It’s now two years since I had my colours done by Anna. I loved the experience. It inspired me and broadened my horizons in terms of being braver with colour. I’m lucky that my colour profile is full of bold, bright colours and I love them.
What I’ve found difficult though is actually buying them. Since having my colours done there has been a fairly persistent trend for nudes and soft muted tones – so much khaki. These aren’t colours I want to wear (nor should I, they make me look ill).
My shape is awkward, I’m tall and curvy (not necessarily in all the right places) and that limits the shapes and styles I
can wear want to wear. I don’t suit patterns, or fussy details – they make me look frumpy. I like bright, bold colours in simple styles and shapes. Things which coordinate, which look put together. My lifestyle dictates that comfort and practicality are key. Dry clean only has no place in my life.
All this has culminated in my wardrobe essentially consisting of five pairs of Mint Velvet leggings (some with ruched ankles, some straight), four long, black, short-sleeved t shirts from H&M and three long-sleeved ones. I’m not even joking. I basically wear the same thing every single day. I might add a bright scarf, a bold necklace or some lipstick for variety but essentially I live in a black jersey uniform.
It’s fine. It’s fit for purpose I guess. But it’s boring as hell.
Driving home from a weekend in Yorkshire last month where I’d spent the weekend in my standard black uniform and a very slouchy, grey cardigan (which, whilst super comfortable couldn’t really be described as anything but drab) I decided enough was enough. I stopped in at Sainsburys on the way home and decided to take advantage of the 25% off to try and inject some colour into my life. I was aiming for knitwear (probably inspired by how very cold it was that weekend) but also, as Kirsty said afterwards, adding colourful knitwear to my current wardrobe makes sense – it works well with what I’ve already got and lifts my whole wardrobe without me having to buy an entirely new outfit.
I was pretty brave and tried on quite a few different things. I ended up buying a yellow jumper – which I loved the colour of but wasn’t sure about the shape. I took it back in the end. I’m not great with jumpers and I knew it would probably just end up hanging in my wardrobe unworn.
But the hero piece was a bright orange, mohair-mix cardigan. Orange. Not a colour I would normally pick up but this was about being brave. If I’m honest I would normally have discounted it on the basis of it containing mohair (painful childhood memories of it being itchy and anyways ending up with it in my mouth – Dad actually banned mum from knitting with the stuff) however, with a long sleeve top (of which I have several) it’s fine.
I’m so glad I bought it. I’ve had so many compliments and people are always asking me where it’s from. And even better, it set the ball rolling. I’ve since bought a red cardigan from Vila and also a red poncho from Joules – which I loved in theory but really just made me look like I was wearing a neck brace.
My colours are finally more available – I’m starting to see brighter, bolder colours in the shops. Hopefully over the coming months I can continue the mission the orange cardigan started!