Monday, October 30, 2017

November's Birthstone is Topaz, or Citrine... Some Ideas!

I always love these months when we have a choice of stones - although November is a little bit strange because the average observer won't know the different between topaz and citrine... Which is a good thing; gold topaz aren't all that common, while citrine is pretty easy to find!

As usual, I'm starting with 6 really basic outfits in 6 neutral colors - 3 cool and 3 warm. Sweaters and corduroy pants are a good uniform this time of year in Chicago!

This first bracelet makes me swoon, just a little bit...

a rust outfit with citrine and topaz accessories
sweater - J.Crew Factory; earrings - Latelita London; necklace– Saranarat; bracelet – Ashley Pittman; cords - J.Crew Factory; scarf – Julie Impens

If you want to wear a "warm" stone with "cool" clothes, don't forget to look for stones set in silver, rather than gold - that balances the impression of the stones quite a bit.

And while we're remembering things, don't forget to look in the men's department when you're looking for scarves - especially if you want a classic pattern in timeless colors. They're also less expensive, sometimes... Can't figure that out...

navy outfit with topaz and citrine accessories
sweater - J.Crew Factory; citrine earrings – Dewi Putera; necklace – One Kings Lane; bracelet – Judith Ripka; cords – L.L.Bean; scarf – Hickey Freeman

This is a color combination made in heaven, or on the color wheel...

olive green outfit with citrine and topaz accessories
sweater – L.L.Bean; citrine earrings – Ippolita; bracelet – Vera Bradley; citrine and peridot ring – Bloomingdale’s; cords – L.L.Bean; scarf – Polo Ralph Lauren

I found this the hardest to really coordinate, but I think that looking for lighter (less orange) stones helps a lot. And a Missoni scarf can always tie together the most unexpected color combinations - they're geniuses at that sort of thing!

grey outfit with citrine and topaz accessories
turtleneck – Uniqlo; citrine earrings – Alok Jain; citrine necklace – Lagos; citrine ring – HSN; cords – Lands’ End; scarf - Missoni

A classic topaz stone would blend into these clothes perfectly, but just to make a bit of a statement, I looked for darker stones...

a camel outfit with topaz and citrine accessories
turtleneck – Uniqlo; citrine earrings – JCPenney; bracelet – Robert Lee Morris; ring - The RealReal; cords – L.L.Bean; scarf – Drakes

I would do embarrassing things for this bracelet... I could easily see basing an entire wardrobe on black with the accent colors from these stones. Some designers are just plain brilliant...

a black outfit with topaz and citrine accessories
merino turtleneck – Uniqlo; earrings – Kevia; necklace – Robert Lee Morris; bracelet – Ashley Pittman; cords – L.L.Bean; scarf – Missoni

While I never EVER think of topaz as a stone or a color that would flatter me, I might figure out a way to make it work if I owned that bracelet...

love,
Janice

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8 comments:

  1. I love these colors together. So classy and understated.

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  2. I like the simplicity of jumpers and cords and I particularly like the grey pairing with the lighter topaz jewellery. I have just treated myself to an off-white cable knit and blue-grey cords (thank you Janice for your inspiration), which I will wear with my silver and citrine bangle and earrings. Sharon, U.K.

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  3. Well this answers my question, "Can I still wear cords?" YES please and thank you!

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  4. Please put together the wardrobe based on the bracelet. We can think of that bracelet as a museum piece and enjoy the inspiration!

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  5. I swooned over these outfits! Gorgeous, just gorgeous, all of them, with such depth of texture and color.

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  6. The gray and citrine reminds me of the colors in The Sound of Music -- so understated and elegant.

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  7. Finally! MY birthstone! Oh, the grey and black outfits and jewellery do it for me, just have to quickly get hubby with the programme. I can see a few of those pieces wrapped in pretty paper with a tag saying "To Pout, x"!!
    Hugs, x.

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