The Colours of the Midwest

As much as we love the summer, from a strictly clothing point of view, autumn has to be our favourite time of the year. Firstly, the weather isn't all that bad, even here in the northern hemisphere (we're still occasionally blessed with a crisp blue sky and afforded a few opportunities to bathe in a sunlit street with a pint in hand). Secondly, the range of clothing we have on offer far exceeds any other season, because autumn is the time of year when layering really comes into its own. But that's for another story.  

We want to talk about the colour palette of autumn and how it makes up a lot of our collective wardrobe decisions around this time of year. You only need to look around to see a plethora of yellows, browns, rich purples and greens falling from the trees. Whereas in summer, our colour palette broadens and brightens, in Autumn it hunkers down with a much tighter yet more intense spectrum of hues.

Rich orange cardigan by Oliver Spencer.

BRITTEN CARDIGAN
FAIRWAY OCHRE

Ochre Grandpa jacket by Oliver Spencer.

GRANDPA RAINCOAT
PINO OCHRE

Oliver Spencer Pino ochre bomber jacket

BERMONDSEY BOMBER
JACKET PINO OCHRE

Our collection this season represents the tones of autumn of the American Midwest. One of the boldest of these is a burnt orange (Pino Ochre) which we've fashioned into a number of different garments, including our iconic Grandpa coat, our Bermondsey Bomber Jacket and our Hunston gilet. It's a stunning and versatile hue that will add a bold splash of colour to your wardrobe. Similarly, we unearthed a really rich orange tone in corduroy which we've called Penton Ginger. It has more of an earthy finish than the Pino Ochre, and the corduroy fabric brings out so many nuances in the colour. In fact, corduroy is a brilliant canvas for bolder colours for precisely that reason, since the wales of the fabric reflect light from many different angles. It's why we've also produced it in a deep navy and a rich sea-green in our Linfield jacket, Hockney shirt and Solms suiting. We'll be wearing the trousers with all three of these matching jackets this season.

Beige Solms jacket by Oliver Spencer.

SOLMS JACKET
CLEVELAND TAUPE

Moss green eton collar shirt by Oliver Spencer.

ETON COLLAR SHIRT
COOPER MOSS GREEN

Penton cord blazer by Oliver Spencer.

SOLMS JACKET
PENTON CORD GINGER

Beige, neutral and tobacco tones come in a range of different textural finishes, most notably in our organic cotton Fishtail, Judo and Worker trousers. The beauty of these neutral tones is how easily they amalgamate with everything else in your wardrobe. Similarly, our grey tones have a composite finish to them this season, best seen running through our Kearton Navy Eton Collar Shirt, and in our Wickham Oatmeal pieces. The latter forms part of a subtle pattern collection, informed by Prince of Wales check, micro checks, and houndstooth.

Multi-coloured Blenheim jumper by Oliver Spencer.

BLENHEIM JUMPER INGRAM MULTI

BLENHEIM JUMPER SIERRA NAVY MULTI

roll neck jumper by Oliver Spencer

TALBOT ROLL NECK JUMPER BASING NAVY

While shirting largely plays on the juxtaposition between the darker blue and green tones with cream and neutral hues, knitwear is where the season's colour is best explored to its fullest, with colour blocking and gradient effects forming the basis of the category. Our perennial Blenheim jumper has been reimagined in a vast array of autumnal tones that really capture the heartwarming essence of the collection. From horizontal stripes to contrast cuffs via panel blocking and basket knit styles, the Blenheim jumper is everything for everyone this season. Our Talbot roll-neck - a chunky piece that will carry you right through the depths of winter - has been constructed with a subtle gradient knit in Ecru/Navy and Navy/Red styles, as well as a classic plain cream fisherman style.

In all, we think it's one of the most indulgent, sophisticated and wearable palettes we've created. We hope you like it.

 

Click here to explore and shop the new Autumn collection at Oliver Spencer.

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