It is no coincidence that we see a lot of black clothes cocooning the women of Britain at this time of year. Short days, long dark nights, stormy weather; it’s all we can do to make it out of bed! A study commissioned by Toni&Guy shows that black is our go to colour when we are feeling down or unwell or even just when it is cold outside. If our clothes are a reflection of how we feel, let’s try to turn our January frowns around by dressing happy.

For many women black is their safe option when choosing what to wear in the morning but the study shows it is also the colour we reach for when we feel unconfident or had a bad night’s sleep too. Here at Semple we have already had enough of the grey days so we’ve tracked down a few trends you can start wearing now which will see you through the dark winter days and all the way to spring.

winterpastelUse this beautiful photograph entitled ‘Winter Pastels’ by Frank Townsley as inspiration

Throwing out your black clothes completely might be a bit daunting for some of you, but monochrome is the perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe. According to Toni&Guy’s study, white is the most popular colour to wear on a sunny day; whilst all over white might be asking for trouble in the grips of this stormy winter, breaking up a black suit with a crisp white shirt or pairing a full white skirt with a black polo will give you and your outfit the lift it needs.

There was a time when florals and tea dresses where strictly for summer. Lucky for us fashion is no longer so strict. Chunky tights and cosy cardigans go perfectly with ditzy prints and pretty florals and will help remind everyone around you that spring is not too far away.

catwalk looksPastels on the catwalk

Missoni, Thakoon, Simone Roche, Giambattista Valli, Moschino Cheap & Chic

For those of you who really want to buck the trend, banish the dark colours completely and go for pretty pastels. Yellows, blues, pinks and lilacs have been sneaking in to the winter collections and have been a welcome change from the sea of dark colours.

There may be darks days ahead and we can’t guarantee you sunshine, but be prepared to stand out from the winter crowds with a bit of fashion aplomb. After all, life is about learning to dance in the rain, in high heels of course!

Radiant-Orchid-colore-2014-matrimonio1Pantone have sited ‘Radiant Orchid’ as the colour of 2014, so if you are really stuck for colour options look no further.

By Samantha Vandersteen


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