30 July 2009

July 30th, 2009 § 5 comments

30 July 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Purple cardi – H&M, remixed
  • Black jersey top – thrifted, remixed
  • Green tote – Kenneth Cole Reaction, remixed
  • Khaki shorts – Old Navy
  • Green loafers – Anne Klein, remixed


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.

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§ 5 Responses to 30 July 2009"

  1. Clare says:

    I love the inspiration-from-flowers question! I adore orchids, calla lilies, and really bushy flowers with tons of green leafy bits and crazy out-of-control growth. In terms of color inspiration for the wardrobe, I always think of the major color saturation in Gerber daisies. Even if I’m not wearing yellow, orange, pink, or red, if the color I’m wearing is bright and vibrant I always think of the Gerbers.

  2. Sal says:

    I’m drawn to saturated colors, too. They feel stronger and more vital, which influences my mood.

  3. Dawn says:

    I also love Calla lilies and orchids! I often find inspiration for colour combinations in nature. For example, I was in the Alps last month and I saw so many colourful alpine meadows that made me want to run home and start combining green with every single other colour in my wardrobe. Also I have orchids growing in my kitchen and it makes me want to combine royal purple with white and brown.

  4. Anna says:

    I love this outfit! I love tiger lilies, and they encouraged me to pair orange and purple for the first time.

  5. Little Red says:

    Love the purple cardigan! And the green loafers are fab!

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