Friday, July 25, 2014

Common Colors: Coral

Coral comes in a range of tints - there are more "pinkish", less "orangish" versions out there too if those would be more flattering.  But any of them will look completely appropriate and attractive with all of our neutral color usual suspects.  And as we move into August, and what is for many of us the end of summer (my great-nephew goes back to school IN 10 DAYS!!!), this might be a good wardrobe refresher, as well as a low-commitment way to test drive a new accent color for your wardrobe.

Please note - this tunic-length top is going to be "iffy" with some cardigans; I personally can wear a top hanging out below my cardigan without worry, but you might want to bear this conundrum in mind when you choose your coral top.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekorn
Here's coral added to the brown and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekornbrown jeans – Viyellabrown twill trousers - Lands’ Endkhaki skirt – Merona beige pants – The Row
 Coral with our black and grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekornblack cotton and cashmere cardigan – 10 Crosby Derek Lamblack linen trousers – Viyellagrey pleated trousers – Alberto Biani, grey cardigan - Mangoblack jeans – Current/Elliottshorts – T by Alexander Wang
Items from the caramel and black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe takes on an entirely different look with coral additions.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekornblack shorts – Hallhubercopper twill trousers – Lands’ Endblack cardigan – Michael Michael Korsblack skirt - French Connectionblack jeans – R13 
Coral looks wonderful with with selections from the khaki and olive Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekornbeige hoodie – Uniqloivory shorts – Erika Cavallinikhaki cashmere cardigan – La Garconnebeige skirt - Vicky Tiel, beige jeans – Morganolive cardigan – Meronaolive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoile
 The navy and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe had yellow and green accents; coral brings a very different look to these neutrals.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekorntan shorts – A.P.C.navy jeans – Uniqlonavy wool cardigan – Miu Miuvy trousers – Viyellatan pants – Uniqlobeige cardigan – Marella
The Starting From Scratch Wardrobe in navy and grey emphasized pastel accent colors; the brightness of color is a real departure for these neutral clothes.
Earrings – Rebecca Minkoff, tunic – Dorothy Perkins, bracelet - Chuleekornnavy trousers – Jacques Vert navy skirt – Nina Riccisilver grey trousers – Viyellagrey cashmere cardigan – Jaegergrey jeans – Rebecca Taylor
I'm furiously at work on our color combinations file (which explains why I'm reusing clothes from yesterday - not just fundamental laziness!), and I'm on schedule to release it Saturday August 2nd, if all goes well! 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Common Colors: Turquoise

As I spend hours each day getting the big color combination document ready, I notice that there are a handful of colors that turn up in almost every color palette.  They are colors that you might not like, or that might not look good on you, but they are colors that you might want to consider for a late-season wardrobe refresh, or for an experiment in accent colors.

Here, I'm showing a tee shirt and two pieces of jewelry; you could certainly go with only one piece of jewelry, or include a pair of sandals or casual shoes instead.  But here, by adding just two or three pieces, you can see how each of the Starting From Scratch wardrobes can be updated.

I like the shirring on the sides of this tee shirt...
Earrings – Olga Hinojosa, teeLauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
These pieces are from the brown and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
brown jeans – Viyellabrown fleece cardigan – L.L.Beanbrown twill trousers - Lands’ Endkhaki skirt – Merona beige pants – The Rowearrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 The garments here were taken from the caramel and black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
black shorts – Hallhubercaramel wool and cashmere cardigan – Customer Loverscopper twill trousers – Lands’ Endblack cardigan – Michael Michael Korsblack skirt - French Connectionblack jeans – R13earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 Each piece of clothing here was originally in the khaki and olive Starting From Wardrobe.
beige hoodie – Uniqlo, ivory shorts – Erika Cavallinikhaki cashmere cardigan – La Garconnebeige skirt - Vicky Tiel, beige jeans – Morganolive cardigan – Meronaolive trousers – Isabel Marant Etoile, earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 These additional garments are from the navy and beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
tan shorts – A.P.C.navy wool cardigan – Miu Miubeige cardigan – Marellatan pants – Uniqloflaired skirt - Hobbs London, navy trousers – Viyellaearrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasih
 These are clothes from the black and grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe.
black cotton and cashmere cardigan – 10 Crosby Derek Lamblack linen trousers – Viyellagrey pleated trousers – Alberto Biani, grey cardigan - Mango grey skirt – Diane von Furstenberg, earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasihshorts – T by Alexander Wang
And these extras came from the original navy and grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe. 
Earrings – Olga Hinojosa, tee – Lauren Ralph Lauren, bracelet – Made Sriasihnavy cardigan – Dorothy Perkins,navy trousers – Jacques Vertnavy skirt – Nina Riccigrey cashmere cardigan – Jaegersilver grey trousers – Viyella, grey jeans – Rebecca Taylor

And OH YEA - you could wear the jewelry with any of your solid neutral dresses...

                        Novica

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Start With Nature: Pigeons

I have to confess, I think pigeons are beautiful.  Annoying little sky rats, yes, but beautiful; their shades of grey, with iridescent green and purple...

So when I was asked to build a wardrobe based on a photograph of a pigeon, I was happy to do so.  But there's no way I'm addressing those red eyes!

This was the original photo I received.
These are the colors I've chosen.
Tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKai, dress – Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas, sandals – Nina
Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite earrings – Mabel Hasell,  sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazzi, clutch bag – Knights and Roses, dress – Vince, sandals – Nina
Sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, canvas shoes – Toms, bag – Meckela, earrings – YooLa, tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKai
I think this makes a lovely wardrobe...
grey tee shirt – Uniqlo, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, flip flops – OluKaidress – Armani Collezioni, cardigan – Nick and Zoe, bracelet – Oliver Bonas, silver sandals – Nina, Sleeveless top – L.K. Bennett, wide leg linen pants – White Stuff, iolite earrings – Mabel Hasell,  blue sandals – Caparros,  earrings – Claudia Baldazziclutch bag – Knights and Roses, blue dress – Vince,  sweater – New Look, shorts – Dorothy Perkins, canvas shoes – Toms, bag – Meckela, hoop earrings – YooLa, floral tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins, shorts – Dorothy Perkins
                        Dorothy Perkins(US)