I found all four garments today at L.L.Bean. It’s great to be able to find multiple pieces in a difficult color in 1 place – it improves the chances that the garments will match or at least blend nicely.
Some of you have made it very clear that you think Bean is terribly unsophisticated and boring, but I find some of the nicest, best-made, most classically styled clothes there, at prices that don’t require missing a mortgage payment! We can’t all wear runway designer clothes… You are free to replicate these looks at much higher prices if that’s what you prefer.
Neutral colors really take on a whole new look when paired with taupe – the scarves really make these flow, but you could easily juxtapose the colors on their own…
(if you’re still scrambling for gift ideas – the navy gloves come in ELEVEN colors, are cashmere, are under $40, and have “tech touch” fingertips…)
Bright colors are challenging with taupe, because they can appear harsh unless handled with care. I’ve been trying to find a nice yellow accent to use, but I can’t find a yellow vest that isn’t (1) terrible quality, (2) photographed in a way that I can’t use (i.e. on a model doing some bizarre pose), or (3) a garish and ghastly shade of yellow that is unwearable by most people, and uncoordinatable by me. (spellcheck just threw in the towel…)
Muted colors and taupe are made for each other – any color with a touch of grey blended into it will work well here.
And when you’re looking for scarves, don’t forget to check museum shops – the floral scarf below is from the National Art Gallery! Gallery scarves tend to be well-made and very reasonably priced, plus you know that your purchase helps support the museum – win/win!
Pastels work nicely here – I was a little bit surprised! And I wanted to include a solid-colored scarf here, just to show that it looks great, and is always an option to consider.
If you haven’t bought my holiday gift yet, definitely consider those metallic loafers!
But seriously, if you’re looking for jewelry for holiday gifts, check out Novica, but do it soon! Much of their merchandise ships from the country of origin, and you want to allow for ample delivery time before your gift-giving event…
I am still looking at a few more color options – I will do as many as I can, within the limits of being able to find appropriate “core” garments with which to work. I never want to let you down, but you already know that!