Camaïeu is a kind of color palette that uses 2 or 3 tints of single color to create a look with subtle contrasts. In other words, your colors don’t have to be perfect “dye-lot” matches for each other!
The woman I saw, on a sweltering day in Chicago, was wearing shades of ivory and white. She looked (relatively) cool, and really stood out in the sea of black that is the city:
This makes a lot of sense – colors are not going to look the same if they’re in different fabrics, even if they are dyed at the same time from the same kinds of dye. The texture of a sweater is very different from that of a silk blouse – one will reflect much more light, and the color will “feel” somewhat different.
The first thing that I thought of was those elusive brown and camel colors that you almost have to just grab when you see them, because they’re so uncommon:
yes, these pants are mad expensive… and screamingly beautiful…
This idea works really well with grey, so long as you stick with either a blue-ish grey, or a yellow-ish grey. I suspect that most of us who like grey probably instinctively are drawn to either the cool or the warm versions of grey! (and note, this is a fleece blazer – all of the “outfit-building” structure without all of those pesky stiff, constricting “menswear” details…)
I can heartily endorse these grey Blondo boots – I have a pair in black that are absolutely comfortable, waterproof, and look good. What else could you want from boots?
This idea might be really useful if you have an accent color that varies from garment to garment within your wardrobe… The bag and scarf help everything sort of blend together and look intention. If you’re going to buy a luxury bag, it had better contribute to the overall function of your wardrobe, I’d say!
another note – these corduroy pants are still available in 8 colors, and they’re marked down to $20….
I’m always going to see how far I can push the idea… This sweater puts you in a perfect position to wear blue and purple together without the slightest hesitation!
And yes, at one time, this word was synonymous with the cameo found in jewelry. With that in mind, I thought that this last outfit would be appropriate!
This idea might open up some really interesting possibilities in the right closet, eh?
p.s. 5 years ago I was admiring Chic Sightings of women in navy tunics and white pants….