet dress from phase eight a few years ago.
Hobbs occasionally have autumny colours,plus white company sometimes have brown.
Also white stuff if you avoid twee type items do do greens and berry colours frequently.
More high fashion type shops tend to be more black based imo!

Hopefully Wed 21-Aug-13 11:19:33

Building I always find a/w clothes much easier than s/s, as an Autumn (generally, it's easier to find your season in, well, your season).

Schmalex I'm an autumn with dark hair/pale skin too - I'm a pain in the neck to analyse, but I'm definitely an autumn!

Meganhunt burgundy is often cool, but I have come across the odd warm, murkier kind of one, which is really good on me (kind of somewhere between aubergine and rust, if you can imagine that).

I've just bought a fab winter coat on ebay, big scale tartan check, which I'm having altered. It's pure wool and gorgeous quality, so I'll get a brilliant quality winter coat for about £100, which is far far less than the perfect pure wool winter coat would otherwise cost me. I'm so chuffed with it!

If anyone's after basics, I find Baukjen, although it's £££, is brilliant quality, and sometimes has good autumn colours (seems to be a fair bit of off white, orange and khaki on there at the moment).

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 14:40:52

I would love something in that mossy green colour.
Liking sound of khaki leather gloves also

PigeonPie Wed 21-Aug-13 14:51:21

Hello folks!

I'm a deep autumn and had my colours done probably four years ago now.

I've found some Joules dresses in autumn colours (have an outlet shop near us) and Seasalt often have good autumn colour stuff (looking forward to going to Penzance next week!).

Fatface also have some bits in autumn colours.

I too, though, am fed up with black. M&S is terrible for most of their petite range coming in either black or white which is really annoying.

I have bought a few scarves recently from scarf sellers at local agricultural shows! Still need gloves for the winter so am on the hunt.

MadBusLady Wed 21-Aug-13 15:42:02

Hello, marking place! I am cautiously self-labelling as autumn after years of thinking I must be a winter (similar pale skin/dark hair problem).

Yes, the black "basics" problem - I look fine in all-black actually, but it does kill all the other colours I love wearing so can only do it on ninja days. Navy is the other colour that seems to be bloody everywhere at the moment (especially as Georgina says in high fashion shops) and is no use to me at all, except on bottom half in denim.

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 17:37:01

Mad,I can wear navy ,in fact probably wear too much!
I think the whiteStuff,Fat Face,Seasalt,Mistral type shops are good for autumns colour wise.
Whistles is awful,all black ,grey and harsh blue.

I've managed to change a lot of my basics to a graphite or charcoal grey. And agree that smokey aubergine colour is lovely- I have a leather blazer in it which is about to get a lot of use as the temperatures fall.

charitygirl Wed 21-Aug-13 17:48:19

I am currently very pleased with myself for dying a lovely jersey dress, previously a very summer rose-brown, a rich choc brown, which really suits me as a rich deep autumn, and looks great with gold belt.

Also beetling home to try on newly delivered dress from Kaliko sale, which looks pefectly peacock online. Will try and link later.

Jemster Wed 21-Aug-13 17:52:03

Hi great to see an Autumn thread. I've had my colours done but just can't seem to get the hang of putting the right ones together!
Also any product recs for make up for Autumns would be gratefully received as I have wasted sooo much money on the wrong things. My skin is olivey but can be quite sallow especially with big tired dark circles added in! I really need help choosing the right make up colours to help me look healthy rather than drained.

Excellent, I was hoping there would be an autumns thread! I was diagnosed a few months ago as a vibrant autumn. The best colours for me are deep and expensive looking - navy, forest and moss green, coffee, kingfisher and geranium.

The biggest difference though has been dying my hair brown, before it was generic golden blonde highlights. Lots of compliments for that, but I still haven't cracked the lipstick thing. I had my make up redone at a Bobbi Brown counter (and confess then bought it on eBay as it less than half the price).

I've booked onto the style day next month, as I have limited money, a capsule wardrobe and am increasingly fussy about materials and fit. I've got into a state of paralysis by analysis, and my clothes are starting to fall apart.

Pinterest has been really useful, I'm on there with the same user name. Anybody else got any boards of autumn clothes?

my pinterest

I've just started using Pinterest, but I've got some Autumn clothes pinned.

charitygirl Wed 21-Aug-13 19:37:41

Here's my new dress

I could perhaps do with a 12, not 10, but it looks nice - perfect for a day of meetings followed by an evening work do, or for a smart ish event. I'm an Ingenue Natural (but one who needs structure up top) if anyone's interested in that kind of stuff.

And the colour is great!

MadBusLady Wed 21-Aug-13 20:04:55

I've just taken delivery of this, somebody mentioned them upthread. Wouldn't have bought this full price but it's lovely, the pictures don't do it justice. It's slightly more greeny and slightly less sparkly in the flesh.

Meganhunt Wed 21-Aug-13 20:21:26

MadBusLady that skirt is very nice - will you wear tights with it or bare legs?

MadBusLady Wed 21-Aug-13 20:52:24

I was thinking bare legs now and opaques later, but having seen it black or grey opaques would kill it. Will have to find autumn opaques!

TheWombat Wed 21-Aug-13 21:02:22

I am an Autumn too :-) - a deep blue one according to Hopefully
My best colours are all the blues (also some from the other seasons), dark browns, dark greens, and brights like purple, scarlet and tangerine. I too have found Baukjen really useful for tees in khaki, orange/coral and bright blue (not all autumns can work these but they are pretty good on me).

I got some vests from kettlewell (tried tops too but they were too short for me - I'm long waisted).

I struggle with trousers and work gear. I haven't found good substitutes for navy (and black) skinnies, or dark grey/black work trousers - these, with a blazer, are my typical work / leisure wardrobe. Luckily I'm quite dark so I can 'get away' with these because my colours tend towards deep and bright, but it's not ideal and I'm always on the hunt for replacements.

I have tried to hunt down dark green/brown skinnies, but haven't found any I like yet (plenty of cords but they don't feel right on me), and all the brown work clothes look somehow horribly polyester-y, dated and cheap (yuck).

For jackets I found two from the Boden catalogue that worked well for me:

this jacket in vanilla

this military one in green herringbone

Boden's not everyone's taste, but (shh) I get quite a lot from there blush - this year they have some good autumn colours, and I got some ivory and scarlet blouses from there. Somehow these (and the above jackets) look un-frumpy on me (promise) with skinnies, a scarf and ankle boots.

Lovely to have an autumn thread!

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 21:29:50

Yes I agree Boden can be good for Autumns.
They used to domore chocolate colours though.

shopafrolic Wed 21-Aug-13 22:02:57

Waves to fellow Autumns. I wish I'd had my colours done by HoC now but the woman who did mine diagnosed me as Warm Deep Autumn. Marine navy, peacock and orange all seem to work well on me, and forest green, darker khakis.
I saw this scarf today in Whistles scarf but got confused as to whether it was actually autumn toned or not....... It seemed to suit me confused. Any ideas?
They had a lot of khaki coming in but lots of man made fabrics.

charitygirl Wed 21-Aug-13 22:06:26

I think am autumn could wear that Shop - it's autumn enough in my opinion, as even the pink is warm toned.m

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 22:14:03

I tried a khaki coat on yesterday and was amazed at how nice it looked.
Good that Whistles gettting some khaki in but their prices are extravagant!!!

The scarf is lovely, shop

shopafrolic Wed 21-Aug-13 22:20:47

I'll need to wait until they do a 30% off Grazia event before I buy it. Not sure when the next one is..... I do half a warm pink in my swatches so it should be okay. I felt good when I tried it on which seems to be a good indicator. The stuff I wear once and then not again I have nw found out was the wrong colour for me.
I posted on another thread it the HoC colour guide for AW seems to be very handy. You can get a copy here I found the visuals really helpful

MadBusLady Wed 21-Aug-13 22:27:57

TheWombat interesting, I had turned the page corners on those two (think Boden does coats and jackets better than practically everything else they do.) Just not sure I can take the buttons on the 50s jacket - could replace I guess, but it's a lot of money. The others I was looking at were this one in gold, this one in Forest or maybe in sandstone, but that might be too cool.

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 22:28:50

oh yes forgot about Grazia.
Boden have some stuff in 'butterscotch' which may be promising.

shopafrolic Wed 21-Aug-13 22:41:27

There's a dress too

GeorginaWorsley Wed 21-Aug-13 22:46:36

Like pattern but too high necked for me

TheWombat Wed 21-Aug-13 23:04:02

MadBusLady yes the buttons are HUGE - I think I will have to tone down the rest of my outfit - not sure a scarf would work with it either. But it is a lovely cut and texture. I'm not sure other buttons would work - might be tricky to find something else in proportion. For me they still work because they're the same colour and material as the rest of the jacket so add drama without being too standy-outy.

I love the two other coats in your link, but agree the sandstone might be a tad cool - you'd have to be order to be sure though!

charitygirl Thu 22-Aug-13 07:05:53

I'm not convinced that forest green coat is an autumn green madbus - looks too bright and cool to me. Love the gold though - v tempted.

schmalex Thu 22-Aug-13 07:31:48

Love the gold coat, madbus.

I also love the Whistles scarf, shop. I am on the lookout for good scarves to liven up my maternity wardrobe.

I like this one for when it gets cold
ASOS scarf

GeorginaWorsley Thu 22-Aug-13 10:57:09

Toast have some good autumn colours but again £££
It seems difficult to find autumn colours in the cheaper shops.

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 11:12:05

I'm a warm autumn, I tend to use brown or navy as my base colours and wear lots of dark greens, rust, mustard, oxblood, tan, teal and cobalt blue seems to work well.

Always really really struggle to find nice brown trousers for work, especially as I need a 34inch leg too, its a never-ending search. Also really struggle to find dark brown shoes - court shoe type style for work.

Budget is quite low at the moment for clothes, but I've picked up a few things in the right colours from H&M and Next lately.

Thewombat - I think Zara have some brown and dark green skinnies in.

GeorginaWorsley Thu 22-Aug-13 11:39:31

Am on hunt for rust and mustard colours definitely.
Seem to find teal and peacock colours fine.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 15:27:11

Thank you onlysettleforbutterflies, I will look in Zara for skinnies in Autumn colours. smile lots of oxblood type colours everywhere right now - I find them tricky though, I'm not sure they're good colours for me at all.
Hobbs have some lovely rust - coloured jeans GeorginaWorsley - they are expensive though.

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 15:45:49

Also spotted some in the jasper conran range at Debenhams. I tend to wear oxblood with mustard, I think it looks ok anyway lol.

I know I shouldn't say it but I just want summer to be over now so I can wear my lovely tweed, opaque tights, boots, fake fur...

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 15:52:12

khaki jeans

tan/mustard jeans

brown jeans I've tried these on and they're a nice fit and quality is okay, especially for the price. Too short for me though and annoyingly they don't do a long length.

Hopefully Thu 22-Aug-13 16:07:47

Jemster if you've got a HoC consultant (disclaimer, I am one, so you may want to ignore everything I say!) near you, you could probably ask them if you could go and try out their products? I've done that a few times with people who aren't my own clients, and they usually find something they like.

QoW I went through a long stage of paralysis after first having my colours done, took me ages to be able to get over it enough to buy anything! It probably took two years for my wardrobe to be fully 'workable' iykwim, because I couldn't afford to just go out and buy a load of stuff that was right for me straight away.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 16:21:21

Ooh those jeans are perfect onlysettleforbutterlies. Wonder if they'd work for me, I'm 5'8 ish...

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 16:25:25

I would say they were about 31inch.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 16:29:04

Oh shame sad still, I guess it proves they are out there to be found!

celticclan Thu 22-Aug-13 16:43:09

Do you reckon Liz Hurley is an Autumn? I have been trying to diagnose myself and have similar colouring to Liz (don't have her looks or figure unfortunately).

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 16:51:12

Maybe celticclan. here she is looking pretty awful in pink

Much better here in brown (sorry for depressing bikini shot)

Her blue eyes put me in mind a bit of spring though...

I like those trousers only, and they seem a good price. Red Herring is not somewhere I would normally look, but I'll be near a Debenhams next week.

Oxblood is not a colour for me, so another AW of being off trend.

celticclan Thu 22-Aug-13 16:59:41

You are right she definitely doesn't do pink! There is a photo of today in the Daily Mail online wearing emerald green and she looks stunning.

charitygirl Thu 22-Aug-13 17:00:07

Who was looking for rust coloured jeans? Snap up this sale bargain from Hobbs! I've got them and they're lovely.


RockMummy Thu 22-Aug-13 17:08:13

I am a leaf autumn too. Had my colours done a few months ago. It's great to find a thread for autumns. A little disappointed with the new stuff in the shop though. The colours appear mostly cool even my favourite shop, Fat Face. Thank you for the links to the jeans in Debenhams.Will check them out when next in town. Have ordered a pair of mustard cords and a top in the same colour from Boden this afternoon. Will have to see what they are like.

schmalex Thu 22-Aug-13 18:35:35

Wow, georginaw, Toast is an autumn-fest!

Nice dress in the sale:

red and mustard dress

Not in the sale, but I am in love with this coat. Might even go over a bump, what do you reckon?

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 20:14:24

Oooh I can see this thread is going to be bad for my bank balance. I NEED those hobbs jeans. What is the sizing and length like from there?

charitygirl Thu 22-Aug-13 20:16:59

I'm 5'8" and a 10-12. Length seems to be about 32 and they're pretty tight on me in 10 but the shop asst said they loosen up after washing.

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 22-Aug-13 20:25:56

Thanks charitygirl. I think they'll be too short...maybe I could just wear them in boots..

Hopefully Thu 22-Aug-13 20:34:14

Toast is fab for autumn colours, am sad that they so rarely do anything in my style! Mostly far too draped and/or straight for me.

I've found that generally surfy type labels (fat face, sea salt, white stuff etc) veer more towards summer colours, but you get the odd autumn thing - their more 'natural' style means they tend to stick to the muted palettes.

MadBusLady Thu 22-Aug-13 20:39:06

I wonder if the reason you can only buy these colours from veh posh shops is that they're not really the fashion colours of the moment? If they were they'd be all over primarni <bliss>. There was a time around 1997-2002 when virtually everything you could buy in black you could also buy in brown. We need those times to return!

Have cautiously ordered the vanilla Fifties jacket with the 15% code that came today. I'll see what the buttons are like in the flesh. I have an idea of doing a lot of layered pale colours this winter having discovered them to great effect in the summer (always thought pale skin shouldn't wear pale colours before - which was rubbish!)

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 20:39:20

That's the challenge Hopefully where does an Autumn shop for slightly structured / edgy stuff? (Sent you a PM BTW)

MadBusLady Thu 22-Aug-13 20:45:39

I have the same problem! I need structure, especially on the bottom half. I look like a bag lady in Toast-type stuff.

buildingmycorestrength Thu 22-Aug-13 20:50:57

I feel a bit unfashionable wearing browns, sadly, so am wearing charcoal grey, navy, teal, khaki, autumny greens. Prob not best. Autumnal oranges suit me but NOT mustards at all near the face.

Hopefully Thu 22-Aug-13 20:53:28

Structure can be a bit of a challenge at times, but on the plus side, when you find it, hardly anyone has the same look as they've stuck with black!

I shop in:
- Me & Em
- Baukjen
- Bicester village (bought a pair of fab dark olive Burberry trousers and Gerad Darel is also good)
- the odd expensive thing from NAP, Matches
- I get a fair bit made by an amazing local dressmaker, especially tailoring, as it's practically the same price as Hobbs etc.

Hopefully Thu 22-Aug-13 20:53:59

Have to say I"m not the biggest fan of brown. I turn to petrol navy and dark olive a lot more.

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 20:57:48

I am v tempted by this maxi

MadBusLady Thu 22-Aug-13 21:02:15

This is quite interesting hearing what people can and can't do - I can't do navy very well. Love olive/khaki though, that's probably my best colour of all. Suspect I am bordering on winter, which is why black and charcoal grey work better than navy.

I should go and get "done" properly really.

charitygirl Thu 22-Aug-13 21:05:45

But where do you fiiiiind petrol navy hopefully?? I love it, but it's nowhere, I have a vile pair of too tight jogging bottoms from M&S that I bought simply because they were in the elusive shade.

I agree that I couldn't swop skinny blacks for skinny browns, but skinny olives are a perfect substitute.

LOL shop isn't that just the summer maxi we both have...but with sleeves? I love it tho - my best buy of the summer by a mile.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 21:11:02

shop that dress is gorgeous! Wonder how you could layer it...
I am loving lots of the Me and Em layers and dressed actually. What is the sizing like? I am an 8 - 10 usually..

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 21:11:17

That's why I want it Charity - it's been one of my most worn items of the summer, so I wanted an AW version. And yes, I know I could stick a long sleeved tee underneath but it won't be the same <stamps feet>

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 21:14:46

My other maxi is true to size TheWombat

charitygirl Thu 22-Aug-13 21:26:56

An 8-10 would be a small at Me&em I think.

I think a long sleeve tee in a contrasting colour could look pretty awesome shop. As it is, I've been adding short round necked cardis that look good - leopard print is favourite at the mo.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 21:32:18

Thank you charitygirl I find it quite tough to get petrol coloured things - but I've found that Levi's do a petrolly coloured wash that works quite well for jeans. And last year I got a fab boxy petrol v-neck from Jigsaw - they had quite a bit of autumny stuff last year.

I also found TK Maxx really useful for scarves.

TheWombat Thu 22-Aug-13 21:33:14

Oops thank you too, shop, sorry I missed your post. Too busy drooling over that dress! blush

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 21:35:06
nkf Thu 22-Aug-13 21:38:20

I think I am an autumn, probably a deep autumn. The thing is I dislike nearly all the colours. I was thinking of having my colours done properly and hope that I'd come out as a winter (I love that colour palette) but I know they'll say autumn.

Doearwigsmakechutney Thu 22-Aug-13 21:43:23

Thanks for starting this thread. I'm a HoC vibrant autumn waves at queenofwhatever.

Since I was done, I've been buying more corals, oranges, reds etc. Worn with khaki/chocolate, they are not as alarming as I'd feared. I'm becoming ever more purist about wearing the right things, as I can see what a difference it makes.

I also went for the style day, which was money well spent, not least for the revelation that I'm short waisted (and large bummed - less of a revelation...). I've now got a much better sense of what suits me.

On reds/mustards, I got a couple of tops in the pure collection sale. The mustard didn't suit me, but the brick red was perfect. They are quite thin, but machine washable, and very good basics.

Boden also had some autumnal coloured cashmere cardis in the sale.

One of the best tips I got on the style day was to set an annual budget for clothes. That way, if you've got a budget each year of, say, £1000, you can spend £250 on a coat and just spend a bit less each month during the rest of the year. smile

Meganhunt Thu 22-Aug-13 21:44:44

Shopafrolic I have the meandem dress in the same colour, petrol green. The colour is lovely, I'm a dark autumn, but the style is not right. Will return and try the same in a different style.

shopafrolic Thu 22-Aug-13 21:48:02

There are great ruched tops and skirts in the same colour Meganhunt. I just typed petrol green into the search bar and they had lots of items..... It is a great colour for deeper autumns I think.

Meganhunt Thu 22-Aug-13 21:56:29

Thanks for the tip. I love the Aubergine wrap dress, sorry cannot link. I suspect the green is a better colour for a dark autumn though.

Ok I am fairly sure I am an autumn of some description QOW has seen me in RL. DH has very thoughtfully got me a colour consultation but with CMB not HOC for my birthday. I know they use different descriptions so is anyone able to translate once I see the consultant please?

Waves at earwigs, I like the deeper more saturated colours, but they are a bugger to find. Coral and khaki have been a pleasant revelation.

Like the dress shop, but I would look ridiculous in it. Like a toddler wrapped up in a pair of curtains.

Yes msing, I reckon you're an autumn, but tell DH to rebook with HOC. Otherwise we'll be talking at cross purposes when we go shopping, if I'm going on about kingfisher etc.

LimeLeaafLizard Thu 22-Aug-13 22:53:27

Excited to see this thread. I am a HoC Blue Autumn. Chocolate and vibrant colours also suit me. The soft ones a bit less so, although cream and coral are good.

I've even had one of my DC diagnosed too! blush

I find trying to dress well for my lifestyle (SAHM) and post baby body is hard enough without trying to find all the right colours too.

Would be great to find some inspiration on this thread.

Loopytiles Thu 22-Aug-13 23:11:57

These colours threads are taking off!

Limeleaflizard, you're not the only one, think DD1 (only 5! blush) is autumn, she has soft, warm colouring, light brown hair and dark brown eyes, and looks great in coral, funny greens (to me, I can't wear them) and cream.

I'm a winter so is tricky.

Not figured DD2 out yet, dark-ish ash brown hair, dark blue/grey eyes, cool skin with pink cheeks, can't figure out what colours she suits yet, she's an enigma in general!

GeorginaWorsley Thu 22-Aug-13 23:14:02

Trinny and Susannah used to recommendalot in chocolate colours circa 2001 to 2004 ish !!
You could buy loads of it in shops then.

LimeLeaafLizard Thu 22-Aug-13 23:18:24

Thanks Loopy glad it isn't just me. DS1 is a soft autumn. The consultant said he should wear 'gold, cream, coral, camel, bronze, mossy greens'. I caught his disgusted expression and asked her if she meant 'army colours' like sand, khaki, mud, and so a compromise was reached!

I think DS2 is a spring and DS3 a vibrant autumn. Still trying to figure DD!

schmalex Fri 23-Aug-13 06:35:27

Love that dress shop.

I really want to do a style day but need to wait until baby has appeared and I am more or less back to normal weight, grrr!

I suit the leaf colours and also the teal and kingfisher blue (which I love!) I found a nice t shirt and sweater in a tomato red in GAP the other day. Also khaki and dark brown jeggings in Uniqlo. Topshop do their Leigh skinnies in rust.

Hopefully Fri 23-Aug-13 07:20:23

Charity I have petrol leather leggings (you don't want to know how much detective work that took!), a dress from once upon a dress, a couple of tops from Wolford, and a couple of things I've had made. It's not the easiest colour to find, but well worth it when you do! I've seen it in Hobbs a couple of times too, but never in my style.

Wombat a Small in Me&Em would be right for you. Am intrigued by Levi's petrol wash, can you link?

Schmalex I would wait for a good few months after giving birth (especially as its your first) before style. It's not to do with body architecture, which your consultant should be able to see beyond any weight gain, but more to do with how your personality changes in the early months with a baby - my answers came out quite differently not long after having DS2, and 'reverted' back to normal after about 9 months. Not sure if that's true for everyone, but seems reasonable, as it's a bit of a change!

Can't change as it's already paid for and I have a voucher. Never mind, I can describe my swatch when I get it

GeorginaWorsley Fri 23-Aug-13 08:10:07

Boden can be good for the petrol andkingfisher colours but dont think there is anything this season really.
Phase Eight did a colour described as 'praline ' a few seasons ago,sort of dark mocha ,which really suited me.

Is me and em jacket a good colour for autumns do you think? It's called ox blood but it looks quite blue toned to me (hard to tell online).

I love this shape though and dithered over the cream one this summer, but pale colours work better for me on bottom half (to do with shape, not colouring)

My absolute best colour is rust/brick, so think this may be too purpley burgundy. If it was free delivery I would chance it!

charitygirl Fri 23-Aug-13 08:31:54

I am interested in things made hopefully. My consultant recommended a dressmaker but its £500 a jacket which is...distressing. There's no shortage f dressmakers round me but I feel clueless as to how to choose - definitely don't have the time to meet loads of them. So if anyone has a SW London recommendation...

Would love a pair of petrol wide legs for winter. A pair of tan brown mink strap shoes are also on my must have list - very me.

Hopefully Fri 23-Aug-13 08:32:50

I think it's probably too blue Bill, and since Me & Em is so spectacularly slow at refunds I'd be disinclined to chance it! It is less of an obvious burgundy than some of them though, I would be tempted to chance it too if they were better at returns!

Hopefully Fri 23-Aug-13 08:34:46

Charity I paid £80 (I think) for a jacket toile, which will then be used every time I want a jacket, then it's about £200 for a jacket, excluding fabric (last one I had made was about £40 for fabric). But I'm in Devon, so far less of a premium than London.

charitygirl Fri 23-Aug-13 08:36:06

That looks too cool and bright to me, Bill, though agree its a close call.

charitygirl Fri 23-Aug-13 08:37:38

That's much more like it Hopefully. Thanks to the style day I am at peace with my best jacket shape, so getting a toile would be a good investment. Useful to have a benchmark!

TheWombat Fri 23-Aug-13 08:44:48

I agree that Oxblood colour isn't quite right. I know that colour looks dreadful on me, makes me look really pale and sallow. But I can tell Me and Em is going to be an expensive hobby!

hopefully your dressmaker sounds fab, is there any chance you can pass me their details?

I got my petrolly Levi's from the outlet at Clarks Village, Street in Somerset. It was basically a dark indigo wash but with a much warmer, greener tinge than usual. Haven't found any on their website but will keep looking smile. Also liked that they had an 'edgy' (but subtle) zip detail on the back pocket which made them a bit cooler - would suit your style actually.

Thanks - that's £100 saved hurrah!

Still on the look out for this style though so if anyone spies please do let me know

GeorginaWorsley Fri 23-Aug-13 10:25:54

I need more brick reds than oxblood I think,more on orangey soectrum

Hopefully Fri 23-Aug-13 11:54:43

Wombat no problem, will pm you later when home.

charitygirl Fri 23-Aug-13 19:50:45

I do not need another dress (need a jacket!) but the colours on this are so lovely

Don't know why it says it's 'petite' though. Perhaps that will save me from buying it (might be a little prim for my style too. But the colours!).

TheWombat Fri 23-Aug-13 21:34:26

Charitygirl I have my eye on that dress too, I think the print is stunning - not quite sure it's right for me, though. I thought they did regular and long versions too confused.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 23-Aug-13 21:59:59

COS seem to have some good Autumn coloursi in .
Forest green and copper.

schmalex Sat 24-Aug-13 07:55:34

Thanks hopefully. It feels like a long time to wait, but I'm sure it will be worth it! I'm getting very frustrated with the black/white/greyness of maternity clothes at the moment.

This is my pinterest board for autumn clothes.

GeorginaWorsley Sat 24-Aug-13 09:19:09

Love your autumn board!
Toast definitely good for us.
shame about prices.
Spotted a moss green cardigan in Boden too.
Sorry can't link as on phone

Me and Em free delivery for orders over £75 this weekend only. FREEBH13.

charitygirl Sat 24-Aug-13 09:47:01

There's a further 20% off The Dressing Room clearance this weekend with the code Clear20. I got an orange Becksondergaard scarf for £13.60! And Ash Alex trainers in Clay (not perfectly Autumn I have to admit) for £60. Delivery is free so great all round. There were some poppy red skinny cords with little flowers on - great for anyone who likes small prints.

MoreThanWords Sat 24-Aug-13 18:40:40

I think I'm an autumn - hoping to get my colours done soon.

From another thread, here's a lovely dress in autumn colours - berry, burgundy, cobalt, and more ...

asos dress

MadBusLady Sat 24-Aug-13 18:48:54

I have my finger hovering over the order button! Can someone tell me how asos own-brand fits? Have not ordered from them before.

MoreThanWords Sat 24-Aug-13 18:51:52

I think if it's a stretchy fabric they're pretty true to size (only basing this on what I've read on other forums though).

MadBusLady Sat 24-Aug-13 19:08:00

Thanks. Am usually between 12 and 14, have cautiously sized up cos been eating cake today

MoreThanWords Sat 24-Aug-13 20:22:07
loopyloou Sat 24-Aug-13 22:39:54

Watching this thread with interest, as I'm autumn too - mid brown hair, dark brown eyes. I look good in brown, but have to have some pattern, not solid colour, due to scalp psoriasis.

I have no money for clothes at present, but need to get rid of lots of winter clothes and buy in suitable colours when I can afford to. Would love brown jeans.

nkf Sat 24-Aug-13 23:00:36

Can autumns wear plum colours? And can I wear as much black as I like so long as it's not near my face?

TheYamiOfYawn Sun 25-Aug-13 07:26:57

Hello. I'm tentatively joining in as I suspect I might be a soft autumn. I am going to get my colours done properly soon, but I have mousy hair whichis currently dyed a dark golden blonde, I look truly hideous in black without a lot of make-up, I look best in moss green and generally wear a lot of brown, taupe and teal with mustard, olive and rust.

Hopefully Sun 25-Aug-13 11:21:45

Schmalex love your autumn board.

Mad I've found ASOS own brand stuff pretty true to size, and surprisingly ok quality for the price too.

I am on a shopping hiatus for a few weeks (unless there is some nice loungewear in the new Hush range which comes out in a couple of days), but loving looking at everyone's Autumn links!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 18:08:39

Love your board Schmalex
I haven't got very far with mine yet but here it is if anyone wants a peek
I think plum is out although I do have a warm purple in my colour swatch nkf and no black at all in theory although I do cheat!

kerstina Sun 25-Aug-13 19:01:07

I have never had my colours done but am pretty sure I am some kind of autumn as I have brown hair with golden highlights,hazel eyes and pale skin with a few freckles. I have always tended to wear earthy colours such as moss greens,browns. In fact last time I sorted my wardrobe out it made me chuckle how many different shades of green knitwear I had. I also wear grey a lot though and I like charcoal.
Personally I do not worry to much what colour skirts or trousers I wear. I think it is just what colour your hair,makeup, scarves,tops,dresses,coats are that are important in making you look ''well''
I found a forest green jumper in primark the other day that would have been perfect but the quality was awful. Really limp as if it had already been washed a hundred times.
White stuff have a nice top it looks grey but reviews describe it as a brown. It has lovely quirky buttons on too.

buildingmycorestrength Sun 25-Aug-13 19:10:24

I am a bargain shopper, so forgive me for not linking to a posh item, but this has a couple of lovely autumn shades and might be cheap and easy way to transform a top that doesn't suit.

Now, will it be Linky...if not can you tell me how? Am on Android tablet.


TheWombat Sun 25-Aug-13 19:59:28

Also loving Schmalex's pinterest board!

here is mine - it may have got a little out of hand, I need to trim it!

nkf not sure about plum - but purple is one of my double star colours, I need some more purple in my life! The oxblood reds and burgundies do nothing for me though, so I do have to be careful.

Hopefully I am also eagerly awaiting the Hush a/w range!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:07:59

Love yours TheWombat

MadBusLady Sun 25-Aug-13 21:14:05

Oh that's gorgeous Wombat. Very inspiring. I love purple too, another colour which has been a bit out of favour for a couple of years.

MadBusLady Sun 25-Aug-13 21:20:13

buildingmycorestrength Your link only works when I paste it. Trying it again. I've got a light scarf like that I wear basically every day in autumn and spring, could definitely use more colours.

TheWombat Sun 25-Aug-13 21:32:21

buildingmycorestrength I am loving that bargainous scarf! Thank you!

charitygirl Mon 26-Aug-13 07:46:37

I dont know yr style Wombat, but I've just bought a fab stretchy midi dress in perfect autumn purple from River Island - £22. I wore it bare legged w sandals, but am planning tights and biker boots in the winter - its long sleeved.

MoreThanWords Mon 26-Aug-13 09:21:29

Love the scarf!

Also spotted a brown leather-look biker jacket from New Look this morning ... (hoping link works from phone)


GeekInThePink Mon 26-Aug-13 09:22:32

If you are an autumn (I think I am- pale but can tan a bit green eyes and dark brown hair. Looks dreadful in light grey, lemon, pink. Looks better in navy and browns, teal, green in general)
What colour winter coat are you buying?

GeekInThePink Mon 26-Aug-13 09:25:32

Love your board wombat I'm definitely an autumn going by that board!
I also want some red berry skinny jeans
and some patterned tops

This thread is a life saver! Finally, people like me!

Danceasifnooneswatching Mon 26-Aug-13 09:49:48

Loving this thread I am currently trying to pull myself together and I am a soft autumn( I think)!!
Loving all the Pinterest boards. smile

GeekInThePink Mon 26-Aug-13 10:08:33

They are great aren't they dance? I didn't know there were more boards further up thread.

MoreThanWords Mon 26-Aug-13 14:08:11

H&M have some lovely autumn shades, and spotted loads of berry/plum/oxblood bags in tkmaxx this morning.

GeekInThePink Mon 26-Aug-13 18:21:37

Will have a look at H&M thanks.
Anyone else bought a coat?

Geek I have these winter coats:

Camel wool swing (maternity actually but the style really works for me still) Looks best with skinny/slim leg trousers.
Teal wool dressy coat from Hobbs. A few years old but still in perfect nick and I wear with dresses, skirts and wide legs as it's very neat fitting.
Mustard cropped wool jacket/coat by a Danish brand I think. I love this one but it has elbow length sleeves so more for autumn. Looks fab with a long sleeved striped top under.

Also the ubiquitous waterproof Merrell coat.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:29:16

Some lovely bits here Aubin & Wills have linked the whole brand but you can see the Autumn bits.

Seri77 Tue 27-Aug-13 11:21:35

Love those pinterest boards, really inspiring especially now I've had my style day and have to up my game from scruffy to luxurious relaxed glamour shock.

As a start, I've just ordered a chocolate brown cashmere/merino cardigan from woolovers. Wasn't sure if any of their other colours were suitable for autumns.

Anyone know how to use belts as accessories rather than just to hold trousers up? I need soft curved ones apparently. I've got a couple of longline cardigans I'd like to wear with a belt.

I'm making a list of what I need to get this autumn/winter. I'm going to try to make a pinterest board. All suggestions welcome.

Colourful leather gloves. I like these. But a bit expensive.
Hat and scarf: no idea. Anyone got a kettlewell scarf?
Loungewear/pjs: everything I've seen is grey, black or pastel
Dressing gown: current fuchsia one doing me no favours
Skirt: fine cord below knee, brown, teal or olive/moss, not straight

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed but keen to make changes as I know I'll end up looking and feeling better.

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 27-Aug-13 11:32:41

Thanks for posting your pinterest boards, great for inspiration. Does anyone know of any 'Autumn' fashion blogs?

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 27-Aug-13 11:43:35

Just found this one for Autumn too Not mine Autumn pinterest

Doearwigsmakechutney Tue 27-Aug-13 12:51:27

Seri77 once upon a belt (can't link from phone) is meant to be good - it was recommended at my style day, and there's a ginger obi one I've got my eyes on. I've just ordered a couple of double wrap temperley belts that were in the JL sale. There's also a shop (Eliot Rhodes I think) in covent garden (possibly online too) where belts and buckles are interchangeable, so you can buy two belts and two clasps and then have four belts smile

shopafrolic Tue 27-Aug-13 13:03:31

Elliot Rhodes also have a branch in London at St CHristopher's Place just off Oxford Street too......

DipMeInChocolate Tue 27-Aug-13 13:52:32

Aha we finally have a thread!!!

TheWombat Tue 27-Aug-13 17:02:36

Baukjen have a wrap belt in great autumn colours. It is £69! But I can vouch for the quality, I have a brown one from previous years.

Seri77 Tue 27-Aug-13 18:28:12

Wombat I love the Baujken belt in mustard and teal. Might ask for it for Christmas if I can identify something to wear it with, a dress perhaps.

I did try putting a belt over a long cardigan today. I looked lumpen. Maybe the cardigan was too bunched up as its a waterfall style. I will try again with a slimmer cardigan.

Was also looking at brown and green boots. These look good as do these.

Those Elliot Rhodes belts are lovely, but eye-wateringly expensive. That's more than I spend on a winter coat or pair of boots!

I was in town today and had a look at Red Herring based on the recommendations here. They had some nice stuff at pretty good prices. My only hesitation is the quality of the fabric, I didn't get the sense that some of the stuff would wear that well. But some nice basic tops and trousers.

I also had a quick look round M&S, as I live in eternal hope that they will start doing decent clothes again. I realised that the reason I'm always drawn to their Indigo collection is because the colours are great for autumns. Unfortunately the clothes are just so bland, even for a conservative dresser like me.

M&S did have some great autumn colour tights though. I've bought the three-pair Mulberry Mix before, and they last really well and are good value.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 27-Aug-13 21:50:36

Love the deepautumn pinterest board.
Will be searchingout mossy greens,brick reds and gold.

shopafrolic Wed 28-Aug-13 12:19:46

French Connection have a new range of cotton t-shirts including a deep brick red and a peacock blue - £17 each

MadBusLady Wed 28-Aug-13 12:25:16

I got that Oasis dress, the blue one with brown print, yesterday and I love it - it's a smidgeon shorter on me (5' 8) than I would like but will be fine with opaques and boots. Also noticed they had this lovely top which I am trying to justify and a few great colours in their basic t-shirt.

I don't work for them, honest!

MadBusLady Wed 28-Aug-13 12:26:44

Sorry, getting my threads confused.

This dress.

onlysettleforbutterflies Wed 28-Aug-13 13:32:59

Love that dress BusLady. I saw some nice things in Mango at lunch time, they had a few ranges in autumn prints/colours.

TheWombat Wed 28-Aug-13 14:30:12

Baukjen has 25% off for anyone with code JOY25 - dresses only though I think, but some autumn colours in there.

charitygirl Wed 28-Aug-13 16:46:56

Woot! Just got some orange red Sonia Rykiel silk trousers in a vintage shop (on hols in Shropshire) and a lovely cream silk vintage blouse. Trousers make me look half a stone lighter and two inches taller - prob because they're a two star colour for me. Both super bargains.

Also found a boutique selling expensive tights (one of my resolutions this a/w is to buy quality tights in my right colour) - got deep forest green and petrol blue. Think the brand is Fodal. Hooray for random holiday finds!

shopafrolic Wed 28-Aug-13 21:11:20

Wow! Amazing purchases charitygirl

Cocochops Wed 28-Aug-13 21:20:32

Marking place.

Had hoc day about a year ago was disappointed at being an autumn as they are not my favourite colours but loving the things you ladies are picking out.

The pinterest boards are great for inspiration too. I am holding of buying anything for the moment as I have a style day booked in a couple of weeks. I am super excited by this and hope to build a capsule wardrobe. Mine is pretty dismal as have spent a lot of the last 3 years either pregnant or breastfeeding!

MadBusLady Wed 28-Aug-13 22:23:17

I think it has to be a bit of a fusion of the "right" colours and personal preference. Can't see myself loving mustard, and I'm never going to totally abandon black.

Capsule wardrobe from a standing start is brilliant fun smile

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 29-Aug-13 08:25:50

BusLady I avoided mustard for years after having my colours done, then someone bought me a mustard top, wore it for work and the amount of compliments I got that day was amazing, now I wear it lots grin.

I am desperate for a burnt orange long sleeve t to wear for layering, I can't find one anywhere, please let me know if you have seen one.

RockMummy Thu 29-Aug-13 09:24:46

I thought the same as you Buslady, thought I would never like mustard. I bought the Ravello top and the straight legged cords from Boden in burned gold. They looked nice on but a bit ££ so I hoped DH and DM wouldn't like them. Unfortunately they were both very complimentary so the clothes are staying! Give it a try. You might be surprised.

GeorginaWorsley Thu 29-Aug-13 11:01:43

Interested in the Boden finds.
Had a goldy yellow cropped cardigan from themlasy year that I love,will give Ravello top a try.
Am also searching out russet,burnt orange and a mossy or pea green.

porridgecarver Thu 29-Aug-13 11:03:21

Wow, great thread, I am an autumn, so many ideas smile

buildingmycorestrength Fri 30-Aug-13 00:38:58

Debenhams has a Red Herring mustard split sleeve tunic that I love but which has a high neck which would not suit.

I also really like the purple Kaliko Ponteroma dress, so simple and lovely.

Have a couple of day events coming up and could do with a new dress...scoop neck to flatter biggish boobs, flattering on big old wobbly tummy, not too short, etc. Will let you know if I see anything.

buildingmycorestrength Fri 30-Aug-13 00:48:04

This dress is burnt orange, I reckon, and ticks other boxes!


Sorry not Linky.

buildingmycorestrength Fri 30-Aug-13 17:29:12

Picked up a luuuurvely stretch midi skirt in teal today in Primark...for a fiver. grin.

Seri77 Fri 30-Aug-13 17:48:43

Having charity shopped my last smart (wrong shape, wrong colour) jacket, I bought this today. Its a lovely dark khaki, didnt fancy top to toe brown for smart clothes as would worry I might resemble a poo.

Not the most formal jacket but fits me very nicely across the shoulders and beautifully shaped on waist. It falls like the main picture, not the strange way it does on the model. I suspect I have more curves.

DipMeInChocolate Fri 30-Aug-13 18:00:15

My quest this winter is: I'm after a coat and jacket. I want a mid thigh deep green coat, waterproof but not a mac, not duffle buttons. Dark choc brown leather biker jacket quite fitted but with a collar. The nice ones I've seen have no collar which I don't like. I have a huge pinterest page of clothes, I want to linky but its in my name.

DipMeInChocolate Fri 30-Aug-13 18:00:39

That's nice Seri

Seri77 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:44:47

DipMeInChocolate, I quite fancy a green coat now too. Have to get a couple more winters out of my North Face black one first sadly.

I've been looking at this Merrell one in teal. Really like their boots too.

Seri77 Fri 30-Aug-13 18:52:36

Oh and you could either change your name or get a new id and copy some pins over? I love looking at other people's Pinterest boards. I must try to make mine fit for sharing.

DipMeInChocolate Fri 30-Aug-13 19:37:29

Think its worked Pinterest

MadBusLady Fri 30-Aug-13 20:21:40

That worked! I love all your taupe/cappucino/greige (sp?) type colours - they are what I'm really thinking of when I say "brown". It is indeed important to avoid resembling a poo grin

Seri77 Sat 31-Aug-13 12:38:01

That's a fine board DipMe, lots of ideas there. I'll have a good browse this afternoon.

My board isn't so interesting, just things I've bought or am considering. Haven't worked out how to put outfits together either. It's a work in progress, but I'm getting lots of inspiration from this thread.

MadBusLady Sat 31-Aug-13 13:04:13

I'm still working on the outfitting too. That's why I have a lot of dresses, it's just easier!

I have that brown cap-sleeve Wallis top, can vouch for it, very comfortable and not cheap feeling, runs a bit large like a lot of their stuff.

Seri77 Sat 31-Aug-13 13:25:43

Yes madbuslady I really rate those wallis cap sleeve tops. Bought some white ones a year ago for work as they were cheap, they've been worn and washed most weeks and they're still wearable. The coral one is really close to the coral in the HOC autmn swatch book too.

StiffGandT Sun 01-Sep-13 09:10:47

I think (self diagnosed) that I'm an autumn - I have dark brown hair with red/ golden highlights, dark brown eyes and sallow skin. Does that sound right?

GandT I'm of the school of thought that you can't self-diagnose, as it's not just based on hair, eye and skin colour. My eyes change colour all the time. Based on self-diagnosis, I was either a spring, summer or autumn. Also, the sub-diagnosis IYSWIM is also relevant. As a vibrant autumn, the more muted tomes just look sludgy on me.

I start teacher training a week on Monday, and have a sense of impending doom, so have been trying to nail a few wardrobe things. I actually spent some time yesterday morning trying different outfits on. It's such a women's magazine thing to do, but it really works. I've been doing Project 333 since Decembet, and now have a slimline wardrobe, which is working really well.

Couple of questions. What colour socks do you wear? Do you match with the trousers you're wearing, e.g. Blue trousers, blue socks? And where do you buy them?

Also, for those of you wearing golds and mustards, are they your two stars colours? I'm still apprehensive about them, as they're not colours I've ever worn.

My two star colours at 75% or more include chestnut, tan and coffee. Any ideas where would be good to look? I'm OK finding dark brown, but as others, am cautious of the poo look.

Re. Coats, I got a lovely grass green (two stars at 75% for me) wool coat off eBay. £12 and then another £12 for dry cleaning. I figured it was a low cost way to test it out. Darker browns and greens can look a little dreary and safe in the depths of winter.

charitygirl Sun 01-Sep-13 11:59:37

Lovely jacket Seri - I'm very tempted as that is my perfect jacket shape. Is it pretty lightweight?

Seri77 Sun 01-Sep-13 12:52:35

It is lightweight Charitygirl. I'm five three, size 12 broad of shoulder and narrow of waist and it sits beautifully on me.

Queen, gold and mustard are only ticks for me at 75-50% so I've only got one top which I wear with an olive green cami underneath to minimise the poo look. It looks far better than I expected.

I've got quite a few two star colours at 75-100% (rust, chestnut, tan, moss green and apple jade) but I haven't actually got anything in those colours yet except a tan handbag. Kettlewell have quite a few coffee coloured piece and I'm hoping that Kettlewell will have a scarf in one of the others in their autumn collection.

I suspect it's going to take a while to get suitable items in these colours. I see pinterest boards full of lovely things in those colours but can never find them in the shops so hoping someone out there will spot some for us.

StiffGandT Sun 01-Sep-13 13:53:14

Thanks Queen, saving up to get my colours done!

AnnetteCurtin Sun 01-Sep-13 14:43:44

Hello, can I join in? I'm very excited about Autumn coming along. I've recently had a huge clear out of clothes - don't fit, wrong colours or stuff made in "sweaty" fabric (I work in a very hot office).

So I'm slowly getting together outfits and colours that are good for me. I posted my Pinterest board on another thread, it makes me feel cosy and happy just looking at it grin.

Unfortunately Pinterest seems to be broken at the moment, grrrr, but here's my board if anyone wants a peek. It's not all outfits, there's also random things like landscapes etc. that appeal to me.

Phew, I rambled on a bit there, hope you've all not dozed off!!

charitygirl Sun 01-Sep-13 17:13:23

Thanks Seri - as luck would have it I have a rare opportunity to pop into Jigsaw on Tuesday so hopefully can try it on. I'm taller than you but we sound v similarly shaped so fingers crossed.

GypsyFloss Sun 01-Sep-13 18:11:18

I'm thinking I might too be an autumn and have finally taken the plunge and emailed the local HoC consultant. Bit scared now grin

mrspolkadotty Sun 01-Sep-13 20:23:12

Finally an Autumn thread, just been catching up!

Autumn is my favourite season for clothes too so i love this time of year when all the a/w collections start coming in.

I really want a green wool coat this winter and was looking at this one www.zara.com/uk/en/new-this-week/woman/double-breasted-wool-coat-c287002p1361001.html in the moss colour. Has anyone seen/tried/bought it yet and knows if it's a fitted style or a looser fit? Hard to tell on the sulky model slouching around lol

DipMeInChocolate Sun 01-Sep-13 20:28:12

Funnily I was convinced I was a winter. Even sat in the consultation, looking at the colours praying I wasn't an Autumn. Too many murky colours for my liking, however I've embraced my autumnal-ness and love the colours on me. Ditched my silver jewellery, bought a lime green vest(!) And love the colours on me. Love that there's loads of gold jewellery out right now, having never worn green and brown they do actually suit me.

I've got that jigsaw jacket too Seri - it's really lovely. That style of jacket is perfect for me - I'm an inverted triangle (no waist slim hips broad shoulders).

Seri77 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:39:05

A versatile jacket then Bill as my hips are most certainly not slim.

MadBusLady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:41:55

I got an email from my local HoC lady because I signed up for that colour guide. Going to get it sorted after my dissertation is in.

Now really hoping I'm not a winter after all, I'd have to be a S&B thread turncoat!

GypsyFloss Mon 02-Sep-13 07:50:19

Is silver jewellery not suitable for autumns? I really don't like gold on me sad

Cocochops Mon 02-Sep-13 12:18:08

Lots so lovely links but must not buy anything til my style day. Sits on hands.

queen I am keen on trying project 333 would be interested to know what your 33 items are if you have the time or the inclination to post!

My style day also includes wardrobe analysis, and by the state of my wardrobe I reckon by the time we are finished I will be down to 33 items!

kerstina Mon 02-Sep-13 12:35:41

I love silver jewellery . I have a lovely silver watch and silver ring with a red jewel its all I ever wear. No way am I going to start wearing gold as I don't like it.

Seri77 Mon 02-Sep-13 13:17:29

I have a titanium watch and a beautiful carved silver bangle which I won't be parted from.

I prefer the less yellow tones of white gold (my rings are white gold without rhodium plating) so will see if I can get some earrings and then just continue to wear gold and silver together.

I see Kettlewell have their autumn range out on the website.

Spottycurtains Mon 02-Sep-13 14:33:14

Hi so I've just had my colours done, was told I'm a vibrant autumn. I have seen reference to soft, deep autumn ect but not vibrant so am now confused.
I was there for hours and thought I'd understood, can anyone translate for me?

I've just uploaded a pic to my profile, would you have a look and see if you think I'm a soft autumn.
I kind of think I am, can't afford to get colours done for a long while though.

Oops, forgot a ? And forgot to say please.
Please? smile

spottycurtains TheWombat and I are both vibrant autumns. It's the best sort of autumn to be wink. My consultant told me to look for colours that looked expensive, and that really helped me. Also colours that are deeply saturated. This is my Pinterest board if that helps.

cocochops I'll try and post tomorrow about Project 333 (just going out to my MNet book club), but it has been a really positive experience. I too am sitting on my hands until I've had my style day.

I've been dong some online browsing and there are some good autumn colours out there. Lands End was surprisingly good blush.

Spottycurtains Mon 02-Sep-13 20:43:07

Fantastic, thanks, will work through all your lovely ideas for inspiration.

SuperConfused Mon 02-Sep-13 21:49:45

Hello, can I join in? I got my colours done last week and am also a vibrant autumn. Still a bit confused by the whole thing, I went for a 1-to-1 but I actually don't think there was as much explaining around what it all means as there might have been with someone else there.

I'm currently starting to take stock of my wardrobe, my hair colour (eek) and have made a few careful purchases, including this t-shirt: www.marksandspencer.com/Limited-Edition-V-Neck-T-Shirt/dp/B00ECHH4D8?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_27&nodeId=547479031&sr=1-27&qid=1378154570&pf_rd_r=0EGBPV2VZD3S6MSGDRY4&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=321381407&pf_rd_s=center-3

and this Cos jumper www.cosstores.com/Shop/Women/Knitwear/Jumpers_Tops/Oversized_jumper/10672115-6088513.1#c-6968702

Seeing your pinterest boards has been really helpful. Schmalex, I particularly loved yours: is that Oasis bird top recent? It looks wonderful but couldn't find it on their website.

Moving away from all the black in my wardrobe will be hard, as will binning the pinks and blues - I guess I normally dress like a winter. It doesn't help that my double star colours are the particularly sludgy ones grin but I suppose I'll get used to it. Next big quest will be a winter coat - has anyone tried this one from hobbs? its very, very expensive but looks great:


GeekInThePink Mon 02-Sep-13 22:16:28

queenofwhatever love your board! I'm a vibrant autumn too...with green eyes...apparently that's unusual.

charitygirl Mon 02-Sep-13 22:24:30

Super confused - that coat is beautiful but I'm not 100% convinced that's an autumn green - looks a bit bright, cold and 'winter' to me. Be interested to hear what others think. If I'm right then look on the bright side, you've saved £279!

buildingmycorestrength Tue 03-Sep-13 06:59:54

Charity and Super - my first thought was that that colour green wouldn't suit me, although I could be wrong. I need more muted, dusty colours. I prefer that description to 'sludgy'!

Last year I got a Merrell Wakefield waterproof insulated coat in Ink Heather (I think it is called) and it is a lovely lovely dark blue, very autumnal, I think. But my other wool coats are black, tbh.

buildingmycorestrength Tue 03-Sep-13 07:00:56

Oh, and Queen, I loved your Pinterest board. Some great inspiration there, esp that orange leather trench. grin.

GeekInThePink Tue 03-Sep-13 08:05:30

I need a replacement really for grey.
Marl grey makes me look really ill around the eyes.
I wonder if charcoal would be too dark?

Ooooh, just back from a spendy trip to Vegas, but I did pick up a few Autumny things:

I was looking for jeans - Lucky Brand seem to fit me well. On the sale rail I found a pair of mad leather pants in oxblood - origianlly $499, reduced to 60 with another 40% off - well pleased with those.

Treated myself to Benefit's Bronze of Champions box at duty-free - hoola bronzer and lip-gloss are lovely.

I'd been after an easy-wear maxi for a while - found a DKNY jersey one for $21 - it's in a creamy ecru, which I might dye a more wearable olive green.

I'm being drawn to a rose-gold watch - is that a good colour for the Autumn palette?

Apologies in advance for what will probably be quite a long post! cocochops was asking about Project 333. It's a simple concept - you have 33 items of clothing (certain exclusions and you can modify to suit) for three months. Pretty simple, but it's surprisingly deep.

I came to it via the minimalist threads in Good Housekeeping, and also the frugal fashion threads here in S&B (worth digging out and reading). I started just after Christmas, largely because I thought it sounded ridiculous, and I couldn't/didn't want to do it. You just pack away or put to one side your non-33 items, so you're not making any permanent decisions.

I had a fair amount of clothes (although nowhere near as many as some S&B posters). For example, I had four pairs of jeans, none of which I liked or really wore. None of those were included in my first two seasons. One was in this last season (because I'd lost the fat around my middle, they fitted better. building like you, I'm paleo/primal)). I have now charity shopped the other three pairs and bought a pair that I love and fit me.

However, psychologically the project has been so beneficial. I feel much lighter and less guilty about all the clothes I had, but never really wore. Or felt I 'should' wear, but didn't feel good in. I also realised that many of my clothes were wrong for my lifestyle. I had too many going out dresses, but I never go anywhere formal - pub, curry or going to see a band is my social life, and that's how I like it.

It's also made me realise what I like about clothes - good fabrics, good fit, good colours. It's what tipped me into having my colours done, and it's a real joy now to have pretty much everything in my wardrobe go with everything else. At the beginning, it felt like paying so much attention to my clothes was somehow shallow and unfeminist, but these things do matter. I read a book recommended by frugal fashionista called You Are What You Wear, which was really insightful. Also a blog called http://recoveringshopaholic.com/. I am most definitely not a shopaholic (I actively dislike shopping).

I would definitely recommend Project 333, but then I am an advocate of minimalism and simplicity parenting. Also, from an environmental point of view, it's crazy how many unworn clothes we all have in our wardrobes.

Ah, cocochops actually asked what was in my wardrobe, not my thoughts on the meaning of life blush.

It's nothing very radical, but I try to just have one of each type IYSWIM. So one pair of skinnies, one pair of wide legged trousers, one A line skirt, one shirt etc.

You need far fewer tops than you think, but a fairly equal number of bottoms. I also only have two dresses now, but might aim for an everyday winter one. I don't include shoes or accessories and jewellery. I don't have many shoes, and I've noticed I'm wearing more of my jewellery and scarves. I also only have two jackets and a coat, which turns out to be more than enough.

Oh no, killed the thread...

Hopefully Wed 04-Sep-13 09:05:48

Geek I have adopted dark olive as my neutral of choice, as I don't really love brown.

Seri77 Wed 04-Sep-13 09:09:30

Queen, I'm trying to make my wardrobe more like yours. I started by throwing out most of my clothes. I'm doing well with tops in right colours and shapes and have 3 cardigans in different styles that will take my summer tops into autumn.

Most of my shoes, bottoms and outerwear are in black. I want to buy quality so I will replace these over time with versions in the right colours. My aim is that everything works together and I will have less overall.

You mentioned minimalism, as I've got rid of clothes I've kept for years without wearing I've found it easier to get rid of other unused things in the house.

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 09:15:06

Apologies if this has been discussed previously but when you wear skirts, what colour tights do you wear? If black opaques are out then I'm a bit lost.......

Chocolate brown or dark green opaque tights, flesh coloured, or I have one pair of cream knitted ones (though they are pretty unforgiving on my chunky calves, but look OK with knee high boots)

Orderose Wed 04-Sep-13 11:08:21

If anyone can point me to a pair of flat fronted chocolate brown trousers - for work - in a size 18, I would be very grateful. I can't seem to find good trousers in a dark colour for work, so I've got lots of black pairs.

Orderose Wed 04-Sep-13 11:10:12

Seri I've been trying for years to replace skirts and trousers from black into my Autumn colours and have found it very difficult. It's not as hard now as it was in the mid 90's when everything was black but it's still a challenge.
So a big thank you for starting the thread. I've been lurking since the beginning and have found it very helpful.

SuperConfused Wed 04-Sep-13 12:12:08

charitygirl I had thought it was just a more muted forest green but maybe you're right - I find 'seeing' the different tones harder on the blue/green spectrum than on warmer colours like the oranges and tans, I think I will try and find something camel.

Queen, I've been reading about project 333 and am definitely going to try it for autumn/winter, the weather over the last few weeks has made me loathe to put away my very summery clothes so Im hoping to devote a day to it at the weekend.

Can I ask a question about hair colour? I have no idea what my natural hair colour is anymore, but when I was a child it was auburn, then got darker in my teens, and since I was 18 I've been dying it varying shades of red, mostly not far off the natural colour. In the last year or so I've hit a colour I love, its much more vibrant, not quite Joan in MadMen but moving gently in that direction. However my HOC consultant said my hair colour (which I will admit is at its worst atm, the sun has been bleaching it out) needs to be deeper and richer.

I've now realised I don't really know what that means. Have any of you changes your hair to match your colours? At the moment, I think my hair looks a bit like this: www.polyvore.com/hair_color_corner_strawberry_blonde/thing?id=27425082 possibly a bit more bleached out at the roots.

I think I would probably prefer it to be more like this: theberry.com/2012/07/18/rocking-the-red-19-photos/red-hair-18/ which I think is closer to what it starts out as. I know there's a lot of copper tone used in mixing my colour.

I'm going to a new hairdressers on Friday and have booked one of their senior colourists. Does anyone have any guidance on what deeper and richer would mean, within the broad range of auburn to ginger? How do I explain it to a hairdresser, and what would it look like?

Seri77 Wed 04-Sep-13 12:50:07

Super, when I had my colours done I was a given a list of suitable professional hair dye colours for autumns specifically to take to and discuss with the hairdresser. I'm not at home this week otherwise I would scan it for you.

Orderose, you're welcome! I need lots of help with sorting out my wardrobe and image and this thread is really useful. No idea about brown trousers, could do with some myself. Though, like Hopefully I'm leaning towards dark olive as my main neutral. Probably even more difficult to find. I'm actually starting to consider having some smart trousers made as between finding a suitable colour and my funny shape I think it could be years before I find them in a shop.

Meganhunt Wed 04-Sep-13 19:41:05

SuperConfused - sorry I can't link but if you find a website called 12 blue prints and search for autumn and hair colour there are some interesting articles. I also have no idea what my real hair colour is! There is a lot of red in it but always went for blonde highlights. I had some low lights put in last week and its now a light to medium brown with some golden highlights and looks much better. Not sure I want to admit this but I took a photo of my eye and enhanced it. I have blue/green/grey eyes with brown splodges. I read that I should aim for the same colour as the brown for my hair colour and that's what I've done!

buildingmycorestrength Wed 04-Sep-13 22:53:58

Dome of the Uniqlo tops look quite autumnal...teals and greens and a sort of mustard yellow...?

charitygirl Thu 05-Sep-13 08:17:16

Shop - I've just bought three pairs of (expensive - a first for me) tights for winter: mustard, petrol (bit scary as quite on the peacock side), and dark olive. Can't wait to wear the mustard with purple dress and tan boots (not actually tried this, may be distressingly awful). Sacreligiously, I'm thinking purple and mustard might also be lovely with a pair of grey suede heels I have lurking.

Superconfused - spotting the right blue (esp 'heliotrope' - I have one scarf I'm confident about, and have spent much time in shops saying 'heliotrope? Or periwinkle??') and greens is MUCH harder than browns/tans, definitely.

charitygirl Thu 05-Sep-13 08:18:01

And yup - uniqlo get a lot of autumn colours right!

MrsRadicchio Thu 05-Sep-13 10:33:15

Hello autumns! I have recently been diagnosed as a winter, but I have a couple of (what I think are) autumn coloured clothes looking for a new home.

First is a Maison Scotch shirt, silk, size 3 (12/14) never worn.

Here is a pic though not the best one, it is quite slouchy, and much better open. Have tried to attach one of my own.

another pic though diff colour

and again tucked in

Also a 100% wool Cos scarf in coral neon. Also v minimally worn.

And candy apple revlon lip butter, also v minimally used!

Please PM me if interested / want more info - I would just want postage costs reimbursed.

MrsRadicchio Thu 05-Sep-13 10:37:05

Bascially it is this scarf but in neon coral


Hopefully Thu 05-Sep-13 11:39:01

Shop I wear brown opaques or nude fishnets. I tried cream opaques, but too cutesy on me sad. I love them on most people though.

Super that second hair colour looks brilliant - and is exactly what your consultant advised, a deeper richer colour (really you're talking about something slightly darker, and with more colour saturation). If you say deeper (or darker) and richer to your hair colourist they should know what you mean. Ask to look at the chart of swatches and point out anything remotely burgundy/wine red and emphasise that you don't want that - burgundy is death to most autumns, and some hair colourists like to add it in when going dark red.

Building I've done quite well for autumn coloured clothes from uniqlo, haven't had any duffs yet!

On the subject of tights and socks, I was in town today and went into American Apparel. They have an impressive range, and they looked really good quality. I was also impressed that the guy working there could say 'plush pantyhose' while keeping a straight face.

They range from £6 to £30, so not that cheap but they're not made in sweatshops. When I had a quick look in H&M, knowing the conditions the women who make them have to work in took the shine off.

I also have a pair of Falke tights from John Lewis, beloved of fashionistas in a deep brown shade. They are wonderful, but I'm glad I got them at 50% off at £24 a pair.

kerstina Fri 06-Sep-13 13:08:13

Not sure if this has been mentioned before but there are some beautiful olive coloured jumpers in the baukjen autumn collection . I had the mag come through the post far to expensive for me thoughhmm

buildingmycorestrength Fri 06-Sep-13 14:42:18

Just came home from TK Maxx with an acidy lime green-mustard cardigan, a teal cowl neck top, and deep purple stretch jeans. Sooooo delighted. Did not buy any of the many beige browny chunky knit jumpers are they sort if washed me out and don't think I would miss them if I left them behind.

I sort of think I have always done Project 333 style wardrobe. I don't really collect clothes the way some people do, I generally like to be able to stick things together in lots of ways and have things go together with lots of other items.

So. I will just ditch about half my current wardrobe now that I've bought a few new pieces... can't wait to cull the £3 Asda t-shirts I have accumulated while shopping was so hard with kids v small and being ill for ages.

And have discovered that I am much better at internet shopping than I used to be. I just have quite strict guidelines now which allows me to disregard 90% of every shop. grin.

charitygirl Fri 06-Sep-13 18:45:14

I got some fab scarves in TK Maxx yesterday - one a very deep coloured leopard print (have always loved LP and do happy it's spot on for my season and style) with a teal panel across it (sounds Ming but does work I think). Two a lizard grey (so hard to find!) covered in neon orange stars. Not a whiff of polyester in either and less than £18 for both.

Hopefully Fri 06-Sep-13 18:52:01

Love Tk Maxx for scarves! I've seen gorgeous Lily&Lionel ones in there waaaay reduced.

Charity lizard grey is such a pain to find, but I love it so! I recently had a waistcoat made in some amazing lizard grey fabric, I'm really pleased with it.

shopafrolic Fri 06-Sep-13 20:30:12

Thanks for the tips on tights, need to investigate further. I have a khaki dress which I'd like to layer up for AW so perhaps nude tights are the way forward.......

charitygirl Fri 06-Sep-13 22:25:42

Me too - its a two star colour for me. I saw a bridesmaid recently in a teal dress with a lizard grey pashmina and it really was gorgeous.

I'm still researching tailoring options in London that won't bankrupt me... I love the waistcoat on yr blog - need to decide whether one would suit my shape and style.

Roshbegosh Fri 06-Sep-13 23:28:17

I struggle to get the right shade of grey, what is lizard grey? Love the links on this thread.

GeekInThePink Fri 06-Sep-13 23:47:06

This is lizard grey

GeekInThePink Fri 06-Sep-13 23:47:36

I can't get the right shade either!

That's lizard grey? In my head it was something completely different. I'm not loving it tbh, it seems a bit drab.

Still laughing at the thought of charitygirl going round the shops muttering 'heliotrope or periwinkle?' to herself.

buildingmycorestrength Sat 07-Sep-13 10:26:38

I stick with charcoal grey, think that lizard shade is just beige would wash me out.

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 10:42:27

Ah - lizard grey, like bronze, is all in the wearing! It looks blah until you put it next to an autumn skin time and then it - and you - look fab! Charcoal grey, sadly, makes me look like the not so living dead.

Beautiful new Plumo catalogue distracting me from work. Lots of autumn colours - v pricey though. Some lovely printed trousers which, though not v seasonal, I would like a pair of. But they're NEVER in autumn colours! Grr. Lots of pics of Ash Ali boots - vv nice.

Also lusting over forest green Iro jeans on Atterley Rd (soz for no links - on phone). Looks like a true autumn forest green without winter tendencies.

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 10:43:43

Skin TONE, obvs.

buildingmycorestrength Sat 07-Sep-13 11:19:03

Some of the comments on here make me wonder if I am a proper autumn after all. Maybe my mum (who is obviously not a professional colour..iser?...or I would have mentioned it) does not know what she is talking about and I have just been brainwashed.

Charcoal grey does properly suit me, mostly. So does black, or at least I don't look totally terrible in black. Aaargh! Who am I? Maybe I should spend £100 and be done with this identity crisis.

MadBusLady Sat 07-Sep-13 11:29:06

I am similar building and in a similar identity crisis. Charcoal and black are fine on me, charcoal is the better. Neither are as great as khaki/muted browns/the aforementioned lizard grey but they're fine, I still prefer black to navy.

From what I've read, this doesn't stop us being autumns necessarily, but we might be bordering on winter (do you have dark hair/eyes?) whereas other people here might have lighter colouring, light brown or auburn hair etc and be bordering on spring if anything. Some colours that Kettlewell thinks are autumn, like lime green, would be dreadful on me. I think that's because they are also spring colours.

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 11:29:09

Oh god yes building do it. I didn't like to say, but charcoal and black really aren't in the Autumn palette as I understand it! HoC analysis is fun, fascinating, and I would say well worth the cost.

I think 'autumn' is one of the season that people diagnose because of someone's hair or eye colour, but you really can't do it on that basis. I do not 'look like an autumn' - without analysis there is no way I could be getting my colours as right as I do now.

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 11:31:13

Agree with madbus that some autumns have less crossover with spring than others. That's why it's so helpful to have the HoC rating of which are your best c

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 11:33:41

Oops. Best colours - grass green, saffron, and rosewood are not great for me.

I sound like those celebs who do really unsubtle sponsored tweets I know...

buildingmycorestrength Sat 07-Sep-13 13:03:34

Okay, have totally lost confidence that I know what colours look good on me now. So have asked for colours as a birthday present in five weeks.

Five nail biting weeks....

charitygirl Sat 07-Sep-13 15:36:17

Yay! Hope you ARE an autumn but whatever you are, you'll look great!

buildingmycorestrength Sat 07-Sep-13 16:52:53

Saw an interesting thing about blue autumns that sounded like me...best in teal blue and purple. Anyway, am going to hold off spending much until after I've had my colours done. Am soooo impatient though. And I think I already know my style (ish) and what shapes I should wear, though I am steadily losing weight so fingers crossed for that. And I am very excited at the idea of finding a lipstick that might suit me as that is very hard for me.

Just to let you know that LKBennett had a couple of dresses in peacock and teal. I find it hard to get smart work clothes that aren't black so thought I would share.

Hopefully Sun 08-Sep-13 09:58:48

Building I am a very blue autumn (to the point I am v hard to analyse, as I look so much like a winter that it is hard to see what the drapes are showing, iykwim), and charcoal isn't actually half bad on me. it's nowhere near as good as things like dark olive and even brown, but in a pinch i would wear it. It's a good alternative to black/navy if you work in a very corporate environment, as its likely to be better than both. The downside is that it really doesn't go with all the other autumn colours, so you lose some of the cohesion/capsule wardrobe-ability of the palette if you start chucking it in willy nilly.

LKBennett are often good for autumn colours - they had that petrol navy colour in a few things last year (none of which were my style, tragically).

Hopefully Sun 08-Sep-13 09:59:37

QoW I don't actually think kettlewell's lizard grey is terribly accurate to what i think of as lizard grey. To me lizard grey is much more of a grey with a bit of taupe in it, rather than taupe with a bit of grey, iykwim.

DipMeInChocolate Sun 08-Sep-13 11:22:05

Just picked up a couple of cheap tops in Lidl in a deep green and mustard for 6.99. And these pumps

Hopasholic Sun 08-Sep-13 16:05:20

Hello fellow Autumns!
I started a thread in S&B to say I was having my colours done, went yesterday and I'm a soft Autumn leaf.

Am I allowed to be a little sad? I have always worn colours from the winter pallet and despite having four heaving wardrobes, I suspect there's very little in there from the autumn colours.

I feel a little overwhelmed about next steps but have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the day, my consultant was fantastic! Handled the tricky lady of the group very well ( she was very negative and kept sighing and rolling her eyes) I'm sure the consultant will have needed to crack open the vino once she left grin

Were any of you a little disappointed to be autums? How easy did you find it to adapt?
I think I'll start by buying four tops (as advised) in my ** colours to wear for work but I only have black trousers at the moment

Hopefully Sun 08-Sep-13 16:41:34

Hop I wasn't exactly disappointed to be an autumn (as I could see how amazing the colours look), but I had virtually no clothes in the right colours, so was a little stressed to start with!

Take it step by step, view it as an 18-24 month project, not an overnight change, and use the steps you were talked through to start moving your wardrobe into being the right colours - probably something like:

1. Tops/scarves/big necklaces are the best things to get right, as it's what reflects the right light onto your face. Tackle these first.
2. Getting into your best make up colours makes about 1,000,000% difference, and will start the 'ooh, you look nice' comments rolling in, which is lovely.
3. Try to have some physical separation in your wardrobe of 'right' and 'wrong' colours, so you can keep the 'right' side in mind when shopping, and commit not to add to the wrong side.

Hopasholic Sun 08-Sep-13 17:05:52

Thanks hopefully. I tend to be a bit impatient/impulsive with clothes, which is why I had it done smile so yes, thanks for reminding me to take it steady!

hop I agree that it takes a little while to get your head around it. I was pleased to be an autumn, especially a vibrant autumn. It made me realise that I had worn a lot of the 'right' colours when I was younger (greens, browns, bit of coral), but had drifted into too much black and muted spring/summer colours. I feel and look so much better this way.

Not meaning to sound rude, but with that many clothes you have no idea what you have and haven't got. I wouldn't go out and buy four new tops, but go through one wardrobe at a time and separate your clothes into right and wrong colours. By the law of averages, you will have some things in the right colours.

I took the advice and split my wardrobe into two. Then I was disciplined enough to eBay the wrong colours and made enough to buy this Peony and Moore bag.

Shopping becomes much easier, as you can discount I reckon 75% of the stuff in shops that is black, grey and white.

RockMummy Sun 08-Sep-13 18:34:13

The bag is gorgeous Queenofwhatever. Well done for being disciplined and selling stuff. Have been up the town alone this afternoon and found very little in autumn colours. They seem to have jumped straight to mostly cold winter colours so only came back with some chocolate skinnies which were in Debenhams.

Hopasholic Sun 08-Sep-13 19:16:28

Not rude at all Queen spot on actually blush

She does offer a decluttering service smile

Gorgeous handbag!

Tell me where you are hop. If you're near, I'll come over - I LOVE decluttering other people's wardrobes!

charitygirl Sun 08-Sep-13 20:45:10

I wasn't disappointed though v suprised. I wore as much autumn stuff from my wardrobe (about four things!) as I could to start with, and I dyed a few white/grey things which was fun. I de-blacked my wardrobe sharpish (if I ever get made redundant I have a lot of beautiful things that need ebaying) and then I admit I bought a lot of new clothes over a period of 5-6 months.

When shopping I note that I am far less impulsive and never buy duplicates - because I now really love and value 90% of my clothes Im far less likely to forget that I already have a pair of olive skinnies.

Ive also bought lots of lovely jewellry and scarves and since the style day I really know how to buy jewellry that feels like me.

Don't be disappointed - autumn colours combined are so beautiful.

Hopasholic Sun 08-Sep-13 23:14:51

That's just how I want to be charity girl
Aiming to get it down to two wardrobes and to love everything I have.
I do feel better about the cours now I've had another look through the swatches, think it was just a bit of a shock as I love pinks/grey/plum etc

Scarletohello Sun 08-Sep-13 23:16:13

I felt utterly traumatised after my colour analysis. I so didn't want to be Autumn. I thought it was frumpy and unfashionable. Most of my wardrobe was black too! However.. Ten years on I love my clothes! Shopping is so easy now, I know exactly what suits me, I look younger and most things in my wardrobe matches. Oh and I get lots of compliments on my clothes!smile

It was a long process tho. Gave away a lot of black clothes, bought a few scarves, took my swatch out with me when shopping and slowly built up my new wardrobe. I love colours now, it's a challenge but so worthwhile!

Hello can I join? I've been lurking for a few days and have finally read the whole thread. I got my mum's colours done a few years ago as a present and did mine at the same time 'to keep her company'.
I have been looking for a new suit for ages and yesterday found a brown one at Austin Reed in the sale online. No trousers in my sizebut got skirt and jacket. I really hope other is good. I did buy a new black suit in Jan from Hobbs (also sale) out of desperation as all my other non summer suits are 10+ years old.
Also bought a bright red raincoat online this weekends. Not sure if that's off

other is good - it is good

Not sure if officially one of my colours but I do like myself in red.

Spottycurtains Mon 09-Sep-13 22:11:17

I've been looking for colour combination inspiration online and have found many sites refer to warm, soft or true autumns.
Which would be the closest to a vibrant autumn?

Hopefully Tue 10-Sep-13 08:23:01

I believe that the closes to a vibrant autumn is a warm autumn (leaning towards spring), but I may be wrong! A true autumn is what I would call an Autumn leaf, and a soft autumn is, erm, a soft autumn. Deep autumn equates (roughly) to a blue autumn.

Roshbegosh Tue 10-Sep-13 08:28:46

When I went to HoC years ago she just classified me as Autumn, these subcategories are so confusing and it can be impossible to find anything right. I would love some trousers in dark olive or something else that would blend with the palette but there is nothing in the shops. I just bought a red coat too, hope its ok as warm shades do suit me but do I look like a letter box? Knowing I am autumn has even a good thing but it can introduce a lot of anxiety about what to wear as well.

shopafrolic Tue 10-Sep-13 08:30:28

Morning Hopefully is a blue autumn closer to the winter or summer end of the colour spectrum out of interest?

MadBusLady Wed 11-Sep-13 12:08:08

Morning autumn ladies, I have an ankle boot recommendation! Especially good if you are vegan/vegetarian, slightly wide of foot or skint. They are synthetic and 35 and comfy as slippers. Also come in black and this equally autumn friendly mushroom colour. Look a lot funkier IRL than they do in the pictures somehow, I wouldn't have bought them online.

Hopefully Wed 11-Sep-13 12:34:54

Shop closer to Winter. Soft autumn is kind of closer to Summer (in that is is the slightly less warm, most muted tones). NB to the uninitiated, this doesn't mean that, eg, I can wear winter colours as a Blue Autumn!

sedgieloo Wed 11-Sep-13 13:13:52

Hi autumn ladies! I lurk sometimes. I reckon I am a autumn or spring of some kind. I can't see how I will in the near future find opportunity to get my colours done properly because appointments are so long and I have a two yr old and a baby. Getting sitter is the problem plus I bf.

Thing is I have dropped all my baby blubber on 5:2 after 4 us of being pregnant or bf and I need clothes. I've binned all my mat/post preg and make do stuff. Plus I've just quit my job so work clothes are not much use, plus they look old fashioned.

Any ideas how I can figure this one out at all. Is it a mad idea to post a picture and get you to see if anything looks familiar?!?

I'm a mac nc15+ with brown eyes that close up are warm brown mixed with olive. Sort of hazel. Light brown hair. Very much darker brows and lashes. Hmmm nondescript blandness! That's no help is it! Get complements in tan, coral, bright orange, bright red, light blue (?) Bright clear purple, lime. Not khaki tho. Sorry to gate crash. Apologies both babies in bed for once and I had five mins!! Any ideas welcome!!

shopafrolic Wed 11-Sep-13 16:06:26

Thanks Hopefully and phew! I thought I'd killed the thread for a minute there.....

shopafrolic Wed 11-Sep-13 16:08:52

sedgieloo this isn't going to help but self diagnosis is really difficult and the best way is to get draped. There are websites that offer basic questionnaires for self diagnosis but posting photos won't really be the answer. It sounds as though you could be an Autumn from some of the colours you mention but then light blue threw me! Not sure.......

Roshbegosh Wed 11-Sep-13 21:56:26

There is a kind of duck egg blue that works, and anything approaching teal.

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 11:10:44

Ok, level with me. Is mushroom really an autumn colour, or is it summer? There is an important reason - I want leather leggings but not for £600 and not in black. I am a HoC purist, but can't remember where they stand on mushroom. Thoughts welcome.

Could these be autumn?


I know these are summer - but how gorgeous?

Hopefully Thu 12-Sep-13 11:37:34

Charity I would do them, and I'm a consultant smile. I'm imagining holding them up against a Summer's face and can't see it working!

Hopefully Thu 12-Sep-13 11:38:04

I would probably do the other pair too if they turned out to be aubergine enough

Hopefully Thu 12-Sep-13 11:39:30

I have Drome leather leggings in a petrol colour, but they have gone up almost £200 since last year on Matches shock (and no petrol colour this year).

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 11:42:19

That's so helpful Hopefully. I am v tempted by the plum now you've said that - I love the texturing. I'm an ingenue natural so I think the tiny patter is quite ingenue. Will report back.

What are people wearing today. I'm in chestnut tapered trousers with brown brogues, a pale olive shirt, and a leopard print cardi. Not a 2star outfit I feel but not too shabby.

Sounds lovely charitygir. I'm wearing a gorgeous turquoise jacket from Mango but with a white blouse and black trousers. I am really lacking in basic brown trousers and skirts. I threw some away as too old when I left my last job and have not replaced them due to not finding gany I like, although am waiting on a delivery of a brown suit from Austin Reed.

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 16:17:53

Right - I've ordered the mushroom, though the 12 had already sold out since this morning so I'm optimistically trying the 10. I have gone back and forth on leather leggings many times (not the first pair I've tried...) - these are either going to be a forever love, or I must accept that they're not really me.

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 16:25:22

Brown trousers are SO are to find (that aren't rank). I'm not a huge fan of dark brown but I'd love more trousers/skirts in the lighter shades.

GeorginaWorsley Thu 12-Sep-13 17:18:07

Iv said before on this thread that brown was easy to find a few years ago but less so now
I have the Bistro trousers from Boden in a tobacco colour.

Hopasholic Thu 12-Sep-13 18:03:18

I'm feeling very 'Autumn leaf' today smile

Took Queenofwhatever's advice and had a trawl through my wardrobe. I'm wearing khaki skinnies with a mustard and rust print top with brown suede boots, so I do have some autumn clothes after all! Every time I'm out or even watching TV I'm looking at what people are wearing thinking 'ooh that's good for an Autumn!'

I can definitely see how having clothes of the same pallet will help in pulling outfits together.

Still not managed to start the cull but hopefully I'll get started on Saturday!

I've just been through my swatch book and marked all my 2** colours, it's killing me not buying anything but I must cull first!

Camel pencil skirt was on the list but it's sold out in my size sad

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 19:06:20

That outfit sounds lovely hopsaholic.

shopafrolic Thu 12-Sep-13 20:33:47

I've ordered this coat today. It was too tempting a discount.......
I love the sound of your outfit Hopasholic
I've had a big cull and am selling some more bits on EBay that are the wrong colours for me. I confess to hanging on to a few black items though.....

buildingmycorestrength Thu 12-Sep-13 22:01:53

Got a lovely burnt orange cowl neck top today. grin. Plan on wearing it to smart-casual day event on Saturday with my teal stretchy pencil skirt...not sure which shoes.

Today I wore deep purple skinnies, dark grey floaty tunic and a mustard-ish cardi with this Orla Kiely scarf someone gave me a couple of years ago. It makes everything work.

charitygirl Thu 12-Sep-13 23:01:27

Gorgeous coat shop! I have just finished dying an old grey trench...terracotta. It looks ridiculous but I am hoping that once I've changed the buttons (the contrast at the moment is way too Boden) it'll make an acceptable stop gap while I find the perfect mid weight jacket/coat.

Rules Thu 12-Sep-13 23:07:51

Oooo....can I join in please. I'm a warm autumn and although I can wear black as I have golden blond hair, I prefer Brown. Love tomato red and leaf green. I have dark green Brown eyes and warm skin covered in freckles.

Saw a love ly brown suit in planet at House of Fraser yesterday and they didn't have it in my size. Said they could order or I could look online. Online I could find some brown trousers And a jacket in different shades and 2 different sizes (8 and 16)).
Aaargh !

fififolle Fri 13-Sep-13 07:39:20

Just jumping in with my first proper 'autumn' purchase here.
The colour is beautiful and the jumper is so comfy. I'd never e have considered this colour before having my colours done but even my head-in-sand husband commented on how nice it looked!

shopafrolic Fri 13-Sep-13 08:19:40

Rules sounds as though we have similar colouring - I'm a warm deep Autumn and can still wear black providing I have a good red lipstick on! And the black needs to be duller IYSWIM not pure dark black.
Tomato red is good on me and although I haven't bought anything yet, leaf green looks good too. Also purple and the darker teal colours.
How's the quality on the Uniqlo cashmere fififolle? It's a great price.
Well done on the dyeing CharityGirl I'm considering trying that on some things of mine but I'm scared of the after effects on my washing machine!

Rules Fri 13-Sep-13 08:25:39

Hi shop....Im not a natural blond though, originally I was a dark brown with red undertones. Went blond many years ago and my whole face lighted up. I look so much better as a blond.

Roshbegosh Fri 13-Sep-13 12:42:44

Anyone seen any nice autumn scarves in the shops at the moment?

charitygirl Fri 13-Sep-13 12:52:33

Rosh - this &otherstories scarf caught my eye recently - it feels truly gorgeous, and is a more coppery colour than it looks online, really good for deep rich autumns.


Otherwise, TK Maxx always has a staggering range of scarves and as they're usually sub £10, you can be braver with choices.

shop - don't fear the dyes, the Dylon ones I use (from Robert Dyas) leave absolutely no residue in the machine (I did a white wash straight after!) - amazing. Of course, polyester thread doesn't die, and I hadn't fully understood just how much pale grey thread there is on a (now terracotta) trench. Hum.

Leather leggings arriving tonight! V excited (but being realistic - they have to be perfect to be kept, and the 10 may not even fit...)

charitygirl Fri 13-Sep-13 12:54:26

Lovely sweater fifi!

Roshbegosh Fri 13-Sep-13 14:03:53

Thanks charitygirl , love the scarf and I will steel myself to go to TKMaxx.

Hopasholic Fri 13-Sep-13 15:20:56

I know I said I wouldn't buy anything yet but....... I was returning a grey dress and black trousers smile and saw a chocolate brown cord skirt and a fitted mustard cardi in next, only £15 each ( I use our local outlet to return) They had a few autumn tops and jackets.

Lovely coat [shop] bet you'll feel amazing in that!

Today I am mostly wearing.... Peacock colours, bumped into a friend who told me I look younger every time she sees me. Yay!

What are you wearing today? Love that scarf by the way charity

charitygirl Fri 13-Sep-13 15:56:56

Ooh I need a fitted mustard cardi beetles off

Hopasholic Fri 13-Sep-13 16:06:13

DS has just come in from school and said to me 'What have you come as? Mama Smurf!?'

I am wearing Royal purple opaque tights & jumper. grin

( I have got a denim skirt on too & a turquoise cardi, otherwise he may have a point)

fififolle Fri 13-Sep-13 16:22:07

Thanks charitygirl
The uniqlo cashmere is lovely and cozy, perhaps not as soft as some £££ others. I'm planning to hand wash it even though the label says dry clean.

onlysettleforbutterflies Fri 13-Sep-13 20:17:02

Lots of lovely purchases everyone, I'm trying to be really good and not spend at the moment, unless I find something amazing!

Today I have worn dark mustardy skinnies, long navy vest with sand sheer jumper and a mustard, navy and cream scarf.

shopafrolic Fri 13-Sep-13 20:28:25

I take it that wasn't the look you were going for Hopasholic? smile

Rules Sat 14-Sep-13 00:02:03

I have gone over my wardrobe a little today inspired by you ladies. I put clothes up against my face and now need to look at the colour charts. I know im a warm autumn cause I always look like im a little tanned and have freckles and dark green brown eyes. Im naturally warm brunette but am now magically light golden blond. Have not had my colours done so am going to look at charts tomorrow.

charitygirl Sat 14-Sep-13 21:35:23

So the Helmut Lang leggings are an amazing autumn colour - more light olive than 'mushroom', and the size is right. But I don't really know if they look startling different/better than jeggings - and at £330, they need to. I'm not excited to wear them tomorrow, which I usually am with new clothes.

So I am now thinking that if I return them, I could get these instead in petrol green

Or these!


Have also finally spotted a few jackets I like (albeit the rag & bone is old out in my size)



With all this loveliness out there, I'm not sure I can justify a pair of suede leggings I'm 'meh' about.

sedgieloo Sat 14-Sep-13 22:10:18

shopaholic thanks for trying to help me re diagnosis. I will try and muddle through. It's a shame the appointments for draping are so long, I am going to have to hold on until my babies are a bit older I think.

Roshbegosh Sun 15-Sep-13 05:46:11

Love those jeans charity girl not that they would be right for my heftiness. The suede leggings might be an original wardrobe staple that you wear a lot and no one else has or they might be a bugger to look after and get ruined. It is a lot of money.

buildingmycorestrength Sun 15-Sep-13 08:17:49

To be fair, I resent paying £20 for a wardrobe 'meh', so I'm probably not the person to comment on the leggings! I'm so excited about my two new tops that cost £15 each, I just want to be that excited about every item now. grin.

charitygirl Sun 15-Sep-13 14:08:49

Exactly building - I have things I love that cost a tenner, there's no room to accept anything less! Leggings are going back.

Hopefully Sun 15-Sep-13 17:47:32

Charity I have been tempted to order those Me&Em leggings, but they are so £££ for essentially leggings. Will be interested to know what you think if you order though.

charitygirl Sun 15-Sep-13 20:58:56

I know - I expect them to take INCHES off my thighs.

Scarletohello Sun 15-Sep-13 23:42:49

Fed up today, went round lots of shops and even tho it's Autumn, couldn't find hardly any Autumn colours in the shops! It was all black, grey, navy, purple. Bleugh! Oh well, guess will just have to buy a new lippy( ha the autocorrect said 'puppy'!)

charitygirl Mon 16-Sep-13 08:13:25

I know Scarlett...though royal purple is autumn, and I got a great purple dress in River Island. I've seen a bit of rust and there's still tons of (usually uninspiring) khaki about, but otherwise a ton of grey! And I hope this pink trend doesn't take off - useless for us!

GypsyFloss Mon 16-Sep-13 11:18:34

Can I ask a dyeing question please? I have tan 5 pocket jeggings that are just a bit meh , can I dye them forest green without lightening them first? Will they end up khaki -ish ? Which is the colour I'd ideally like them to be.

charitygirl Mon 16-Sep-13 12:58:33

Gypsy - what's the fabric content? If they're close to 100% cotton you should be ok, I would think forest green on tan would make a sludgy khaki or olive. I recently dyed a grey coat w/o lightening and was v impressed with how true the colour came out.

Planning to due a dark grey blouse bright orange next...

onlysettleforbutterflies Mon 16-Sep-13 13:02:04

I have bought some olive jeggings from Sainsburys, they feel really soft and seem quite stretchy, so hoping the knees stay tight in them.

What colour do you wear with british racing green? I always get a bit stuck with it.

GypsyFloss Mon 16-Sep-13 13:14:45

Thanks charitygirl, that's what I was hoping to hear. They're 100% cotton and I know the fabric dyes ok as I reblacked two pairs of the same type yesterday with success.

charitygirl Mon 16-Sep-13 16:38:41

only - chocolate brown? Cream? They sound right, though I'm not 100% confident I know what British racing green is!

By the way - popped into Bennetton today and they had some good autumn colours. Nice teals, oranges, and browns.

GypsyFloss Mon 16-Sep-13 19:03:20

Ok so the tan skinnies dyed with forest green have turned resolutely green...with tan stitching. Not quite what I'd aimed for but much better for me than tan. Still need to locate some khaki/olive trousers...

onlysettleforbutterflies Mon 16-Sep-13 19:57:08

Thanks charity, not sure I am very good at describing colours lol.

Rules Tue 17-Sep-13 18:39:08

I have a question....if u change your haircolour, how are you supposed to assess then?

buildingmycorestrength Tue 17-Sep-13 19:36:21

Yeah, I'll go grey/white over the next couple of years which will presumably change things?

Rules Tue 17-Sep-13 20:25:37

See that's the thing building I used to have warm dark brown hair and went blond years ago but I still suit autumn colours, so I don't think it does change your colours that much. Black suits me better now though.

charitygirl Tue 17-Sep-13 21:08:49

No, your hair colour doesn't change your season (though I think your best colours can change as you age) as your skin tone is more important. You can obviously make better or worse hair dye decisions for your season tho.

Oh gypsy - yes, thread is nearly always polyester so doesn't dye. It's very annoying.

Rules Tue 17-Sep-13 23:11:00

Thanks charity. I didn't think it did on the whole. My hair being blond has completely lifted my face and I look years younger but still look best in Autumn colours.

Hurrah,had my consultation today with CMB. I am warm, soft and deep. Can anyone tell me what this converts to in HOC? I'm guessing it's an autumn of some sort. Love all my colours although I have now had to ditch loads of black tops. I didn't realise I had so many!

shopafrolic Thu 19-Sep-13 13:42:50

coated skinny jeans for Autumns. I've ordered as an alternative to leather......

TheWombat Thu 19-Sep-13 13:54:35

Ooh shop those look fab. envy Wish I could make coated skinnies look good - somehow too 'edgy', I need to find a way to soften them up a bit. I love the idea of leather / coated jeans, but I might have to accept I'll never pull them off. The whole 'French voguette' look is one I love, but I can't do it <grump>.

I have just jumped on the Jalouse bandwagon with these Ash Jalouse boots in wood ash - great autumn alternative to black, they are a very dark browny-grey colour. If you're a deep autumn I think they'd be a perfect colour.

Hopefully Thu 19-Sep-13 15:49:56

Rules as Charity said, changing hair colour doesn't alter your season, but there will be some dye colours that go with your skin tone better than others (as with clothes).

charitygirl Thu 19-Sep-13 16:57:48

Oh shop good find! I think I'm still most drawn to the forest green Iro skinnies on Atterley Road though, but haven't ordered.

shopafrolic Thu 19-Sep-13 18:29:36

There's a coated reddish pair too on there.
Love those Jalouse TheWombat
Off to look on Atterley Road........

shopafrolic Thu 19-Sep-13 18:31:18

forest green skinnies smaller sizes

shopafrolic Thu 19-Sep-13 18:32:55

different green jeans Quite a few to choose from on the Outnet at the moment in various shades of green.

charitygirl Thu 19-Sep-13 21:20:28

Lush shop!

Rules Fri 20-Sep-13 01:05:58

Thanks Hopefully. Having been inspired by this thread have just coloured my very light blond hair to more of a darker honey with highlights. Makes my eyes pop and really suits my skintone much better. Have been going through my wardrobe putting colours against me and they definitely look better now that my hair is a richer colour rather than light blond.

shopafrolic Fri 20-Sep-13 10:51:35

Sounds gorgeous Rules

Rules Fri 20-Sep-13 11:32:41

Thankyou * Shop* smile

Seri77 Fri 20-Sep-13 22:30:49

MsInga does this table help? Perhaps you are a mix between warm and deep autumn? Were you told your best colours?

Thanks Seri that is helpful. My best colours are mustard, moss green, coral, rust, peacock blue, lime, lots of reds.

colourconfusion Sat 21-Sep-13 12:03:24

Hi, I am new to posting on these boards but have been lurking for some time and learnt a lot in the process! I have had my colours done in the past (about 20 years ago) and know I am an Autumn but would like to have them done again by House of Colour to get more specific recommendations for what suits me. I would like to know what "sub-type" I am. From reading on mumsnet it seems like HoC are good, but has anyone been to the Nottingham branch of HoC? Or in the East Midlands? Would like to have a recommendation before I commit as it is a bit pricey. Thanks

So the Austin Reed suit that took over a week to arrive has just gone back. Perfect fit, good quality materialist the jacket and skirt did not quite match. I phoned up customer services who said were not supposed to despite having the same name. They hadarching trousers for the jacket but completely the wrong size.

But did find a lively forest green jumper and green skirt at jigsaw yesterday!

Matching trousers

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 15:35:59

Marking my place and joining as a Dramatic Vibrant Autumn as of this morning! But I have saved up for a bit of a spree so don't feel too negative about a wardrobe overhaul. Lamenting the loss of black....but excited about some new purchases. Have picked up loads of ideas from the thread so far. First stop - some new knitwear, looks like Uniqlo, Pure and Baukjen with their 25% off codes are a good place to start.
Struggling with lipsticks though, they were all a bit too strong - orangey reds and dark browns, suited but not for daywear, any ideas?

Rules Sat 21-Sep-13 18:19:04

snowlie...Hello.....can you not still wear black on your bottom half? I do but I also wear it near my face as its suits me. Im a warm Autumn though.

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 18:35:09

I could maybe with a navy top but I general I tended to wear black with black, grey or white and a splash of red. Black can be hard to match to colour without it looking cheap.

Bought 2 new tops since my consultation which I love,



Waiting for the Boden one to arrive to double check on the colour, but it looks more coral than pink.

Rules Sat 21-Sep-13 19:57:58

snow one of my favourite colour combos is black and caramal or tan. Looks so classy and stylish. I like wearing my black pencil skirt with a caramel shirt and black and caramel stiletto shoes or a black dress with caramel/tan belt and carmel/tan necklace or scarf.

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 20:12:27

Rules I've always seen tan as a colour for other people, it's not a colour I can wear, despite being an Autumn, it looks dull and boring on me. There's nothing about me that is a classic, I have never even wanted to look classy - much too grown up wink, hence the panic before my colourist revealed the vibrant side of autumn and she explained I suited the dramatic side of dressing, I still worry that I'm going to struggle to dress in the style I like, which is more edgy, with autumn colours - the links to the Pinterest boards on this thread have given me some comfort.

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:16:13

Hello fellow autumns, can I join?

I've recently been diagnosed as a dark blue autumn and to be honest am a bit disappointed. I'd presumed I'd be a winter and from looking at the charts autumn was the one I disliked the most.

My consultant found me hard to diagnose and said that dark blue autumns were tricky. I mind of came away feeling like she'd convinced us both that that was the right category because she was just so relieved to have come up with one, if that makes sense.

Some of the colours did look ok but as they are to what I'm used to I'm finding it hard to get my head around it all. Some make me think of frumpy school teachers (no offence!) and in all honesty I feel like there's probably only a handful of the 36 that I'd wear. And the thought of no more trusty old black gives me hives..... I guess I need to go and try out a few bits in my new colours but I'm scared to in case I just get it bloody wrong (clothes shopping confidence is at an all time low here).

Is it just a case of remembering that just because I like a colour it doesn't mean it'll suit me? And that colours I don't love may turn out to be great on me?

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:23:40

So, looking at this dress for example www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Skater-Dress-With-Collar-And-Pintucks/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3097525&cid=8799&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Burgundy I could probably wear this for work, but would automatically gor for black tights and shoes. If black is out what would go instead? Argh help!

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 20:28:00

Chicken I think an open mind might help - try things but don't buy non returnables unless you are confident about colours. The lipsticks were my hell - brown, coral and brick red....the only one I liked was brick red but it was a bit too obvious and made up for day wear, we tried the more subtle lip staining approach but I though it still looked hideous. sad

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 20:31:41

Nice dress, maybe you can still do black away from face....life without black is a bit challenging. Or you could do brown tights and brown shoes....anyone thinking walking turd? confused <clueless>

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:35:32

Yes I think you're right, I need to go with it more. I'm just not drawn to any of the autumn colours really. And the ones I thought looked a bit better, the consultant would give one tick at 25/50%. I bought a dark love green roll neck a few years ago and felt it did NOTHING for me, but that's now got 2 stars at 100%.....

The bright red lippy looked fab but the rust and the coral looked naff I thought. I've got lots of pinky-purples in my make up bag sad.

I dunno, I know it's all just a bit of a guide and need to get my head around it more but I thought it would all "click". It's early days, I guess I need time to adjust!

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:37:11

snowlie walking turd is exactly it grin!! Swamp kept springing to mind too....

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:38:14

Dark olive, not love.

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 20:42:29

Did navy get a tick? I got navy, olive, peacock dark brown, grass green, saffron [ didn't agree] royal purple and forest green as my best colours.

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:43:32

Yes it did, I think we're similar...

shopafrolic Sat 21-Sep-13 20:44:40

Snowlie I was classed as classic dramatic and am a warm deep Autumn. It's taken a while it I'm starting to find an edgier look even in Autumn colours I think......

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 20:45:45

And the orange/brown combo was screaming 1970's nightmare curtains but they were my best colours.....I felt irrationally annoyed at seeing them beside my face....orange maybe but not together.

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 20:52:53

Oh god yes that's so apt re the 70s curtains.

We're going to look like shits going to a 70s fancy dress party.

Thank god summer is over - no autumn colours seem to be conducive to a lovely bright fresh summers day.

shopafrolic Sat 21-Sep-13 21:00:36

Chicken if you're in doubt about your analysis do go back and ask for some more help going through it all. You should have been able to see things clearly I think?

snowlie Sat 21-Sep-13 22:00:20

Chicken grin

ChickenLickenSticken Sat 21-Sep-13 22:05:04

shop I'm sure it's me more than anything. I haven't had the chance to go out and practice but planning on doing some Internet shopping tomorrow as have a few things on next week at work and socially that I am dreading as nothing to wear would like a couple of new bits for.

RockMummy Sat 21-Sep-13 22:25:59

I found that wearing cream lacey tops and things in coral with olive/moss/khaki green bottoms was a lovely summery look for me. I'm a bright leaf autumn but I refuse to give up blue jeans. I have khaki, brown, rust and teal coloured jeans which look nice but they're not blue!

snowlie Sun 22-Sep-13 09:25:33

I have a plan and it involves navy, red and forest green and some oyster white....the kind of non autumn, autumn colours....I'll invest in these first. I had been hankering after a pair of red ankle boots and I now have a perfect excuse. Might even buy myself a peacock slouchy bag.

Can't see myself being attracted to the idea of swimming in a big pile of brown poo clothing in the near future....but I'll keep trying. wink

onlysettleforbutterflies Sun 22-Sep-13 11:14:47

Snowlie that made me laugh. When I first had my colours done I felt exactly the same, my first shopping trip actually ended in tears, I just couldn't do it, but a few years down the line its got much easier.

ChickenLickenSticken Sun 22-Sep-13 13:35:40

I did a pretend shop online with h&m last night and saw a few nice bits. They are fine, just not the colours I'd ever imagined wanting to buy. If I can get round to it I'll try and sort a Pinterest board to get you lovely ladies to tell me if I'm getting close to the mark or not. Then it's just a case of actually wearing those things.....

snowlie Sun 22-Sep-13 15:42:45

Don't look anywhere near the Kettlewell catalogue, it looks like a vomit of colour....who on earth did they get to do the styling? Seriously having a wobble after seeing their idea of colours that compliment each other. The purple and silver ocean print with emerald stole on page 86 is hideous, actually most of their outfits are hideous,....and this is meant to help improve the way people dress? Are they taking the piss? confused

Question though, they seem to suggest Aubergine for Autumns but not navy. I have navy but no aubergine in my swatch, they suggest royal purple for spring and winter but it's in my Autumn swatch as one of my double stars - what's going on?

Hopasholic Sun 22-Sep-13 17:53:35

I felt much the same initially chicken. I only had mine done a few weeks ago and I have made a couple of cheap purchases to get me started. When I got the clothes out of my wardrobe in the autumn colours that I already owned, I automatically had things to go with new purchases.

I'm beginning to see clearly that purchasing fom your colour wallett means that you already have things to match. A revelation for me as I'd always see a 'nice' top or a 'gorgeous' skirt then they'd sit in my wardrobe along with all the other stuff as I'd have nothing to go with it.

So do not fear, you don't have to be head to toe turdsville! Just mix it up!

You can also pick up some great bargains as the turd colours are the last to go grin