Belt: vintage, my mom’s
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory
Patterned wedges: Kenneth Cole Reaction, via DSW
I just recently realized that I’ve worn this colorblock skirt, which falls somewhere between pale violet and gray (JCrew might call it “dove” or something else unhelpful), in many a different color combination. As a pair of grays with purple undertones, it has functioned beautifully as a pseudo-neutral that adds richness to otherwise simple color palettes. Let’s review, shall we?
When paired with a mustard yellow tank, the almost-lavender skirt creates a complementary color scheme that is soft rather than jarring.
The first time I blogged this skirt, I wore it with a brown sweater. Go neutrals (and pseudo-neutrals).
Then, a baby bump popped and this skirt had to be retired for a season. When I brought it out again post-baby, I used it to create a kind of extended analogous color palette of purple, blue, and green…
…and a true analogous combination of navy and purple. Though, if you think of navy and this purpley-gray as neutrals, this could also be an entirely neutral outfit with a pop of color in the shoe. Tricky.
I’ve also used the skirt in a monochrome purple look (and playing with a faux-drop waist). It’s like a dress fake-out. The subdued tones helpfully keep me from looking like a muppet, which is frequently my fear with monochromatic outfits.
I’m also particularly fond of this two-thirds combination (purple and orange) with a navy (neutral) jacket. After depending for so long on neutrals and cool tones to match this skirt, the warmer coral created a whole different affect that I really liked and that inspired today’s warm+cool combination of mustard and violet.
23 March 2010 – Versatility Thy Name is My Navy Blazer, originally uploaded by academichic.
Next up, I’m thinking that I need to try this skirt out with wine or magenta up top, or maybe create a full triad with a green top and orange shoes. Any other suggestions? Maybe a split complementary?