By the time mid January (finally) rolls around, you're probably feeling tired, cold and - if you're anything like me - craving a Dominos three weeks into the January detox. But what better way to beat the January blues than with some good old fashioned retail therapy and looking towards the trend forecasts for the year ahead?
Cobalt blue is set to be huge for 2013, and has started to hit the high street already in an attempt to brake us in gently to the flouro neons that are predicted for the summer. On the A/W12 catwalks, the shade electrified shows from Lanvin, DKNY and Mulberry to name a few, and its recent prominence on the red carpet has made it a must have hue. Even Kate Middleton has been spotted sporting lashings of royal blue, and the best part- cobalt is to clothes what red is to lipstick...there's a shade to suit everyone.
Personally, I'm going to be pairing cobalt with monochromatic pieces- bold humbug stripes or classic polka dots. But if you're feeling really daring and want to stand out from the crowd it works well as a bold base for other brights- pinks, oranges and sunset yellows (courtesy of Roksanda Ilincic) here's my pick of what the high street has to offer in cobalt blue.
Essie's "Butler Please"- the perfect antidote to those January blues!
How are you going to be wearing this trend? What other trends are you looking forward to for the coming year?