AUTUMN colours can be dull, but this season, let's celebrate the arrival of cobalt blue. This exciting colour has been brightening up all the catwalks for autumn/winter 2012 and the great news is, it suits most skin tones.

Whether you go for a pair of skinny jeans, a statement necklace or head to toe, Cobalt blue is for everyone.

Carolina HerreraCarolina HerreraIf you have a warm undertone to your skin, step out of your comfort zone and team cobalt blue with orange. If you have a cool undertone, try it with black for a chic look, as seen on Carolina Herrera's autumn/winter 2012 catwalk models.

Some say our very own Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, kicked off this trend when she wore a cobalt blue Issa dress for her engagement pictures.

Whether you go for a pair of skinny jeans, a statement necklace or head to toe, Cobalt blue is for everyone. Here’s how to pull it off...

In your 20s

Keep it fun and funky. This cute little squirrel print collared dress ticks all the boxes as animal prints are also big news this season. And what's even better is that it’s reduced to £20. Team it with black opaques and a pair of ankle boots to keep the look fresh. You could layer it up by adding a long sleeved t-shirt underneath in chillier weather. Don't go overboard with jewellery. All you need is a bit of arm candy and you're done.

Squirrel Print Collar Dress

Squirrel print collar dress £20 Topshop

Leather Biker Ankle Boots

Leather biker ankle boots £74.99 Mango

Black Crew Neck T Shirt

Black crew neck t shirt £10 ASOS  

Blue Bangle Stack

Blue bangle stack £14 Lipsy

Heart Coin Purse


Heart coin purse £41 Aspinal of London

In your 30s

Why not try a pair of cobalt blue skinny jeans? Colour pop jeans have been around for a few seasons but the trend is still going. One easy purchase and you have added a zing to your look. These River Island skinny jeans are perfect for everyone as they come in short, medium and long length. As this is such a strong colour, I suggest teaming it with neutrals. These taupe ankle boots from Baukjen will become your new wardrobe staple. Add a few animal print accessories to keep it current.

Bright Blue Super Skinny Jeans

Bright blue super skinny jeans £30 River Island

Ash Jalouse Boot

Ash Jalouse boot £145 Baukjen

Mink Leather Jacket


Mink leather jacket £140 Warehouse

Stone Long Sleeve Tee

Stone long sleeve tee £12 Jane Norman

Leopard Print Tote

Leopard print tote £129 John Lewis

Serenity Small Stone Drops


Serenity small stone drops £29 Stella & Dot

Bryant Park Scarf In Tan

Bryant Park scarf in tan £45 Stella & Dot

In your 40s

Nail two of this season's trends in one item by keeping your look feminine with this beautiful asymmetric peplum skirt. The lines on this skirt are flattering; they will drape over curves beautifully. An added bonus is that it is currently on sale from £48 to £35. Teaming it with nude patent pumps keeps this look perfectly polished. These New Look pumps are a steal at £24.99. Add some nude fishnets and your legs will appear immediately toned and longer. Treat yourself to a designer handbag this season to complete the look. This quilted Moschino Cheap & Chic is a classic design that will last you for years. Think price per wear. A simple cobalt blue cocktail ring will set it all off.

Aysmmetric Peplum Skirt

Aysmmetric peplum skirt £35 House of Fraser

Savannah Printed Silk Shirt

Savannah printed silk shirt £55.00 Monsoon

Nude Patent Platform Courts

Nude patent platform courts £25 New Look

Moschino Cheap & Chic Quilted Bow Tote

Moschino Cheap & Chic quilted bow tote £359.68

Cobalt Blue Cocktail Ring

Cobalt blue cocktail ring £15 Olivia Divine

In your 50s

Indulge in some Parisian chic by adding a pop of colour to neutral black with a cobalt blue coat a la Carolina Herrera. This beautiful coat from Coast is also a bargain at the moment - reduced from £195 to £145. It contains ten per cent cashmere for that luxurious touch and the shape is very fashion forward for this season. The self tie belt will define your waist perfectly. These LK Bennett patent knee boots will see you right through ‘til next year and are also on sale at the moment, reduced from £325 to £243.

Allisa Cobalt Blue Coat

Alissa Cobalt blue coat £145 Coast 

Arla Patent Leather Knee High Riding Boot

Arla Patent leather knee high riding boot £243.75 L K Bennett

Jovanna Dress

Jovanna dress £145 Coast 

Black & White Leopard Print Tote

Black & white leopard print tote £99 Karen Millen

Animal Print Scarf

Animal print scarf £29.99 Mango

Black Nappa Leather Fur Trimmed Gloves

Black nappa leather fur trimmed gloves £105 Aspinal of London

Susan Baxter is a Personal Stylist trained in Colour Analysis based in Manchester

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