December 9, 2019
Great heavens, it seems like it’s Monday every 7 days…
This week I feel like looking at the wonderful versatility of a lovely cashmere cardigan. If you keep your eyes peeled, these are often on sale. It is well worth the wait!
How to choose a color? If you don’t already have an obvious favorite accent color in mind, you could look at a scarf from which you’d like to get a bit more mileage (or a colored necklace?) and pick something happily compatible.
And no, it’s not wrong to hint for a sweater for a gift! Nor to hint for a scarf… (insert big cheesy smile emoji here, in your mind!)
Yes, warm accents look lovely with cool colors. Look to nature, where warm and cool combinations are everywhere…
Are you the woman to wear accent shoes?
Cashmere can look wonderful with jeans – it dresses them up, without being insanely over the top. Don’t hesitate to mix things that you consider dressy with your more “everyday” clothes. Rules are meant to be bent into pretzel-like sculptures of incredible beauty.
An understated outfit takes on a whole new oomph with some seriously pearl earrings!
If you’re not a scarf person, a pretty necklace would be great with any or all of these outfits. And the sweaters are perfectly lovely with neither! AND you could always wear a shirt or blouse under your cardigan… This kind of thinking frees you to buy fewer, but better, garments and wear them often.
It would be obvious to add a red cardigan to this wardrobe, so I chose a blue one! Every last accent garment in your wardrobe does not HAVE to work together, the way your neutrals should. This heroine does not live by red alone…
For those of you who are following along, here’s the master list. I still reserve the right to make small changes if I find that I’ve written myself into a really recklessly bad place!
p.s. 4 years ago, we were looking at accent colors for charcoal grey!
“Rules are meant to be bent into pretzel-like sculptures of incredible beauty.”
I love how you paint pictures with words!
Thanks! My brains sort of a seething cesspool of words – often in both French and English! I like to enjoy the possibilities…
I am loving your various ensembles here ! Not a cesspool, more like a traveling stream with cascades !
I love the soft pastel colours here – perfect for my colouring. And then that vivid teal made me sing! Oh yes, I’d go for those accent shoes too. I suspect that most of the pretty colours you’ve chosen would go with any neutral pants or skirts as long as it was a dark neutral. I’d wear them with black, charcoal, navy, dark green, or dark brown …
Yep – pretty colors are much more versatile that one might initially think. Neutrals are interchangeable!
My land’s End cashmere sweater arrived today and I am already in love. 50% off, too. A definite MUST have.
Loved the brown corduroy pants, but the website says the inseam is only 26″! Surely that is an error.
They could be cropped; that would be such a pity. They don’t look like it in the photograph though…
I know, it IS confusing. I just wanted your gentle readers to be aware.
Thanks for that – we have to stick together in this world to be our very best. This community includes some of the most wonderful women…
I’m swooning for the Ferragamo silk scarf in Black/Paprika, so out of my budget, even if it were in stock. That used to be one of my very favorite color combination about 25 years ago :-). I have a very inexpensive silk scarf with a similar palette, by Cynthia Rowley that I still really enjoy wearing. I haven’t worn it yet this season, you’ve inspired me to style an outfit around it this week. Thank you!
So many appealing vignettes here!
Thank you Janice for such lovely colour combinations – pink and grey is one of my favourites and I love lilac. The scarves are inspiring because I have similar in my wardrobe like the dual colour scarf in lilac and violet. I bought mine in a charity shop for a few pounds. It is embellished with trailing embroidery and sequins. I would wear it more likely during the day as sequins, crystals and diamante really catch the light.
I’ve just bought my first pair of Lands End cords – they fit so well and are very comfortable. Sadly, the dark grey ones aren’t available on the UK site in my size. Perhaps next year.
Mary Katherine says
I snapped up black velvet jeans from Lands End at 50% off last month. Worn them twice already, LOVE!!!
I’m about to put mine on for the day; I wear them once a week at least…