When you think of Autumn colours, what springs to mind? Russet? Burgundy? Purple? Teal? Golden brown? All those traditional Autumnal colours probably. But what if you want a softer palette? Can you wear pastels in Autumn?
Especially if you’re sandwiched between two London buses with a tree growing out of your head that makes you look like you’re wearing a head piece from a Las Vegas show!
Now I love the rich, deep colours of Autumn but they can look and feel a little heavy on days when it’s still warm and there’s a big, blue sky above you that seems to go on forever.
Just like this.
On these days, a lighter palette is called for. For a day out in town on Saturday with the in-laws, who are in the UK visiting, I chose shades that still acknowledged the current season; khaki, taupe, blush and I carefreely tossed over my denim jacket, a plaid cape in soft, slightly mottled colours of camel, grey, pink and blue.
I have to be careful with certain shades of green as khaki and olive can be unkind next to my face but khaki is a great colour for the lower half of my body, making the blush bag and taupe wedge ankle boots stand out.
It seems capes and ponchos are de-rigeur this season. You can’t land on a blog or walk into a shop without thinking you’re at the Cape Crusader Convention 2015! I’m not a blind follower of anything, never have been but I do take note of trends. However, I only follow a trend if it works for me. Until now I’d stayed away from capes (or ponchos, or wraps or… deary me, so many names!). Being petite, I couldn’t find one that worked for me. I’d tried countless ones on and every time ended in a cape cul-de-sac. I was about to give up on embracing this trend when I thought I’d give it one last go. It was the last chance Cape saloon.
So what changed? Two small shifts. That’s all it took.
Whilst in TKMaxx last week I tried on a cape in black watch tartan. Now usually darker colours look good on me and black watch is one of my favourite tartans. But that one made me look like a disembodied head was stuck on a pic nic blanket. Such a big expanse of dark tartan was too much for my frame. It completely sucked the colour from my face. Back to the rack it went. Then I spied 3 lighter coloured ones and thought… um… I wonder…?
First one on was a pale pink and camel, fringe-less cape. We moved from an epic F to an improved D-. But I still felt like a swaddled waif.
Next up was a pale pink and camel, fringed cape. We did a veritable leap from a D- to a B+. But a B+ wasn’t quite good enough to make me part with my moola.
Final one on was a pale pink, camel and blue fringed cape. Well knock me down with a feather, it voomed straight to the top of the class. A++!
So there we have it. A fringe and a lighter colour was all it took to avoid me looking like poor Annie orphan. With the fringe there’s less material drowning me and the lighter colour makes the cape look less heavy on my body
If you want your light coloured cape to casually drape open rather than be casually tossed over one shoulder, wear a deeper colour underneath that tones with it for balance.
Oops, my head piece seems to have slipped to the side. Back of the chorus line for me.
And to show off my ankle boots abit more, I rolled up the hem of my jeans a couple of times. It would be a shame to hide the full design of them with their turn over tops.
Here’s a lovely close up, showing the soft colours of the cape in a better light. The raspberry of my top gives the outfit depth against the pale denim jacket and the cape. Cream or even pale pink would’ve been too insipid.
And the embroidery anglaise is a contrasting texture to the plaid.
Although my bag and boots are on the brown-ish spectrum, for my accessories I picked out the grey in the cape with my grey and glass necklace.
Now as luck would have it, only on Thursday I popped into Peacocks as I’d seen an adorable owl patterned snood online that I thought I might buy, and whilst in there, I stumbled upon the grey and opal bracelet. And darn it, if it wasn’t very similar in design to my grey necklace! Both have a big central glass bead with 2 glass teardrops either side. They now make a very happy pairing together.
And the owl snood? Yup, that came home with me too, cos I’m a wise old owl.
Regular readers will know I’m big on bags that are multi functional. This has a grab handle but it also can be worn across the body as it has a detachable strap. This is such a useful design. We spent part of the afternoon at the Museum of London and I was able to slip the bag across me and be hands free as we went around the exhibition.
I fell in love with this bag when I saw the gorgeous caramel coloured swirls. The clasp resembles amber.
Plaid Pastel Cape TKMaxx
D Perks Light Denim Jacket & Khaki Jeans
Bhs Embroidery Anglaise t-shirt (old)
New Look Taupe Wedge Boots (these wedge Wallis ones are similar)
Jane Shelton Bag from TKMaxx
Peacocks Opal Bead Stretch Bracelet
Tip of the week courtesy of Talking Heads and Led Zeppelin:
If you’re on the road to nowhere, change direction; you just might find the stairway to ‘cape’ heaven.
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