Thursday, November 23, 2017

Teal for the Holidays? Three Different Approaches!

Happy Thanksgiving in the United States! (well, heck, Happy Thanksgiving to everybody...) I know that I should be plying you with news about "Black Friday" sales, and lots of gifty stuff, but you will get quite enough of that kind of information without The Vivienne Files piling on, right?

So I'm going to respond to the overwhelming demand for teal for the holidays by looking at it with 3 different neutrals partners... Nothing like a bit of excess for today (says the woman who fully intend to have at least 2 desserts, and then work it off tomorrow in the gym...)

First up, three gorgeous teal pieces, paired with a core of black silk:

Five Key Pieces in teal and black
jacket – Self-Portrait; cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; velvet top – Eileen Fisher; silk pants – Eileen Fisher; silk shell – Eileen Fisher

The blazer is shown with velvet shorts at Nordstrom, if that appeals...

And while the pants are described as cropped, I found that for me they fit more like ankle pants... There are a variety of silk pants available right now from Eileen Fisher, including some really luscious velvet ones, and some wide legged silk too!

Similarly, if you're more comfortable with sleeves, there are plenty of silk tops available...

And I was reminded again today that it really is worthwhile to be patient while looking for accessories - I despaired repeatedly while preparing this, but in the end found some truly amazing and beautiful things! This is the time to look far and wide - beyond your normal "go-to" retailers. There are lots of people out there selling lots of surprising things...

These pieces come together in a variety of ways, from quite dressy to a wee bit more casual. The accessories really do a lot of the "heavy lifting" on these outfits, I think.

a teal blazer and black silk top and pants for the holidays
jacket – Self-Portrait; necklace - Heidi Daus; silk shell – Eileen Fisher; bag – Shiraleah; silk pants – Eileen Fisher; black velvet mules – Jeffrey Campbell

I own this Bao Bao Issey Miyake bag in silver, and I really love it. It was a mad extravagance which I don't regret in the least!

a teal velvet top and black silk pants, for the holidays
velvet top – Eileen Fisher; earrings – Louise Olsen; bracelet - Heidi Daus; flats – Jimmy Choo; silk pants – Eileen Fisher; bag - Bao Bao Issey Miyake

A sweater almost automatically makes books an okay choice, I say! And these boots are a perfect example of looking far and wide - the retail price of these can vary by LITERALLY over $300...

a teal sweater and black silk pants, for the holidays
cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; earrings - Heidi Daus; boots - Tibi; silk pants – Eileen Fisher; clutch – Dries van Noten

What if you want to branch out from black? Winter white - any shade of white, really - is beautiful with teal... (and the Eileen Fisher pants shown above come in bone, along with a number of bone silk tops...)

Five Key Pieces in teal and winter white
jacket – Self-Portrait; cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; velvet top – Eileen Fisher; satin ankle pants – Uniqlo; layered silk top – Nordstrom Signature

Winter white always suggests pearls to me! And the teal shoes tie the whole outfit together and keep the jacket from giving it a "top-heavy" feeling...

a holiday outfit in winter white with teal accents
jacket – Self-Portrait; earrings – Kenneth Jay Lane; layered silk top – Nordstrom Signature; bracelet – Majorica; satin ankle pants – Uniqlo; bag - Chloé; flats – Treasure & Bond

I'm not as worried about balance here, because the top is less structured and has shorter sleeves.

a teal velvet top and winter white pants for the holidays
velvet top – Eileen Fisher; necklace –Marco Bicego; flats – Gentle Souls; satin ankle pants – Uniqlo; clutch – Natasha

yes, the gold flats are very discounted!

a teal velvet sweater and winter white pants for the holidays
scarf – Pam Weinstock London; earrings - Aspina of London; cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; satin ankle pants – Uniqlo; ring - Mizuki; boots – Sol Sana

And what if you want to span a range of moods? A sparkly skirt and a classic dress give you plenty of choices:

Five Key Pieces in teal, gold and black
jacket – Self-Portrait; cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; velvet top – Eileen Fisher; sequined skirt - Simply Be; dress – Lands’ End

This would be perfect for an "after-work, office-ish party" evening - festive but not unbusinesslike.

a teal blazer and black dress for the holidays
earrings – Michael Aram; jacket – Self-Portrait; necklace – Nest; clutch – Edie Parker; dress – Lands’ End; pumps – Vince Camuto

I'm quite smitten with this scarf - it could dress up anything!

a teal velvet top and gold skirt, for the holidays
velvet top – Eileen Fisher; earrings - Mela Artisans; scarf – Collection 18; bag – Serpui; sequined skirt - Simply Be; mules – Mansur Gavriel

This is sort of a "relaxed festive" outfit - no uncomfortable shoes, and a warm sweater! Of course I've paired a square-motif scarf with square earrings, bracelets with angular faceted stones, and shoes that have tiny square holes in them - it's what I like to do...

a teal sweater and gold skirt, for the holidays
scarf – John Lewis; earrings - Argento Vivo; cashmere tunic - Halsbrook; flats – Vionic; sequined skirt - Simply Be; bracelets– Hila Gardner

I'm going to work on at least 1 or two more of these - the holiday merchandise is already starting to vanish from stores! What's the rush? sigh...


Teal for the Holidays? Three Different Approaches!
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  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you also!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, dear Janice! Have a great day. This teal collection really caught my eye, especially that jacket!

  3. Love this teal!!! And, I feel ahead of the curve; I got a pair of teal velvet ankle-strap flats in teal velvet with gold bees embroidered on them (Macy's) AWESOME. Happy T-day dear one.

  4. All I can say is "well, wow" and this woman has a of of events to attend!!! Gorgeous.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Janice, and to all of your readers !

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Janice! And to all of us who share our morning coffee with you 😙

  7. Velvet really is the star this that scarf and the sequinned skirt too!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving!

    That gold scarf was complete serendipity. I've been hunting all over for a gold scarf without success, and, then, this morning, there was the perfect scarf. Already purchased and on its way to me soon. Now I just want to decide about the teal velvet top.


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