New colours on the block...

Brights: Red roll neck jumper, �8, blue trousers, �14, long necklace, �2.50, dark red tights, �2, and wedge ankle boots, �20, Primark (0118 960 6300).
Brights: Red roll neck jumper, �8, blue trousers, �14, long necklace, �2.50, dark red tights, �2, and wedge ankle boots, �20, Primark (0118 960 6300).
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The dark nights may be drawing in but your wardrobe doesn’t need to follow suit.

This season’s take on block colour in jewel tones will have you shimmering your way through grey days and moonlight hours.

Stylish: Burgundy suede and faux fur coat, �150, silk blouse, �35, and berry cord trousers, �40, from Wallis (www.wallis.co.uk / 0844 984 0266).

Stylish: Burgundy suede and faux fur coat, �150, silk blouse, �35, and berry cord trousers, �40, from Wallis (www.wallis.co.uk / 0844 984 0266).

While neon brights invaded the colour charts for spring/summer, this season’s colours are richer, deeper and much more luxurious.

Shades of dazzling sapphire, ruby and emerald on the clothing rails make you feel instantly expensive without costing the earth.

On the international catwalks, designers set the gem tone with sapphire blues at Burberry, emerald greens at Gucci and amethyst purples at Roksanda Ilincic.

Get on board with this treasure trove look and sparkle your way through winter...

Monsoon: Cobalt coat, �180, and pink dress, �75, (www.monsoon.co.uk / 0844 811 0068).

Monsoon: Cobalt coat, �180, and pink dress, �75, (www.monsoon.co.uk / 0844 811 0068).

Dazzle wear

Opulent eveningwear is where this trend shines brightest; you can really go to town on the razzle-dazzle factor.

Bejewel your wardrobe with sleek maxi dresses, slinky jumpsuits and smart blouses – the more luxurious the fabrics, the better.

Opt for satins, silks, crushed velvets and coloured faux fur to look a million dollars.

Never forget you’re wearing your bling via your clothes, so keep your own jewellery to an absolute minimum.

Instead, accessorise with metallic flashes of gold or silver on your shoes, handbag or belt to go all out on Studio 54-style glamour.

To make the biggest impact, pick your jewel hue and wear from head to toe.

Make sure your chosen bright sets off your complexion by testing it under your chin first.

Daytime brights

Be a colour chameleon and play mix-and-match with winter’s hottest shades.

Clashing colours is the bold way to flaunt your gem tones in daylight, but the textures you choose are key – opt for matt effect materials like wool, suede and cotton to tone down the look.

Look to the fallen autumn leaves for inspiration and mix up an eye-popping fashion palette of glowing amber, burnt orange and deep claret.

If you’re feeling bolder, become a daytime colourbomb by pairing opposing shades like emerald green and azure blue for a more eclectic spin.

A wool coat in an eye-popping hue will be the hardest-working bright spark in your winter wardrobe.

Even when you can’t be bothered to colour clash, throwing a bright coat over a bold print or autumnal outfit will give you instant fashion kudos.

Subtle sparkles

For every bright aficionado there’s a colour phobic quaking in their black boots.

These jewel tones don’t have to be scary, though.

If you like navy, try a deep sapphire for size.

If you’re terrified by red, opt for a rich garnet instead.

Add an injection of colour with one easy-wear piece, like a silk blouse or shirt you can pare down under a neutral blazer and flaunt once you’ve built up the courage.

If colour block clothing has no appeal, add jewel toned accents with accessories or even hosiery – this is the non-committal way to work colour.

Adopt your trusty all-black uniform and watch the compliments fly with a pair of killer heels or statement clutch in a prized gem tone.