Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I don't know why we don't see more brown with bright colors; the colors share the same degree of saturation, and some of these combinations are pretty nice!

As always, let's start with some hard-working basics:

Cardigan and shell – J. Crew; trousers - Incotex

Double-breasted – J. Crew; embroidered – San Andres Milano;
Trench – Halifax Traders
Pick up the floral motif of the jacket in earrings, and with a little ornament on your shoes.

Earrings – Lauren Ralph Lauren; clutch – Menbur;
 flowered flats – Taryn Rose

Faux-wrap – Maison Margiela; tweed – A.P.C. Atelier;
Flared – Jil Sander

These colors felt close enough to me that wearing them together with just a touch of garnet jewelry seemed sufficient. Warm and rich...

garnet earrings – Alok Jain; garnet ring – Mahavir;  

pumps – Trotters

Sleeveless – Alexander Wang; rollneck – Proenza Schouler;
V-neck - Kenzo

These colors play together nicely - just a touch of sparkle from a brooch is all I would add here!

Brooch – Dolce & Gabbana; boots – Munro
 crossbody bag – Brahmin

Draped – Uniqlo; long sleeve – Tulchan;
Sleeveless – Dorothy Perkins

Yes, all of these are described as shocking pink, but this one doesn't seem shocking at all to me. I'd describe it as rosy and very flattering.

Scarf – Hermes De la Mer au Ciel; earrings – Alexis Bittar;
 oxfords – Munro

I particularly love the orange velvet corduroy, but they are... gasp... an investment!

Jeans – Wrangler;  cropped – Boden;
Velvet-corduroy - Gucci

As in so many instances, the right scarf makes so much difference.

Scarf – Hermes l’Arbre du Vent; bracelet – Nordstrom
boots – Munro

9-button – Boden;  cascade – DKNY;
Dip-dyed - Ferrante

This necklace was BORN to wear with this outfit! And notice the brown buttons on the cardigan - it's the little details that hold things together visually.

Necklace – Chuleekorn; tote – Longchamp

A red jacket is a great idea for cold, dark autumn and winter days...

Down – Dorothy Perkins;  cropped – Forte Forte;
Belted – Erika Cavallini

I love these socks and shoes...

Scarf – Laleh Fayaz; loafers – Nine West;
 socks – Hansel from Basel

To wear with brown, a true gold metallic blouse is a great choice!

Tie-front – Iris and Ink; short sleeve – Lanvin;
Bow - Moschino

Sort of dressy, but not over the top - could be useful for so many evenings where you want to look like you made an effort, but you don't want to overdo.

Earrings – Lafonn; bag – Nicole Miller;

 loafers – Kristin Cavallari

I'm thinking of olive as tomorrow's neutral!



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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

So many of us own this kind of small neutral core - I love taking these pieces and adding accent colors, to see what happens. Today, it's grey, or gray, depending on.... I have no idea!

Cardigan – Lands’ End; tee shirt – Lands’ End; trousers – J. Crew

These dresses might be one of the easiest ways to wear this bright, strong color. You wouldn't necessarily pull the cardigan on, but tossed over one's shoulders with an insouciant flair (think Italian actress), it will be perfect.
SleevelessLanvin; peplum Alberta Ferretti
embroidered – Jane Norman
Sandals – Jimmy Choo; peridot earrings – Kohl’s; clutch - Nina

These jackets were surprisingly difficult to find, but well worth it. If you're looking for leather, this color is a great option rather than the much more ubiquitous black. Just make sure your jacket looks like gorgeous leather, and not some horrible plastic stuff...
Field jacket – J. Crew; wrap – Mauro Grifoni; biker - Iro

garnet earrings – AlokJain; garnet ring – Mahavir; oxfords – Marc Fisher Ltd

The more I work on these ideas, the more it becomes clear that one of the best ways to wear a color you love, but that doesn't flatter you, is in a skirt or pair of trousers. Certain something to consider...
Satin – Tibi; pleated knit – Sibling; fitted - Moschino

Earrings – Lagos; scarf – Hermes Tyger Tyger; pumps – Calvin Klein

I've also learned that searching on the internet for a particular color turns up EVERYBODY'S interpretation of that color; some shades can vary dramatically!
Cabled – Lands’ End; v-neckJ.Crew
 boat neckRalph Lauren Black

If your v-neck is just a bit deep, a tee shirt layered underneath it is a good way to cover up. Plus, it pulls your grey trouser color up to the top of your outfit and helps everything "hang together".
Bracelet – Swarovski; scarf – Emilio Pucci; loafers – Paul Green

Seriously, when I was looking for an orange tee shirt, all of these claimed to quality as orange! And I ran with it - there's nothing prettier than a nice warm coral.
Tank – Lands’ End; long-sleeve – J. Crew; short-sleeve – Lands’ End

Necklace – Vera Wang; loafers – Nine West

Purple and grey are made for each other - just like amethysts set in silver...
Draped ruffle front – Roksanda; tie front – MSGM

Amethyst earrings – Allura; loafers – Kristin Cavallari
silver belt – Banana Republic

Red cardigans are SUCH a favorite with me - I find a cardigan is a really simple way to introduce a new color to your wardrobe. Add in a piece of jewelry, or a pair of socks, and you're done!
V-neck – Uniqlo; hooded wrap – Max Mara; braid trimmed - TIGI

Brooch – Lanvin; socks – Hansel from Basel; loafers – Marc by Marc Jacobs

There are metallic gold trousers and jeans in the world. Unfortunately, the ones that I found looked like something that you get you arrested; gold is now officially synonymous with yellow, for this post!

And yes, my high school "colors" were described as gold and blue, but that was ALWAYS shown as bright yellow and navy blue. I guess "yellow and blue" doesn't have the same inspiring ring?
Jeans – Versace; flaired trousers – Dsquared2; cropped – J. Crew

Yes, I've used this scarf with every post of this type, so far. I like to be able to do this from time to time, to show the inherent versatility in a well-chosen accessory.
scarf Hermes Siesta au Paradis; loafers – Paul Green

Tomorrow I'm hoping to show you brown with brights!


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