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Wednesday 1 June 2022

A Colorful Phenomenon - and Link-Up

Style blog for the over 50s Is This Mutton on how the Kettlewell Color Club has become a phenomenon, with meet-ups spontaneously happening all over the UK and US

Dear friends.  I wrote a few months ago about the challenges of meeting new friends in midlife, particularly when you've lived in many places and your friends live a long way away. Well, since then I have become immersed in a wonderful organic initiative, built around colour, that has introduced me to many wonderful women. 

This is what I wore for the latest meeting of the Kettlewell Color Club.  It was the first meeting of women in Kent, attended by 13, and it was easy to spot us in the hotel restaurant as we were very colorful!

For those of you who don't  know what I'm talking about, here's a brief recap.  Kettlewell Colors is a UK company that specialises in providing basics in wonderful colors for women who've had color analysis. The company started after founder Melissa found she couldn't get clothes in her spring palette when it wasn't spring. Kettlewell started a group on Facebook, the Color Club,  around the time of the first lockdown.

It became very successful (more than 10k members now) with women sharing pictures of their outfits and becoming friends, confidantes and advisors. Plus there are styling challenges each month.

Each week Melissa or Jo from Kettlewell have a weekly live session with styling and color tips on FB and now IG too. There's also a blog.

The meet ups have been organized by the members themselves, following the success of a picnic in London's Regent Park last August.  And I love going to them, it's a fantastic way to meet like minded women. So far I've been to meet ups in Kent, Croydon, London and Newbury. 

Here are some of the Kent women - unfortunately we lost a couple who left early.  Linda, the vibrant autumn who organized this one, is third from the left, at the back. 

Women who attended the first meet up of the Kettlewell Color Club in Kent, UK

It's de rigeur to wear Kettlewell of course,  and I try to look like I'm obviously a winter by wearing colors coded only for that season such as fuchsia. Quite often the meet ups involve a lot of trying on of each other's clothes, particularly when Kettlewell have just launched a new range.  We WhatsApp each other asking us to bring certain garments or colours. 

I wore for the first time my fuchsia ruched skirt, a pull-on style that is extremely flattering on curvier women.  I added a v-neck in white and an infinity scarf, worn long, in acid yellow, plus a fuchsia necklace and sandals. It turned a bit cooler by lunchtime so I was glad of my Rachel jacket in raspberry pink. 

Attending the session we had 4 winters, 1 spring, 6 autumns and 2 summers.  We all agreed to meet up again later in the summer. 

If you're interested, come over and join the color club on Facebook. You don't need to have had color analysis.There are quite a lot of members from other countries too, and Kettlewell has a German web site.  There are been a couple of meet-ups in the US.

Gail Hanlon from over-50s style blog Is This Mutton in fuchsia pink, white and acid yellow

My tee shirt looks blue in the lighting below, but it's definitely white. 

Gail Hanlon from Is This Mutton

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Getting Your Skin Checked by Penny at Frugal Fashion Shopper, who also wrote about a splendid exhibition in London of album covers.

My Scarf 2022 Capsule Wardrobe from Sally at Within a World of My Own (with extra rabbits). 

Why I Love the Coastal Living Look - But Not its Sexist Trending Name from Lucy at Lucy Bertoldi.  Well said! Here's Lucy in her version of coastal living. She's a grandmother, but as she rightly points out, coastal living is for everyone, not just grandmothers with the implication that it's somehow dowdy or staid.

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  1. Such a great post. I just love that you have special friendships through like minded people. And it has long lasting relationships that can be fun. When you have people who love what you do then the common interests can be lovely. I adore your outfit as well it’s so colourful. https://www.bauchlefashion.com

  2. Oh that must have been such fun! And see how fabulous you all look!


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