Thursday, August 07, 2014

Common Capsule Wardrobe Colors: Cobalt

How maddening....  This is a great shirt.  At a great price.  And the way Uniqlo shows it on their website (with a superimposed color swatch) makes it look like there's something defective with the left sleeve.  Really, do you NEED a swatch, in blue, overlapping a blue shirt.  Did we think the shirt was really, surreptitiously, pink?

Ahem... 

I love this color.  I wore it in the '80's, as did many of us.  Maybe you can't shake those memories, but I'd encourage you to consider a little bit of bright blue...

These earrings are silk!  If you don't like the long shape, the designer Dorus Mhor (from Chicago!!!) also has cobalt earrings available in other shapes.  And if you've ever pondered buying a leather bracelet, because they've been popular FOREVER, this is a snazzy candidate. 
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Love

I loved this color with brown and beige WAAAY back when...
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Lovebrown jeans – Viyellabrown fleece cardigan – L.L.Beanbrown twill trousers - Lands’ Endkhaki skirt – Merona beige pants – The Row
 This is how I wore it back then, and how I'd wear it now!  With shorts, the sleeves MUST be rolled.  Layered over a white tank would be an option, too.
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Loveblack cotton and cashmere cardigan – 10 Crosby Derek Lamblack linen trousers – Viyellagrey pleated trousers – Alberto Biani, grey cardigan - Mango grey skirt – Diane von Furstenberg
Here's a case where that bright caramel color looks great with our chosen accent.
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Loveblack shorts – Hallhubercaramel wool and cashmere cardigan – Customer Loverscopper twill trousers – Lands’ Endblack cardigan – Michael Michael Korsblack skirt - French Connectionblack jeans – R13
Not sure about the olive... what a tough color!  But it's so rich looking, and pleasantly uncommon.  Just have to work harder if it's one of your favorites, I guess. 
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Lovebeige hoodie – Uniqlo, ivory shorts – Erika Cavallinikhaki cashmere cardigan – La Garconnebeige skirt - Vicky Tiel, beige jeans – Morganolive cardigan – Meronaolive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoile
To wear cobalt successfully with navy, I think the navy has to be rather dark so that there's a definite contrast.  If your navy is bright, it might look as if you were trying to match garments and failed dismally.  To me, darker navy looks more elegant anyway!
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Lovetan shorts – A.P.C.navy wool cardigan – Miu Miubeige cardigan – Marellatan pants – Uniqloflaired skirt - Hobbs London, navy trousers – Viyella
I love the way cobalt changes to look of grey - grey is so versatile in that way.  The difference between this blue and a soft powdery pink is like night and day.
Earrings – Dorus Mhor, shirt – Uniqlo, bracelet – George J. Lovenavy cardigan – Dorothy Perkins,navy trousers – Jacques Vertnavy skirt – Nina Riccigrey cashmere cardigan – Jaegersilver grey trousers – Viyella, grey jeans – Rebecca Taylor

14 comments:

  1. I too have fond memories of cobalt. My mom bought me a cobalt sweater on my last trip home. I wore it proudly on my first day back to the office. On my way, I stopped at a big box store and realized that I matched the uniform of the store of my adopted state of AR!!! Oh well, at least my cobalt is top notch quality. :))

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  2. I love this color and would like to add it to my wardrobe in the form of a top and maybe even a pair of bootcut jeans or cords. :)

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  3. Who couldn't use that blouse. It looks wonderful with any color!

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  4. I loved that bright blue with black back in the day.

    Olive is one of my very fav colors and I pair it with red (always my first choice), peach, cream, ballet pink, grey and even orange. I think of greens like this: every flower that grows has a green stem, therefore, green is neutral. It is just a matter of matching the feeling the green gives you when you pair a color with it.

    ps: I am new to your blog (and I am currently reading back through your archives) and I have to say, you are truly gifted. Your blog is an absolute delight to read.

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  6. It seems the Uniqlo link may be broken. Error code.

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    1. fixed - thanks for letting me know!
      Janice

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  7. Hi, Janice: I remember cobalt well! I had a soft leather purse in that color in the '80s, and a shaker-knit sweater. Remember those?

    I wanted to ask you s/thing but couldn't find an email address for you. I posted this a day or so ago but on a June post, so you may not have seen it. Do you have any idea where I can find a loose-fitting, button-down cardigan that can be worn on its own? I have s/thing called an Empire Cardigan from Ulla Popken (I bought their smallest size, which is very loose on me--I'm a 14) but it's been discontinued. I like to wear it in winter with a mock turtleneck, on its own in early fall or with a long-sleeved tee. I've been looking everywhere but can't find anything.
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Dear Sandra,

      Have you checked onestopplus.com? They have a bunch of Ulla Popken sweaters, including one called the Gathered Cardigan Sweater, which could easily be worn on its own.

      good luck searching!
      Janice

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  8. I love cobalt - one of my favorite colors.

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  9. Cobalt was one of my favourite colours in the 80's. I am working with the Starting from Scratch worksheet and will definitely purchase a blue shirt to go with the grey/navy for fall. I just ordered the House of Fraser cardigan which they are shipping to Canada for 7 pounds. Things are starting to take shape! A couple of long-sleeved tees and I should have my day-to-day wardrobe complete. Merci bien.

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  10. Just adore cobalt- my dearest has always said he loves it on me! Thanks for the earrings link- got to show them to the aforementioned..... ;-)

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  11. VF fans---nominate The Vivienne Files as one of the 100 best blogs for women at www.forbes.com! Let's give Janice the recognition she deserves.
    Teresa

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  12. I'm a big cobalt fan myself - bright clear colours like that suit me. I usually wear it with black. I don't remember it from the 80's, but I was a child/teen at the time, so I was more into pastels, acid wash demin and fluro etc.

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