My Happy Coral Sweater

ruth crillyI wore my new Forever 21 jumper yesterday for the first time and it was so bright that I couldn’t help but feel happy in it! I suppose it helped that it was sunny and that the clocks had gone forward…

I was filming a video up on my roof terrace, from where I also have a stupendous view of London, especially through Mr AMR’s high-powered binoculars. (Don’t even ask.) I can see absolutely everything that goes down in the ‘East End’, let me tell you. (They had better get a jiffy on with those olympic preparations, because the outlook ain’t good from where I’ve been standing! Mud heaps and rubbish piles a-go-go.)

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I really want to give you a link to this product, but I’m afraid that the Forever 21 website is so ridiculously planned that I can’t find one. Perhaps this particular style isn’t available, I don’t know – feel free to have a look yourselves. Alternatively, for a less stressful experience, you could try pulling your toenails out with a pair of pliers.

I have been rather adventurous with my brights, recently (see the blondes wearing red post) and I do think that they can help to ‘lift’ a complexion rather than drain it of colour, as I had always presumed they would. So long as eyes are defined and the cheeks have a sweep of colour, brights aren’t that difficult to wear after all! I wouldn’t do them top-to-toe, obviously, but the odd flash is just lovely on an early spring day.

Any takers for brights? Who wore what this sunny weekend?


  1. Ruth you like a little girl in this post so pretty and fresh look

  2. This has to be the most adorable photo of you yet.

  3. fab coloured tee, really uplifting great for spring :)

  4. Ruth, may I ask what size you wear in F21 sweaters (jumpers)? Thank you!

    • @Jennifer small, but I bought this medium for the baggy fit x

      • Ruth, thanks for the reply! I’m late in noticing it, but I wanted to say thank you because I ordered this same sweater after you posted yourself wearing it and looking so lovely; so, thank you again for your help regarding the sizing!) The medium fits me great btw! ;)

  5. That photo’s cheered me up proper! There’s something about your ‘grinning like a (very sophisicated and lovely) loon’ expression that’s really put a smile on my face.

  6. great color on you! it’s so uplifting and sunny. your smile is so adorable in these pics =)

  7. I love coral – you look so pretty and happy in these pics!

  8. Love the colour on the jumper >_<

  9. this gives me hope – I’ve been eyeing up bright blazers on NAP and again dreading the blond paleness problems!

    lovely lovely pics!

    • @Flick yes, I think it has to be exactly the right shade when you’re blonde – too pale and it looks weird, too bright and your face gets lost! x

  10. Last week I bought some bright coral benetton jeans and I want to live with them on! They make me so cheerful! Love your sweater Ruth xxx

  11. Ive been wearing my grey and coral one pocket cashmere sweater from Chinti and Parker with denim shorts and every time I’ve looked at that coral pocket it’s made me smile (I take full responsibility if you haven’t tried their sweaters yet) I love this sweater on you, you look so pretty when you have a massively cheesy grin!

    • @Talli going right there now! Chinti and Parker you say?! x

      • Yep, if you sign up online there’s 20% off….not that I’m trying to sway you in any way as they are still expensive but carbon neutral so it’s justified right?! I’m Just getting you back for all the money you’ve “made” me spend. I’m actually going to start writing AMR on all relevant beauty receipts to see how much spending I can blame on you. :-)

  12. Bright pastels are really on-trend this season, and I love coral (plus that smile!). I think blondes look great in orangey shades too. I wore a bright orangey v-neck this weekend over a light blue button down with a white contrast collar – very spring-like and warm. xx

  13. Pretty in pink! Go you! Great to finally get some sunshine vitamin and you look lovely and happy hurray!xx

  14. I recently figured out brights and royals affect my mood when I’m wearing them. Some times, just putting on a pretty peppy color just sets my day off right. I love it! The coral top looks fab on you btw! :)

  15. I’m also thinking along the lines of wearing something brighter for summer! Or just start shopping for tops/dresses that isn’t white, beige or dark black/brown/navy! I’m currently thinking of a coral pair of jeans (just above the knees) as it’ll certainly brighten things up, also, since I have so many whtie tops (again, when will I EVER learn to buy colour?!), it can jazz up my outfits without spending a shed load of money on tops and etc. You do look really good though, Ruth! You look more tanned from the photos :)

  16. Hi Ruth,
    You look very pretty and delightfully “springy”. I was really cheered up by this post and decided to give brights another shot. Will most likely opt for a paleish bright blue which is a terrific shade for blondes. Think cloudless summer skies and Cornish ceramic :0). Btw, love your blog and channel; your approach to beauty and fashion is refreshingly intelligent and witty. Thanks a bunch

  17. haha I loved your joke about pulling toenails out…I’m actually having an ingrown toenail operated on soon (too much info, I know!) But atleast I will be able to wear my devil-wears-prada-esque shoes again. It’s gorgeous weather in Oz at the moment, so I’ve been wearing loootttss of brights, even tho it’s Autumn. X

  18. You are so gorgeous ruth!! Have you ever thought to do the casting for victoria’s secret?=)

  19. Hi!!! congratulations for your beautiful website! You are so pretty and nice wearing this coral jumper !
    I really hope you will visit my blog :
    a big hug !

  20. This looks great on you! Had to admit I hit F21 big style the other day. Sometimes I find nothing… the next time I’ll find like 20 things.. I never just find one thing!! Woops. Brights are the way forward. Colour therapy. Feel better soon xx

    • @Emma yes, it was rather jumble-sale-esque in there! I picked up about a hundred things and put most of them back.. x

  21. Romina Elorrieta

    You look so cheerful in those pictures!! I love them!!. I am so happy that coral is such a trendy shade this year, because I love this color. I am definitely in for brights this year :D

    As for what I wore this weekend, it was a pair of jeans by pepe jeans london, a plain white t-shirt, an off-white blazer by mango, a fuchsia square cloth around my neck, a pair of white converse, a very colorful and spring-y bag by tous and to top it off, I used a super bright pink lipcolor on my lips (MAC lipstick in Force of Love, you have to try it!!). Huggles!!

  22. You look so happy! Apparently I need to wear brights on Monday morning too… *yawn*

  23. Ruth you look extremely happy in both pictures. Keep it up what you’re doing I’d say :)
    Everyone can do with a few clothing items that are brightly colored. All darks are boring anyway.

  24. I wore my new hot pants and my mum’s black tee. My mum’s tee, because I had been home after being hospitalised – after collapsing in public, in front of my bf, with the norro virus. It was humiliating and messy and not what you want to happen to you in public.

    However, silver lining to every cloud – I can now actually fit into my hot pants, and as I am now fully recovered, I am about to do my Davina DVD to maintain this flat stomach I haven’t had since I was a devil-may-care 18 year old who could eat 10 Mars Bars without a second thought.

    • @Rebecca Oh my GOD! That’s horrific! I won’t ask for the details, but….oh my God. Did you have to get an ambulance?! x

      • I don’t mind sharing the details, your readers might not want to read it though! Basically….the worst happened. But…I was unconscious and there’s almost something liberating about it. What’s the worst that can happen to me now?!

        Yes, ambulance had to come and pick me up and strap me in and stuff. I was well enough to enjoy that part but endless blood tests and drips not so much – I’m ok now though!

        • ps the picture this blog seems to have chosen for my profile pic is just about fitting for what I looked like….

        • @Rebecca bloody hell love! How long were you in hospital for?!

          • About 3 hours, I improved after the drips – it took a while of mother-nursing to get me back properly to health. Nearly there now. The sun is perfect for recovery!

  25. Ooh, that coral sweater is really nice!! Really something that I could wear myself. It looks fantastic on you!

  26. Love it! Looks so comfy and simple but still stylish :)

  27. Ruth, you look absolutely beautiful in the first picture!! Totally gorgeous smile!! :)

  28. *and! Not demanding why you look so happy x

  29. Ah I have this same sweater! Amazing colour, I just love coral! Answer how absolutely happy you look in the first picture, like so blissfully in love! x

  30. beautiful!! absolutely love that jumper. hope you have a good day!

  31. my email was all wrong :/ sent too soon

  32. i recently got a red dress though im not blonde but red makes me paler , It was in a new style i never tried before it had me smiling too .

  33. What lovely pictures! You look so good!