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



Written by SJ