Autumnal Colours

Forget pastels, bright primary colours, and shades of black and grey. It’s autumn, and that means autumnal colours. Have a look around when you next take a wander – how beautiful are the trees at this time of year.

Autumnal colours have to be some of the most stunning, as the leaves turn from green, to reds and bright berry shades. When we think of autumn, we think of berries, reds, burnt orange, and deep bottle green. Forget browns and beiges -we’ll discuss those at another time.

For now, we’re all about this rich autumnal colours that have us longing for cold, crisp, sunny days where we can kick about in the leaves down the park, dressed in a similar palette of autumn shades.

We’ve broken down our favourite colour palette into four for this post – teals, berries, rusty reds, and gorgeous deep greens.

Let’s start with teal. Okay, this one isn’t very natural – we don’t see many leave turning this sort of deep turquoise shade, but it is a beautiful complementary colour to berries and beige, and it’s going to be popular this autumn winter. Teal is a rich shade, a great alternative to black, and looks fantastic either muted, or bright and bold.

autumnal colours tealClockwise, from top left: Teal sparkly pencil skirt, £29.99, H&M, jeggings £18, BHS, teal dress, £55, White Stuff, teal blanket wrap, £19.99, New Look, small handbag, £25, BHS, wide fit satin party shoes, £19.99, New Look

Berry. Burgundy. Ox blood. Deep red. Whatever you want to call it, the deepest of reds, that burgundy berry shade sums up this time of year for us. Another fantastic autumn alternative to black. Embrace this shade for your autumnal colours palette.

Berry autumnal coloursClockwise, from top left: Lace dress, £22.99, New Look, check coat, £190, French Connection, zip front skirt, £19.99, New Look, joggers, £27.96, GAP, PU shift dress, £35, BHS, top, £20, French Connection

We love accessories in this berry shade to brighten up rainy autumn days.

Autumnal coloues berry accessoriesClockwise, from top left: Velvet cross-body bag, £29.95, White Stuff, tassel bucket bag, £34.99, New Look, over the knee boots, £44.99, New Look, saddle bag, £20, BHS,  brogues, £95, Crew Clothing, feather necklace, £14.99, New Look.

Bright orange, burnt orange, to red-orange, through the spectrum to bright pinks and plums. Think of all the gorgeous late autumnal colours on the leaves, on the berries on the bushes, and you get the idea of this colour palette. Pick a bold coloured top to brighten up jeans, or wrap yourself up in a rusty autumnal coat.

autumnal colours rust orange burnt orange pinkClockwise, from top left: tie neck blouse, £17.99, New Look, chiffon sleeve top, £55, French Connection, button up flared blouse, £39.50, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams, pleated blouse, £45, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, orange and black lace trim blouse, £65, French Connection, burnt orange coat, £69, Red Herring @ Debenhams

Finally, gorgeous, deep bottle green is one of the prettiest of autumnal colours. Mix it up with black or brown, or wear green head to toe, if you dare!

Autumnal colours greenClockwise, from top left: green striped cardigan, £44.95, GAP, green dress, £19.99, H&M, cami top, £22, Valley of the Dolls @ JOY, green mock croc bag, £49, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams, green platform heels, £55. Faith @ Debenhams, velvet treggings, £45, White Stuff, jacquard skirt, £55, White Stuff, lace shift dress, £95, SG&V Premium Collection, White Stuff

The green trend

I’m calling this the green trend. Like an artist defines times of his work by periods, so fashion is defined by trends. Some trends happen almost perennially and others just pop up unexpectedly.

And so this year we have the green trend. Not emerald green, not lime green, not pastel green, but a sort of deep forest green. The darkest bottle green.

And isn’t it sophisticated? It reminds me of gentry, aristrocracy, the country set. Sumptous, rich, autumnal, wintry, festive, chic – this shade of green has it all.

It looks great on a coat – a bold, colurful satement for the winter months. But I think I love it most of all in sequins – on trousers, skirts or dresses, it works beautifully.

greeen trend twoClockwise, from top left:Forest green boyfriend coat, £99, Betty Jackson @ Debenhams, navy and green scarf, £25, JOY, green sequin trousers, £140, green shopper, £95, both French Connection, green coat, £49.99, H&M, green and navy check top, £12.99, New Look

This deep green works so well with navy, particularly in a tartan or plaid. The darkest forest or bottle green can look almost black, but that’s the twist!

Green trend threeClockwise, from top left: Navy and green plaid shirt dress, £19.99, New Look, green bobble jumper, £19.99, New Look, green coat, £125, JOY, faux two-piece dress, £39, JOY

Accents of green in jewels look great. If you really feel this deep, forest green is too dark, lift it with pattern, or opt for a metallic version, or a lighter shade.

green trend oneClockwise, from top left: Metallic finish jumper, £29.99, H&M, green croc effect dress, £165, French Connection, check crop vest, £9.99, metallic pumps, £9.99, drop earrings, £7.99, all New Look, sequin skirt, £85, Betty Jackson @ Debenhams

Because, as well as these deep forest greens, this green trend is moving into lighter, paler greens – how gorgeous is this coat from French Connection? And the leopard moth print ponyskin coat is a bold and bright way to incorporate green into your wardrobe – and make an entrance!

greeentrend fourClockwise, from top left: Apple green coat, £250, leopard moth print ponyskin coat, £175, both French Connection, deep green bag, £74.95, GAP, sequin dress, £29.50, New Look, green necklace, £7.99, New Look

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