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How to add colour to your wardrobe this autumn season

There's a big palette to choose from


This year - unlike the past when there was one, maybe two, “key” fashion colours - there are many hues claiming hotness.

Blue, beige, black, green, grey, khaki, lemon and metallic silver are just a few of the directional colours all of which (and many more) are available now, high-end to High Street.

Some brands are backing certain colours but many are hedging their bets by offering them all.

While that means never having to wear a colour that doesn’t suit us (yay!) it also means adopting the dramatic new sensibility of immersing or “drenching” in colour that demands the luscious layering of colour — either one colour head to toe, as seen at Givenchy and on many other runways, or several pieces in different tones or in blending colours, worn together.

Massimo Dutti is offering a way to immerse in colour with many key pieces in matching hues in its new Limited Edition Collection. M&S, too, is offering head-to-toe statement shades such as cobalt and lemon.

But buying many new pieces in one colour could be punishingly expensive as well as profligate. Instead, we could flaunt this new colour aesthetic via a few strategic purchases to give our wardrobe an A/W23 vibe.

Easiest way is buying a scarf (preferably oversized and fringed) in the same shade as our coat.

Similarly, we could elevate a jumper or cardi by buying a skirt in the same colour, or with a top (and maybe also a scarf) in the same colour as trousers we already own.

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