Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wearing Unflattering Colors: Pastel Blue and Green

Oh, I could tell you stories about wearing mint green...

I decided to combine these two posts, because it wasn't tremendously easy to find nice things in these colors - especially nail polish. That surprised me; I would have assumed that all pastel colors would be pretty readily available...

A LOT of these items appealed to me, and I thought that the combinations turned out well. And what I wouldn't give for a pair of lace trainers...

Bag – Loeffler Randall; lace shoes – Sole Diva; tee shirt – Uniqlo; crop knit pants
 – Helmut Lang; Pastel Sky nail polish – Formula X; blue topaz bracelet –  Alok Jain;
 ring Ippolita

I love this look - it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream! And that can ONLY be a good feeling...

Bag – Tod’s; flats – Jimmy Choo; brown tee – The Great; capris – Dosa; Pastel Jade
 nail polish – Formula X; bracelet – Sandy Hyun
 ring – Inez and Vinoodh

I also thought that this was lovely - soft and feminine...

Bag – Stella McCartney; trainers – Jil Sander; tee shirt – Uniqlo; trousers
 – Carven; Blue Orchid nail polish – Deborah Lippmann; bracelet – Kendra
 Scott; ring – Bernard Delettrez

The ring just makes the all come together! I don't suggest that you wear ALL of these accessories at one time, though - that might be overdoing it just a tad...

Bag – Judith Leiber; espadrilles – Valentino; taupe tee – Uniqlo; trousers
 – Austin Reed; Icy Mint nail polish – Butter London; bracelet – Betsey
 Johnson; ring – Henri Bendel

When I was a kid, this would have been considered an off-limited color combination, but I don't think I can remember WHY... 

Wearing a blingy ring and bracelet - maybe on the way to the gym? Why not?

Backpack – Herschel Supply Co., high tops - Converse; tee shirt – Uniqlo;
 trousers – Mango; Saltwater Happy nail polish – Essie; bracelets – Alexis Bittar;
 opal ring – Rebecca Minkoff

The bag is a one of a kind, but I HAD to show it to you just to share with you what's possible to find if you dig long enough, and have some patience. A bag like this can tie all of your new mint green accessories together with your camel wardrobe perfectly!

bag – Missoni; espadrilles – Manebi; tee shirt – Etro; cropped pants
 – Chloe; That Hula-rious! nail polish – OPI; bracelet Givenchy;
 ring – Bijoux Bar

I'm going to ring in the New Year with rust/russet/muddy red... Sounds festive, doesn't it?


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  1. Thought I would like the pale blue......but really not feeling any of those combo's. Bring on the rust!!!

  2. This brings to mind the old saying, "Blue and green should not be seen, except inside the washing machine." I break that rule all the time!
    I love these colours, but black and white make me look like a corpse!

  3. I am really trying to like pastels...this helps!

  4. I love these two colours. I find them very flattering in the summer months. Nice combinations.

  5. From Margie in Toronto - I LOVE these colours - I have a couple of summer sweaters in the (what I call Icy Blue) and always get compliments when I wear them - I've just added a pair of gorgeous earrings and a lovely necklace from the Christmas sales so I'm going to look for a purse and perhaps a scarf and I'll wear everything with white or navy this summer. Don't own any mint green but do really like it in small amounts - would love to find a few pieces. Thank you for this one!

  6. Lovely! I used to love mint chocolate chip icecream... Before I moved on to pistachio! ๐Ÿ˜„
    Lovely combinations. I like that limiting the "tricky" colours to accessories tames them quitea bit.

  7. These are colours I can only admire on other people, they are not for me at this point. Perhaps when I have grey or white hair, they will work for me. Espadrilles always speak to me and you are sowing some very nice ones.

    Deb from Vacouver

  8. Gray and blue combination... yes please! *sigh*

  9. I'm slowly learning that if you have a top and bottom that match or are similar, you can,with some thought,wear most anything! An old dog can learn a few new tricks...Thank you Janice, and happy new year to you!!!

  10. Wearing matching top and bottoms in a colour that suits you well certainly does appear to be an effective way of incorporating another colour that is less flattering. But what if you are smitten by a pair of pastel blue jeans and dark colours are your best friend? Would you then mix up the accessories more with dark and light to counterbalance? Or would you wear the challenging colour as a stand alone? Just wondering....

  11. Thank you, dear Janice, for a year of blog delights! May your 2016 be full of Paris, light, and joy.