Winter is the perfect time to wear snuggly layers of grey and black and look like a chic black and white photograph.
Except for one little thing. I think it’s actually the perfect time to wear bright and cheerful colours.
Hear me out – the weather is often already grey, which in turn can leave you feeling a little grey. Nope, not 50 Shades of Grey. I don’t know about you, but relentless grey weather is not that kind of appealing. But, you know, each to their own.
The best way to counteract grey weather that leaves you feeling grey is colour. Doh! Of course it is! Colour makes me happy. It’s true. I adore bright cheerful colours almost as much as I adore pretty pastel colours.
I’m sharing a recent example of an outfit designed to stick out its tongue and blow a big fat raspberry at a grey day. Not to mention grey moods. They can bugger right off.
Wearing red and purple is unexpected – and I don’t know why. To my eye, they go together perfectly. They’re near each other on the colour wheel – which means they’re complementary colours. You’ll be receiving the compliments when you pair these two vibrant colours, that’s for sure.
Purple is a combination of Primary Blue and Primary Red, so it makes sense that red and purple can be besties.
When it comes to choosing a classic red lip colour, I always plump for a blue-based red. Has the added benefit of making my teeth look whiter than when I wear an orange-based red lip colour.
The purple in question is courtesy of a Leona Edmiston Ruby frock. She’s got bracelet-length sleeves, a forgiving stretchy fabric that is nice and warm, fabulous pockets and a flattering gathered waistline. I’ve had this dress for a good five or six years now, and it just keeps on giving.
My red cardigan is 100% cotton in a classic cable knit from Mini & Mone. I’m proud to be part of Team Mini Mone, flying the flag for an Australian mum-owned company. You can shop direct from Instagram or Facebook – such a good idea! Click here to check out their goodies.
Unfortunately, my gorgeous cardigan has sold out but if you hurry, there’s still a couple left in the pale grey. Work back your greys in winter with bright block colours, or neutrals like denim and black, but do me a favour and add a colour pop to brighten up your day! Click here to shop Mini & Mone
I kept the rest of my look simple with black leggings by Bella Bodies and ancient and much loved Country Road brogue-style Chelsea boots.
As if my red and purple wasn’t enough, I couldn’t resist adding my Ruby Olive Oceania Elastic Gem Bangle, with a hint of purple. Not to mention my truly fabulous statement necklace by Erstwilder, called Flying with Fifi. I often get my Erstwilder fix from Vintage Pip.
Shall we talk about the hair? I decided to give straight hair a whirl, working on the theory that a change is as good as a holiday. I really had to rummage in my bathroom cabinet to locate my poor neglected gHD, as well as roller clips which I pressed into service as sectioning clips.
It got a lot of positive feedback, and I was amazed at how long it was when straightened. But … I just don’t have time to do that to myself every day. I didn’t suffer from the curly girly curse of freshly washed and misbehaving hair, but whilst I appreciated a change, I just didn’t feel at all like myself with straight locks.
Do you like to keep it monotone during the winter? Or are you a frustrated bird of paradise like me? Love a bit of red and purple?