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Winter Brights

How to wear colour in Winter, Bumpkin BettyHappy Monday folks! Although Mondays generally suck, it’s kind of hard to hate them when it gets so close to Christmas and the holidays don’t you think? I’m starting the wind down of work this Friday, with a trip up to Scotland on Saturday and then back down to GB’s mums for the Christmas shenanigans, and apart from a few freelance bits and bobs will be trying my best to take a break over the festive period, so this week is all about last minute prep and final deadlines.

I’ve got a few festive posts lined up for the next few days, to get the blog (and me) Christmas ready, but today I thought I’d share some winter style. You may recognise these outfits from my Laura Ashley blog takeover a couple of weeks ago, but I thought I’d share them on here too as a little peek at my current winter wardrobe!

How to wear colour in Winter, Bumpkin BettyI have to admit that winter dressing is probably my favourite; being able to bundle up in cosy knits, fur stoles and chunky cable knit scarves and hats is my ideal get up. However I do have a tendency to lean towards the darker colours in the colder months. I adore charcoal greys and deep navy tones when the dark nights draw in, and personally think you can’t beat an LBD or a little black sparkly tuxedo come party season. But it can all get a bit dull, and when Laura Ashley asked me to talk winter brights, it was the perfect excuse to evaluate my wardrobe choices and force a little colour injection.

It’s no secret to you all that I love pink but it does tend to rule my summer wardrobe more than my winter style. But as soon as I saw this pink checked kilt I couldn’t think of a better shade to help inject some of those summer vibes into my current dress sense. The pink tipped collar and cuff sweater was next on my list and before I knew it I had two easy winter outfits, both with a splash of fuschia.

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Look 1 | Jumper – c/o Laura Ashley | Jeans – Topshop | Coat –  Vintage | Fur stole – H&M (similar) | Pink Suede Heels – c/o Next (similar) | Necklace – c/o Laura Ashley | Bag – Vintage

This is a pretty standard –  going somewhere where I need to look a bit nice but really can’t face putting on anything but jeans and jumper – look for me. When its gets really chilly out and I’m faced with dressing on a cold dark morning, weary eyed and unable to see where anything is in my wardrobe, I can’t help but revert to a classic pair of black skinnies and a cosy knit. It’s warm, comfortable and easy to wear so is a simple look I can get into an awful bad habit of wearing daily, until I get to work one morning and realise those black skinnies have a chocolate stain on the crotch from the previous nights sofa binge, and my jumper smells of red wine from that night I spilled it on myself at work drinks the week previous. Making a few little adjustments to my everyday get up, I find not only lifts my spirits but also makes me feel much more productive on a working day (not to mention saves me the chocolate/red wine stain embarrassment). The pink accents on this jumper, add just enough colour without going OTT and still keep the overall look neutral. A smart jacket, statement necklace and a pair of colourful heels are enough to pull me successfully out of my, chocolate and wine induced, comfort zone but mean I still get to wear something comfortable and cosy that doesn’t feel too dressed up.

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Look 2 | White shirt – H&M (similar) | Car Knit Jumper – J.W Anderson for Topshop (similar) | Pink Kilt –  c/o Laura Ashley | Leather Jacket – Gestuz | Shoes – Mango (similar) | Bag – Vintage

This is my slightly dressier – have somewhere reasonably important to be but still want to look like me – get up. This skirt was wow enough on it’s own so I always tend to stick to monochromes when wearing a statement piece such as this. It might be my Scottish roots but I really really love this skirt – its traditional without looking old fashioned, and checked without being overtly tartan. The shape is lovely, very unusual and sits at the perfect work/ meeting appropriate length. Sticking to my cosy jumper rule, I kept things preppy with this one and added a shirt and cropped jumper (still can’t stop wearing this JW Anderson for Topshop knit, it was pricey at the time but such a good buy in the long run!). My shoes are one of the few pairs of classic black stilettos I own, as I usually find myself opting for the above, statement heel and classic outfit, combo rather than this way around. But they’re a flattering style and surprisingly comfortable to wear so hey!

So do you wear bright colours in Winter or do you tend to stick to darker shades?

6 Comments

Liza

I love your statement necklace and really enjoy the splashes of pink every where! I always try and bring more color into my wardrobe but it stays forever neutral.

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Linda

Lovely styling! So nice to see some colour in a monochrome season – especially the kilt. Inspired!

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