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

evelynj Sun 22-Sep-13 18:51:30

Hello all,

Please can I pull up a chair? Got done yest & am autumn (thought I'd be spring & am coming to terms with the shock, especially after buying a load of spring lipsticks from the spring thread!)

Please can I ask for a little help?

I'm not sure of my sub category or if I have one. My ** colours for 100% are dark brown, coffee, dark olive & bronze...can anyone tell?

Does anyone have any make make up recommendations-budget brands preferably to start with & especially good lipsticks as I was getting into all the vibrant spring ones.

Some folk have ,entioned dyeing clothes which seems worth a go-what brand & colours have you all found good & are they true to the colour on the packet?

How close to the colours on the swatches do you need to get when shopping or is it just anything that looks like it coordinates with the swatches?

Also I had the style & am a natural romantic, so any advice on budget pieces that work or accessories greatly appreciated

Love reading all these posts & am going to have a mooch about the shops tomorrow & a good look in all the charity shops for a bit of tweed ;)

ChickenLickenSticken Sun 22-Sep-13 19:22:18

Thanks hop, I've been browsing online and already feel a bit free-er IYSWIM in that things I would've automatically discounted due to sludginess I'm now having to consider, so it's semi-refreshing.

And yes yes to things matching. All the stuff in my hypothetical h&m basket online looked like they would go with each other which is revelationary for me too. I was telling my consultant that I'd bought a liar of dark green jeans and they ended up in the charity shop bag because I had nothing to go with them and she said it was hardly any wonder if I was always buying bright summer stuff or relying on black and then wondering why I looked so naff.

So is think I am coming to terms with it. Just don't want to look mumsy in my sludge. I'm desperately trying to get out of my current "I've lost me" phase (rejoined gym and feeling more myself after stopping bf-ing dd at 18 months) so with my self confidence a bit low I kind of feel this is a bit of a last chance to start getting it right or I never will... But taking that leap is a bit daunting too in that, wtf will I do if this doesn't work!!!!

<ends waffle>

ChickenLickenSticken Sun 22-Sep-13 19:23:05

A pair, not liar.

snowlie Sun 22-Sep-13 19:37:53

It's funny hop because I suspected the sales would be good for Autumns as our colours are so uncool!!!

Waves to Evelyn no idea what category of Autumn you are, can you call your consultant and ask. All my ** are the deep, bright colours - muted does not suit me at all.
There seems to be some disagreement over whether deep autumns can get away with black....in fact my mum was really surprised that I was advised me not to wear black as she loves it on me.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 22-Sep-13 20:47:06

I agree re black.
I look better in brown but I can do black,especially if I have a tan.
My husband hates brown too and seems to like me in black!

shopafrolic Sun 22-Sep-13 20:49:41

I think it depends on the tone of black? I found this quite helpful

I posted before about some purchases, but couldn't link from my phone.

This is the skirt:


and the jumper:


Going to wear to work this week.

Rules Sun 22-Sep-13 21:21:21

Herbert love that outfit. So classy.

snowlie Sun 22-Sep-13 21:32:11

I love the skirt herbert will go try it on but the styling is bloody awful, is the model wearing black socks and sandals? Nice soho boots on the green top model though....I know they're black but hey, I'm not conforming deliberately!

Rules Sun 22-Sep-13 21:46:04

Shop quite agree on the shades of black there. Love your Pinterest board. I must sort mine out.

Hopasholic Sun 22-Sep-13 22:59:29

Love that skirt Herbert. I like it in blue too which could also work for an autumn (I think confused)

Hopefully Mon 23-Sep-13 09:06:02

chicken don't worry if it takes a while for it all to sink in/feel comfortable. I think there is an assumption that one should leave the colour class feeling 'wow, this is where I always knew I wanted to be, I feel amazing, I feel so confident' etc etc), and actually for a lot of clients (I am a consultant) it's much more of a long term process than that. FWIW I am a dark blue autumn, and although I didn't dislike the colours, they were a million miles away from anything I was choosing at the time. It took a good 4-6 months for me to shift enough of my wardrobe round that i felt comfortable and stylish in my autumn colours (because they do look less than stellar when mixed with summer or winter colours), but I was so converted in the end that i trained as a consultant! Incidentally, if you're really struggling with leaving black, try charcoal as an alternative - it is ok on many blue autumns. It might not be as good as dark olive/navy/aubergine, but it will be a hell of a lot better than black.

Re styles, I am a natural dramatic, and it took me a bit longer to add suitable drama into my wardrobe than it would a winter (think how many pairs of black leather leggings there are in the world. Now think about how many pairs of dark olive/navy ones there are), but I love it now, as it's a slightly less obvious drama than the typical winter black and white combos.

Who was asking about aubergine? It's a great example of a colour that isn't in the swatch book but tones in beautifully, and fulfils all the autumn 'words' (at the front of the skinny workbook), ie it's rich, warm, earthy etc etc. Not always amazing on the more vibrant/soft autumns (as it's so dark, so if you don't score brilliantly in dark brown/dark olive), but great for deeper ones.

snowlie what kettlewell call a royal purple is ever so slightly less rich and warm than what HoC call a royal purple, but as a blue autumn I would still wear it. Probably not warm enough for a really vibrant/leaf autumn though, which is why they don't call it an autumn colour. As a rule of thumb, when looking at colours that tone in, you can kind of push the limits more around your double star colours. So I know I can go slightly brighter/less warm on all the teals, greens, blues, purples etc, as I ** at 100% in virtually all of them, but I wouldn't push the pale browns/coffees/bronzes into their summer mushroom equivalents, as they aren't very clever on me, so making them even less autumny is really going to make them crap.

shopafrolic Mon 23-Sep-13 09:22:54

Hopefully that's really helpful info thanks
And explains why Aubergine isn't in my swatches but as a Warm Deep Autumn I still wear it and get complimented a lot when I do.
Also explains why I can wear a slightly brighter teal colour sometimes (I think)

snowlie Mon 23-Sep-13 09:35:03

Thanks Hopefully that's really useful. Adding in the drama is tricky but it's vital. I've ordered the skirt from Jigsaw that herbert posted in both colours and a load of other stuff from Jigsaw and Uniqlo. Will do an online shop from Zara and Cos - who have some great forest greens and cosy cashmere accessories, but i feel Cos are cut for an apple and I am an hour glass so it's always a challenge finding anything cut for my shape.

My normal hit rate for liking anything I try on in general is around 10% - it will be interesting to see if this improves.

TheWombat Mon 23-Sep-13 12:09:38

chicken and snowlie I totally get the concern with looking too sludgey. I am tall and slim with long brown hair - I never used to wear brown for fear of looking like a big long poo. Before I had my colours done I used to live in dark navy, bright pink and grey. Now I can see that all those colours look dreadful on me, but it took a while to find equivalent staple colours that I felt good in. I also felt like if I wore brown and orange all the time, I'd resemble 1970s wallpaper.

It's been about 6 months since I became an autumn - my best colours are the kingfisher blues, purples, olives, and scarlet as well as darker shades of brown. When i saw these colours against my face, all together in a kind of 'rainbow', i totally got it. they didnt look sludgey at all - they looked rich, intense, and somehow made me look like im wearing tinted moisturiser.

Hopefully told me I'm a cross between a deep blue autumn and a vibrant blue autumn. It's taken me a while to combine them in ways that I find suit me. These days I'm experimenting with different combos more confidently. Today I'm wearing:

A scarlet cropped cashmere cardigan from Brora, with a nude silk shirt from the white company (both ebay bargains) with these Boden trousers in a bronzey colour - they look aaawful in the photo but they're much better on! Definitely not wallpapery or turdlike.

Other colour combos I've found work well are:

A peachy nude longline cashmere cardigan (eBay), olive skinnies and oyster top. Long gold chain (Stella and Dot) for interest.

Olive tweed jacket, oyster pleated shell top, violet/mustard scarf.

Tan biker jacket, petrol navy jeans, leopard print pointy flats, purple suede slouchy bag.

Pale olive ruched dress (Baukjen, ancient), tangerine boxy jumper (Toast), chocolate tights and riding boots.

Teal wool tweed hacking jacket, olive skinnies, nude floaty blouse.

Bronze longline merino cardigan, ivory top, tan skinny belt, mustard skater mini skirt.

Thinking about colour has made me think more carefully abut the styles, kinds of pattern, neckline etc that suit me. I can wear bright colours but loud orla kiely type patterns make my face shrink somehow. I can do surprise colour flashes if it's balanced out with classic or neat styling. I suit discreet dainty jewellery, can wear longer line necklaces because I'm tall, and I rock a Peter Pan collar! I look awful in overly edgy sexy clothes with studs and big patterns.

I'm currently trying to see if I can work aubergine / fig colours. Does anyone think the boden trousers I linked to earlier in purple
here would be good for an autumn? I can see them with a scarlet blouse that's been in my wardrobe for ages, and tan brogues...but just not sure they are warm enough...

AutumnLeafMyArse Mon 23-Sep-13 12:13:56

I think my name-change says it all. Nearly a year down the line I still can't see it and don't think I look any better for changing to the advised colours sad. I still devour these threads though hoping one day it'll feel right.

TheWombat Mon 23-Sep-13 12:48:41

sad autumnleaf could it be the style rather than the colours that don't work?

I'm no expert at all though - but what did you think when you saw the colours against your face at the draping session? Could you recognise the best ones for yourself?

AutumnLeafMyArse Mon 23-Sep-13 14:14:50

Wombat I really don't think it's the style that's the problem as I'm very happy with choosing clothes to suit my body shape, I'm very "plain and simple" style wise, no fuss, no frills. In fact people always think I'm a lot slimmer than I am because I'm pretty good at dressing for my shape and hiding the lumpy bumpy bits left over from having 4 DC's. Having said that, if I had enough money I would still like to do the style day to see if it could broaden my horizons. I just feel if the colours aren't making me feel "wow" in styles I'm happy with, then what's going on!

Re: the draping session I honestly didn't think I looked any better or any worse in any of the seasons. I think I must have a rubbish eye for colour and was hoping going to HoC would be the breakthrough I needed to help me 'see it'. I'm starting to feel really quite sad about it.

Hopefully Mon 23-Sep-13 14:53:46

Autumn have you tried speaking to your consultant again? They might be able to show you some combinations that really show you the difference, or be able to spell out the changes in your skin tone in a way that makes sense. I find that different clients need the change in their skin tone explained in different ways (some just get it, some need it explaining in terms of exactly what each colour is doing to eg bags under their eyes, weight on their jaw etc). I'm sure your consultant would rather you were comfortable with your colours.

I am trying to find some legging/jegging type trousers that aren't jeans for winter, but they need to be stretchy waistband, not button and fly. And cheap. There are NONE.

Hopefully Mon 23-Sep-13 14:54:10

Ideally, I'd like some pleather leggings.

Rules Mon 23-Sep-13 17:50:44

Hopefully M&S have jeggins no button and fly but elastic waist.grin

ChickenLickenSticken Mon 23-Sep-13 19:17:28

Quick q - what's the deal with shoes and boots as an autumn? Is black deffo out?

Spottycurtains Mon 23-Sep-13 19:38:00

Thanks Hopefully, that's such an informative post. I'm one month on and as confused as ever. I am trying rally hard though but I can't really tell difference in tones yet, hoping that will come with practice.
From your post it seems as though vibrant is the same as soft, is this correct. I'm finding it hard to find any vibrant tips on google but have found lots on soft autumns.

Hopefully Mon 23-Sep-13 19:49:19

Vibrant is different from soft spotty - vibrant autumns are good in the brightest boldest autumn colours (red, grass green etc), soft autumns are good in the less saturated colours - coffee brown, light olive green, old gold etc.

chicken black will look less 'together' and harmonious than other colours. I have tan, light brown and lizard grey suede boots, heels in nude, purple and red, sneakers in cream and tan. I actually don't own any shoes that are dark brown, but I suppose that's the classic alternative to black.

Doearwigsmakechutney Mon 23-Sep-13 20:16:33

I've been lurking for ages...

Really helpful posts, hopefully, thank you. I saw some (v inexpensive) olive pleather leggings in h&m the other day - might be worth a look online.

I would love some trouser/skirt finds for a vibrant autumn that don't involve anything skinny - disaster on me, despite being relatively small. All recommendations enthusiastically received.

The green sparkle jigsaw skirt is gorgeous - I saw it in store last week and this thread has persuaded me to buy it. Ebaying like mad at the moment to get rid of all the black and save up for suitable colours.

snowlie Mon 23-Sep-13 20:22:57

It almost feels like I am on a colour diet.....anyone else feel a black binge coming on? grin

Thanks hopefully your posts are very helpful.

wombat I love the sound of your outfits - taking a mental note for a trying on session when my online purchases arrive.

Sorted out my wardrobe into my colours - and the rest. My colours are really bright - I'm not sure how to slide them together, I fear I will look like a walking Benetton ad, all bright and European....it's not the look I'm after, this is harder than I thought. Has anyone found any nice lizard grey stuff...that might make me feel more at home. I'm imagining it's a kind of greige shade, a bit F&B Elephant' breath...am I right?

I was done by HoC and can't find my swatch book but was definitely an autumn. Do you think I could carry this off?


Rules Mon 23-Sep-13 21:35:49

Hopefully did you see my post re jeggins?? Next also have some leather looking ones.

charitygirl Mon 23-Sep-13 22:07:26

Some of you autumns sound so down! I am 6 months in and I love it! Today I wore:
Dark teal dress - viscose jersey, short sleeve, v neck, tulip skirt
Crocodile green (like lime mixed with gold) cropped round neck cardi
Purple tights
Dark tan monk strap flats
(Plus necklace and bracelet)
I also wore my terracotta trench which I dyed from grey.

I think I looked awesome! Other than my hair, which looked like frizzy road kill,and the big spot on my chin. But I can't blame HoC for either of those. Tomorrow I'll wear

Stretchy midi royal purple dress
Leopard print copped cardi
Heliotrope scarf
Brown tights
Monk strap shoes again.

Honestly not boring, turd like, or divorced from fashion!

TheWombat Mon 23-Sep-13 22:16:28

Charitygirl I love the sound of your teal and purple dresses! Where did you get ten from please? Xx

snowlie yes, lizard grey is quite elephant's breath like. It's one of my double star at 75% colours. I have a long fine knit wrap cardigan from White Company in this colour. It works really well with oyster jeans in summer, or with splashes of lime, heliotrope or flame. I also belt it over a petrol navy dress.

charitygirl Mon 23-Sep-13 22:31:37


That's the purple one - looks much better on and a total bargain.

Teal one was from Kaliko and seems to be gone now - but they often have good dresses in the sale.

TheWombat Mon 23-Sep-13 22:44:03

Ooh Charitygirl that dress is fab!! I always forget to look at River Island, thank you for reminding me.

If anyone is looking for basics, M&S have some good longline l

TheWombat Mon 23-Sep-13 22:46:10

Argh, stupid iPhone! What I meant is - M&S have good longline long sleeved tees with modal in autumn colours. Pale khaki, petrol, pale browny beige etc. can't link right now, will try later.

Thanks everyone for lovely comments on that skirt

Hopefully Tue 24-Sep-13 09:00:18

Lovely dress Charity. I love royal purple, don't have enough of it. Have just ordered a dress though, will link when it arrives if it proves to be royal enough!

I love Lizard Grey, it's a great neutral. I have precisely two things in it - a party dress and a waistcoat which I had made. I have seen it a couple of times already this season though, so maybe more will pop up! I keep going and looking at this out of budget scarf and debating whether it could pass for a darker Lizard grey and pale coffee combo. Not that I can afford it anyway, and it's a bit small. Ho hum.

Hopefully Tue 24-Sep-13 09:02:22

I also really like this scarf which I could get on ebay more cheaply from the states. Tempting.

TheWombat Tue 24-Sep-13 10:10:58

Mint velvet have some lovely autumn things at the moment. I find it difficult to wear some of their things without looking like a panto principal boy, but I really like:

this teal sweater dress

this faux fur and leather gilet

these khaki skinnies

this pale peach jumper

Damn you, inadequate bank balance sad

Hopefully Tue 24-Sep-13 10:40:00

Oh, that dress is lovely Wombat.

Umlauf Tue 24-Sep-13 10:48:26

Hello Autumnals, I am tentatively self diagnosing as an autumn! I look best in greens especially emerald and khaki, and some burgundy/oxblood colours, browns etc, but rubbish in pastels and many blues, although airforce blue works for me.

So with this in mind I'm slowly adapting my wardrobe towards the good colours, and have been looking at some other autumn colours, and was wondering what your opinion on this blouse is? Is it in autumn colours or is it a trick? Thanks!!

snowlie Tue 24-Sep-13 10:57:19

Whistles 25% off - have bought a load of stuff, none of it will fit but it's definitely enough for the credit card company to have a hairy fit and phone dh! I'm hoping that one of the forest green knitted dresses fit, I really love forest green and it's one of my ** colours.
Just got Zara and Cos to do now and then I'm done with the online shopping binge!

Jigsaw update..Herbert's green skirt is lovely! the blue is nice too but I decided more winter than Autumn....I liked them both and can only keep one. so apart from the lovely green skirt, I'm keeping....
Aubergine dress
Green cardigan
green jumper

Coral slouchy cashmere half price in sale - must have got the last one, as the link has disappeared, first time buying coral and I was surprised by how lovely it was.

Can't decide between Brick red jeans and russet cords
Finally leather bracelet
Navy skinny cords I like these so much, I'm going to order the dark purple too!

So pleased, normally I order loads and no kidding but most of it if not all goes back, this time I have kept about 60%, it's taken a sizeable chuck out of the spree money I've been saving for ages (don't normally shop like this!) but I'm really happy with my purchases, they look like a cohesive wardrobe. Rich and vibrant, not the dull and sludgy Autumn I'd feared.

snowlie Tue 24-Sep-13 11:09:42

Have my eye on this coat, might have save my pennies or cross my fingers and toes wait for the sale.

snowlie Tue 24-Sep-13 11:17:33

And these gloves that I obsessed about last winter but couldn't commit to brown because I was convinced I was a winter....I'm hoping they are the warmest gloves in the world as I suffer from very sore cold hands...normally wear ski gloves with merino liners for everyday! I shall stop buying stuff now and go and do something useful... blush wink

AutumnLeafMyArse Tue 24-Sep-13 14:17:14

I had to post this, I just tried this top on from H&M in as near-as-dammit moss green (called khaki green on H&M's website) which is one of my single star/excellent colours for tops and I really felt .... pretty darned good in it grin

Hopefully Tue 24-Sep-13 14:23:22

Hurrah! We'll convert you eventually leaf wink

shopafrolic Tue 24-Sep-13 14:54:16

Nice one leaf
To feedback on these jeans - they are really gorgeous. Slightly leather look with the coated denim. Too snug a fit for me unfortunately - I have two other pairs of this style in a 31 but for some reason I would have needed a 32 in them. Gorgeous rich colour - would definitely recommend....... they are low rise though so be warned! smile

Hopasholic Tue 24-Sep-13 15:04:57

Thewombat I love mint velvet clothes and I was afraid I'd never be able to purchase again as so much of their stock is black or grey but very happy to be proved wrong! That dress and the skinny jeans are lovely < other links don't work but it's probable a good thing grin>

Snowlie I just love everything you've linked, just my cuppa tea. Was it you who posted a thread about those skinny red herring cords? I'm tempted but at 5'4" they might be too long.

I said up thread that there were bargain to be had, this jacket has just arrived from Boden. It's from their summer range but it's definitely ok for Autumn, more mustard than 'gold'

I also got some trousers and a skirt, will link below as my post disappears on my iPad if I open a new tab confused

Hopasholic Tue 24-Sep-13 15:12:47



^they are olive rather than brown


Hopasholic Tue 24-Sep-13 15:16:29
snowlie Tue 24-Sep-13 15:17:12

Thanks hop Can't open the Boden link, look forward to seeing it though. You are right about the sales rack and before I didn't have the confidence to plump for the bright colours in the sale....but now there's no stopping me!

Yes it was me who posted on the Red herring thread. Have just measured they have an inside leg of 30in. And have ordered the red/purple ones with a 10% off code.

An I've just ordered a pair of red Hudson ankle boots with a 20% off voucher. And that's it, I think I may have spent all my pennies, it has been fun though and I'm glad I waited till after I got my colours done, it's given me a whole new way to look at my wardrobe.

Hopasholic Tue 24-Sep-13 15:20:01

Not to wear together for fear of poonami look but hopefully will work with other colours from wallet smile

Once again I've achieved a big fat bugger all today, apart from MNetting. Really must get on with the sock & pant mountain which is taking over my dining room. grin

Hopasholic Tue 24-Sep-13 15:22:58

Thanks snowlie links should work now, I'd probably get away with 30" so might order in navy, cheers!

fififolle Tue 24-Sep-13 15:58:26

House of Fraser (Linea) have got some gorgeous jewel coloured tops many with 30% off

evelynj Tue 24-Sep-13 21:54:14

Love that Boden jacket! Going to have a look round local shopping outlet tomorrow.

Does anyone have any make up recommendations? Particularly lipsticks & blushers?


shopafrolic Tue 24-Sep-13 22:33:09

evelynj the lipsticks I wear most are all on here
The Laura mercier lipsticks are great day to day neutrals, and the Clinique coal and Burberry red are good for stronger, brighter lips on me.

snowlie Wed 25-Sep-13 08:31:11

hop that kilt is very cute.... but then I am partial to a bit of tartan. grin

evelynj Wed 25-Sep-13 09:17:01

Thanks shopafrolic-love that matt Grey varnish too!

Btw from the look of your basket you would like the micro pedi thing my dh got for my birthday-battery operated foot buffer-really good-£30 off amazon. The soap & glory thing is ok though


BridgeMix Wed 25-Sep-13 10:35:21

I'm pale with v dark hair, but can't decide if I'm warm or cool... I look terrible in most things! I'm tentatively saying autumn from online things but I seriously can't afford to get 'done'.

Anyway. Coats... what is everyone getting?

TheWombat Wed 25-Sep-13 13:55:53

I bought a spankingly great red lipstick from the HoC range - it's fab, stays put and not too drying. Not a massive lipstick wearer though, so I save it for nights out.

Everyday, I tend to use a Barbara Daly Tesco lip balm pot in a shade called fudge. It's a rusty brick red, but very sheer and well, 'balmy'. And at £4 not likely to be an expensive mistake, so try it!

I struggle a bit with makeup really, especially lips so interested to see shop's Pinterest board. I used to wear pale pink lipgloss which I actually still like on me (tsk). Haven't found a neutral lip gloss I like enough as a replacement for that (Bobbi Brown).

I have quite pale, sallow, yellow toned skin (think peaches and cream but with dark eye bags, spots and freckles), which tans very well in summer. Bobbi Brown is great for yellow skin tones. I like her pot rouge blushes, she does a few peachy ones which you can also use on lips too.

Fififolle those tops looks great. I have a thing for stretchy tops. Wonder how flattering they are, have you tried any on?

BridgeMix - I am a bit stuck with coats. Bought a navy wool coat a couple of years ago which I love - it's not an autumn navy at all but I don't want to swap it yet, it was expensive and I need to get my money's worth. I wont change it until i find another coat that I love at least as much in a good colour - not easy. I also have a tan leather biker from Baukjen which I love, it's soft as butter. And a lighter weight creamy-oyster belted coat which is washable, so very forgiving!

I really need one of those warm down coats for winter (I live in darkest Devon, wellies and fields feature heavily). But I haven't found one that doesn't make me look like I'm wearing a sleeping bag and they are very expensive for something so unflattering!

snowlie Wed 25-Sep-13 14:14:09

On the subject of coats I have a huge down filled coat in black, it's the warmest thing I own and although it's black, it hardly matters....it's never going to be the most flattering coat anyway and I am loathe to buy another. I have a navy down coat a bit more flattering but no where near as warm - it passes for an autumn-spring coat.

My other parcels arrived today from uniqlo and whistles. I ended up keeping a navy merino polo neck, not sure this is autumn navy - it tones with everything else in my wardrobe though and the colour swatches, green cashmere jumper, teal v neck merino jumper, brown v neck merino jumper and a forest green cashmere knit dress.

Almost done now, just waiting on my red ankle boots, need to find a few pairs of coloured tights and a cardigan - decided to leave the Jigsaw cardigan back as it has ribbed sleeves and had a waterfall tendency when undone.

So plain, basic and warm kind of sums up my whole autumn winter wardrobe...the quest for interesting accessories will be on going.

TheWombat Wed 25-Sep-13 16:27:36

snowlie those purchases sound fab! How do the merino uniqlo jumpers come up, size-wise? They look like such beautiful colours, but I have long arms.. hmm

GeorginaWorsley Wed 25-Sep-13 16:31:44

I've got a Uniqlo merino jumper in a very flattering .
Coats wise iv got
Plum velvet Boden coat from few years ago,still very wearable.
Black faux fur coat
Black leather sleeved biker coat
Navy waxed or coated biker jacket from Marks last yearlove it
Hooded chocolate waxed parka from Marks this season,looks great
Two leather jackets,one cream one black.

I find I can wear black better if its a 'rich'fabric ,is leather,fur,coated,etc rather than flat black,if that makes sense
Also intend to wear scarves in more autumnal colours with the black,Ifyswim

snowlie Wed 25-Sep-13 17:20:24

Thanks wombat Merino uniqlo are very fine - think quality cotton t shirt thickness - almost like a top, rather than a jumper, you could get away with one of their heat tech long sleeve tops underneath but not much else. I think arm length is fine, I have long arms too, will check again later, colours are lovely though.

Will try the Barbara daly lip balm, I'm struggling with a day time lipstick, I like a plum shade normally but that's not autumn, don't like orange or brown shades....just the red and that's more suited to night time.

BridgeMix Wed 25-Sep-13 19:21:21

I think autumnal scarves may be the way forward with coats...
I'd like some skinny jeans/cords in rust or caramel... superdry sold out and uniqlo sold out in my size... anyone seen any anywhere?

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 25-Sep-13 19:41:02

I managed to nip into town this afternoon, only made it as far as h&m (which is where 75% of my wardrobe is from anyway) and jeez I felt drab. Tried on a load of mossy green and wine/burgundy stuff and it just looked dull dull dull. The trousers/jeans is picked up were camel/light brown and though I'm usually a size 10-12 the 12 was miniature and my toddler was getting restless so I couldn't try a larger size... as I was gathering things I could see that it would all match but it just looked plain and boring and dark. Oh there was a nice purple midi dress (similar to the one up thread but without the slit) for £12.99 and the small was too small but DD was about to lose it so I had to go.

So I'm out with the girls on Friday night (either dinner out or drinks at someone's house) and again on Sunday lunch. Work thing has been postponed til next weds so that buys me a bit of time but I'm seriously panicking about the weekends garms.

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 25-Sep-13 19:43:21

Oh and meant to ask about the navy thing - most stuff seems to be proper navy, whereas my consultant said I should aim more for marine blue, which of course is nowhere to be seen.

How I long to be a winter....

charitygirl Wed 25-Sep-13 19:58:00

Chicken - yes, I don't think most navy clothes are autumn appropriate, and marine navy is a bugger to find. I did a stealth raid on H&M last week and came out with a load of very dark olive basics - not very exciting but I don't see they're any more bring than a load of black basics! I also got a pale olive stretch mini which is going to look amazing with purple tights and (ok) black biker boots.

Back later for report on Me + Em stretch leggings which have arrived.

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 25-Sep-13 20:04:44

Yes it is good for basics in there and I can't away with a linen t-shirt in both olive and burgundy so I guess that's a small start. I suppose it's just a complete shift away from what I usually go for so still getting my head round it.

I liked this jumper: http://m.hm.com/gb/product/13154?article=13154-B#mediaType=FASHION_FRONT but wasn't sure if its be autumn or not (left swatch at home) and could only ever imagine wearing it with black jeans. Surely it would look VILE with olive or burgundy jeans?!?? (Or us that a sign that it's deffo not an autumn then?)

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 25-Sep-13 20:05:13
TheWombat Wed 25-Sep-13 20:34:21

chicken I like that jumper smile I would wear it as an autumn with vibrant tendencies. I'm not sure what to put it with though. I think dark green, chocolate brown, petrol blue or oyster skinnies in summer would be good.

The clinch for me is, I really can't see that jumper working with black, white or a true navy.

For me, the trick with not looking drab is to think about how I put the colours together. Texture helps too. i think lots of autumns look good in clothes with interesting texture. So: brown cardigan with dark green top AND brown skinnies = potentially boring. But if you put the brown skinnies with a moss or lime jumper, maybe with an oyster lacy top peeking out underneath, and maybe a brown circle scarf to pull it all together, then suddenly it looks brighter, more interesting, and totally undrab. Usually my most successful outfits have three colours from my palette - two more muted or 'neutral' ones and one brighter one to add interest.

Things like belts, scarves and necklaces help to brighten things up if you don't want to go all monochromatic. Sometimes colours in the palette that you would think are awwwful together look good - I like geranium red and a pale peachy nude colour underneath for example. And muted coral, lizard grey and olive shades are gorgeous together.

snowlie Wed 25-Sep-13 20:49:12

I like that jumper too chicken. I'd wear it with jeans, or my new blue cords which are more true navy than marine navy - my consultant didn't distinguish - I suit navy, so I'm ignoring the marine bit and I think it tones with my autumn colours which my consultant said was the key to identifying the right shade.

charitygirl Wed 25-Sep-13 21:52:57

I'd wear that jumper with any shade of olive or khaki (of which no shortage in the shops) - it's lovely! Also with pale-ish jeans.

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 25-Sep-13 22:00:12

I love you all. However you now must fear for your lives as I seek your opinions on EVERY SINGLE GARM I POTENTIALLY BUY, let alone how I then put then all together.

I'm learning lots. Thank you v much.

fififolle Wed 25-Sep-13 22:53:38

Wombat the tops are a very flattering fit. I bought a cream long sleeved one then went back for a mustard touched front short sleeved one.

Chicken - I love that top too and may have to go and look for it today. Much closer to my usual budget too after my jigsaw surge last week..
Am back working in a in a city centre after years in the sticks and still reeling at all the shopping possibilities.

splurge not surge

Hopefully Thu 26-Sep-13 08:59:41

Wombat I feel redundant with you here being the expert! What you say about textures is exactly how I think Autumns (and summers, for that matter) are usually best wearing their clothes. Whether it's great big differences in texture (eg chunky knits and smooth jersey) or something a little finer (such as moleskin and fine knitwear), a bit of texture really adds to the depth of colour.

I am waiting for this purple dress and [[http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=paris+dress&storeId=12556&productId=10505574&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057 this sequin dress] to arrive. i suspect the sequin one will be (a) too girly and (b) too white, but it was an itch that needed scratching! I would have ordered these leggings too if they weren't sold out in virtually every size (and I am emphatically NOT a size 8).

While I was there, I thought this was a good Autumn alternative to the pink cocoon coats that are everywhere this season, and there were two leather skirts here and here if anyone is tempted to indulge in leather this season.

Hopefully Thu 26-Sep-13 08:59:58

sorry, sequin dress

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 09:46:40

Oh hopefully! I could have lived without knowing those leggings existed, seeing as they're sold out in my size. Though my 35 year old self would probably be on thin ice in them anyway. Some lovely things there.

The me and em leggings (ankle length) arrived - they are def more than leggings - very thick material, actually a bit scratchy. They will be very warm during winter.

Pros - look great with flat boots which was their primary purpose
- no unecessary details, very flat profile
- mid rise so no danger of muffin top

Cons - they're such a dark dark green that I'm not sure they don't look black!
- bit scratchy as above
- cold weather only
- I possibly look a bit parsnippy in them with shoes
- they feel like they might need honking up through the day.

So a bit more deliberation required...bugger, as I really want a pair of tight, good quality tregging type trousers ASAP, and I thought I'd definitely found the right ones.

Will post ths and then be back with link to what might be my perfect jacket.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 09:50:45

Ooh Hopefully I am loving those topshop things, especially the leather skirts. I'm nervous of leather, stupid really but haven't got a clue what to put with skirts like that. Do you have any suggestions? I would so love to rock a red leather skirt, I am sure the people of my tiny devon village would be appalled, ha ha.

Sadly I am absolutely not a colour or style expert blush. But I do love to knit and crochet and spend a lot of time looking at and thinking about different colour schemes for my creations. So after you did my colour analysis, I started thinking about my outfits in the same way.

Hopefully Thu 26-Sep-13 09:55:56

Well I shall henceforth call you my A* student Wombat grin.

I would wear a leather skirt with something quite simple like plain knitwear (something fine like uniqlo merino knits or chunky cream sweater) and flat boots for daytime, and maybe heels and a blouse (on someone smarter than me) or a nice t-shirt (on me) for evening).

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 09:58:24

Oh hopefully! I could have lived without knowing those leggings existed, seeing as they're sold out in my size. Though my 35 year old self would probably be on thin ice in them anyway. Some lovely things there.

The me and em leggings (ankle length) arrived - they are def more than leggings - very thick material, actually a bit scratchy. They will be very warm during winter.

Pros - look great with flat boots which was their primary purpose
- no unecessary details, very flat profile
- mid rise so no danger of muffin top

Cons - they're such a dark dark green that I'm not sure they don't look black!
- bit scratchy as above
- cold weather only
- I possibly look a bit parsnippy in them with shoes
- they feel like they might need hoiking up through the day.

So a bit more deliberation required...bugger, as I really want a pair of tight, good quality tregging type trousers ASAP, and I thought I'd definitely found the right ones.

Will post ths and then be back with link to what might be my perfect jacket.

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 10:01:08


What do people think - I hate the Joules jolly hockey sticks brand, and I know this shape is brutally unfash this winter but its perfect for me, and I love tweed, and faux fur...anyone got a code from a catalogue by any chance?

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 10:07:20

Loving the idea of a plain t shirt and leather skirt, that sounds gorgeous. Thank you smile I may have to try out some leather and report back - albeit after next payday blush

So good to have a thread like this. I am getting so many ideas of how to put things together in my existing wardrobe. And becoming more confident about the things that really don't belong in there - an eBay selling spree is due, I think...

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 10:26:21

Does anyone think this leather skirt is an autumn colour? I luffs it.

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 10:29:46

Wombat - I think that's a borderline autumn colour, but the silver zip tips it onto the wrong side for me! Lovely tho.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 10:31:49

Charitygirl I too hate the Joules country-living aspirational thing, but I am a total sucker for a tweed jacket. It just works for me - shape, texture, etc. I'm less of a fan of the fur collar thing (clashes with my massive mane of uncontrollable frizz), but that's detachable (collar, not frizz sadly) so I'm thinking it'd be really versatile.

Bugger about the parsnippy leggings though. Have you tried them with ruched long-sleeved tee shirts a la Baukjen? I always find that removes any hint of parsnip-itis.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 10:33:49

Meh, you are right CG. I had not noticed the zip. Grr. If anyone sees a chocolate / tan leather skirt pleeeaaase link smile

Hopefully Thu 26-Sep-13 10:47:04

Wombat I was going to say the skirt looked good, but it is positively burgundy in the last picture, and if it describes itself as wine that's probably the most accurate pic. Will keep an eye out for the perfect skirt.

I'm getting loads of inspiration from this thread too - I'm actually plotting a bit of a wardrobe clear out tomorrow when i've tried on my new clothes, as I need to work out where the gaps still are - I refuse to limp through this winter on the piddly little capsule wardrobe which saw me through the summer!

Charity the detachable collar means it's going to be a useful jacket, IMO.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 18:13:08

Here is a lovely bronzey Jack Wills blouse

In other news, I have ebayed 3 jackets that I barely wear thanks to this thread. With the proceeds I'm planning to get new crutches to go with my autumn wardrobe! I have mobility issues and crutches feature rather heavily in my life, but the NHS only do them in a disappointingly summery pale grey. So if you were me, would you go for

fire engine red

Or save up for

bet lynch style leopard print

Any thoughts?

I wore this gold jaegar dress to a meeting today and got lots of compliments. I had dressed it down with a cream cardi and tan flats, but was always wearing a bronze leather blazer which I've had for yonks but still looks good.

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 20:54:53

I am going to have a look at these so called dresses ( for me they are long tops as im tall, rather like the Baukjen ones recommended above) but these are cotton with a little elastin to give that bit of "fit" and of course, much cheaper. I think I will get them in most colours if I like them as they will be my basics. Has anyone tried them?

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 20:57:22

Wombat when I go on your Bet Lynch style leopard print I get redirected to a walking stick??? Is it just me .....lol!

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 21:00:04

O sorry, silly me.....didn't read it correctly. But cant see the Bet Lynch style walking stick. I have a blue fold up one for when im hill walking, just in case in need support on those big hills.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 21:13:57

Sorry Rules which dresses do you mean? Have I missed a post somewhere..where are they from? I am tall-ish and long bodied and always on the hunt for long tops or short dresses I can wear as tops! smile

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 21:15:39

Ah well - was supposed to be a link of red crutches or leopard crutches - not sure why the link didn't work. I am not sure if bright crutches is really a good look, maybe I should go off piste and get some sophisticated black!

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 21:19:32

Melanie that Jaeger dress is gorgeous. So nice to get compliments, how exciting!

Depressingly I don't get many compliments at work - and the last time I did, I was wearing a black dress - totally un-autumnal! It threw me for a bit because I know black really does look awful on me unless I have a proper tan.

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 21:28:48

Wombat - I am a leopard print addict so have to recommend that option, thought they might feel like a big accessory that you're stuck with, rather than ones which can fade into the background.

So these trousers are going back

Good fit really but the deal breaker was the couloir. Guttingly, me and Ems neutral green this winter is not autumn! I think it's really really dark emerald. Doesn't look right with my autumn clothes. Sob. But! On bright side, £135 saved!

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 21:31:49

Lol at couloir. Oh so important.

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 21:31:57

Wombat did my link in my post two above yours not work?? Sorry if it didn't. Its there on my thread. Let me know please smile

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 21:41:53

Doh Rules I am sorry my phone obviously doesn't read pictures. I like the look of that picture, where is it from? I am a big fan of tops like that.

Much as I love Me and Em things, at £135 for posh scratchy leggings CharityGirl I think you've had a lucky escape! Will keep eyes peeled for substantial, stretchy leggingy treggingy types.

Jemster Thu 26-Sep-13 21:48:41

This is my first post but have been following the thread to get some ideas. I am starting again from scratch with my wardrobe as much if it I can't fit into after second child and there is far too much black & navy which frankly make me look ill!!

I don't have much spare money for clothes. Today I bought a teal blouse from Primark and a fairly bright green jumper from H&m. Both seemed very close to my swatch colours but what do I put with them now? The teal blouse for work does suit me but it's so bland by itself with black trousers. What can I put with it?

I find the whole colour thing very difficult. I might see something and think that's one of my colours but then I may not look good in it as I don't know how to put things together.

Any advice greatly appreciated please as I really want to improve how I look.

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 21:54:26

They are from H & M Wombat. They are listed as a dress but for me, they will be a long top. They look similar to the Baukjen ones but for a fraction of the price and the Baukjen ones are viscose and the H & M ones are cotton with elastin. The reviews for the Baukjen long tops were not that good so will go in and see these.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 22:03:02

Welcome Jemster smile congratulations on your autumnal purchases. Love the sound of a teal blouse, what kind of fabric is it? I think teal looks great with mid-brown - imagine with a brown leather skirt (there it is again, my current heart's desire), or with rust or brown skinnies. Quite often to pull it together you can add other items - a skinny belt in a contrast colour (kingfisher blue or even heliotrope or mustard to give it an 'almost clashing' feel. Makes it feel a bit more modern, and less 1990s turquoise/brown.

I also find fine gold chains look great against autumn hues - you could go for something more statementy and trendy though if it suited you!

I find work trousers quite difficult - haven't found any formal brown ones yet, am constantly on the hunt for wide-legged brown trousers a la Katherine Hepburn. I have black trousers, I would wear a teal top with them and soften the contrast a bit with some interesting texture - a scarf, a bracelet - even 'almost matching' teal nail polish would be good!

I found it really useful to pull my wardrobe apart and spend an afternoon putting different things together - trying out colour schemes that I hadn't thought of before. Include accessories like shoes and bags and scarves etc when you look at it all, because sometimes they can make all the difference.

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 22:03:49

Ooh excited to hear this rules let me know how you get on!

Rules Thu 26-Sep-13 22:10:38

I will Wombat I love a bargin and love long tops as being tall I can never get them long enough grin
Welcom Jemster. Im still working on my colours too. I have warm honey blond hair and dark green eyes with lots of freckles. I had never tried red before and today I put tomato red against me and WOW!!!! it was amazing. My skin and eyes and hair just look perfect. So I need to go and buy some red as I have not one piece of it in my house. Wonder why I never saw that it suited me before .

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 22:32:20

I agree with wombat - teal looks good with most browns (and surprisingly so at the chestnut end of the spectrum) and I also love it with tomato red - this summer I wore a long teal vest with a tomato tube skirt. At the moment I'm wearing teal with purple (tights) and chartreuse (cardigan).

Remember - as wombat said above - the rule of threes. Two autumn colours together - fine. Three - great! Third could be your shoes, scarf, lipstick.

Can I recommend - again - this dress

Bargain price, great shape if you're at all curvy, and not too thin - and with sleeves. Match it with autumn tights, gold jewellery in a style which suits you, and you're all set. Now it's reduced I've bought it in orange and teal (annoyingly not online) too. It's going to be my winter work uniform!

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 22:33:44

Heheh at '90s turquoise/brown'. Yes' I live in fear of looking like a statement wall!

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 22:34:52

Oops 'not too thin' above refers to dress material - not suggesting the dress wouldn't look good on the curvy!

charitygirl Thu 26-Sep-13 22:35:27

On the THIN ffs!

TheWombat Thu 26-Sep-13 22:44:42

Lol CharityGirl that is exactly what I dread! I am loving the idea of teal purple and chartreuse/mustard, I wi attempt similar tomorrow.

If you are at all interested in colour (couloir? Arf) combinations, take a good look at this blog colour makes people. The blogger is hilariously bonkers but in a very engaging way and her style is not at all vogue-y, but her sense of colour is amazing. She doesn't wear a lot of autumn-y shades but looking at her outfits gave me confidence to be more imaginative with colour.

Rules, go for the leopard sticks!!!!

A teal blouse sounds good, and I like the idea of gold chains. I find scarves in muted autumn shades are great at pulling an outfit together.

Rules Fri 27-Sep-13 00:53:57

Melanie....grin sorry its not me who wants the amazing leopard stick, it's Wombat.smile

Rules Fri 27-Sep-13 13:58:03

I'm quite looking forward to going to H&M for a good look now. I live thirty miles from the nearest one.

Rules Fri 27-Sep-13 14:00:29

Meant to mention that I'm looking forward to going cause they seem to have lots of Autumn colours. I don't remember seeing sooo many Autumn coloured clothes around in previous years or maybe it was because I just wasn't tuned into " my colours* before grin

snowlie Fri 27-Sep-13 14:56:49

Rules they have code for 25% off one item! accepted in the shop too.

Rules Fri 27-Sep-13 18:09:05

Ooo where do I find the code snowlie? Just look online?

Had a great shopping trip today - with a seemingly impossible brief ( ballerina length, suitable for dancing at a Scottish ball, washable), and found this perfect dress. Really happy with it, and lovely subtle autumn colours.
I'd been admiring that Jigsaw leather strap that someone linked to above, but they didnt have any in the Belfast store. But then I met my husband for lunch, we went to a jewellers where I had a 20% off voucher, which he took off me, and bought me a
burgundy leather Troll bead bracelet

complete with a new orangey bead, as an early birthday present!

snowlie Fri 27-Sep-13 19:23:19

Just googled, enter 0747 and then 1304 for an extra £5.00 off h&m online. Sign up to emails from online retailers you always get massive discount codes, I rarely pay full price. You should be able to get the sales assistant to enter the code at the till, if not just buy it online.

snowlie Fri 27-Sep-13 19:37:43

Melanie, I got the bracelet online - I think you can get it delivered to your local store. I love the one you got though...more unique.

onlysettleforbutterflies Fri 27-Sep-13 20:32:12

If anyone is on a budget sainsburys has quite a few autumn colours in at the moment and 25% off at the moment too. Saw mustard, olive and brown skinnies, forest green blouse, brown tweed kilt and matching blazer, brown ankle length trousers, orange tops. Alot of god awful things too but I always find the fit and quality pretty good from there.

I treated myself to a camel cape coat £30, moss green jumper £18, rust scarf £7.50, cobalt blue top £14.

Pricey, but Hobbs have lo key little black dresses with rust/ caramel block detail at the neckline. I'm loving them, but wAiting for the sale

Rules Sat 28-Sep-13 01:33:30

Thanks Snowliegrin

snowlie Sat 28-Sep-13 08:24:32

Screwed up yesterday, on impulse I bought a scarf that was very lovely but clearly not an autumn colour, I didn't have my swatches with me and hence does not blend with my new wardrobe, it's going back but the shop doesn't do refunds so I'll have to put up with an annoying credit note.

Have been looking for an oyster white shirt, has anyone had a look at the http://www.meandem.com/collection/layering-shirt/products_id/1681/cPath/1007_1008_1014 layering shirt from Me&Em...is it an Autumn White?

snowlie Sat 28-Sep-13 08:25:42

blush Link fail layering shirt

TheWombat Sat 28-Sep-13 09:17:58

snowlie that looks very 'oystery' to me, I think it would work with the autumn palette really well smile love the wool blend too, bet it feels gorgeous on.

What kind of shirt are you after? I find floaty blouses quite easy to find in oyster - boden and mint velvet have tons of them this season, but 'crisp white shirt' types are so hard to find. I'm not a crisp-white-shirt person really (just spend the whole time looking like a creased scruff), but they are supposed to be one of those wardrobe must-haves, aren't they.

snowlie Sat 28-Sep-13 09:44:46

I suppose I'm looking for a lighter dimension to my autumn colours - all my best colours are the really deep bright ones, I think I need some light relief, lizard grey or oyster white are probably the shades that appeal to me.

evelynj Sat 28-Sep-13 11:10:19

Loving all these clothes!

I have lots of bits that I love in my wardrobe but in wrong colours so going to attempt dying some.

Has anyone tried this & do we think the ecru here is close to lizard grey?


Will come back & let you know how it turns out-would only be White things for the charity shop now anyway-need to find an oyster dye for some White bits if anyone knows where to go.....

I've found some scarves on eBay-just ordered this, sure it won't be great quality but fed up of not finding anything in the shops


The scarf looks lovely, eve, I have loads of fine scarves which are great at finishing off an outfit.

Today's charity shop bargain - a biscuit colourd cotton knit sweater from Hobbs.

Today's online shopping (had a £20 Jaegar voucher to use) - a multi stripe sweater and an apricot silk blouse.

evelynj Sat 28-Sep-13 19:26:30

Well done Melanie-I got a lovely tan jaeger Jumper with gold buttons in the charity shop t'other day! Love the sound of apricot silk.

Sadly the only good colour I have apart from browns, olive & cream is the vomit colour, seems I suit very little so must invest in accessories! Disappointing as I have a rainbow coloured wardrobe so far!

Rules Sat 28-Sep-13 23:16:23

Just been to Tesco's and they have 20% of all clothing this weekend so of course I had to get some things along with the weekly shop. Got a tomato red long cardigan, black skinny jeans, grey and black poncho, brown cotton woolly tights. I have also been and got some dyes to dye some of my existing clothes as have realised the colours are not right for me.

Rules Sat 28-Sep-13 23:21:11

Evelynj....snap. I just said the very same thing. I went in my wardrobe and realised why I don't enjoy wearing a lot of my clothes. Since looking at myself in warmer colours it just clicked so I went off and bought dyes today. So ill wish you luck...please wish me luck to ha ha!!!! Im dying wool and hope it will also turn out a lizard grey brown. Will let you know.

Rules Sat 28-Sep-13 23:23:38

By the way the White Stuff catalogue came today and there are some lovely Autumn colours in there and some gorgeous clothes too. Sighhh!!

Jemster Sun 29-Sep-13 09:58:33

Rules I saw the red tescos cardigan and liked but what will you wear with it? I am getting better at spotting my good colours but I just dont know how to put things together. Can anyone advise me a bit?

Jemster Sun 29-Sep-13 10:15:33

Rules I saw the red tescos cardigan and liked but what will you wear with it? I am getting better at spotting my good colours but I just dont know how to put things together. Can anyone advise me a bit?

charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 15:46:36

Well, after the leather leggings not working and the me and em leggings not working, I've just ordered these. Completely not useful but at least cheap and if they're not completely unflattering, I'll enjoy wearing them. Good autumn colour at least!


onlysettleforbutterflies Sun 29-Sep-13 18:27:04

Love the leggings charity and a bargain too!

charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 18:29:26

Thanks butterflies - obviously I could look like a big copper zeppelin, but fingers crossed...

snowlie Sun 29-Sep-13 18:35:12
charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 19:37:02

Snowlie - those look fab and not too 'pine' green which so many dark green things are turning out to be this season. Ideally I really want legging type trews without buttons, zips etc but those look like they would be a good addition to the wardrobe.

snowlie Sun 29-Sep-13 20:04:39

Oops I've ordered the green skinnies, the bronze skinnies, a bronze t shirt, a pair of red cowboy boots and a cuddly toy wink

Today I wore skinny jeans rolled up with greige boots from Clarks, yellow loose fit blouse from Zara, fitted navy blazer from Banana Republic and a gold statement necklace from Top shop - all things I had in my wardrobe already but I had never put them together and they felt good, they felt like me. My HoC consultant encouraged me to be dramatic in my dress as it's what suits me and thinking about it, it's the way I dressed before I became a mum and then I lost my way a bit - it feels good to dress like me again.

charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 20:16:50

Haha - great work! Yesterday I wore orange vest under a chartreuse long sleeve tee plus a neon yellow scarf for a vv casual look.

Tomorrow - at Tory Party Conference (I have to go for work...) I'll be debuting my orange midi tube dress with leopard print cardi, brown tights and lots of gold.

Rules Sun 29-Sep-13 20:27:19

Wow you lot are very adventurous with your colours. I dont like lots of different colours on me and tend to go for a toned look. Do any of you put your outfits up anywhere. Would be interesting to see.

charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 21:03:29

Rules - well my HoC booklet says autumn's best look is monochromatic ie lots of tones of the same colour so sounds like you've got it right. I do like a bit of contrast in my clothes even though I know that's wrong for autumn.

Having said that I wore a pale olive mini, dark olive vest and light brown vneck jumper on Friday which was pretty monochrome (also a heliptope scarf) and I did feel pretty good so I will try to put together more toning outfits.

I don't have pics anywhere but maybe could put on my profile!

snowlie Sun 29-Sep-13 21:13:17

I love the idea of a leopard cardy - where can I find one? Could be the calmer element of colour for me. Rules I have no choice - all my colours are bright and deep and as much as I think classic subtle clothes look good on other people, classic styles make me feel frumpy, dull and old, I'm going to grow old disgracefully....grin

charitygirl Sun 29-Sep-13 21:17:37

Yes, I don't have an iota of classic style in me. According to HoC I'm am ingenue natural. Small leopard print is perfect for me!

New Look have got a nice leopard cardi at the moment (and 100% cotton!) - mine is ancient Zara

snowlie Sun 29-Sep-13 21:19:33

My consultant said that while 2 autumn colours together can look dull, adding one more gives the interest and contrast needed. Funny I could do all black easily but all green would feel too matchy, I'm so inconsistent. hmm grin

Rules Sun 29-Sep-13 21:23:42

he he snowlie go you!!!
Charity im so glad you said that. I was beginning to think that I was doing something wrong. I have always gone for toning as I like the clean affect but always envy those who mix it up and wear lots of colour. Don't know if its being tall or being a curvy hourglass or weather I don't like to stand out to much. Mmmmm!!!! will have to think on with that. Or as you said maybe its just being an Autumn. Im a warm one and look good in red (a new discovery!!) greens , purple, browns, dark grey, stone, salmon and black. Usually as long as they have some warmth in them.
Well have spent the afternoon dying some items with a warm dark brown dye. Have put them on to wash and rinse so will see how that works out for me.

Rules Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:32

Jem I got the Tesco Red cardi even though its cheap and cheerful. With my warm sheer red lipstick it looks amazing. Wow. I look so healthy and alive. What to wear it with....well I put it with black skinnies and black long bodied vest top with long necklace. Didn't like the effect as don't really like colours with black. Looks to 80s even for me. So I think it would look better and work really well with grey. Dark or light. Would warm it up as I have a lot of grey in my wardrobe. Would look good with white and mustard too I think. Like you im just venturing into all this and it is quite an eyeopener don't you think?

Jemster Sun 29-Sep-13 22:35:36

Thanks Rules, was it the longish open cardi with a ribbed effect? That's the one I saw and it really matched my swatch! I'm surd it would make me look a lot healthier and less tired than I currently do but I'm just not sure I have the confidence to wear such a bold colour when I never havd before. I think I would feel self conscious especially at work where my clothing is dull as dishwater!! Wouldn't it seem a bit strange if I suddenly turned into a colour queen after all these years of black work trousers & jackets?

snowlie Sun 29-Sep-13 23:10:43

jemster buy the cardigan! wear it at home! buy a scarf for work....baby steps are fine to begin with.

Rules Sun 29-Sep-13 23:48:38

Yep Jem its the ribbed open one. It really does make me look radiant. I think it you wore it with grey it would be more subtle. To be honest, thinking about it im not sure myself how I will wear it out. Wearing a scarf as snowlie says is the best way to start. Im used to browns with caramels, black and tan, grey and black and not used to colour really so am finding it hard.

Rules Mon 30-Sep-13 00:15:23

Sorry if its been mentioned before but came across this site and found it quite good in helping me with my colours.

charitygirl Mon 30-Sep-13 17:10:37

Just bought these - if you're looking for a comfy ankle boot you can wear with dresses or skinnies, these are brilliant


GeorginaWorsley Mon 30-Sep-13 20:17:27

Would love to find either top,jumper or scarf in pumpkin and mustard colours.

Hopefully Tue 01-Oct-13 09:50:04

Hello! I've been away at the HoC conference all weekend so haven't checked in.

Rules as charity says, toning is great for most autumns, with the odd exception. I always tell clients to keep in mind the kind of effect of all the different tones of leaves on a tree in autumn.

Charity I love those leggings!

Evelyn I reckon that ecru colour is closer to camel/beige, but depending on the original thing you're dying you might get a murkier lizard grey type colour.

Rules Tue 01-Oct-13 12:51:15

yay!!!!! Thanks * hopefully* I'm glad I'm on the right track. Do you love your work? I used to be a stylist in the boutique I ran so used to help my customers choose clothes and I always seemed to be drawn to the right colours for them. However I had two ladies who were CMB consultants and I did not think that they used colour effectively. They tended to look dated rather than stylish. One wore a bright blue coat and she had dark brown hair and although this may have been her colour, the overall affect was old fashioned and too in your face. My other lady who was a consultant had her hair coloured in many different hues of blond,red and gold and wore clothes and scarves to reflect this but the overall effect was dated and trying to hard. confused I always feel women look better with a less is more approach to colour. What do you think ?

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 01-Oct-13 13:14:04

Before I buy it could you more knowledgeable ladies than me, just confirm its the right shade of purple, I think it is and tried it on and it looked pretty good.

purple top

I am a warm autumn but tend to stick to shades of brown, mustard, orange and green, trying to branch out a bit in to the brighter shades.

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 01-Oct-13 13:14:43

Oh and what colours would you wear it with?

charitygirl Tue 01-Oct-13 13:15:36

That looks very 'royal' to me butterflies - purple looks so good with so any autumn colours

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 01-Oct-13 13:44:28

Sorry for being dim, is Royal purple right? I don't think I have ever bought purple and can't find my swatches.

Hopefully Tue 01-Oct-13 14:16:22

Rules I think there are some colour consultants who are so pleased with all the colours they can wear they go a bit colour mad and it stops looking like someone dressing for real life, if you know what I mean? I get a lot of people comment how 'normal' I look, but still making the most of my colours, iykwim. I think all the colours in the world can't save someone from bad dress sense, sadly grin

charitygirl Tue 01-Oct-13 14:27:39

Yes, 'royal' is the right purple - you don't want any 'berry-ness' creeping in, and of course no mauve (which I think is a vile colour except on a summer when it suddenly looks classy and delightful!).

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 01-Oct-13 14:33:29

Thanks, I might go ahead and order it then.

mrspolkadotty Tue 01-Oct-13 14:40:54

I am utterly failing in my quest for a green coat <sob>. I don't want a parka or mac or jacket. The ones i've seen/tried are all wrong. Just had a delivery of the Darling Edie coat from Debenhams and although the colour is lovely the fit is all weird.

Has anyone seen anything nice that is suitable for an autumn. Or any ideas of what other colour of coat i should look for?

mrspolkadotty Tue 01-Oct-13 14:42:34
onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 01-Oct-13 14:46:04

Mrs that blouse is gorgeous, order it!

Hopefully Tue 01-Oct-13 15:35:13

Only that blouse looks possible, just be careful it's a deep enough purple when it comes - you want a real cadbury's wrapper colour, nothing too clear and bright.

Mrs that blouse is really pretty.

HoleyCow Tue 01-Oct-13 15:40:39

Oh Mrs - that top is gorgeous! Luckily for my credit card they don't have it in my size smile

mrspolkadotty Tue 01-Oct-13 15:49:12

Ordered it, i've been umm-ing and ahh-ing for the past 24 hours but seeing as you all said it was ok i have bitten the bullet grin

Sorry kids it'll be jam butties this week, mamma's been a-shopping!

snowlie Tue 01-Oct-13 17:23:42

Got this today! fantastic shade of red! really warm and flattering colour. This scarf from Uniqlo. I'm so low on scarves - they were all the wrong colours.

My gold jeans and bronze t shirt arrived this afternoon, they look brilliant on but I can't decide whether I'll wear them enough to justify the purchase.

Love the yellow blouse Mrs

I've given in to brick red lipstick, I look so much healthier, it's bright but I can't bear beige or brown on my lips.

HoleyCow Tue 01-Oct-13 17:46:29

Can one of you lovely autumns give me an exact name/brand for a good lipstick (like your brick red, Snowlie). I am so bad at colours that even saying brick red doesn't much help blush

mrspolkadotty Tue 01-Oct-13 17:49:10

Ooh that's nice snowlie. Red is a colour i love but really struggle with getting the right shade.

How does the sizing come up? I've never had anything from there before.

I'm planning on dyeing a primarni jersey blazer after having success with turning 2 cardigans into a lovely olive green shade using Dylon. Any ideas on the colour? My normal 'play it safe' head is saying navy but i was thinking be brave and go for red hmm Or any other dye colours that would be good for an autumn? It is a pale peachy/pink at the moment but too pale for me, i look washed out in it.

charitygirl Tue 01-Oct-13 17:56:57

A quick schlep round Monsoon whilst waiting for a train (why are the same shops in every station ? So boring) reveals they have lots of browny red, teal and cream in. A couple of things I like but I'll wait for mid-season sale. My theory is that those bits won't sell nearly as well as the burgundies and berries that they've also got lots of, so 'our' still should be in plentiful supply come sales.

Also everyone appears to be wearing oversized biker jackets (sort of mid thigh and cocoon shaped). This trend seems to have risen w/o trace - and I'm
Not sure I like it.

snowlie Tue 01-Oct-13 18:40:02

I think for &stories 36 is a size 10 it fitted me and was on the neater side of slouchy....I would say they are fairly average in terms of sizing. The lipstick I have is Brique secouriste from Bourjois....it's an old one though....but the colour is good. Red with a hint of brown.

HoleyCow Tue 01-Oct-13 19:40:14

Oooohhh - thanks Snowlie. Just googled it and it looks like it's still current so I'm off to the shops tomorrow afternoon smile

shopafrolic Tue 01-Oct-13 21:21:26

This is the red I wear HoleyCow but a bit more pricey here

charitygirl Tue 01-Oct-13 22:06:07

mrspolkadot - how about terracotta? Easier to get right than red (not least because Dylon do a dye called...terracotta) and its actually a not too bright neutralish colour.

Some nice pumpkin/ beige/ charcoal grey pieces in jaeger- a lovely burnt orange pashmina is on my wish list, as well as this bag

Hopefully Wed 02-Oct-13 07:25:16

Holey I wear mostly HoC ones, my go to bright red is 606 and a good rusty brick colour is 410. I actually think the HoC lippies are great for intense long lasting colour, but will accept I may be biased wink

Seri77 Wed 02-Oct-13 09:59:50

Well I've been feeling the red & thrifty vibe. Got the red Tesco cardi for round the house to liven up my grey 'loungewear' tops - thanks Rules!

Also got a good & cheap red t shirt from M&S for work to wear under an an oatmeal cardi in the sale. I'm slowly changing my work wardrobe over to Autumn colours but not willing to spend much money for work.

When you all talk about two star colours, do you mean two stars at 100% only? I only have 4 of those but quite a few at 75 & 50%.

Hopefully Wed 02-Oct-13 10:09:46

Seri as a consultant I generally mean only 100% and occasionally 75% ones, as we are usually talking about them in terms of your absolute wow best most amazing colours.

Seri77 Wed 02-Oct-13 11:10:25

Thanks Hopefully. I have nothing in my two star 100% colours sadly. I do have a top in 75% two star yellow ochre which does the wow thing so I think I'd better track down some 100% scarves at least.

Now has anyone seen plain scarves in chestnut, rust, apple jade or moss green?

Hopefully Wed 02-Oct-13 12:59:32

Seri have you looked at kettlewell? Only plain jersey and merino, but the infinity scarves are nice.

charitygirl Wed 02-Oct-13 16:16:51

Seri - I know it looks orange, but really this is a gorgeous chestnut in real life. So soft too..


charitygirl Wed 02-Oct-13 19:53:54

And for infinity (and other) scarves in as many colours as you could want try here www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Textilemonster?section_id=7044175

I can vouch for quality and speed of delivery.

RockMummy Wed 02-Oct-13 20:17:35

Some beautiful colours there Charitygirl. Perfect for autumns. Still disappointed by most of the high street autumn collections. Maybe that's good for my bank account though!

Jemster Wed 02-Oct-13 20:39:14

I need a new blusher desperately as am so tired, need something to brighten my face up.
I've tried peachy colours but they look a bit orangey.
I fancy something a bit more pink but worry about looking like Aunt Sally!
Any other Autumns use something pinky or is this a comete no no? My skin is olive but sallow, currently with dark undereye circles, nice!!

Spottycurtains Wed 02-Oct-13 21:14:03

I've just bought the Revlon spicy cinnamon lip stick was recommended on a link from here. It's quite dark, but I think looks good. I'd love some blusher advise too. Thanks to you all for giving me such great ideas.

snowlie Wed 02-Oct-13 21:58:36

For blusher I'm currently using the toning/bronzing powder from Bare Minerals - I had it already - leftover from a failed attempt at using mineral foundation. Prefer a cream blusher though - I find it easier to blend, so I'm on the look out for a new one.

Charity did you get the green coated skinnies? Mine arrived today and I love them, look really nice with a slouchy green jumper, dressed down enough to avoid being mutton...and I sent my gold/bronze skinnies back to House of Fraser.

Hopefully Thu 03-Oct-13 08:34:29

Sorry to mention HoC make up again, but it's what I know about! Number 8 blusher is a good pinky tone for autumns (but still with the warmth we need), and if you want to be really naughty and get a pink pink that is still a bit warm, number 12 is a Spring blusher that is really pink.

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 03-Oct-13 08:44:48

What is everyone wearing today, I love hearing about outfits, great for inspiration and makes me try harder with colours!

I'm wearing skinny brown trousers, bit unsure of them though as they sit at the ankle and I'm always paranoid they just look too short, rather than meant to be like that, as my legs are quite long. I got them yesterday in the FatFace sale for £20. With a cream sleeveless pussybow top from Banana Republic and a mustard round neck cardigan from H&M. Really old battered brown patent court shoes - desperate for some new ones but can't find anywhere, I've been looking for about 5 years!

Hopefully Thu 03-Oct-13 08:51:06

I'm wearing a dark olive tunic with button details at the shoulders, and brown leggings. Am not leaving the house today so am not dressed my smartest!

mrspolkadotty Thu 03-Oct-13 09:23:31

Ok so i know what colours suit autumns (i've self diagnosed as a deep autumn) but i'm still wary of putting colours together. I like contrast between colours but don't want to clash. Can anyone tell me their fave colour combos and also which neutral colour you wear along with them?

charitygirl Thu 03-Oct-13 09:34:11

That sounds lovely butterflies. I'm in chestnutty tapered trousers from Whistles via charity shop, apricot silk blouse from topshop (ancient) tucked in (with skinny leopard print belt) and light choc v neck jumper from
uniqlo. Also my new office Uncanny boots, and some gold of course! Loving the still mild weather in London - as I still don't have a jacket. Dithering over the £200 Joules one and hoping a code will come my way.

I didn't order the Mango skinnies snowlie because I really need trousers, and ideally leggings,not jeans. Have 10mins to pop into Zara today...

snowlie Thu 03-Oct-13 09:37:11

I'm in slobber gear today - plain navy long sleeve t shirt, short knitted black skirt and black tights with black brogues - not exactly rocking the autumn vibe! Will do better next time.

charitygirl Thu 03-Oct-13 09:39:10

Misspolkadot - I like poppy/geranium with
Mustard/gold, with cream as the neutral.

Yellow and heliotrope is gorgeous and works with mid blue denim, which can otherwise be tricky with autumn colours.

Also purple and heliotrope, teal and crocodile green, chestnut and poppy!

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 03-Oct-13 10:35:23

Misspolkadot I found looking at pinterest on autumn colours really helped.

I wear lots of navy-mustard, khaki-coral, khaki-rust.

Lots of lovely outfits being worn today. Charity I'm the opposite and can't wait for the cold weather so I can wear my new camel cape.

Hopefully Thu 03-Oct-13 11:16:14

Colour combos - there are tons in the workbook that comes with the colour swatches, but some of my go-tos are:
mustard/brick red/camel
dark olive/lime green/oyster
dark olive/bright orange
Pretty much anything with bright orange to add some brightness, actually.
Khaki with pretty much anything - it stands in as a neutral in my world.

I love chocolate brown with duck-egg blue (currently wearing dark brown linen trousers with a grey mix top)

My "worked best" outfit this week was a pair of india-ink dark blue/grey linen trousers worn with brown chunky heeld boots, a grey striped shirt and dark grey jacket.

Fave make-up is benefits Hula bronzer and lip gloss, but it's bronzey rather than pink.

BridgeMix Thu 03-Oct-13 13:31:34

Onlysettle... a camel cape, you say?! From where?

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 03-Oct-13 13:38:56

Bridge its from TU, they only show the navy one on the website though
[http://www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/tu-clothing/products/women/buckle-collar-cape/ cape].

Also seen a very similar one in Warehouse, but dearer.

onlysettleforbutterflies Thu 03-Oct-13 13:41:16



BridgeMix Thu 03-Oct-13 14:16:34

Oh nice!

jeanvaljean Thu 03-Oct-13 16:28:00

Hopefully - what is this workbook you speak of?! I never got a workbook. Any chance you can scan/photograph and stick the pages up?

I struggle working out what colour combos go together, and often leave the house wondering if I look like a clown.

RockMummy Thu 03-Oct-13 17:47:46

I agree with Hopefully. My favourite neutral is khaki green. I also love brown. Oyster/cream looks very expensive with khaki/coral or infact with any of the colours in the autumn palette. Currently wearing teal skinnies with a cream long sleeved t-shirt and chestnut brown ballerinas. Had a brown blazer and teal scarf on when went to work. Am really enjoying my colours and don't think I look like poo at all!

Hopefully Thu 03-Oct-13 20:34:05

jean did you have your colours done by HoC? If you did you should have got a skinny book with your season name on the front and all your ratings inside. On one of the pages is a list of suggested colour combinations. It's a fantastic resource actually, v under-rated and has tons of info in it. I always walk my clients through it at the end of the class to make sure they don't miss the information in there.

charitygirl Thu 03-Oct-13 21:02:51

That sounds lovely rockmummy.

Am soooo pleased - found ideal trews/leggings in my whip round Zara today. These in the olive green (though its a v brown green IMO).

They look pretty expensive, and keep even my inner thigh hamsters in check. Only F in the O is the fact that my pair have a hole in the side seam so will have to go back (had no time to try on!) But otherwise, woo!

Quite a lot of camel in Zara if anyone's interested in that - tends to be a bit too 'classic' for my style.

charitygirl Thu 03-Oct-13 21:03:30

And YY to the workbook being great - I use it as comfort reading when I'm vair vair tired.

snowlie Thu 03-Oct-13 22:10:20

Hopefully - your posts are really useful, I guess the struggle with the HOC make up colours is that I can't try them again and my consultant was at a loss as to what to put on my lips - partly my fault as I gasped and spluttered in horror at my initial colour diagnosis, so I was not in a good frame of mind to choose a lip colour. She recommended I try some on at a beauty counter, and today I did just that - the sales assistant blinded me with beauty jargon...I'm a simple soul - I don't layer, I don't seal, I don't gloss and I rarely line but we muddled through and I bought Bobbi Brown Nude for everyday wear and noted BB Burnt Red for a good glamour shade that I might buy at a future date. I had decided that it was better to invest in a good lipstick that suits me rather than doing the usual trick of trying out colours on the back of my hand and wasting £££s on cheap lipsticks that don't suit.

I'm loving all the colour combining, I've wanted to dive into colours for so long. Forest green is my new black....I love it and fortunately it loves me back!

HoleyCow Fri 04-Oct-13 05:35:19

Hopefully - have cut and pasted your colour combos into a safe place smile. Am going to find a couple of quiet hours and revisit my wardrobe. thanks

mrspolkadotty Fri 04-Oct-13 08:10:17

Thanks for the colour combo help, there's a few that i wear already and some i never would have thought of but am now looking forward to trying.

I'm going to dye a 100% cotton blazer and i fancy a rust colour, does anyone know which shade of dylon would be best? I'm thinking terravotta or rosewood red? hmm

I bought this www.next.co.uk/G4962s1#886781G49 yesterday in the teal colour, really good fit and helpful at hiding a mummy tummy! Also ordered one of the etsy scarves that charitygirl recommended, in the mustard colour.

Hopasholic Fri 04-Oct-13 09:39:22

Love those infinity scarves but the postage is extortionate! £12.62 to post two scarves? Do they use Fortnums horse & carriage? Not familiar with etsy but I'm not paying the equivalent of a 3rd scarf in postage hmm

Hopefully Fri 04-Oct-13 09:46:19

Have just posted a picture on my FB page of me in a Mumsnet Scarf (does anyone remember the zebra ones?) in bright olive/moss. It was a proper ebay cheapie, but I love it. Don't want to link for fear of deletion but if you search FB for HoCExeter it's there. Am wearing with bright teal vest, petrol cardigan, moss jeggings and coffee flat ankle boots.

Hopefully Fri 04-Oct-13 09:47:34

Mrs I'm on my phone so can't check colours but terracotta sounds a better bet than rosewood.

Hopefully Fri 04-Oct-13 09:50:28

Snowlie if you want to try more lipstick/make oh colours, I'm sure your consultant would let you pop round to try some. I've done it a couple of times with a client who was a bit shell shocked with all the information in the class and wanted to come back and buy make up later.

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 11:00:49

Mrs Polkadot - the Dylon terracotta is a lovely autumn shade!

I know the scarf postage is crazy - they're coming from the US but still. Etsy is an online marketplace where people sell things they've made or salvaged. I love searching for things I've struggled to find in the shops - there's just so much on there.

AutumnLeafMyArse Fri 04-Oct-13 11:28:11

Help! I want to order a merino jumper from Uniqlo. I'm sure the dark green is a good match for an Autumn (and I'm a leaf) not so sure about the green one Can anyone advise?

Jemster Fri 04-Oct-13 11:42:38

Mrspolkadotty how long are the sleeves on the next red top? They look wrist length in picture but review says theee quarter. I like full length sleeves.

Rules Fri 04-Oct-13 11:56:55

ooooo so much to catch up on!! Off to look at Hopes photo.......grin

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 12:20:22

autumnleaf - that looks like a cross between lime green and grass green so should be fine I think. At worse, it'll be more spring than autumn, but it def looks warm, and should be great with other autumn colours. Just my thoughts, of course...

I am finding th amount of pine green around very frustrating - it was all over the catwalks so no surprise im seeing tons of it in the shops. i think 'ah, lovely dark green' and then realise it's SO not my green.

mrspolkadotty Fri 04-Oct-13 16:15:50

Jemster the Next jumper sleeves are in between wrist and 3/4 length on me (5'2 short-arse). Would have preferred them full length though. I'll have to remind myself not to keep pulling them down!

RockMummy Fri 04-Oct-13 16:39:28

I think the problem with a lot of the greens in the shops at the moment have a lot of blue in them rather than gold which rules them out for us. Most disappointing!
Thank you for the tip about the terracotta dye. I love terracotta.
There is a lot of bronze/brass jewellery on Folksy which is nice. Cheaper than gold.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 04-Oct-13 17:02:11

AutumnLeaf I have the Uniqlo jumper in green and it is a lovely colour.
I have hazel eyes and brunette hair with caramel highlights and I love the colour.

Has anyone seen anything in a rust red/orange or a mustard/warm gold?

Hopasholic Fri 04-Oct-13 17:06:53

I'm a peacock today smile blue velvet mini, dark green top, purple opaques and purple suede boots, and a multicoloured infinity scarf in all the above colours with a bit of rust and mustard thrown in.

Either a peacock or a bruise grin not sure which!

Have had my hair dyed too, wanted auburn, ended up more post box red. Took 4hrs to strip the dark dark brown out & re dye it. Like it though smile

Hopefully Fri 04-Oct-13 18:03:56

Autumnleaf I think both those jumpers look good.

Charity what type of autumn are you? I'm a blue autumn and I can push my green a bit darker than the forest green drape - more the darkness of dark olive, but still a warm green. There are some dark greens out there that work for me.

Hop where is your infinity scarf from? Hair sounds amazing! I am getting a couple of chunks of colour put in mine. Was going to go for bright red, but am sorted of tempted to get petrol blue or something...

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 18:21:40

Argh - iPad just ate long post! Gist being...I'm a 'rich deep autumn' and though I have two stars for the blues and forest greens, I'm not at all 'blue'. Bought the blue autumn lippy on HoC site because it was 2.50...and I looked like a corpse.

Also, I love brass jewellery too,to whoever said that. One of my fave purchases:

snowlie Fri 04-Oct-13 18:40:27

Love that necklace charity is it very weighty? I can wear most greens, even the blue tinged, as long as it's no where near pastel.

Hopefully I'm sure my hoc consultant would be happy for me to drop by and try on her lipsticks but I'd feel compelled to buy something, after putting her out, which puts me off making contact.

Loved the Tesco cape too butterflies - great shape for an apple.

RockMummy Fri 04-Oct-13 18:42:06

Georginaworsley, Boden have some nice burnt gold cords and a burnt gold ravello top which I bought. Not worn the cords yet as I'm still in bare legs but the ravello top is beautiful.
Still madly looking for terracotta so if anyone sees anything pretty please share!

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 18:45:32

I suppose it is a bit weighty snowlie, but not so that I'm always bothered by it. Glad you like it!

Just thinking - I have two ticks at 100% for heliotrope but my consultant wrote DON'T DRIFT! next to it, so clearly I have to be careful with blues. Love heliotrope but def scared of getting it wrong, and you don't see it much anyway.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 04-Oct-13 18:46:20

Not sure I could do the cords but will try Ravello Top,Rock thanks!

Hopefully Fri 04-Oct-13 19:16:42

snowlie you could always make it clear you're not intending to buy, iykwim, then you won't feel pressured. I've done it with one client who didn't buy at the time (although she did actually at a later date, but I didn't know to expect that at the time), and didn't mind tbh. It's only 20-30 mins out of my day to help someone get clearer on their colours and hopefully look better and therefore send more referrals my way! Win win.

charity heliotrope is a pain, as it's quite hard to find and as soon as you drift to something either cooler or brighter you've lost the benefits of it. I single star at 100% in it, and I own precisely nothing in heliotrope. grin

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 19:44:21

Ha - yes, I have ONE scarf which my mum bought me for Xmas pre-analysis. She actually apologised and said that's now she'd seen it again she thought it was a terribly boring colour - so dusted and muted. I privately agreed and didn't actually wear it once...til my analysis in April, when suddenly it fell into place! I would be lost without it despite a plethora of other scarves - it pulls so many outfits and colour combos together. But I don't think I'll be adding more heliotrope anytime soon.

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 19:50:25

BTW Georgina - quite a lot of rust in Monsoon. And gold/mustard I've seen in Cos, Linea, and Joules.

shopafrolic Fri 04-Oct-13 19:57:33

I don't even know what heliotrope is! Heads off to Google.....

GeorginaWorsley Fri 04-Oct-13 21:03:46

Cos has quite a few possibilities. I like the shapes too.

AutumnLeafMyArse Fri 04-Oct-13 22:03:10

Thanks Charity, Georgina and Hopefully . Its great to have people to bounce ideas off smile, much appreciated.

TheWombat Fri 04-Oct-13 22:32:41

I think this dress is a possible heliotrope. It could be my screen though, I haven't been in store to check...

charitygirl Fri 04-Oct-13 22:46:19

Hi Wombat! On my screen that looks pretty cobalt, but there is a scintilla of warmth in it so it might look diff on other monitors - and in real life.

Rules Fri 04-Oct-13 22:53:11

google says its a lilac shade ???

mrspolkadotty Sat 05-Oct-13 07:48:16

The mustard Topshop blouse arrived yesterday, lovely colour, really seemed to suit me but unfortunately it was too short in the body (don't know how as i'm a shortie), not long enough to tuck in but leaving it out would mean that too much reaching/lifting (so lots with a toddler) would expose a hefty expanse of mummy tummy. And no one needs to see that! <sigh>

I've bought this coat www.riverisland.com/women/coats--jackets/coats/Navy-contrast-trim-pea-coat-637245

Navy suits me (not worn black in years) and teamed with a bright scarf it tones in well with my other autumn stuff. Planning on changing the buttons though, not keen on them. I also have a asos khaki parka which is a few years old but lovely and warm. I'm going to make a couple of new scarves for winter, definitely a mustard one and perhaps a teal?

Also dyeing a couple of pairs of beige chinos (cheap primark & F&F ones, both 100% cotton) that i'd previously put aside for the charity bag since i hate wearing too light colours on my bottom half, always feel my arse is the size of a small country. I'm using Dylon Olive green so hoping they come out in a wearable colour, always a bugger about the polyester stitching not dyeing though.

Ooh i'll shut up now and let someone else get a word in edgeways blush

Jemster Sat 05-Oct-13 08:27:19

Hi I'm off to the shops today and really need a pair of wirk trousers. With my new colour awareness I'm hoping not to end up with black. Would grey work with most autumn colours?
Also I bought a very dark teal blouse and I don't know what to wear with it. It looks very plain on it's own but I have no idea when it comes to accessorising.
Any help gratefully received.

onlysettleforbutterflies Sat 05-Oct-13 09:03:54

Good luck jemster, I find work trousers really hard to find in autumn colours. I get round it by wearing smart skinny or straight leg jeans in the right colours, can look really smart with a blazer, depends what you can get away with at work.

Teal looks nice with chocolate brown and tomato red if you're feeling brave..

addle Sat 05-Oct-13 09:07:40

mrs polkadot, i'd be really interested to hear how the dylon olive green comes out

and more generally i thought quite a lot of autumn colours here: http://www.gudrunsjoden.com/uk/start-pages-shared/2013/winter/chapters
though a very distinct style and not for everyone

snowlie Sat 05-Oct-13 09:21:58

I think navy would work better with autumn colouring than grey. For the blouse, I'd either wear a scarf or a piece of chunky jewellery around your neck and maybe a bracelet, depending on how chunky you go. I'd probably go for the scarf but that's because I love wearing scarves!

Hopefully Sat 05-Oct-13 09:22:48

Jemster if you really can't get any olive/brown/petrol trousers, grey o is definitely preferable to black, it is less stark against the autumn colours. I would wear a teal blouse with gold coloured jewellery, maybe a mustard scarf if the weather dictates?

mrspolkadotty Sat 05-Oct-13 10:18:33

This has just arrived http://www.asos.com/Becksondergaard/Becksondergaard-X-Bay-Coral-Dream-Scarf/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3180802&SearchQuery=coral&Rf-700=1000&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=204&sort=-1&clr=602coraldream

It's so luffly grin Perfect colour and so soft, nice and long too. Makes up for my woe at the topshop blouse. Actually think asos website is down at the moment so might not work.

addle The olive green has worked well, one pair slighter darker than the other as they were a deeper colour to begin and the contrast stitching doesn't look too bad (we'll pretend it's meant to be like that). Last week i dyed 2 cardigans using the olive, both a good fit but wrong shades of green for me (more of a winter's green imo) and it took them both to a nice deep shade which is much more suited to autumns. Next on the list is a pale peachy colour blazer that just washes me out, i'm thinking the dylon terracotta shade.

Hopasholic Sat 05-Oct-13 12:26:54

hopefully my multi infinity was from Warehouse but it's about 2years old now. Honestly it just goes with everything, I've had more use out of that scarf than anything in my wardrobe!

I'll have a google later and see if I can come up with anything similar smile

buildingmycorestrength Sat 05-Oct-13 13:09:18

Aside: are hopasholic and shopafrolic really one person, like Clark Kent and Superman?

TheWombat Sat 05-Oct-13 15:15:12

It must be my weird screen, on my phone the oasis dress is definitely a bit cobalty. Oh well, the search continues for heliotrope things. The only thing I have in this colour is an infinity scarf from (shh) White Stuff..

Jemster Sat 05-Oct-13 15:41:27

Please help. Am in Debenhams with vouchers. I haven't found anything I like yet and am getting all confused about colours. I particularly need a coat and some work clothes. Feeling fed up and don't want to go home with nothing again!! Can anyone suggest anything nice please?

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:06:02

Have you seen any coats you like? Try them on and see how you feel.

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:07:08

Im like that Jemster when in clothes shops. I seem to hate seeing myself in the mirror mostly so trying things on is difficult but coats.....coats I can handle...just.

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:07:41

You still in there?

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:08:37

enter ZT69 at the checkout for another ten percent off till midnight sunday.

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:11:40


Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:12:16
Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:12:39

lovely berry coloured long coat

Jemster Sat 05-Oct-13 16:13:15

Yep still here, having a cup of tea and cake!! I have seen several coats but they are all black, grey or beige, none of which appeals to me. Also I am petite so a lot seem to swamp me. I really need to get some things as I don't get time to go to shops often.

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:15:02

what were you after. What do you need.

shopafrolic Sat 05-Oct-13 16:26:39

Opinions please...... is this green too bright for Autumns?

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:32:45

Depends on your colouring shop. I have this very colour in a lambswool tank from White Stuff. I have warm blond hair with dark green eyes, medium skin and freckles. Looks nice.

shopafrolic Sat 05-Oct-13 16:34:27

I'm a warm deep Autumn, hazel eyes, warm darker brown hair with lighter pieces put through it to hide the grey! - I'll have to keep my eyes out for something similar to try. Love the shape too.......

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:35:04

sometimes it can make some people look a bit green in the face.

shopafrolic Sat 05-Oct-13 16:37:21

Ha! Yup - I can see how that might happen! smile

Rules Sat 05-Oct-13 16:37:55

I do find that when someone changes their hair colour that sometimes they find they need to tweek their colours a bit. I know that when I became blond I definitely did.

GeorginaWorsley Sat 05-Oct-13 17:10:23

Shopafrolic,I am very similar colouring to you and I love that coat colour!

So glad this thread is still going. RL has stopped me MNetting, but I'm managing the occasional lurk and catch up (teacher training as a single parent - I wouldn't recommend it).

I had my style day last month, which was great, and I've bought a fair few things. I'm a vibrant autumn ingenue natural, and it's now slotted into place much more than just having my colours alone.

I've been a ninja eBay shopper and have picked up some really great things. Unfortunately my tastes are quite expensive, think Brora cashmere but my budget isn't.

What's been surprisingly effective is typing colours in - kingfisher, teal, moss green etc., which then brings up some good things in the right sort of shades. I got some great tan coloured cords, which are currently at the tailor, a lovely rich buttery colour that you never see in the shops. They're from Sainsbury's, probably a few years ago as they're boot cut which just shows how some colours go in and out of fashion.

On the burning issue of heliotrope, I have a pair of skinny, slightly stretchy size 10 trousers from H&M. I've never actually worn them, bought them after having my colours done. The colour is great for me, but it's not my style. If anyone wants them, please PM me and I'm happy to send them for £3 P&P.

snowlie Sat 05-Oct-13 18:01:12

I love that coat Shop looks like grass green - one of my ** colours.

Hopasholic Sun 06-Oct-13 00:38:01


Shopaholic & myself are two different people but we have autumnal Lycra suits, with 'HoC' on the arse and swoop in to department stores to save people from buying the wrong colours.

Sometime we pose as manikins so watch out wink grin