If you can read French, or are willing to throw yourself into a translation frenzy, you can find it here. The next time I’m in Europe, I’m going to look for a few copies for us, since it’s becoming more and more difficult to find…
Today’s inspiration was found on a page about figuring out how to work with color in a wardrobe; to one side, they tucked in this little list of garments with the heading “We love, we dare…”
I love some of them. I might even dare a few of them. What do you think?
When I decided to share this list with you, I thought immediately that I would show you a few garments that (loosely) met their description – some of their chosen items were a bit hard to find! But then I thought I’d also show you how these items could be worn – at least, how I’d integrate them into an outfit. What this gives us is a variety of idea for integrating an unusual color into an otherwise pretty neutral wardrobe.
Pine Green Trousers
Green trousers don’t feel particularly daring to me – they specified pine green, which is vague enough that you could choose any number of pants that would fill the bill.
I would wear this outfit just to have an excuse to wear this scarf!
Red Cocktail Dress
They specifically said a red “flamenco” cocktail dress. A little too “over the top” for me, and incredibly difficult to find!
I tried to echo the flare of the skirt by my choice of accessories…
Shocking Pink Skirt
For someone with a lot of black or navy in their wardrobe, this could turn into a surprisingly workhorse piece – especially with the right scarf or piece of jewelry.
A soft, flowy blouse – untucked – and a great necklace make this an easy evening ensemble.
Why would you even WANT to integrate a really unusual color into your wardrobe? Well, a gift from a loved one who’s feelings you really DIDN’T want to hurt? Maybe a community or work activity that requires/strongly suggests that you wear the color? Or you’re the odd man out in a family group photograph, in which everyone is going to wear a variation on a certain color scheme?
It could happen…
Gold V-neck Sweater
This color SCREAMS sports team to me…
The white shirt keeps the gold a bit away from your face, they trousers and loafers give you an outfit with a bit of polish, while the socks keep an element of fun in the mix. The amazing scarf pulls it all together – I could actually picture myself wearing this, and I NEVER wear gold…
This would be great for a dressy lunch or a nice, but relaxed, evening. I tried to keep the floral sensibility present in the jewelry and bag. And velvet pants make EVERYTHING feel more special.
Oh. Dear. Me.
If you can successfully wear this color, you should do so, frequently, and take advantage of your unique coloring and temperament. SO many of us can’t wear this color in any way, shape or form.
Here, I took a key from the fluidity of the top, found some jacquard trousers with a wavy pattern, and echoed the found motif in the accessories. It still makes a lovely ensemble, for someone who can wear this very strong, unmissable color.
Klein Blue Dress
I just stuck to a bright, saturated blue, and didn’t try to nuance the color of a dress in an image – that leads to madness! There are dozens of options, in a color that flatters a great many people, and which is a great change from endless black.
I felt like taking this dress into the realm of tunic, and layering it over black. With flats and a gorgeous scarf, it’s more casual, relaxed, and somewhat youthful. THIS is an ensemble I would wear day after day…
What all of these options have shown us is the way that accent colors can really shine when worn with a base of neutrals. So coming full circle, we’re back to the cabled turtleneck and the velvet pants, as well as those nifty little boots. A change of earrings and scarf, and we’re able to successfully integrate a completely new accent color into an outfit that doesn’t scream Halloween.
What I learned AGAIN from this exercise is that virtually any color, combined with core neutrals, and carefully accessorized, can be the centerpiece of a beautiful look. When the “must-have” seasonal colors are pushed upon us, if we find ourselves tempted by one of them, we can indulge without taking our wardrobe into scary, uncharted territory.
You just gotta have a plan…