Something’s happened. It’s like a switch has been flipped in my brain; after years of gravitating toward a palette of serene neutrals, lately I’m finding myself absolutely craving color. I’m experiencing this as almost a physical sensation like thirst, and find myself drinking in colors in shop windows, gardens, or anywhere a bright hue draws my eye. Color fires my Happy neurons.
And it’s not the usual earth tones I’m now most drawn to, but brighter, clearer, candy-store colors. While I still can’t do head-to-toe color or color blocking, I’ve been having fun experimenting with mixing hues. One subdued and one bright, with some neutrals to ground the ensemble feels very visible and scratches that color itch, but isn’t overwhelming.
J.Crew is ringing my color chimes these days. While many of their selections are a bit too neon bright for me, there are some that look very wearable. Cardigans can be a relatively low-committment way to incorporate some color into a neutral core wardrobe.
|J.Crew Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan|
|J.Crew Jackie Cardigan
(Love this green – great for redheads!)
I’ve found colored pants surprisingly easy to wear and build outfits around. The NYDJ Sheri Skinnies are a favorite. (I’m wearing “Aubergine” in the top picture.) And pants are a great way to incorporate a color you’d otherwise love but prefer to wear away from your face.
|NYDJ Sheri Coated Skinny|
|NYDJ Marilyn Sueded Denim Jeans (Plus)|
|J.Crew Matchstick velvet jean
If you’re wanting to shake up your neutrals a bit but aren’t ready to take a technicolor plunge with main wardrobe pieces, or if you’re looking for some bright and colorful gift ideas, accessories are the way to go. Scarves are my favorite way to brighten up a neutral palette, as well as providing warmth during cooler months.
|L’affaire cashmere – Red Roses On Snow Wool Stole|
|Red Ombre Cashmere Silk Stole|
|J.Crew Cashmere Snood
(I always thought a “snood” was something you wear on your hair;
this is a new definition for me.)
|Gap Bright Plaid Scarf|
|Hermés Vintage Paris Proues|
|kate spade new york Shoulder Bag|
As is blue…
|Marc Jacobs Quilted Shoulder Bag|
But it’s the secondary (green, purple, orange) brights that are my favorites.
|kate spade “mansfield” satchel|
|J.Crew “Biennial” Satchel|
Or what about some bright bangles?
|Alexis Bittar “Dust” small hinged bracelets|
|kate spade “Locked In” bracelets|
How do you feel about wearing color? Do you stick to small doses or go all in?
Linking up with Patti’s Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.
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