Saying it with colour doesn’t have to mean shouting it from the rooftops. You can wear bold hues and eye-catching prints without feeling out of your depth. Peppering darker shades with pops of bright or adding sorbet shades to stripes or spots, for example, is a great starting point.
To demonstrate this school of thought in real life, we set Lucy from Shiny Thoughts blog a challenge; to show us just how easy it is to incorporate colour and print into your wardrobe (and all aspects of your life) whatever the season.
We’d say she passed with flying colours.
“I’m Lucy, a Londoner from the blog ShinyThoughts, a site where I’ve been blogging on all things colourful and fun for the last seven years. I’m a total colour magpie and appreciate a good, bold print. To help you add a splash of brightness to your autumn wardrobe, take a look at my three looks below.
“I’m usually found snapping around north, central or west London (remember this Boden blog post of me in Notting Hill?) but this time I thought I’d explore east London down by the Olympic park.
“With my favourite Instagram friend, photographer and videographer, Xanthe Berkeley in tow, we set off to hunt down the best backdrops in the ever-changing area of Hackney Wick.”
Sweet Like Sorbet
“Our first stop was the insta-famous Sugarhouse Studios, home to some of the pastel-hued shots in the Boden catalogue. Both Xanthe and I wore our Sally coats, the perfect lightweight layer for those increasingly nippy mornings.
“I love bright pink when paired with black and white and the Richmond trousers, worn with the featherweight polo neck, are just the right fabric weights for the transition into autumn. When it gets chillier, I’ll be swapping the featherweight for the ribbed version for a cosier layer.
“I’m rarely seen without a statement accessory and my heart fluttered when I spotted the Libby necklace. The colour is a spot-on colour match to the coat and the weight of the pendants show it’s a quality piece that will last. Paired with a sweet little saddle bag, I’ll be wearing this look to work to brighten up my Monday mornings.”
All Hail The Kira
“Of the huge selection of dresses Boden has to offer for Autumn, I’m all about the Kira shirt dress. An update on the brighter stripes I loved from the Spring collection, I’m just as enamoured with the slightly collegiate-inspired tones Kira has to offer. With a sneaky slip dress underneath, there’s no chance of it blowing open unexpectedly and cinches just where you want it to at the waist.
The dress is also so easy to style. Just match the yellow stripes with the pony clutch. To balance out the colour pop of the bag, I opted for the black Cleo shoes. Black doesn’t have to be boring though, the ponyskin texture adds a touch of luxury and matches the leather on the bag. Lastly, I picked out the Emilia necklace in gold. I love the tortoiseshell detail – it’s a fashionable pattern that looks really luxe with gold.“
This look will be another workwear winner but I’ll also throw it on with a slouchy cardigan for a weekend coffee with friends when I’m feeling fancy!
Something For The Weekend
“I’m a bit of a sneaker obsessive so I’ll match my trainers to the colours in my outfit. White freshens up the look and the gold stripe answers the question of which metal my necklace should be. A simple thin gold chain with a neon charm is all I need for a casual weekend look.
“To add an extra colour pop (and a big dose of print) I went for this zesty leopard mac. It’s a great jacket that will lift your spirits as we wave goodbye to summer. I’m in love with it! Not just for the statement colour but also for all the hidden details inside. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the lining was so soft and warm and that the hood popped off – perfect for when the sun starts to shine.
“I finished the look with a simple black crossbody bag to balance out the colour and print. Weekend, I’m ready for you! “