Breaking up with black

This season I challenge you to follow your heart and find the colour of your dreams

Breaking up with black

Many women, particularly those who live in Melbourne, entered the world destined for an arranged marriage to black – or so it seems. And even if you aren’t actually married to black, it does appear to consistently take out the title of the colour of choice for those cooler months. Maybe it’s because we’re all mourning the absence of our good friend the sun, or perhaps it’s based on its many virtues; slimming, goes with everything, matches the dullness of winter, the list goes on. Whatever the reason, like many arranged marriages, this may not be best for you – or even fun. This season I challenge you to follow your heart and find the colour of your dreams. Sorry black, it’s you, not me.

Three colours to date for Autumn-Winter 2013

1. Oxblood

The new love of my life. Very similar to its twin sister wine, minus the hangover, oxblood is considered to be a dark shade of red. Sometimes mistaken for burgundy, it actually has more purple and dark brown hues. Introduce oxblood to your life as a new lipstick shade, the staple ankle boot or clothing such as jeans, pants and, for the brave, leather items.

ASOS Pants with wide leg, $44.65

ASOS Addict Leather Ankle Boots, $103.64



2. Oyster

I have always been having a secret affair with grey while dating black. Actually they go quite well together as many of you may know from experience. However this year I have upgraded to Oyster. Similar to its edible namesake, oyster is a pale beige tinted with grey or pink. Oyster is extremely easy going and gets along well with black, grey and most other neutrals. Test it out as a new nail shade, jeans, and lightweight clothing such as shirts, tops and dress pants. Or, throw caution to the wind and pair it with a light coloured leopard print – I have already tested this out for you, it’s definitely doable.

OPI, Suzi Takes the Wheel nail polish, $19.95

ASOS, Fred Perry Foldover Tote Bag, $111.62


3. Yellow

Do I need to say more? Obviously designers have decided rather than have a constant funeral for our friend the sun; we should instead pay homage to it and wear yellow! Many of you will be relieved to know this is not in the form of fluro yellow this year but rather the primary colour yellow. Think Paddington Bear’s coat (no, not the blue one, he was obviously a fashionista as well). Use yellow as an accent colour in the form of accessories such as scarves and bags, or wear a yellow knit or jumper to brighten someone’s day.

ASOS, Vila Colourless Blazer, $57.40

ASOS, Nixon Time Teller P, $103.64




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    10th May 2013
    I like all three of those colours. I bought my first yellow last Winter and loved wearing it. It attracted lots of compliments too!
    10th May 2013
    It's lovely to see all the lovely colours and styles in footwear.
    Here's a link to one of our retailers that'll give you an idea as to what they are selling over here:;jsessionid=475B2CCC9AE50EAB66C25D379ED48DF8.appserver03t2?adword=google/Brand_Brand_Deichmann/search/deichmann+shoes&mlid=1178.26.251160.0af7a99c543e860503e452e3573df5bb...0.1368153980.1.1370745980
    10th May 2013
    Sorry yellow and oyster against my olive skin makes me look sick but the oxbloood is a great colour.
    What about vibrant blues and greens they look great with black too!
    12th May 2013
    red looks nice on olive,... skin as i have olive skin too it brighten your day up.
    12th May 2013
    I;ve been London and brought back many shoes in different colours, i even got black shoes from there. I found shoes lot cheaper than here, plus clothing.. where our store like rip us off with prices. It pay you take bag over buy lot there... bring home.. if cant get in bag.. use UPS.COM... THERE cheaper as courier and get with five days. I hope colours stay in as before colours were boring.. and nice see so many colours in shoes and cloths.

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