I Dream of Green | Cornwall Today February 2017
Roo's February 2017 Fashion feature published in Cornwall Today Magazine: Words by Roo Cross
As February and March drag out ahead of us in a blur of dark, grey mornings and damp, cold evenings, we know winter has truly set in - and it’s going to be here for a while. Spring is too far ahead to really get excited about, so it’s a case of hunkering down and trying to stay positive. But, don’t worry, I’m here to help! Winter is a reality. It happens every year, and it’s what keeps the fashion industry alive and fresh.
Living by the sea, we’re lucky enough to enjoy some of the highest light levels in the country. Light reflects off the sea, and even on the greyest of days, I can still see the horizon. With it, I find there is always a sense of space and energy. So that’s what I do to keep myself going till spring.
It’s easy. Look hard enough and you’ll find it’s not all about grey after all. All around us, the world is punctuated by colour. It’s everywhere! Wake up to a bright blue sky, and you’ll see it’s not just blue - it’s violet, indigo, denim, palest cashmere blue, bright cobalt blue. A sunset isn’t just orange; it’s crimson, mustard, scarlet and cerise.
And don’t get me onto green. ‘Greenery’ is the 2017 Pantone colour of the year. Leitrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Colour Institute, recently said: “Greenery bursts forward in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for while satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise.” Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings, and a simple field can offer up a whole palette of it, from
apple green to emerald green. Colours like these can really lift the spirits on the dullest of days. Then from nature’s backdrop of green, a host of other early spring colours start to emerge: bright, pure yellow daffodils, perfect lilac-blue bluebells … I like to call these nature’s little pops of colour.
Why not apply the same principles to your wardrobe during these winter months? While we still rely heavily on our winter staples (jeans and knitwear), now is the time to introduce some of your own little pops of colour. It can be subtle or a statement, depending on how brave you’re feeling!
I have a fabulous pair of bright pink, pony skin boots. I wear them with black jeans and a black polo neck, and I just love that this works so well. Those boots make me smile every time I put them on my feet. Or how about adding a gorgeous printed scarf? Becksondergaard have a run of delicious leopard prints coming over the next few months in blue, mustard, cherry and - my personal
favourite - an orange and pink combo.
Now I wish I could wear red or bright pink lipstick. It’s such a perfect way to add a pop of colour on a grey day. I’ve tried over the years, but always end up looking like a drag queen, so I’ll refer you to friends who look just fabulous wearing it. Gorgeous Jade, who works in the shop, always wears bright red lipstick; I love it on her and she radiates beauty, warmth and confidence.
So there’s my advice for winter survival – just look to colour, be brave, experiment, add a pop here and there, and smile. Spring will be here before you know it!
For further style advice, check out Roo's monthly Fashion feature in Cornwall Today magazine.