July 31st, 2009 § §
- Blue ruffle top: BR Outlet
- Gray bermudas: thrifted, chopped by me
- Japanese print flats: Target
This is my take on the two-thirds color scheme of red and blue, already demonstrated earlier in the week by S. (as French chic) and A. (as professional lady), both of them beautifully sidestepping the disastrous potential of looking like US Olympic hopefuls. My version is really a postpartum iteration of a maternity outfit that I rather liked: a cobalt blue tunic over a gray skirt with these ballet flats. Same color palette, different pieces. And I think I am in love with this rich blue and how it plays up my hair and skin color.
Of course, I’m grounding the whole outfit with shades of my favorite neutral — gray! Per our recent post on the subject, I definitely think that gray pants can be worn in the summer, particularly if worn with brown or colored accessories rather than black. You will not find me parting with my charcoal gray in any season, really.
Finally, I have a longish post in the work, I promise, in which I tackle in greater detail some of the challenges and choices I’ve been facing as a new mom with a postpartum body and breastfeeding duties. I’ll be answering some of the questions left in the comments section then, too, so hang tight as I perfect the new art of typing one-handed with a sleeping babe in the other arm!
Category: Color Combinations, Maternity Style, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, The Short of It
Tags: Bermuda shorts > E. > nursing outfit > patterned shoes
July 31st, 2009 § §
- White tank – J.Crew, remixed
- White tuxedo front top – J.Crew, remixed
- Shorts – Old Navy
- Blue sandals – Birkenstock, remixed
- Bike – Nerp, remixed
Today’s Complimentary Color pairing is a recent favorite of mine: orange and blue! I fell in love with orange-and-blue back in January when E. posted this photo only the third week into this project of ours. I instantly loved the way these two colors played off each other and have been a believer ever since.
Incidentally, as I spent a happy morning coffee time perusing other style blogs, I came across this gorgeous blue and orange combination sported by one of the lovely ladies of Sisters and Dresses. She’s also wearing a shorts and tailored top combo, but with an entirely different effect than my version thereof. Check out her post for more orange and blue style inspiration! S.
Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, The Short of It, Vélocouture
Tags: blue > blue and orange > color theory > complementary colors > orange > S. > summer style
July 31st, 2009 § §
We recently received this reader question in our inbox:
Can you wear grey pants in the summer?
Before I go ahead, is there any pointers you might have? Any help would be appreciated.
What a great question! Gray pants do have something fall or wintery about them and tend to be a rare item in summer fashion lines. However, if you have a beloved pair of gray trousers you want to keep wearing year-round, there are good ways to do that. Here are some clever outfit ideas from some of our favorite wardrobe_remixers on Flickr, who demonstrate just how to work that gray pant into your summer wardrobe:
, originally uploaded by Julie Mack
The very stylish Julie Mack wears a medium gray pant with this soft pale blue blouse. The light color and fabric of the blouse lightens up the outfit all together, making the pants appear more summer appropriate as well.
Trick: Pair a more somber gray pant with a light and breezy summer blouse!
Mamichan, from whom we seem to draw endless style inspiration, wears her gray summer culottes with a darker top and flats. Although the hues are darker and the cuts more tailored, the pale gray of the pant as well as the just below the knee length make it an unmistakable summer outfit.
Trick: Choose a paler gray or a summer cut such as a culotte, capri, or cigarette pant!
Keeping it similarly light in hue, the lovely Darling Dexter
sports a pale gray trouser with a white top and short sleeved cardi. Once more, the lighter shade of gray makes it feel breezy and summery, while the white top and short sleeved cardi add to that light and airy look.
Trick: Pair a light gray pant with other pale colors for a soft and summery color palette!
Our own E. demonstrates how she made her gray trousers extend into the summer months by pairing them with a bright coral top. In this case, E.’s pant is a dark charcoal but can still look summery with the help of a bold and punchy color on top.
Trick: If you have a dark gray pant, play up the saturated color by adding a bright and bold top in coral, green, or magenta!
Category: Color Combinations, Pants Please, Q&A, Visiting Lecturer
Tags: academic fashion > colors > neutrals > summer style > what to wear
July 30th, 2009 § §
I just recently received notice from the wonderful people at Schmap: Beyond the Map informing me that three of my San Francisco pictures were short-listed for their upcoming eighth edition of the San Francisco guide. How exciting! In a parallel universe, I would be blissfully traveling the world and working as a travel writer. I would be a female Rick Steves or a modern-day Henrietta Stackpole!
I published those pictures for the sake of sharing some of my trip’s highlights with you on this blog and because a considerable amount of my sightseeing was influenced by your wonderful suggestions! Thank you, again, for informing me about San Francisco must-sees and for allowing me to share my findings with you! Which in turn resulted in me living out a teeny tale of alter-ego goodness as travel writer extraordinaire. S.
Tags: S. > san francisco > schmap > travel diary of san francisco > travel writing
July 30th, 2009 § §
Red-Orange Cardigan – Gap
Teal Top - BR Outlet
Black Skirt – BR Outlet
Brown Belt – Ann Taylor
Brown Wedges – Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW
Earrings – Gift
Brown Bag – China Town, NYC
Much like yellow, I don’t own anything in true orange. Instead, I prefer the way a red-orange, rust-orange, or this more coral color, looks with my hair color and skin tone. I love all shade of blue and green, and particularly favor a good blue-green. Before these Fashion 101s, I would never have thought to pair this color with a shade of orange and still don’t feel completely myself in this outfit. I loved the way S. wore these complimentary colors on Monday and E’s version, also from Monday, so figured I should give it a try. To make it feel a bit more me, I am also mixing my neutrals!
Have you taken inspiration from any of our outfits and then made it your own? If so, send us a picture and tell us about it!
Category: Color Combinations, It's in the Bag, Office Hours, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
Tags: A. > belted > cardigan > colors > complementary colors > green and orange > neutrals > professional > two-thirds color combination
July 30th, 2009 § §
This week we’re exploring Complimentary Colors and the Two-Thirds Rule. One of my favorite two-thirds of a triad is purple and green (of the orange-purple-green triad). I wear it in many incarnations, be it in small doses or large color blocks:
Looking at my past purple and green combos, I’m also noticing that I’m drawn to deep saturated purples and greens more so than to pastels. I like the rich organic look of these colors that remind me of some of my favorite flowers. E. noted yesterday
that she sometimes draws color inspiration from nature, and I think that certainly rings true for me as well. How can you go wrong being inspired by the colors found in irises, petunias, or lavender?
What are some of your favorite flowers and do you ever find yourself translating their hues into outfits or design ideas? S.
Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Office Hours, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, The Short of It
Tags: color inspiration from nature > color theory > color wheel > green and purple > S. > triads > two-thirds color combination
July 29th, 2009 § §
Today’s shades, purple and yellow, are true complimentary colors – straight form the crayon box. Purple is one of my favorite colors and I also really like the way it looks with my hair and skin tone. Yellow, however, is a whole other story! I like yellow on my walls, in my flowers, and in theory, I like it in my wardrobe too. In practice, it just isn’t for me. I have yet to find a shade of yellow that I am willing to wear near by face. When we first introduced these color challenges, I quickly identified some holes in my own closet color wheel and most of them were in the yellow to red family. I purchased some yellow bangles and let that complete any combinations that would require yellow.
Are there any colors that you love on other people or on the hanger but never on yourself?
Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue
Tags: A. > academic fashion > cardigan > colors > complementary colors > pattern > purple > summer style
July 29th, 2009 § §
- Gray nursing tank – Target
- Magenta cardi – H&M
- Gray grosgrain ribbon – craft box
- Green jersey skirt – Target
- Patterned flats that make everything better – Old Navy
In theory, I like the complementary color scheme of pink and green. It’s a sweeter, non-holiday version of the proper complements, red and green. But, as I explained back in April, pink is just not my color. So while I loved how A. did preppy chic yesterday with her pink polo and green accessories, I feel more comfortable moving one step over on the color wheel to pair red-violet and yellow-green.
This outfit is also an example of how the choice of a neutral can change the overall effect of the color palette. A white cami would have given this a crisper feel. Brown probably would have taken the whole “organic inspiration” bit too far. But this heather gray keeps everything softer and more subtle.
And… I match my potted coleus and impatiens. Nature is, of course, a fantastic source of inspiration for color pairings. I started wearing orange and purple together, for example, after realizing that they looked quite fantastic in a sunset sky. What color ideas have you found in nature? Have they always translated to outfits or are there some combinations that are better left outdoors?
Category: Calls for Papers, Our Best Flatware, Research Casual, Skirting the Issue
Tags: color theory > complementary colors > E. > green and pink
July 28th, 2009 § §
- Polo – J Crew
- Denim Pencil Skirt – Gap, endlessly remixed
- Pink Tank – Gap
- Green Flats – Banana Republic, remixed almost as much as the skirt
- Bracelet – Faces Green Necklace
When I sported a white polo for a little golf outing a few weeks back, reader Jessica asked how I might style a polo off the course. Well, here you have it. This J Crew polo is much softer than the average polo and feels more like a worn-in tee-shirt. I love the detail of the little pocket and extra buttons. I also love the color of this top – a pinky peachy almost coral. I think on the color wheel, it falls closest to pink (a shade of red) thus making its compliment green.
Red(ish) and Green, originally uploaded by academichic.
I wore a similar outfit when we explored complimentary colors back in February. Using the same necklace as my pop of green, this time I have wrapped it around my wrist several times to create an oversized bracelet. I loved S.’s big blocks of bright color yesterday and promise to give that approach a try at some point this week, but for now am easing into color mixing by grounding my look with a neutral base in the denim skirt.
Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Office Hours, Our Best Flatware, Skirting the Issue
Tags: A. > color theory > complementary colors > denim skirt > green and pink > green shoes > neutrals > pink > skirt length
July 28th, 2009 § §
This week we’re reviewing Complementary Colors and the Two-Thirds Rule. For today’s outfit, I chose to mix red and blue, which make 2/3 of a red-blue-and-yellow triad. While I find red and blue to look fresh and summery together, I have a hard time adding that extra bit of yellow to make it a triad. So it suits me just fine that we’re only working with 2/3rds of triads this week.
Red and blue have always struck me as crisp and summery when paired together, especially when added to a good dose of white. Perhaps it’s the allusion to marine colors or the French flag that makes me really fond of this color mix. It makes me think of the French Riviera, the ocean, sailboats and seagulls. So donning this color combo today was guaranteed to put me in a good mood and excited for my evening plans.
For an added bit of glam, I chose this skirt for its sequined hemline and my red espadrilles that give me a few extra inches of height. Were I someone who could pull off red lipstick, this would be just the outfit for it. But alas, I’m not that glamorous, so chapstick it is. Nevertheless, I’m off to toast the town…
Bonne soirée, mes amis! S.
Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Night Without Grading, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue
Tags: blue > blue and red > color theory > complementary colors > red > S. > sequins > triads > two-thirds color combination