My first move with any scarf is to take a good look at it, from a distance, with my eyes squinting, and see what neutral colors seem prominent to me. I then look for colors that “jump out” – those are accents. This is the color scheme that I saw in this scarf. Bear in mind that I could easily find more colors – there’s no one “correct” color scheme here!
I’m thinking of this scarf for travel in the spring – an annoyingly unpredictable mix of warm and cool, so I’m picking a mix of skirt, trousers, shorts, tank tops, a cashmere cardigan – a wide variety, to give us abundant layering choices so that we’re prepared for all kinds of weather.
The accent colors are always where the real fun starts! I picked just one piece in each of the three bright colors, and added another beige top because I wanted something with a bit more coverage than the tank top. You’ll be surprised how much you can do with just one orange cardigan, or purple tee shirt!
Since I’m looking upon this as a travel wardrobe, I kept the shoe selection small – beige sandals that will be perfect with your shorts or trousers, and a pair of navy flats that are equally at home with pants or your skirt. Some bright jewelry pick up your accent colors, while a couple of pair of gold earrings give you finish and shine when you’re wearing neutrals. A lightweight nylon navy tote, and you’re ready to go!
This is everything you’ll have with you – a really solid base of neutrals, with a few punches of color to keep things lively.
Lots of possibilities – this is a far-from-exhaustive sampling of outfits:
And remember, any of these outfits could include the gorgeous scarf if it’s cool, or if the air conditioning is out of control.
2014: Start with Art: The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer (a great painting, and some beautiful clothes!)
2013: Packing for a warm-weather vacation, in red and navy – how to pack light, when there’s a strict weight limit for luggage