Soft reds for autumn

Soft reds for autumn

I am continuing my theme of transitioning into autumn. Above I am wearing a silk cocoon shirt. I have chosen this piece because it is lightweight and can be layered over a silk top or cotton tee when the weather is still hopefully temperate. Later in the season, it can be worn over a thicker tee or a lightweight sweater.I think it would look particularly good layered over a contrasting colour roll neck sweater.

My long sleeve ruby red silk cocoon shirt is by Hopefashion. They are a brand expert in layering. I am currently testing their foundation pieces and finding them extremely comfortable and practical. My black trousers are also by Hopefashion. Cream silk top last year from MeandEm similar. Ethnic necklace from St.Tropez market. Similar from Etsy.

Silk burgundy shirt

I think she upstages me!!!

Burgundy silk shirt

Red is proving to be the front runner with regards to autumn trends. Not that I am recommending following trends in either colour or style unless they work for you. However familiarising yourself with the currently popular colours and trends can encourage you to be bold and try a new look. You never know it might just work.

Red can be a bit of a scary colour. I prefer the bluer reds which compliment my cool colouring. I find the scarlet and coral reds too overpowering. The brown burgundies and deep maroons are draining against my soft colouring. Yet a flattering red can really add zing to your wardrobe. It pairs beautifully with classic neutrals such as black, navy, grey and cream. If you favour the warmer neutrals such as brown, rust and the warmer greys scarlet and corals may well be your thing.

Hope do ship to the USA.

My makeup is by LookFabulousForever. Their makeup is specially formulated for our more mature skin, eyes and lips. Their aubergine eyeshadow and soft plum lipstick perfectly compliment my ruby red shirt. LookFabulourForever also ships to the USA.

Do pop back on Monday 25th September when I will be sharing a make-over video where Tricia (founder of LookFabulousForever) and I will talk you through how to transition your makeup from summer to autumn. See you there.

All photos by Laura Hines. I think her close ups have perfectly captured the mood of my autumn colours. Follow her on Instagram.


  1. Debbie Hull
    15th September 2017 / 15:41

    Josephine you look so pretty in the red shirt with the white blouse. You look especially pretty in pink and reds like that shirt. What is the address of the makeup company that you said ships to the US. I live in the US and I am 62 in November so since I love makeup I would greatly appreciate finding new makeup tp try. Have a lovely day dear lady!

    • 15th September 2017 / 16:28

      Hi Debbie
      Hi Debbie
      Thank you for your comment and compliments. The company is internet only, however they offer lots of advice on their site. If you click on the link in my blog post it should take you directly to the site.They now offer samples of the foundation so that you can check the colour.

      I will be publishing a video on 25th September on how the make-up is applied which might be of interest to you.

  2. Louise
    15th September 2017 / 16:54

    Lovely pictures.. That red is so nice on you..

    16th September 2017 / 17:57


  4. 18th September 2017 / 08:43

    That particular red looks as good as your favourite blues – if you know what I mean!

  5. jeanne reaves
    17th August 2018 / 13:25

    Josephine, I’m thinking of fall as well. I gauge the coming of fall by the “expressive” rose bushes near the back door of my house. They seeming to be in a more cheerful mood. The soft red jacket would suit me very well as I,too, find blue is my most flattering color. I’m putting it on my list! Thank you for the tip!

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