Winter Wardrobe: Colours can still sizzle in the cold
How many people despair at the pre-occupation with earthy, autumnal colours like muddy brown, mossy greens and mustards.
The refusniks look to the monochrome safety net and while half the country hibernates in the comforting arms of black, braver souls flirt with winter white -- that is, if they don't have to travel on public transport!
Colour fiends, fear not. Park winter colour blues because this week we've embraced a glorious spectrum of colours, with clothes and make-up to brighten up the dullest of days.
The philosophy is to colour block glamorously for parties and nights out over the Bank Holiday weekend, because not everyone wants to dress up in Hallowe'en themes.
Woolies and wellies are all very well, but some of us want good ol' fashioned Hollywood glamour and, if the windows at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street have put you in the mood for some 1940s cinema nostalgia, take your love of silks and satins a step further and be inspired by our tropical brights shot in the exotic location of the Great Palm House in the Botanic Gardens.
Colour makes you happy, so don't think twice about moving on from safe neutrals. The Gucci catwalk show oozed glamour and inspires us to look beyond black and open our eyes to the tonal magic of teal, cerise and magenta.
Gem colours can take your winter wardrobe into a new comfort zone and don't stop there -- let the colour magic continue all the way to your make-up bag too.
Show-stopping bargain of the week is our long, sexy, red-corsage dress from River Island. Slash front with a substantial frill over one shoulder, it's the kind of dress we lust after; the ones that box above their weight, or should I say price tag. This one costs €107. 50 at River Island and we're loving the 'Cosmo' ankle sandals (€205) from Reiss, which have an appealing 'art deco' heel.
Boozy colours are a key trend now, so drink in a selection of warming clarets and burgundies in stores.
Those hankering after their favourite summer jumpsuits for Donna Summer moments on the dance floor should check out the cool, pink strapless one we found at River Island for €67. They also have a purple and blue one for €60.
Complete that 1970s disco queen look with a turquoise faux-fur jacket from the Savida range at Dunnes Stores.
The catwalk designer furs moved beyond the usual feline skins and you can expect billiard-ball colours.
The Savida label has come on in leaps and bounds. Handy buys include its silky purple top for €25, which looks terrific with the cobalt-blue feathered skirt from Zara.