Thursday, September 29, 2016

Why yes, I'm Irish... I've lived in Dublin! I love it there...

sweater - Kettlewell, cardigan - Kettlewell; loafers - Patricia Green

For some reason, the images arrived here in the blog post in a different order than usual! Ah, the wonders of computers...

Frankly, this color was very difficult to find in scarves, so I thought that this would be a good opportunity to investigate the possibilities of fine jewelry. If you were born in May, maybe an emerald or two could be in your future?

This combination is unexpected, but I think it works...

This might be one of the best neutrals with this bright green; it doesn't feel like the brightness of the green is too overwhelming.

Navy and bright green are made for each other - this was unquestionably the easiest color combination in which to find a scarf. Classic... 

This isn't bad at all - especially with that necklace that feels as if it ties everything together:

I don't know about green and black; I can't picture myself wearing this, but your feelings may differ...

I'm not convinced at all about these outfits. What do you think?

One of the things that I've learned from working through these variations in color combinations is that nobody is going to love ALL of the possibilities. Just because I don't personally like the looks of something doesn't mean that it won't be perfect for someone else. Variety is the spice of life, and thank heavens for it!



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

If I were to advise you, sight unseen, to try an accent color, this would be the one! It's not TOO bright, it goes well with everything, and it flatters most people. Plus it's pretty readily available in all kinds of garments and accessories - what's not to love!

But I struggled to find a "nice enough for you" pair of shoes in this color, so I'm opting to include a clutch bag. When you think about it, a clutch or other small bag in an accent color adds some color to your outfit without being worn near your face, and won't break the bank. If you want to retire the accent color after a season or two, you just pack your accent pieces away for a few seasons... A clutch, wallet, or cross-body bag isn't going to go out of style!

Olive is always a challenge to work with (for me!), but I think that these balanced out nicely...

Silver and turquoise jewelry feels just right here... 

The intensity of these two colors is very similar, and they're somewhat opposite of each other on the color wheel - two factors that help them work really well together!

Mixed shades of blue always appeal to me:

I love turquoise with brown! And if you haven't taken a closer look at this scarf, I encourage you to do so - it's just amazing... Completely not my colors, but if I wore brown, I'd be painfully tempted...

When I chose pieces to show with black, I considered if I would wear the item in question. I own these 3 pieces in black, as well as the black boots, so the black ensembles are always my very personal favorites. While I don't own any turquoise, seeing all of this together could turn my head! (especially that scarf... I LOVE scarves...) 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I love this color! To some of us, it's still quite a flashback to the '80s, but we shouldn't let that keep us from wearing it...

Yes, the sweaters are a twin-set. You don't ever in your life have to wear the 2 pieces together, if you don't want to. But it wouldn't be crazy to make certain that both of your accents garments are compatible, if only so that you know that your accessory choices work equally well with each piece.

And you might want to wear a twin-set some day. Crazier things have happened!

This bright blue with the olive brightens up the outfits quite a bit. For someone who adores olive but who finds it less than flattering, this kind of use of a bright accent might make all the difference.

Grey and blue are colors that men wear together ALL the time, but it's not this beautiful cobalt blue...  

These two colors are as opposite as can be, and they look great together:

This is a color combination that might cause some of us to hesitate. But when you can find so many lovely scarves that deliberate combine multiple shades of blue (as well as pieces of jewelry), it's easy to wear this ensembles with confidence.

Brown is proving to be pretty versatile, I'd say!

I can still remember, with startling clarity, an outfit that I had when I was in graduate school, that was these 2 colors. The shoulder pads! The knee-length shorts! Oh, how I LOVED that outfit....

But that's no reason to avoid this color combination now; colors should know no season, nor decade! (she says, warily...)

I'm still working on bright green, and I think maybe a bright pink?