Personally, I do enjoy the colourful aspect of dressing for the spring and summer seasons. Now, I know that French and Italian women tend to stick to black, white, camel and navy, perhaps using bags and shoes to add a dash of colour. I certainly take inspiration from their styles but prefer to wear more colours myself, especially in warmer weather. Some of my T-shirts and dresses have floral patterns, and are shades of pinks, blues, yellows etc. But when the weather starts to turn and I swap my summer for my winter wardrobe, it’s striking how plain and colourless my replacement garments look hanging in my wardrobe. In turn, I think this influences my mood and can make me feel less cheerful. Somehow, it’s impossible to look in the mirror wearing a red or pink top and feel glum, don’t you think?
So, I decided to make an effort to brighten up my winter wardrobe a little I bought a few brightly coloured long-sleeved tops to wear under my pinafore dresses. I admit I love pinafore dresses, at the moment I have several cord dresses (in black, camel and burgundy colours) and have been wearing a red or olive green top under the black dress. So far, I haven’t strayed from cream or black tops under the other coloured dresses because I can’t confidently think of a colour that won’t clash!
I have quite a few scarves in my collection, in varying colours and enjoy wearing these to inject colour into plainer coloured outfits. Somehow, just arranging a scarf around my neck makes me feel instantly more chic and presentable. I noticed a lot of Italian women worse fashion scarves when I lived there. I’m making a conscious effort to select more colourful ones if my clothes are already in duller colours.
I’m hopeless on the bag front at the moment, because in the last 6 years I’ve constantly had either a baby or a toddler (or both!) and practicality has won over style- I still have the same black and white printed change bag that gets taken everywhere. I dream of the day that I can choose a small handbag to take out, in the colour of my choosing, rather than the clunky old thing I’m stuck with for now…
At the moment, I’m quite interested in different textures too. My aforementioned dungaree dresses are made from corduroy fabric which I like. In a shop recently, I was looking in the tights section to buy a few new pairs. Automatically, I reached out to grab the usual smooth black, high denier ones. Then I stopped to glance around at the other tights for sale. There were some in different colours, but I was most attracted to some cable-knit tights with a thick cable knit pattern running down each leg in a soft-touch, textured material. I bought a couple of black pairs and have to say that I love them! They are so warm to wear and I love the pattern on them. Sometimes it’s good to stop and try something different.
Lastly, another way of injecting a little colour is by simply painting my fingernails. In Autumn I love shades of bright red and burgundy. Seeing a flash of newly painted colourful nails gives an instant boost.
Do you have anything that you do to brighten up your autumn/winter wardrobe? I would love to hear about it!