If you’re still in mourning for the departure of summer, allow us to lift your spirits. Autumn is a colourful time of year, from the golden reds of falling leaves, to the greys of wood smoke and the rich, ripe browns of a shiny conker. But, forget the dark hues and earthy tones of seasons gone by as this year the sartorial motto is ‘the brighter the better.’ What better way to perk up a chilly morning than a healthy dose of electric blue or sunny yellow? If your wardrobe is somewhat in need of a check up, then start by working in some of these inspirational colours – it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Rosy Glow

From dusky rose shades at Mulberry to the boldest bubblegum hues at Simone Rocha, the catwalks were awash with pink for this season. Feminine, delicate and bursting with girl power, AW13’s de rigeur shade is the perfect booster for any flagging ensemble. Topping our wish list is a blush toned cocoon coat, a welcome change from the customary black and navy. Of course, the “must-have” nature of the rosy coat has ensured that pink jackets are fast selling out, but this girly trend shows no signs of slowing for the spring – so if you’re looking for an investment: think pink.

Bluemarine, Topshop Unique, Jonathan Saunders and Ekaterina Kukhareva images courtesy of Vogue

Cool Cobalt  

A favourite hue of AW12, cobalt is still reigning this season. The pull of this powerful primary ensures that the rails will be overflowing with bright and bold cold-busting tones in place of the traditionally earthy autumnal palette. If you’re not brave enough to sport head-to-toe cobalt a la Diane Von Furstenberg, this electric shade goes easily with black – see Chloe and Missoni.

Chloe, Eudon Choi, Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Missoni images courtesy of Vogue

Mellow Yellow

This season we’re embracing the golden tones of autumn, from the palest of petal shades to the richest mustard. The hottest shade of yellow this autumn is a true primary colour, described as “New York taxi-cab yellow” in Victoria Beckham’s sunshine infused AW13 collection. We can’t help but imagine the spirit lifting effects of a sunny yellow dress on a dreary Monday morning. Delicate and delightful, yellow is a must-have for AW13.

Simone Rocha, Iceberg, Orla Kiely and Emilia Wickstead images courtesy of Vogue

Zesty Orange

It isn’t autumn without a splash of orange and this shade cropped up in a host of collections for AW13. Forget the usual rusty hues though, this season’s orange appears as a bright citrus infused affair, from blood orange at Yeohlee to tangy tangerine at Michael Kors. As well as lifting spirits, we’re pretty sure that adding a touch of this invigorating and lively colour to a winter wardrobe is also somehow contributing to the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C…

Jonathan Saunders, David Longshaw, Bernard Chandran and Yeohlee images courtesy of Vogue

Grey: The New Neutral

Following the dictum of E.L James, the catwalk echoed with shades of grey for AW13. It seemed that almost every collection showcased grey as a staple neutral, from steely jackets to stone accessories. If you’re feeling brave, take a leaf from APC and Heohwan Simulation’s style books with head to toe grey, or play with patterns and textures like Ashish and Emilia Wickstead. For the less adventurous, grey can be used to beautifully balance the bright and bold colours of the season a la Emilio Pucci and Eudon Choi.

Rag and Bone, Ashish and Heohwan Simulation images courtesy of Vogue


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