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?


Monday, September 26, 2016

You asked for "soupçon," you get it!

If you're going to have a red sweater, why not a cozy cashmere cardigan? This is one of those garments that you could keep forever, and wear it mostly for Christmas and Valentine's Day, but there are a lot of other times when it could be just the ticket. Some gloomy day in November, when the sun has never shone...

First up, scarlet and olive! This is a combination that might veer too far into the Christmas-y, if the green is too bright. (Which isn't a problem, unless you don't like the look.) However, this olive green mutes those holiday associations, and provides a good base for the brightness of the scarlet.

I've worn red with grey for years, and I've always like the way to quiet richness of the grey stands up to the brightness of the accent. This was one of those cases where I chose a neutral bag, rather than an accent. I'm still not able to put my finger on when or why I do that!

(note that the right shades of garnet will be perfect with this scarlet...)

I knew that this would be beautiful! The warmth of these 2 colors are perfect together.

Scarlet and navy is classic!

Brown is the hardest color for me - I don't know if it's because I don't wear it, or because I wear it (in my hair and eyes) constantly! These colors feel cozy together...

I was pretty confident about this! Some of us still feel like we're dressing from the '80s when we wear red with black, but it behooves us to remember that a great many of the people around us don't even remember the '80s...

I've got a "bit of bright blue" in the works, and a "touch of turquoise," but I'm stuck with what the last 2 days of the week will hold. Maybe a bright green, and some fuchsia?  Opinions welcome....