I love our gardens too:
I am a sucker for a colorful purse and I adore pretty earrings, bracelets and pendants. I have red shoes, olive shoes and even checked flats. My signature lipstick is Rose Velvet, not Nude.
But when I posted that I was chicken to wear a pretty turquoise blouse, Terri and Paula pointed out that we don't need to fear colors in our clothing! Thank you, ladies, you got me thinking.
For certain, I like fairly muted/neutral bottoms. For me that means skirts or jeans, as I don't often wear trousers. I have skirts in black, black, black, navy, dark brown, grey and my favorite, dark denim. Outerwear and toppers are almost all neutrals: denim jacket, work blazers in ivory, navy, black and grey. Cardis in ivory, navy, grey.
I like to mix up the cuts and fabrics of all the above; trust me you'll never mistake me for a Brooks Brothers catalog! For example, I love my long knit black skirt and I love my crisp brown corduroy skirt. I have a soft navy velvet blazer that I adore.
|Sooooo not me, even though I love my neutrals!|
Next to my face, I have preferred subtle neutrals. I'm very pale-skinned, with light hair (enhanced by modern science), and light eyes. I think I look washed out in brights, and I don't care for pastels. Pastel tops on me look too juvenile or (gasp!) aging. Busy prints near my face are definitely too distracting, although in a low neckline I think they look OK. The only colors I wear close to my face are olive and a shade of purple, as both seem to complement my green eyes nicely.
I had my "seasons" done about 25 years(!) ago, and the consultant couldn't decide if I was a "summer" or a "winter". Definitely a "cool" they said. I'm still a little skeptical about the whole seasons thing though, because olive is truly one of my best colors and it's allegedly warm. I also look good in black, which is not supposed to work on pale blonds. Anyway!
|I am not so sure about this . . .|
I am mostly content with my existing wardrobe colors, and at the same time I have committed to stretch myself. So I think I'll add some color to my tops, starting with inexpensive tees this summer. It will be a fun experiment, and whatever I don't love can go to the Humane Society thrift. Because the only firm wardrobe rule for me is : Wear (Only) What You Love!
I'd like to hear how you have experimented with adding color, or if you (like Paula) already rely on brights to help make your fashion statements. Did you stick your toes in the water or plunge right in?