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In the world of fashion, colours that reflect nature have been trending for a while now – some say it’s been reflecting the desire for comfort and stability during the uncertain times we have been living through.

In this AW21 season, we are seeing nature colours like green continuing to trend – but with wider and more diverse shades of green.

Pantone announced its AW21 colours which included the core colour of ‘Olive Branch’ – a tasteful green symbolic of growth, alongside ‘Green Bee’ – a grassy green that perpetuates nature.

So whether you are already a green fan, or the shade makes you think of your old school uniform – this season is the season to GO GREEN.

So here’s my tips on how to look great in green this season.

Greens this season aren’t just the deeper, darker shades that you can often associate with autumn/ winter fashion – this season the shades also include lighter (and brighter, but more on that later) shades. One of my personal favourites is this mint coloured biker jacket from the French fashion brand Captain Tortue. Not only is the colour perfect, it’s also a great layering piece which will take you right through to Spring. Dress down with jeans, or wear with a floaty dress to elongate your summer wardrobe.

 

How to wear green

Jacket, Captain Tortue, £106

Another great layering piece for those of you who prefer a lighter green is this super snuggly cardigan from White Stuff. The leaves pattern is perfect for Autumn!

How to wear green

Falling Leaves Cardigan, White stuff, £69

If you have dark hair and dark eyes then a deeper shade of green will emphasise those features, and look great on you. I love this animal print midi dress from M&S.  Animal print continues to trend in AW21, and this dress can easily be layered up (underneath as well as over the top) and worn all through the season.

Style advice

Animal print midi dress, Marks and Spencer, £45

Whilst this padded jacket from monsoon is bang on trend this season, where we are seeing lots of large, often oversized padded jackets both on the catwalk and now in our local shops.

Green coat style

Padded jacket, Monsoon, £110

If you have pinkish tones to your skin, you may have ash blonde or grey hair then you need to choose yourself green shades carefully. Try and steer away from the khakis and moss and look for more blue-green tones like pine and blue-greens or even teals.

These pine green wide leg jeans from Baukjen are a great alternative to blue jeans, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

How to wear green trousers

Nina Organic Wide Legged Jeans, Baukjen, £99

While this dress from M&S has a light and dark contrast, with a cool green incorporated which makes it an eye catching print

How to wear green

Animal Print V Neck Tiered dress, M&S, £29.50

Whilst if you have more of an olive skin tone, with warmth in your hair colour, the khakis and moss shades will look stunning on you.  This bold print shirt from White Stuff makes an instant impression, and is so easy to wear.

How to wear green

Tie Hem Jersey shirt, White Stuff, £39

And this camouflage print skirt from Hush offers easy to achieve style (plus is super comfy as it has an elasticated waist!). Just layer with a tee and a denim or biker jacket, or with a jumper in a neutral colour or even match a green shade from the skirt.

How to wear green skirt

Camouflage skirt, Hush, £69

For those of you who like brighter colours, then this top from Ted Baker is a clear green statement! This top would look amazing on people who have contrast between their hair and eyes (eg light / bright eyes and dark hair).

Green shoulder detailed blouse

Gigi’s ruffle trim blouse, Ted Baker, £125

If you prefer your colours to be softer and more muted, then this tea dress from Crew Clothing is a winner. Whilst it’s new for AW21, this is an item that you will be able to wear for years to come due to it’s classic styling.

Classic green dress

Coombe Linen Tea Dress, Crew Clothing, £65

And a wrap top is another wardrobe staple which also works on most body shapes. This top from Fat Face is supersoft, and can be worn with or without it’s built in vest for versatile styling options.

How to style green clothes

Wren Wrap Top, Fat Face, £52

As ever – the great way to add a pop of colour is through accessories. I love these bags from Michey Loves (in fact I have 2 in different colours myself!) – great quality, can hold more than you think, and practical cross body straps.  Such an easy way to update your look!

Green accessories and bags

Dolly Single Zip Cross Body Bag, micheyloves.com, £48

If you would like to understand which shades of green that suit you best, or for details of Captain Tortue then contact me.

Whilst this last year has been a year of challenges, I think it’s also been a year of LOVE.  We have missed friends and family, and made us realise how much they mean to us and how much we love them.

So this Valentines Day, lets to share the love and show some kindness through our outfits!

An easy way of adding the LOVE to your outfit is through accessories, and a scarf is also perfect at this time of year for an extra layer of warmth.  This stylish scarf from Accessorize will add a touch of colour and Valentines LOVE to your outfit

How to wear red

Scarf, Accessorize, £20

I’m obviously hoping that we won’t need an umbrella on Valentines Day, but given the British weather it’s probably quite likely!  But if it does rain, this umbrella from Next is guaranteed to cheer you up.

How to wear red

Umbrella, Next, £11

Well what a year 2020 was!

If you are like me, my saviour during lockdown 1 was PE with Joe.  I was home-schooling at the time, and that 30 mins in the morning meant that the day started with a positive experience.

And since that I’ve been lunging, squatting and crunching in the privacy of my lounge.  Now I can do a hiit session, but I’m no runner (and seriously admire people who can!)  I know that lots of people have taken up running and jogging too, or even incorporating a daily walk into their working from home routine.

But whether we are exercising alone in our own private space, or heading out to get some fresh air and miles in the legs, we will feel better knowing that we are not only improving our bodies on the inside, but we also look the best version of ourselves on the outside.

I often get asked ‘should my exercise gear be in my best colours?’ And my honest answer is ‘why wouldn’t it be’? When working out we tend not to have as much (or any!) makeup on, and our hair is tied up out of the way – all we have is the clothes we choose to wear to make us look good – so my advice is to make those clothes work hard for you.

Whatever type of exercise you do there are two important style considerations: Colour and Patterns

 

Colour: Colour will brighten up a January jog or a winter workout. Plus colour brightens up how we look too. So wear your best colour on your top and next to your face – this way that fab colour will reflect on your face and give the effect of a brighter healthier you (even before you start your work out!).

This vest from Sweaty Betty in teal – is great if you like your colour on the subtle side. Plus Teal is a universal colour, meaning that it looks great on many of us.

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

As an Image Consultant, I love the change in Seasons!  But this one has been quite a challenge!!

The AW20 season hit the catwalk back in Feb, and since then our shops have not only faced the challenge of covid19, they have also had to take the catwalk trends and shape them into wearable pieces for us everyday.  Also during this time, how we have dressed has changed, with more home working – some of us will be happy with this, whilst others will be wishing to get back to their ‘normal’ dress code and the desire to get out and about again.

One element that came through the catwalk trends was a continued focus on sustainability, and pieces that are more classical and wearable over time.  CHECK is a key ‘trend’ for AW’20.  Check never goes out of style for long, which is presumably why with sustainability and a more seasonal-less approach to dressing, it was thought that AW’20 was the perfect time to bring it back to the foreground.

Checks are an easy pattern for even a print-avoider to incorporate into their wardrobe.  However as ever there are some keys tips for getting the most out of this trend for you personally.

Colour checks:

If you suit dark colours, you probably have dark hair and eyes – and this cape jacket from River Island is a great throw on over everything from jeans to a pencil skirt

AW20 trend

Black mono check cape jacket, River Island, £68

Whilst if dark colours overwhelm you, you probably have blonde hair and light eyes, and hence something like this fitted jumper from Marks & Spencer will balance out your delicate colouring.  Its super soft, so great for the autumn days ahead, and whilst the design is bold but the lighter colours make it easy to wear.

Seasonal Style Update
Booking is now OPEN for my (very popular and always fun!) SEASONAL UPDATES for AW’21


This season I am offering a choice virtual (via zoom) and in person sessions – the choice is yours 
 
SEASONAL UPDATES include:

– The key trends for AW’21
– The ‘hot’ colours for AW’21– How you can wear the latest trends, taking into consideration your colouring and body shape– Tips and advice on how to put whole outfits together for the new season

– Handy take away guide

Seeing the AW’21 collection from Captain Tortue

All from £20 pp (or bring a friend, and both of your tickets will be £15)

 
  • Thursday 16th Sept, 10.30am – 12 noon.  
    • VIRTUAL Seasonal Update
    • You can then follow this up (if you wish) with a FREE 1:1 Personal Shopping Session to see the latest Captain Tortue Collection, dates being:
      • Friday 17th Sept, between 10am – 3pm
      • Saturday 18th Sept, between 1pm – 5pm
      • Monday 20th Sept, between 10am – 3pm
 
  • Friday 24th Sept, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  IN PERSON Seasonal Update, followed by the opportunity to browse and try on the latest Captain Tortue collection
    • Places limited

 

  • Thursday 14th Oct, 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Seasonal Update, followed by the opportunity to browse and try on the latest Captain Tortue collection
    • Places limited

 

If you are not interested in the Seasonal Update this season, but are interested in seeing the Captain Tortue collection, then you are welcome to book a slot at one of the Personal Shopping dates:
 
 
PERSONAL SHOPPING SESSIONS for Captain Tortue
  • i hour sessions available:
    • Friday 17th Sept, between 10am – 3pm
    • Saturday 18th Sept, between 1pm – 3pm
    • Monday 20th Sept, between 11.30am – 3pm
    • Friday 15th Oct, between 10am – 3pm
    • Sunday 17th Oct, between 12 noon – 4pm
    • Monday 18th Oct, between 10am – 12 noon
Please email me if you would like to book a Seasonal Update and / or a Personal Shopping session.