Colour Carries On

All the fabulous colour that came in for Spring/Summer is carrying on into Autumn/Winter this year. Finally we can get away from last year’s sea of greige. For all you Autumns and Springs out there now is your chance to buy new jackets, coats and jumpers in your warm colours. Srpings will be able to find lots of aqua, turquoise, tangerine and coral. Autumns will find kingfisher, peacock, orange and amber.

Please be careful when buying multi-coloured items. The summer’s hideous combination of mustard and burgundy (mustard and chestnut is so much better) has fortunately gone, but this season’s hideous combination seems to be olive and black. Autumns should go for olive and dark brown instead,  Winters should go for pine green or dark emerald and black, not forgetting of course to add something in one of your ice colours for contrast.


How to Grab a Bargain

The sales season is now upon us, with lots of eye-catching bargains up for grabs. But are they really such a bargain ? There could be a very good reason why the price of something has been cut. It usually means that no-one wants it ! Remember that it’s much better to pay a bit more for something that you are going to wear a lot than it is to pay a bit less for something that actually you only wear once before you decide that perhaps you shouldn’t have bought it after all. So here are seven handy tips to help you.

  1. Decide before you go shopping how much you want to spend, and stick to it.
  2. Allow yourself plenty of time. Getting something in a rush before your car park ticket runs out is nearly always a bad move.
  3. Check the colours. Orange and burgundy doesn’t go together, however cheap it is.
  4. Can you tweak it ? Changing the buttons can transform a jacket. The right accessories might transform something slightly dull into a very versatile and much worn basic.
  5. Is it well made ? Check that fasteners are all there and well stitched on, check that the hem isn’t coming down, check that seams are the same on the left and the right (unless they are designed to be different).
  6. Does it flatter you ? Remember that if a dress isn’t working on you then it’s the dress that’s wrong, and not you.
  7. Will you wear it ? If you think it might come in one day, then by the time that day comes round you might not even like it any more.