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    Style guide: Three Easy Colour Combinations

    Sometimes adding new colours to your wardrobe can be a little daunting, as can stepping outside of your own colour combination comfort zone. But with each season comes new trends, new tones and new pairings to try. With this in mind, we’ve chosen our three favourite combinations from our Autumn season to suit all tastes and styles…

    Refashioning the classic tones of navy and camel; these pieces can be easily accessorised for an occasion or paired down for simple but elegant relaxed dressing. The knitted blazer is a wonderful lightweight cover-up for the season, made in a soft blend of cotton and wool, with elastane to maintain its shape and the matching navy classic trousers are a versatile year-round essential. Each piece looks especially gorgeous when matched with the wardrobe staple, easy-care camel turtleneck made in best quality Italian-spun merino wool.


    Create an effortless, chic outfit by combining this season’s on trend colour with the ultimate colour pairing go-to. Opt to make a statement in the gorgeous quilted coat, classic grey trousers and grey turtleneck. Or pair subtle details like our unusual chain necklace and beautiful leather handbag with our fully-fashioned dress, knitted with luxurious mélange yarn in Portugal.


    This outfit truly emanates the warm hues of Autumn. The fully lined pull-on skirt features a traditional paisley design in soft, warm touch fabric and creates a lovely, feminine silhouette with its six-panels that flare into a graceful sweep at the hemline. The slight rowanberry tones in the design of the skirt are accentuated by the simple and charming cotton v-neck top, knitted with yarn spun in the UK and finished with pretty pointelle shell edging on the neckline.

    Learn more about the psychology of colour here >>

    We would love to know which of these colour combinations is your favourite? Let us know in the comments...

    Colour stories: The psychology

    We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, but research shows that what you wear truly reflects your personality, thoughts and feelings! We tend to subconsciously associate colours with emotions and events as we grow up, which leads to a subliminal response whenever we see them.

    For example, orange bears connotations of a new dawn and therefore is linked with energy and ambition. So, when we perceive the colour, we connect these observations. However, some colours actually instigate a biological response as well as an emotional one. Blue for instance causes the body to release calming chemicals that relieve stress and yellow induces a release of serotonin which is why it is associated with happiness and positivity.

    Colour psychology is a hugely influential factor in human behaviour and is controlled by a variety of aspects including gender, age and culture. For example, pink is considered feminine while dark green is considered masculine. Brides wear white to their weddings in the west, while in China it is considered a colour of mourning.

    As you age, your eyes begin to prefer colours on the shorter wavelength of the colour spectrum whereas children favour colours on the longer wavelength. Although blues, reds, greens and violets appeal to most age groups.

    Embrace the symbolism of colour in our mood enhancing outfits:

    Traditionally seen as feminine, but did you know before the 1920’s pink was considered a boy’s colour? Slightly lighter than red on the colour spectrum, pink is usually associated with love and romance and is said to have a calming effect similar to blue tones.
    Our tweed jacket is a beautiful combination of pink with subtle multi-coloured yarns >>


    A truly powerful colour, red simply attracts attention and is mostly associated with energy, passion, and action. It also enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate and raises blood pressure.
    For a soft and comfortable piece, opt for our textured V-neck top >>


    The universally highest ranking favourite colour, blue aids in relaxation and inspires safety and serenity. Unlike red, it slows the pulse rate, reduces appetite, and is overall a calming colour.
    Take a look at our wonderfully warm cotton-blend jumper >> 


    Depicting nature, green symbolises renewal and growth. It helps recharge the body and mind by resonating positive energy.
    For an versatile wardrobe go-to in this hue, see our classic trousers >>


    Favoured by royalty in times gone by, purple still carries association of luxury and opulence. Similar to blue, its uplifting and can have a calming effect over the mind and nerves while also triggering creativity.
    Invest in our timeless tweed jacket, perfect for between season wear >>


    Do you have a consistent wardrobe colour? Let us know in the comments…

    3 Ways to Wear Ochre

    This season's must-have colour is yellow, associated with optimism, happiness and sunlight! We have opted for a refined ochre hue to showcase this on-trend colour in our summer collection.

    You can style ochre in a variety of ways and we are here to show you three ways to wear it, featuring three key pieces which are made in the UK. We have created a capsule wardrobe of ochre-coloured pieces that are designed to complement each other.

    The first piece is this chic skirt, which has been designed in a completely new style with patch pockets, four panels and a front vent, which gives it a contemporary feel. Side back waistband elastication and a full lining are the secrets behind the comfortable fit that doesn't cling. The soft, textured fabric also features a hint of elastane for recovery. Wear with the linen-blend knit top and Italian silk floral scarf draped casually over your neck for a sophisticated finish.

    On to the second piece: the cotton-blend tweed jacket, in muted ochre tones, features gentle shaping for a tailored fit, as well as a full lining. It is finished with pockets and a zip fastening, covered by a smart fly front. This contemporary lightweight jacket is the summery option for smart dressing. Complete your look with the striking ochre trousers and some heels for full effect.

    Finally the Textured classic trousers... Made in a soft, easycare fabric with elastane for recovery, these trousers are classically styled with a straight leg (hence the name) and have hip pockets and are lined to the knee for a great fit. They also have side back waistband elastication and belt loops. Pair with the floaty Italian blouse and the fun straw sunhat for a playful yet elegant look that says hello summer, hello sunshine.

    Complete your look with these exquisite ochre-hued accessories. The bead earrings feature clip fastenings with comfortable rubber cushions and are handmade in Italy. The silk scarf is printed in Italy and finished with rolled hems. What's more, they will co-ordinate with plenty of your existing pieces, so you can wear them again and again.

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    Just Add Colour

    Rejuvenate your wardrobe this spring with these five colourful styles. Colour can make a huge difference to the way you feel, exuding confidence and interest, and is a simple way to freshen up your existing outfits, so we've chosen some bright pops of colour from the spring collection to create a completely new look for you.

    Azure Blue

    In a rich blue colour, reminiscent of summer skies and deep seas, this long-line cardigan is designed with a ladder and purl stitch in a cotton-rich yarn. The flattering longer line looks great when worn with neutrals, to really make the colourful yarn stand out. A wonderful spring layer that adds instant colour.


    This figure-flattering jersey dress brings a touch of spring vibrancy to your wardrobe. Featuring a gorgeous floral print and a full lining, this dress is comfortable and easy to wear. With bust detailing, a modesty neckpiece, clever ruching to enhance your silhouette. A simple way to add colour to your wardrobe.

    Leaf Green

    Nothing says spring like the verdant hue of this merino turtleneck top. As leaves emerge from their buds for the first time in months and greenery starts to carpet the landscape again, fashion emulates this re-birth. Made from super-soft and insulating merino wool in an easycare yarn, you'll want to wear this best-selling style again and again. Wear with neutral tones to best enhance this versatile piece.

    Cornflower Blue & Scarlet

    Why add one colour when two looks even better? In a gorgeous print, evocative of watercolours or ink in water, this limited edition tunic drapes well, for a lovely silhouette, and features silver-coloured studs on the placket. With extra detailing, such as pin-tucks at the front, side slits at the hem and three-quarter sleeves with a tab fastening so they can be rolled further up the arm, this top is luxurious and outfit-elevating.


    Luxurious touches, special detailing and a print of delicate flowers, reminiscent of a quaint countryside garden make these lovely pyjamas covetable. Comprised of a soft jersey top and woven trousers, with a fully elasticated waistband for comfort, these pure cotton pyjamas are a brilliant way to add colour to your nightwear.


    Which colour option will you choose? We'd love to know! Leave a comment using the box below.

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    Ultra Violet: The Colour of 2018

    Recognised as the leading source on colour and colour-trend forecasting, Pantone have named Ultra Violet as the colour of 2018, describing it as "inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come."

    Discover more about Pantone's Colour of the Year & why you should be making room in your wardrobe for this versatile shade:

    What does Pantone's Colour of the Year mean?

    "A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."

    Why is Ultra Violet relevant to 2018?

    "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come." – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute.

    "Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own."

    What does Ultra Violet represent?

    "Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets."

    "Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection."

    Feeling inspired? Here are our top picks from our Early Spring collection, offering subtle, sophisticated purple hues:

    Featuring a tiny floral jacquard design, this delightful cotton blouse is paired the cotton-blend cardigan, which also features an attractive jacquard design.

    These simple yet chic separates are an easy way to add this year's colour to your wardrobe. This jersey skirt features eight panels in a soft and warm cotton-blend jersey. The cord trousers are made in a soft cotton with a touch of elastane for comfort and recovery.

    With a pretty scalloped neckline, this cotton knit top can be worn as a jumper or underneath another layer for extra warmth. Finish with the beautiful Italian bead necklace for a colour co-ordinated ensemble. Alternatively, contrast with elegant neutrals to really highlight this lovely shade.

    Featuring a charming floral print, these co-ordinating jersey separates bring a delicate sophistication to your spring wardrobe. The printed jersey tab top has tab detailing at the cuffs, making it a versatile layer as the season progresses. Pair with the zip front jacket for warmth, as it features a soft, brushed fleece on the inside.

    This is the year to dig out your amethyst jewellery and showcase your brooches, earrings and necklaces with our elegant purple outfits.

    "A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."

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    Greenery: The Colour of 2017

    Pantone, the authority on colour, have named greenery as their colour of the year, which is fantastic news for us, as our spring collection is filled with green pieces that reflect the vibrant growth of the spring season. Whether you are a lover of green or not, find out why you should be making room for this beautiful shade in your wardrobe:

    What does Pantone's colour of the year mean?

    "A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."

    Why is green relevant to 2017?

    "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment, satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose." Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute

    What does greenery represent?

    "A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

    "Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world [...] A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."

    Feeling inspired? Here are our top picks from our spring collection:

    Tweed jacket

    Introducing our hero piece: this exquisite Tweed Blouson Jacket pairs traditional with contemporary in an effortlessly stylish way. Made in Britain using a luxurious Italian cotton-blend bouclé tweed, the jacket features a full lining, side seam pockets, contrast rib trims and tonal button fastenings. Boasting relaxed styling in a cotton and wool blend, this jacket is a chic, showstopping layer.


    JerseyCelebrate spring with these botanical print jersey separates. In a practical, crease-resistant jersey, they feature a becoming drape neck top, fully lined, six-panel skirt and boast a dramatic print in rich, verdant hues. These statement pieces combine feminine styling in a striking print for maximum effect.

    These fabulous jewel-coloured separates evoke the fresh, bright regeneration that this season brings. Our block colour Embellished Top features floral Cornelli embroidery on the neckline in a pure, breathable cotton.  Opt for the emerald-coloured Textured Trousers to add vibrancy to your outfit; fully lined to knee with pockets and side back waistband elastication.



    In soft, spring-like colours of pistachio and willow, these charming accessories will complement any outfit. The Silk Neckerchief is printed for us by our local mill, Beckford Silk, onto a beautiful silk crêpe, featuring a vintage-style floral print, whilst the timeless style of our hand-knotted Cotswold Necklace will lend instant glamour to your ensemble.



    Just as the water brings life to the banks of the Nile, our Faux Suede Wrap in eau de nil breathes new life into your spring wardrobe. Featuring elegant fringed edges, this supremely soft wrap makes a wonderfully simple finishing piece.


    "Green is the prime colour of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." 

    Pedro Calderon de la Barca

    Is green a colour you can't be without? Which is your favourite piece? Let us know by leaving a comment using the box below.

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    Ready for Rust


    Inspired by the rich hues of the autumnal palette, our rust-coloured pieces are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Make sure you are ready for the coming season with our guide to all things rust.

    We've outlined our versatile collection below:


    Featured pieces: Longline lambswool cardigan, Pima crew top, Faux suede skirt, Jersey dress, Mookaite necklace.



    Featured pieces: Classic blazer, Donegal trousers, Textured cross front top, Paisley print skirt.



    Featured pieces: Classic microfibre, Donegal trousers, Frill front blouse.



    Featured pieces: Satchel style handbag, Classic leather gloves, Venetian bead necklace, Floral wool-blend scarf.


    Still feel that you cannot pull off these striking autumnal colours? Think again! Read our tips below on how to pull off rust with style:

    Wear a neutral shade such as cream, white or black for a striking contrast, which will draw attention away from your face, if you are concerned about rust hues clashing with your skin tone.

    Feeling more adventurous? Pair rusts with purple or navy.

    Wearing lipstick with hints of orange will complement the rust colours in your outfit.


    Keep reading for some interesting insights on this lovely seasonal colour.

    How did the colour rust transform into the on-trend colour for this season? Our brief history below outlines the rise of rust:

    The origins of the word rust (and russet) are derived from the Ancient Greek for red: erythrós, which led to the evolution of words such as russet, ruby, ruddy and rust. From this word we also have the term for red blood cells (erythrocytes) and in an abstract train of thought one could argue that rust is the lifeblood and, therefore, the essential colour of the season. Interestingly, the colour russet was not recorded until 1562, followed by rust more than a century later in 1692.

    Russet originally started out life not as a colour but as a cloth. It was made of coarse wool and was only deemed fit for the poorer subsection of society, indeed, in 1363 a statute decreed the poor must wear russet or other cheap cloth. However, certain priests and those wishing to appear humble and virtuous adopted it as their cloth of choice. It was dyed with madder and woad to produce subdued greys and reddish-browns, hence, the colour. The cloth was dyed in dye baths and the first cloth to be dyed would be very bright in colour and more expensive to produce and thus favoured by the rich. The dye bath was then reused to dye several more batches of cloth, each batch consequently becoming duller in shade and cheaper (of course, nowadays, dyes are specifically manufactured in specific colours, so more muted shades are certainly not just for the less well-off).

    Moving onto relatively more modern times, rust became popular in the 1930s, with revivals in the 1970s and 1990s. Today it is the on-trend colour for Autumn/Winter 2016. The sophisticated palette will keep you looking fashionably colourful, whilst avoiding garish, bright tones.

    We hope this has left you feeling ready for rust!

    Pretty in Pink


    This delightful collection of jersey wear and accessories is perfect for the new season. In harmonious colours that highlight and complement each other, these pieces are suitable for any occasion.

    A Brief History of Jersey

    Produced in jersey fabric, which was originally made on the island of Jersey (an important manufacturer of woollen products in medieval times), it is a knitted fabric, initially made using wool but has since incorporated more modern fibres whose properties include:  flexibility, warmth and easy fit. However, it was considered an inferior fabric until 1916, when Chanel popularised it in her new collection that promoted looser, unrestricted post-war silhouettes. Jersey quickly became the fabric of choice that could easily be transformed into sportswear, which was increasingly in demand due to the new found freedom of the post-industrial generation.

    Natural Jersey Cardigan

    The open style of this garment promotes freedom of movement and allows one to keep cool in summer, whilst providing cover for your arms. Its striking pattern in muted pinks is a great look for the current season and allows one to match it with darker, harmonious colours later in the year. It is a versatile piece that will serve you well whatever the temperature.

    Natural Jersey Skirt

    This beautiful skirt has a lovely drape that is very flattering with its feathery-like print. The dappled, soft colours can be matched with various tops and blouses making it a super skirt to take on weekend trips.

    Rose Pima Crew Top

    One of our most popular styles, updated in a new shade of rose, this top complements the colours in the skirt and cardigan. Its versatile shade and breathable fabric make it the ideal top to mix and match with different outfits.

    Pink Long Venetian Glass Bead Necklace

    The translucent pinks, silvers and pearls of the Venetian glass bring out the colours in the outfit and complete the statement look.

    Rose Italian Mélange Woven Wrap

    In a complementary shade of rose, this delicate wrap with lattice border is an ideal accessory for cooler evenings or to provide cover for hot, sunny days.

    Summer Brights


    Azure Cotton Top

    This bold, fresh cotton top, featuring a honeycomb texture is perfect to brighten any summer wardrobe. Pair with our Liberty skirt for a colour co-ordinating look.

    Raspberry Mock-Front Top

    With a delicate satin-effect trim, this beautiful mock-front top is a great lightweight alternative to a cardigan on hot summer days, when one still wishes to cover up.

    Raspberry & Azure Liberty Skirt

    Our exclusive Liberty print skirt features a multitude of bright colours that can be matched with a variety of outfits. Its flowing design allows for easy movement on hot summer days.

    Turquoise Jersey Blouse

    The relaxed fit of the jersey blouse ensures a cool, comfortable look for summer and looks great paired with our turquoise jersey dress.

    Turquoise Plain T-Shirt Dress

    This block-colour dress will brighten up your wardrobe: perfect to take on holiday!

    Hot Pink Scoop Neck Jersey Top

    In a vibrant pink shade, this wardrobe essential is guaranteed to lift any outfit into summer. Made of 100% pure cotton, this fabric is breathable and soft to the touch.

    Thank you for reading about our exclusive, bright summer garments. We would love to hear what you think of our summer collection – please feel free to do so using the comment boxes below.

    Kind regards,

    The Cotswold Collections Team

    Bold patterns and plains in shades of blue for spring


    You can always rely on blue in your wardrobe, and this spring’s collection has a vast range of different textures, patterns, plains and styles to choose from. Hopefully offering you something for every occasion, event and visit to town you have scheduled in your diary.

    Shop the look:

    Royal blue multi T-shirt dress: A chic T-shirt dress that can be worn casually or dressed up for the evening. In a neat simple figure-skimming shape enhanced by the soft drape of the jersey, it is finished with a crew neck and short sleeves.

    Textured overshit in sky blue: Featuring a superb easycare textured fabric, this versatile overshirt offers relaxed style, with pretty pintuck front panels, buttoned jet pockets, a neat faced collar and an optional tie belt. The three-quarter sleeves can be rolled and fastened with a button and tab. This shirt comes with the option of a mock button front skirt or elasticated easy fit trousers.

    Printed dress in french navy: Made in an easycare crush-free jersey featuring a sophisticated print in fresh shades of navy, blue and ivory. This figure-flattering pull-on dress has a scoop neckline, soft pleated front, a fitted waistband and three-quarter sleeves. If you like the fabric on this dress and dresses arent for you we also have a pair of relaxed jersey trousers in this same fabric.

    With loads more options to choose from across our range take your time and browse our website, alternatively you could request a catalogue from our homepage and have a flick through the collection from the comfort of your sofa.

    Kind Regards

    The Cotswold Collections Team

    Introducing Luxurious Contemporary Style for Spring


    Introducing Luxurious Contemporary Style for spring, an exclusive range of luxury garments and accessories made in small quantities making them very limited and individual. Made with fine fabrics sourced with the utmost care and attention by our buying team, giving you statement pieces will stand the test of time.

    As we move through into spring, now is the perfect time for light and easy layering. Our black and soft white Italian separates offer a gorgeous option for your wardrobe, that can be easily mixed and matched or worn together for a smart and statement look perfect not just for spring but for all year round. Finish you look with a classic pair of black shoes and pearl earrings. Our textured black jacket offers a great final layer to this look and will help keep the chill off as it benefits from being fully lined. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Let us know what you think of our new Luxurious pieces for spring in the comment area below.

    Kind Regards

    The Cotswold Collections Team



    PATTERNS and PLAINS in purple hues


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