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Colour analysis: thread for autumns

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AngieAir Tue 11-Jun-13 14:04:29

I had my colours done last month and I'm a HOC autumn leaf (not sure how that translates to other schemes). I've done a search on here and not found much as you all seem to be winters!

I've bought a top and a camisole from Kettlewell as a birthday present which look lovely and now I'm stuck. Most of my clothes are the wrong colours (white, purple and blue) but I can't afford to replace them immediately, just over time. I really saw the difference in the drapes so don't want to go to work every day looking ghastly either.

Does anyone have any tips for how to "improve" my existing clothes? I've had a look on pinterest but felt overwhelmed.

AngieAir Sun 16-Jun-13 17:30:46

Got a few things today, enough to see my through til the style day, which I should be able to do in September. I got a couple of cami tops in Primark, sort of lizard grey and an oatmeal T-shirt for £3.99 in h&m.

Then, as I had a Laura Ashley gift card, I got this which is a coffee brown colour and this which is much richer and more chestnutty than in the picture.

charitygirl Sat 15-Jun-13 19:01:04

Very nice teapot - I never used to notice the description 'off-white', as opposed to just 'white', and now I hunt for it!

Don't think they've shown the top off to its best advantage though, and I say that a brogue lover. What will you wear it with?

TheChocolateTeapot Sat 15-Jun-13 17:19:22

Just ordered this in the House of Fraser sale. Am hoping it is as lovely as it looks!

AngieAir Sat 15-Jun-13 15:28:06

NotEnoughJam, that makes sense re leaf thing thanks.

I also get what you mean about difficulty in accepting autumn. I thought it was all muted colours so was pleased to see that I suited rich, dramatic colours. However most of my ** colours I have never considered before and so far I haven't been able to bring myself to buy any. I just got a green kettlewell top because I always wear green anyway.

I'm also disappointed that silver is not recommended as I have lovely and expensive collection built up over the years, but I think I will combine with some gold pieces rather than ebay them as most have sentimental value.

However, I'm telling myself that I paid the expert for her unbiased opinion so I shall take her advice (cheaply) and see how it goes.

Now looking at boden autumn preview smile

charitygirl Fri 14-Jun-13 22:17:23

Ooh - should add that I think Uniqlo is great for newly diagnosed folk of any season - they have lots of good quality basic tees, vests, jeans, and jumpers in so many colours.

Their website is never as good as their stores, but it's not bad, and on my iPad at least, the colours in pictures are pretty reliable. The cotton tshirt s with pockets are lovely and only £9. Vests are great too - nice and long. Would recommend you size down.

NotEnoughJamOnTheBread Fri 14-Jun-13 21:22:14

AngieAir I've bought quite a lot; cardigans (mainly from eBay for cost reasons and more chance of autumn colours at this time of year) some vest tops, t-shirts, navy trousers and a gorgeous pair of cream linen summer trousers. I've coloured my hair darker and started wearing lipstick and sometimes coral nail varnish ( I only ever used to paint them a natural colour).

I've posted previously about being unsure about being able to 'see' that I'm an autumn and if I'm honest I still feel that way. But I'm still trying and I'm hoping with more time and practice I'll get there.

I also asked in my post what the leaf part meant and a very knowledgeable MNetter who is a HoC consultant said it simply referred to the colours I looked amazing in, ie: the double star 100% colours written down on the ratings page during my colour consultation. Hope that helps a bit.

AngieAir Fri 14-Jun-13 20:02:31

I will check out those marks cream tops on my Sunday shopping adventure.

Vitamin C, that dress is amazing. Don't think there's an Espirit near me, was going to have a mooch round TK Maxx.

Charitygirl I love the sound of your house decor.

Notenoughjam, how have you managed your wardrobe since you had your colours done? Have you made any major changes/purchases?

Looking at the pinterest boards there seem to be soft, dark and warm/true autumns. Is an autumn leaf a warm autumn or dark autumn? Think I might be between the two given my starred colours. There's potential for some very vibrant colour combinations though the HOC book does suggest monochromatic shades look best.

NotEnoughJamOnTheBread Fri 14-Jun-13 18:31:23

I was diagnosed as an Autumn leaf a few months back. I've got some of those M&S cream vests and they're really lovely, I highly recommend them. In fact I must buy some more.

shopafrolic Fri 14-Jun-13 16:16:31

Or there's Kettlewell

shopafrolic Fri 14-Jun-13 16:15:46

Sorry Lovepigeon - only just catching up. If you click onto any of my individual Pins it should take you through to the product on the website.
The cream vests are currently 2 for £8 in M&S. Warning - they are really underwear I think so are very fitted but I find them great for layering and they have wide straps so no bra straps on show. And the cream tee with the ribbed back is also from M&S - their Autograph range - roughly £25 from memory.
I've also bought cream thermal long sleeved tops from M&S which I use for layering.
If you're an extra small then this T by A Wang slubby top is a good one - I'm wearing it today over my cream M&S vest for an extra layer. It is semi sheer and it is v slubby (and sheds a bit) but the fit is great.

TheChocolateTeapot Fri 14-Jun-13 11:29:41

Another disappointed Dylon user here. Can't find anything cream/ivory at all.

charitygirl Fri 14-Jun-13 09:29:53

Beeyootiful dress VitC - I love that warm Limey green. In fact, I painted our sitting room walls that colour (maybe slightly more muted) and it was a bit of a revelatory moment when the HoC consultant mentioned 'you may realise that you've used your palette around the house even before you knew they were the colours you should be wearng'.

So that's why my sitting room is yellow-green, my kitchen is mango yellow, one of the bedrooms is rust-red, and the only picture I've ever spent serious money on prominently features 'navy green' and orange! Aha!

vitaminC Fri 14-Jun-13 08:24:11

I'm a warm autumn, although as my dominant feature is "warm" I can wear a lot of spring colours too!

You know that lime green colour people are always complaining about on here? It really suits me grin.
In fact I've just bought this for my honeymoon and it looks stunning on!

I also second the scarf suggestion. You should check out Mai Tai's Picture Book for creative ways to dress up neutral outfits with scarves.

For the jacket, I bought a stone blazer from Esprit last week. There is a sale on over here right now, though. Don't know about where you are...

AngieAir Fri 14-Jun-13 07:55:29

I was looking at the dylon dyes too and was disappointed there was no cream/ivory option. I'm off to the shops this weekend hoping to replace my bog stsndard white vest tops with some better (cheap) neutrals. I shall be brandishing my swatch book for the first time! And of course I will report back if I spot anything interesting.

I'm holding off any big purchases until I do the style day but I really need a light summer fitted blazer/jacket to replace my old and tatty black one. Will wander round and see if anything waves at me in the sales. Budget for jacket is up to £30. Anyone seen anything?

lovepigeon Thu 13-Jun-13 23:08:11

hi shopafrolic can I ask where you found your cream/ivory tops? I currently have loads of white which I would like to either dye ivory or else get rid and buy ivory tops. None of the dylon dyes look like they would work for this though as they are all bright colours. I've been looking in the shops for ivory shirts and tops but almost everything is white.
Will double check my ** colours but I think I have coral, lizard grey then pretty much all the greens (except for lime green) and all the blues (navy, heliotrope etc).
I already have loads of navy and have recently bought some coral as it is in the shops at the moment
SofaCanary I'm sure I've read on colour analysis websites that you can sort of flow into other seasons like deep autumn into winter so its possible that you suit some spring colours too.

charitygirl Thu 13-Jun-13 14:44:20

Ooh cheering news shop - I really want to to look great as I feel it would fill a hole (wardrobe, not emotional).

And would obviously look great with the necklace...

shopafrolic Thu 13-Jun-13 13:28:24

Charitygirl I have the Me&em maxi and absolutely love it
Great necklace too.

charitygirl Thu 13-Jun-13 11:38:05

Here's my lion pendant

He looks nicer in real life - and quite a yellow 'gold', which I think is right for Autumns. I feel very lion like with him on.

charitygirl Thu 13-Jun-13 09:51:51

Sounds lovely Melanie ( I'm also fasting today!). Aubergine's a funny one isn't it: not in my HoC swatch book but definitely an autumn on the Kettlewell site, and it 'feels' autumn to me. An Aubergine leather jacket is an amazing find!

I'm in a tomato red stretchy tube skirt, brown loose tshirt, and a boxy turquoise linen jumper on top. Also leopard print trainers and my new massive lion pendant from Accessorise which I love. Will try and link later.

MelanieCheeks Thu 13-Jun-13 09:34:48

Charity shops are another good source of colours out of season - today I am wearing today a dusky aubergine leather jacket that I picked up recently. I have paired it with brown trousers (cheap from tesco), a biscuit colour top from Warehouse, and I have pulled it all together (I think) with a scarf, though I suspect it's a bit too peachy-apricot to be the right colours.

(And I've obviously got food on the brain as I'm fasting today!)

charitygirl Thu 13-Jun-13 08:36:44

Thank you - I was really taken with it as soon as I saw it! Just keep your fingers crossed it makes it here...

Etsy is great for scarves and accessories in colours/styles not in the shops. And of course scarves are a great way of getting the right colours next to your face when your wardrobe is still full of the wrong stuff, as someone mentioned upthread.

TerraNotSoFirma Thu 13-Jun-13 08:00:23

charity I love that necklace, it's gorgeous.

charitygirl Thu 13-Jun-13 06:42:34

Hello autumns! I just took the plunge after weeks of ditherage and ordered this rather pricey dress

Going back if its not absolutely stunning tho.

Also anxiously waiting for delivery of this. Little concerned its been open opened and taxed by US Postal services, as that has happened to me before with US purchases.

shopafrolic Wed 12-Jun-13 21:45:02

AngieAir that's a great Pin board. You're giving me lots of bits to read up on! Thanks.

TerraNotSoFirma Wed 12-Jun-13 21:14:06

Autumn preview stuff should be in shops end of next month I think.

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