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Winter is coming.

If Ned Stark were to use these famous words to define the current weather of Delhi, he could not be more off the mark. Because winter isn’t coming. Rather, it is here already, too fast, too soon and portending colder times ahead.

The setting may be dark and grey, but why let that directly reflect in your wardrobe? In fact, the general feeling of lethargy and gloom can be triumphantly fought by simply adding a dash of colour and spunk to your winter style. At The Auburn Umbrella, we believe that winter doesn’t have to be about blacks, greys and blues inducing shades of blue.  In fact, we passionately advocate bright, bold and beautiful hues! After all, why wait for the winter sun, when you can be your own sunshine?

Here is a list of 5 colour categories (and how best to bring them to the fore) that will spice up your winter:

This palette represents the zingy shades of yellow and orange. Included herein are colours like mustard, sunflower yellow, flame and pumpkin orange. Mufflers, beanies and gloves offer the opportunity to wear these colours in a minimalistic, not-so outlandish way.  Because you really don’t want to look like a bumblebee, right?

B.  NATURAL AND RUSTICwinter-wadrobe-natural-and-rustic

Earthy tones like dark green, olive, chocolate brown, rust and fawn enhance the look of winter wear like boots, coats and cardigans. Don’t murder the look with extra add-ons. Keep it simple andau naturale.

Burgundy, wine, champagne and maroon scream sophistication to no end! Embrace jackets, blazers and accessories in these colours to bring a little bit of that glamour to your everyday wardrobe. The main thing to remember here is to reveal only a smidgeon of this palette in your attire, as you don’t want the look to manifest fake/desperate/false snobbery.

D. PASTELSwinter-wadrobe-pastels
Pastels do a fabulous job of keeping you cool and light during the scorching summer months. But they play an equally important role in adding a certain bit of charm and sweetness to your winter wardrobe. Woollens in pastel blues, pinks and pale yellows are reminiscent of grandma’s much-cherished, hand-knit cardigans, mufflers and gloves. When these are teamed with quintessentially winter patterns like snowflakes, Christmas trees and bells, memories of a sepia childhood become palpable.

E. CLASSICwinter-wadrobe-classic
Though in the beginning of this fashion piece, we endorsed a more experimental dressing approach, we can’t deny the abundance that the fashion industry has to offer in shades of grey, blue and black and white.  Be it in clothing like jerseys, cardigans, coats and jackets; accessories like berets, mittens, and stolls; or footwear like boots and uggs, it is hard to pass over these evergreen shades. So don’t be in denial and wear these colours with panache!

Kriti Sharma
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Kriti Sharma is studying BCom (Hons) at Hansraj College. She has a myriad interests, writing being just one of them. A debater, a scholar, a fashionista, she is more of an outdoors person who likes to run 6-8 km a day, just to clear her head. She is an ‘Army Brat’, but an unlikely one. Reading a book by lantern light in a tent by the banks of river Indus after a hard day’s trek in the mountains is her idea of bliss. She wants to be an investment banker but admits that writing lets her escape into a world of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

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