Wearing COLOUR

Can we talk about wearing lilac?

Are lilac and lavender the same? In all honesty, it would be fair to assume that both are the same since they are so similar. However, they're actually not. Most often seen as the lighter of the two, Lavender has a blue tint, whereas lilac has a pink hue. Most people tend to refer to lavender as the flowering plant and lilac as the colour, however, both are colours and flowering plants in their own right. Finding whether a colour is cool or warm is fairly easy to do. Whilst using the colour wheel, the warmer colours we can see include red, yellow and orange. What's more, colours that have a red, yellow or orange tint are also warm colours. Whereas shades like blue, purple and green are cool colours…. This could then lead you to believe that lilac which does resemble a form of purple, should be a cool colour – when it is actually classed as warm due to its pink tint. Furthermore, Lavender, since it has a blue tint, is a cool colour. Why should I wear lilac? As we all know, wearing colour can have hidden meanings. Lighter purple shades, similar to the likes of lilac, as said to be associated with light-hearted and romantic energies. Best described as a gentle shade, you can wear lilac with a number of other colours without the worry of clashing or overdoing it. Similar musky-toned colours, like mustard yellow or emerald green, can pair beautifully with lilacs. So, for this reason, you should definitely freshen’ up your wardrobe with some lilac. What skin tone best suits lilac? One of the top benefits of lilac is that it is a complementary colour to the majority of skin tones. Where a harsh dark colour may flush against an olive skin tone or pale blue may wash out the colour of a light skin tone, lilac blends easily.   How to inject lilac into your wardrobe Injecting colour into your wardrobe can be one of the easiest things to do to really freshen up your looks. What’s more, with a warm soft shade like lilac you’re not just limited to wearing the colour from your wardrobe. Instead, you can incorporate the colour through means of accessories, like bags and purses, to footwear, makeup and even hair dye. With it being summer, you’ll find that lilac items are easier to come by! Pictured from L to R: Cranston Pencil Skirt Dress £99 (was £129), SEED Mayfield Pencil Dress £125, Luma Off-Shoulder Dress £115, Donna Short Sleeved Pencil Dress £125, Mariposa Off Shoulder Dress £145. Other ways you can add lilac into your looks     How to style a lilac dress Adding to a lilac dress can be a really simple thing to do, but understandably you might be unsure on what to do and/or what not to do. Personally, we would suggest that if the majority of the outfit is already lilac then it’s always a good idea to incorporate a different colour into the mix. As previously mentioned, lilac goes with the majority of skin tones as well as other colours. However, there are colours that the shade goes perfect with and we’ll go more into detail about those below. Shades that pair perfectly with lilac include orange, yellow, olive green and white. Additionally, equal hues also work great including touches of grey and rose quartz. Where you may find that matching accessories are the go-to, you always have the option of adding some contrasting coloured items. For example, lilac with blue can stand out in more ways than one.   Lilac Outfit Accessories With lilac being a popular, feminine shade it is usually available all year round. Whilst suits, dresses and tops can all look amazing within a lilac colouring, there are also other accessories up for grabs. Here are just a few of our favourites. Buy now: Topshop Reuben Padding High Mule £33.75 (was£45) Buy now: New Look Lilac Clear Strap Shoe £29.99 Buy now: Steve Madden Skylar Bootie £90 (was £150) What colour footwear goes with lilac clothes? Like many other colours, wearing lilac doesn’t have to stop at the ankles! If you’re outfit already features touches of lilac then there is certainly no harm in including it within the footwear too. Alternatively, we suggest checking out the paragraph above about colour matching to your lilac shade and a different, yet compatible, footwear shade that way! Our bestselling lilac dresses for summer 2022 Our Luma Off-Shoulder dress is created using our bi-stretch fabric and features a contrast bow around the waist with a sweetheart neckline. Its 3/4 length sleeves combined with the bow waist detail cinch in the waist and allow it to flow to knee level. Buy now: Luma Off Shoulder Pencil Dress £115 Our Paige Bi-Stretch dress is similar to the Luma Off-Shoulder dress as it also features a bow, however, an additional black seam around the dress accentuates the upper silhouette. Buy now: Paige Bi-Stretch Dress £110 The Cranston pencil dress is developed using our luxury couture stretch fabric. Featuring both a low V-neck and upper waist detail, the wide band cinches around the waist with the bodice detail adding a final chic touch. Buy now: Cranston Pencil Skirt Dress £99 (was £129)        One of our favourite swing dresses for the season is the SEED Rio Swing dress. Available in 7 shades, including dusky lilac, this dress features a swing skirt with a high rounded neckline. Its neck slit and sleeveless style flatters, whilst being tailored throughout using our couture stretch fabric. Buy now: SEED Rio High Neck Swing Dress £135 Our Full Range of 3/4 Length Sleeved Lilac Dresses   Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know via social media using our links below!

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Can we talk about wearing lilac?

6 Ways to Wear One Solid Colour

Wearing a solid colour can help lengthen an elegant silhouette, plus it also looks pretty chic when all correctly combined. Here we're going to go through our favourite Diva Catwalk dresses and accessories that we suggest you pair with them to allow you to rock the solid colour outfit look.     What Are the Benefits of Wearing a Solid Colour Outfit? There are a number of benefits to wearing an outfit of solid colour, they include: 1. Whatever shade you decide to wear in full, it can work amazingly as a blank canvas to allow you to incorporate the brightest, boldest accessories.2. Choosing one colour to wear can mean that you can choose a bold, stand-alone colour or pattern to wear elsewhere. For example, if you were to choose a full pink outfit then you could opt to wear shoes or eyeshadow in a completely opposite colour3. Wearing your favourite colour can boost your mood. Whether you choose to wear it once or on your full look, wearing your favourite shade can boost your mood and, as a result, have your confidence soar.4. You can actually save time. By choosing to wear the same full colour, you automatically shrink down the choice of clothing to wear for that day. Instead of picking out different colours and patterns, you’ve minimised the amount to go through without a thought. What’s more, one of the great things about wearing your chosen colour, is that whilst you'll be keen on wearing the same solid colour throughout, you can incorporate different shades and tones of the chosen colour. For example, rose gold noted accessories would look stunning against a lighter pink top. Looking Pretty in Pink in Summer Dresses   For a complete Yarrow Pink combination, we suggest pairing our chic Donna Short Sleeved dress with the JL Weaved Clutch bag, KG shoes and the stunningly chic Mango blazer. One of the great things abut wearing a pink colour, like Yarrow Pink, is that it can be suitably worn all year round. Simply choose to pair with similar coloured tights or socks, add a scarf and/or knee-length boots and you're onto a winner. Buy now: Donna Short-Sleeved Dress £125,  John Lewis and Partners Weaved Clutch Bag £45, Carvela Second Skin Kurt Geiger Shoes £49 (was £99) and Mango Suit Blazer £59.99 (was £89.99).   The Best of both Green and Blue   Here we have reached out to our Teal lovelies. There are a few stunning teal pieces at Diva Catwalk, including our Riviera dress and our velvet Madelyn dress. However, for this look, we have our Sasha High Neck in mind. With the dress being high-neck and long-sleeved, you’re best to keep accessories to a minimum. We simply loved the look of the Next suede bag and, even more so, we are obsessed with the price of the Block Sandals - Barg! Buy now:  Sasha High Neck Dress £99, Yours Clothing Block Heel Sandals £29.99, Suede Tote Handbag £86 Orange You Pleased to See Me   When you think of the colour orange, what do you think of? Us, we think of sunshine, OJ, early 2000’s foundation and sand between our toes. Next up, with orange in mind, we have the Mulberry Off-Shoulder dress. Currently available in 2 other shades, it’s a guaranteed showstopper. Here we suggest pairing it with these cute Stradivarius Espadrille wedges and Calvin Klein Flat Crossbody bag. With the dress offering a lower-than-normal Bardot style, we suggest pairing it with a necklace like this intricate, and rather stunning, mini orange necklace. Available from Wolf and Moon, it's made using recycled orange and gold mirror acrylic leaves and carried on a gold plated chain. Buy now: Mulberry Off-Shoulder Dress £169, Stradivarius Espadrille Heeled Wedges £29.99, CK Crossbody Bag £56 (was £80) and Wolf & Moon Orange Necklace £32. The Sun is up and the Sky is Blue Cobalt blue is one of the most loved shades worn by celebrities and royalty alike, so to incorporate into a solid one-look outfit, you know you’re onto good things! This time we have chosen our Gately Long-Sleeved dress that features a centre-bust twist using our Marvel Stretch fabric. Next, we’ve chosen to pair it with a cute soft crepe blazer from Next and a recycled Calvin Klein bag. Finally, to complete the look we simply love the look of these Stiletto court shoes available from Boohoo.   Buy now: Gately Long-Sleeved dress £149, Next Soft Crepe Blazer £40, Recycled CK Bag £75 (was £150) and Cobalt Blue Stiletto £20 (was £25).    The Sun is Shining Yellow Dresses   For the glorious tones of yellow, we’ve opted to introduce our Bodiam Sleeveless Frilled pencil dress in Blazing Yellow. What’s more, we suggest pairing it with these chic Croc Strappy Stilettos and KG Textured Patented bag. Additionally, you could incorporate some light yellow accessories, like these Aurelia Stud Earrings. Buy now: Bodiam Sleeveless Dress £99, Dorothy Perkins Croc Strappy Stilettos £40, KG Shoreditch Textured Patented Bag £130 and Aurelia Bead Cluster Oval Stud Earrings £12.50.   Dress in Lilac with Our Best Lilac Designs And last, but by no means least, we have lilac – the softest chic shade for summer. The hues in shades of light purple can blend perfectly, so whether you choose to wear other lilac notes or something completely different – you’ll know that you can make multiple outfits from one. 7 Firstly, we suggest our SEED Rio swing dress in Dusky Lilac. Pairing this swing dress with these cute River Island mules allows the legs to look elongated. Additionally, you can choose to add similar coloured accessories like these Luna Disc earrings from Jack&Fredia.   Buy now: SEED Rio High Neck Swing Dress £135, River Island Purple Strappy Heeled Mules £15 (was £45), Lilac Luna Disc Earrings £25 and Leather Cross Body Bag £26. Our Amazing Customers Wearing Full Colour Outfits Instagram Screengrab from @amandabooz Instagram Screengrab from @corsetry_romance Instagram Screengrab from @cristinadehart Instagram Screenshot from @janannadams Instagram Screenshot from @mandyvictoriab Instagram Screenshot from @mollyjoxoxo Instagram Screengrab from @thatcoporatechic Instagram Screengrab from @wharton_siobhan Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know via social media using our links below!

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Shine Bright in our Amazing Emerald Green Looks

Created using a mixture of both blue and yellow, emerald green is a noted shade that is much loved in fabrics and home decor. What colors make emerald green? Whilst it may have one descriptive title, emerald green doesn't fall into one shade of colour instead, there are many different hues. Just like with pinks, where you may find pastel pink and fuchsia pink, with emerald green the more you use each blue and yellow colour the darker the overall hue will be. Fun Fact: Emerald green is a bright blue-green named after the precious gemstone, which gets its distinctive colour from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. [c: opusartsupplies.com] The History of Emerald Green You may, quite rightly, assume that a colour like emerald green is one that came around just by simply mixing colours. However, this is not the case. In fact, there is quite a bit of dark history on how we achieved, and are now able to wear, emerald green today. It is said that Emerald green was developed in an attempt to improve Scheele's green. This copper aceto-arsenite pigment was first produced commercially by the firm of Wilhelm Sattler at Schweinfurt, Germany in 1814. Trying to improve on Scheele's green, the development of a colour that featured a highly toxic pigment (that we now know to be emerald green) began. At the point of development, this paint became a firm favourite to oblivious painters and fabric creators, among many others. With the shade being a hit with both developers and customers, it raced through the markets to be used on various items. From clothing to beauty products, candles, wallpaper and even toys, each experienced the emerald green effect. It wasn't until the release of the ingredients for the paint in 1822, that it became clear what the contents of the liquids really were. With many users of the paint later falling ill and dying, there was the finding of the source of the poison being, in fact, arsenic. Not only were painters, decorators and fabric creators working with this paint against their skin on a regular basis, but so were the wearers of said garments. Despite the banning of the original emerald green pigment in the early 1900s, the colour has still remained a popular colour in artists' palettes with safer ingredients. The Meaning of Emerald Green Like all others colours, emerald green is said to have a hidden meaning. The colour green as a whole is said to signify abundance, prosperity and growth. As well as this, of course, it is a simply stunning colour. It is still being loved all these years later, including a recent popularity increase in the beginnings of the 2020s. What colours go with emerald green clothing? Using the colour theory wheel, we can easily pair the perfect shades with our emerald green items. Below we show the wheel we suggest using and how to use it! The colour wheel is a visual representation of colours, with hues arranged according to wavelength. Colour wheels allow colour relationships to represent geometrically and show the relationship between primary colours, secondary colours and tertiary colours – Invision App Using the colour theory wheel, you can use both complementary and analogous schemes to combine into the perfect outfit. Complementary colours of green include shades that are opposite it on the wheel, which include reds, oranges and pinks. The shades on either side of the green on the wheel, the Analogous colours, include lighter greens and blues. Complementary Colour Theory Looks The following looks have been chosen using the Complementary colour theory, so shades that match Emerald Green that belong opposite it on the colour wheel. Analogous Colour Theory Looks These looks have been chosen using the Analogous colour theory rule. So, these are shades that match Emerald Green - and they belong on either side of it on the colour wheel. Emerald Green Diva Catwalk Dresses At Diva Catwalk we have a large variety of Emerald Green dresses. So we have you covered whether you're looking for a swing dress or a sleeveless number. We're confident you'll find the right design for you. The Emerald Swing Dress Our Chesterton Sleeveless dress is the perfect girl-about-town number. Available in ten fun shades, including Blazing Yellow and our favourite Emerald Green, the Chesterton dress features an oversized collar and pleated swing skirt. What's more, with a heart-shaped neckline it means you have the choice to wear the dress on or off-shoulder. Buy now: Chesterton Sleeveless Dress £125 The Long-Sleeved Pencil Dress Our Regatta wiggle dress is a versatile dress that features a low v-neck and 3/4 length sleeves. Created using our bi-stretch fabric, this flattering design cinches the waist whilst halting just on the knee. Buy now: Regatta V-Neck Dress £69 (was £99) The Long-Sleeved Swing Dress The Thistledown swing dress comes in 5 elegant shades, including Emerald Green. With a high neckline and cinched waistband, this kind of dress is perfect for when wanting to wear something fitting, without compromising on comfort. What's more, it has pockets! Buy now: Thistledown Swing Dress £79 (was £125) The Off-Shoulder Dress Our Mariposa dress is available in a variety of shades, 19 to be exact! In sizes from S to XXXL, we are sure you'll find the right shade and size to match. The Bardot neckline is the stand-alone feature of each Mariposa dress, that pairs perfectly with heels or flats. Made using our Luxury Moss Crepe fabric, its fully lined bodice is tailored for a flattering fit. Buy Now: Mariposa Pencil Dress £145 When to Wear Emerald Green You can wear Emerald green all year round, however it is most suited in late summer and into autumn. Emerald green is also a shade that suits most skin tones, so whether you have light, dark, olive or sun-kissed skin you are sure to find the right hue for you. Emerald Green Footwear Whether you choose to pair your emerald green dress with matching shoes, or have a different coloured dress with emerald shoes – the choices are endless on how you can combine each to offer the best look. Our Customers in our Emerald Green Dresses Instagram Post by @Pamela_Laird Instagram Post by @mrsblanc Instagram Post by @carlamodeamsterdam Instagram Post by @dreams_blossom_ Instagram Post by @doneup_bydani Instagram Post by @rach_tv_    Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know via social media using our links below!

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Shine Bright in our Amazing Emerald Green Looks

BROWN Is The New Black...

Max Mara made their statement known at Milan Fashion Week at the end of February. Brown may very well be the new Black. With models taking to the catwalk showcasing a variety of designs and patterns the use of the colour brown was evident. Models walking the Max Mara Milan 2022 Fall Show   There's a lot more to a brand using the brown shade than you may think. Whilst it seems to be the younger, less known sister of the Black palette it is making its reappearance as we look ahead to Autumn/Fall of 2022. Verywellmind.com shares how often the colour brown is "solid, much like the earth, and it's a colour often associated with resilience, dependability, security, and safety." Along with the surroundings of autumn offering shades from the brown and orange palette, having clothing to match can have a positive effect - just like how you may feel compelled to wear bright yellow shades in summer. The Continued Love for Teddy Fabric With the use of their beloved Teddy fabric in a cosy brown shade, it's not hard to see why brands like New Look, ASOS and Next have rolled out the much-loved fabric on items ranging from jumpers to handbags and hair accessories. If brown isn’t your chosen shade, then there are plenty of other colours to try out. All Shades of Brown With brown making its statement, lighter brown shade beige also made an appearance in full-autumn-cosy-wear.   The Colour Psychology of Brown The colour brown is said to be a steady, grounded shade. With the colour being the shade of earth, of nature, it's understandable to see it less desirable than brighter colours like pink or blue. However, the power psychology of brown is more than you may think. Wearing the colour brown can aid in representing reliability and stability. Additionally, Brown is believed to be a relaxing colour. With the shade linking to an increase of tryptophan (related to sleep and our immune systems) and serotonin (linked to mood.) Also, in an article by Brightside, they share how "...people who like to wear the colour brown are slightly conservative, respect their elders and always look for peace, stability, and strength in everything". Incorporating Brown into Your Look Whilst wearing brown is not the hardest shade to wear, compared to bright yellows and neon greens, it can take some getting used to if you’re used to opting for black. Adding small amounts to your outfit can ease the doom of introducing any new colour to your palette. We took to Pinterest to find out favourite outfits that feature small introductions of brown without being overpowering.   Here, for Max Mara again in Milan for Fashion Week we can see the much loved teddy fabric. In the chosen shade of brown, which they’ve used as an accompanying item instead of using it all over. Additionally, to the right, we have Vogue Williams showing how to perfectly pair the likes of a brown sweater with casual skinny jeans for a simple walk around town.   Adding brown to your palette doesn’t have to be only in your clothing. Instead, you could incorporate the Autumn/Fall 2022 shade in with your accessories and footwear. To the right, model Emily Ratajkowski is pictured with her dog, wearing a light brown coat combined with a white top, blue jeans and stunning brown boots.    Clothing, tick. Footwear, tick. Accessories, tick. Next? Makeup. You can calm the power of the standard smoky eye by using lighter shades. Shades like brown and cream, compared to the harshness of black which can be difficult to incorporate into daytime looks.     Adding Brown to Nails Adding the colour brown to anything can be difficult at times, but more so with nails. With brown comes the instant thought of earth and dirt/soil. So, we suggest going for a mixture of shades like these below.   Our Brown Dress Collection Adding brown to your wardrobe can start with small accessories or by adding the likes of a dress or skirt. In the video below we flip through all of our stunning products, in brown shades. You can get a hold of each of these items on our website.   Can you wear black with brown? In short, absolutely. It may be though that with both brown and black being strong, independent shades, you should choose one as your outfit shade. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You can combine black with brown in various ways, whether it is brown shoes and black tops or a brown coat with black boots. Here we go through a few of our favourite brown/black combo outfits that we’re sure you’ll get some inspo from.   Long Sleeved Brown Dresses Wearing long sleeved dresses isn’t exclusive to winter. Our Marsala Brown Athalia dress is available in an additional four shades, including beet red, cobalt blue, scarlet red and navy blue. Perfect to take you from the office to the weekend wedding guest dress. Our Athalia dress pairs perfectly with these Page Chain Stiletto Court shoes.   Our Elodie pencil dress shouts all kinds of power. The dress features a rounded neckline with a side button detail, as well as pleating going across the body in a tailored flattering fit. We think that these passion stiletto court shoes would work perfectly with this power dress. You can wear our next favourite (the peppercorn brown Padstow Midi Swing dress) either casual or formal. As well as our peppercorn brown shade, it is also available in black, navy blue, passion red, hunter green, spectrum indigo and dark mauve. We suggest that when wearing this dress for a casual feel that you pair them with these adorable London Rebel double buckle sandals. Sleeveless Brown Dresses One of our favourites is the Seed Fitzrovia Sleeveless dress. This dress comes in a variety of shades, including pacific green, navy blue, sandy cream, crimson pink, garnet red and daffodil yellow. With a total of 16 complete shades to try out you have the option to wear a new colour each day for the fortnight ahead! Our sleeveless SEED Fitzrovia is perfect to go from office to event, to bar. We love the fitting on this dress (as well as the short and long sleeve versions) and how versatile it is to wear. You can take this cute dress from daytime coffee straight to the office and out for dinner. Like all of our dresses we design and make each in England. What’s more, we create each Fitzrovia using a couture stretch fabric tailored for a flattering fit and, essentially, it comes with a concealed zip and vent (within centre back) to allow ease of movement. Wearing Gilets With it being March the sun may be shining but it is not without a slight nip in the air! Wearing a coat can feel heavy, weighing you down. So, we suggest you opt for a gilet which can come in various designs (whether casual or formal) and shades. A few our of favourite brown gilets include: This super cute Teddy coat from ASOS offers comfort and style all-in-one. You can get your hands on it for £35.99 here. This comfortable yet statement coat is perfect for the beginnings of Spring and those cooler Summer days before we settle back into Autumn. Why do we suggest it today, you ask? Well, it's online at ASOS for £36 - saving you 37%. You're welcome! Next to last, but my no means least, is a cute Joules Gilet at Next that you can get your hands on for only £55. It may look light, but it is guaranteed to fight off any extra chill in the air as well as fitting the body and figure in a flattering note. And finally, we couldn't go through our favourite gilet-style coats and not mention our very own Sleeveless Harvard Coat! It comes in seven cute shades, including Acorn Brown. Brown Coats All Year Round The perfect coat is one you can wear all year round, whether it’s cool spring or heatwave summer. Our SEED Raquella long coat is a firm favourite. The A-line acorn brown Raquella coat comes in an additional 9 stunning shades, to flatter any body shape. What’s more, each of the shades come with a collar and pockets, adding to the beautiful hourglass shape of the coat. See also, our Silverstone Long Sleeve Coat! Have you enjoyed this article? Let us know on our social media feeds and we'll be sure to make more!  

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BROWN Is The New Black...