Written by Fiona Ingham
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The latest from our House of Colour blogger Fiona Ingham

Spring has sprung with designers offering a rainbow of colour designed to incite optimism and encourage transitioning from those dull grey jogging bottoms and sweatshirts into bright colours and perhaps celebrate the thrill of al fresco dining.

So here we go! Greens are good for you. And a huge trend. I have many from the zingiest limes through fresh grass to soft moss and rich deep greens. A favourite jump suit in dark olive ticks a trend box and can be teamed with boots, colourful kitten heels, or when the weather warms up, embellished sandals. My pistachio baglett completes the outfit. Look out for vibrant emeralds sparkling on the rails when the shops open. Green in judgement? Certainly not. But colleagues might be green with envy when you join that Zoom meeting wearing a chic green top or statement necklace.


Yellow, a top trend this season, from mellow and soft to sharp and vibrant, will brighten any outfit. Its popularity has exploded, from that joyous La La Land dress of 2016, then adopted as occasion wear by two duchesses and Amal Clooney. Now shining bright as the Pantone Colour of 2021, Illuminating Anything goes, from soft pastel primroses to bright buttercups and golden tulips. Bring a sparkle to any neutral including the current greige or true grey, navy or black. Be bold and take it to the limit paired with neons, maybe an optimistic orange.



A red dress is a great addition to any wardrobe. Energising, cheering, centre of attention red. Its iterations include tasty tomato, watermelon or cherry. Choose fit and flare, a midi shirt dress, a tea dress or a cover- all maxi to chime with the current relaxed vibe. If your thermals won’t fit underneath try shapewear to keep you cosy when an icy blast blows in over lunch. Make a statement in red ultra-wide leg, high-waisted trousers or an oversized deconstructed jacket. If the full Lady in Red look is scary try stripes, neat and ordered or madly clashing. Or wear a splash in large tropical prints maybe including on-trend fuchsias or magenta pinks.



In contrast you might love dainty florals in blouses or full skirts wafting in chiffon or tulle pastels: soft pinks, blues, aquas and lavenders. Add a pretty pointelle cardigan. Formal/casual mixes stalked the catwalks so feel free to break rules and toughen up this girly look with chunky boots, a denim or biker jacket and heavy chain necklace. Alternatively dress up to the nines with skyscraper strappy sandals, provided you can still remember how to walk in them!



Make sure you’ve got the blues. Think of the Mediterranean or cool glacial aquas and everything in between. Don’t neglect the peacocks and kingfishers. Return to nature and add shells, pearls, a raffia bag, a straw hat and gladiator sandals. We’re all going on a summer holiday!


To receive a Free Illustrated Guide of Spring/Summer 2021 Trend Colours just email me. Request either the general one or if you have been colour analysed, the one specific to your colour season.

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Consistent holder of the House of Colour Star Consultant award each year since 1991 plus the new Double and Triple Star Consultant award for 2019. Winner of the Business Development Award and Team Productivity Award and also a 2017 Livewire Innovation and Excellence Award.

Colour Analysis can be a Private Individual Session (two hours) with a group of friends or joining a group (both half day). If you did your Colours some time ago Fiona recommends the Advanced Colour session for further inspiration.

For the time being Fiona is running her sessions virtually. For ‘Individual Personal Style on Zoom’ sessions and how to look good ‘Across a Crowded Zoom’ mini workshops contact Fiona directly with the details below.

Contact details: Fiona.ingham@houseofcolour.co.uk  07791 507534