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...


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

  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.

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

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

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

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

  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.