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Brights are the new black!

Brights are the new black!

22nd January 2014

We could almost be fooled into thinking that spring has sprung but - although it may be on the horizon - bear in mind the gale force winds, dreary drizzle and Baltic temperatures we are often bombarded with at this time of year.

Whilst wearing colours that aren't even showing in your garden yet may feel a bit premature, they are sure to make these gloomy few months far more palatable. A pop of colour in your outfits will give a subtle nod to the coming season, whilst easy layers promise to keep the lingering chill at bay. Soft sorbet shades scream 'spring!' without being too saccharine and cool pastels freshen up your look but still suit that frosty nip in the air.

For Her
Clean lines and light, airy fabrics make pretty shades of pink and purple less cloying and give you an air of easy femininity. In terms of patterns and prints, nothing depicts the promise of spring like bright blooms and dainty tea-dress designs. For a more classic look, nautical stripes are as at home in cosy coffee shops as they are on blustery cliff tops.

For Him
The colour-rich heritage checks of autumn and winter can be replaced with bright blues, aquatic greens and classic navies. Outfits can be updated with playful details such as chambray trim on shirts, coloured chinos and cable knits. Light layers are the key to staying warm without feeling bulky or restricted so a close-fitting base layer and carefully designed moisture-wicking fabrics are perfect for keeping you cosy and comfortable.

Warm knits and fleeces are still a necessity at this time of year but give your winter warmers a fresh burst of life by swapping heavyweight wool for soft, skin-kind cotton and thick, textured Sherpa for smooth microfleece. Waterproof jackets and padded coats are must-have cold weather clothes and, with a range of high quality yet lightweight technical fabrics in a range of brilliant brights, they're just the thing to help you banish the winter blues.

The days are slowly (but surely!) getting longer and, with these tips, a small injection of colour and a touch of optimism, staying warm has never looked so cool.

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