Dress-N-Boots is rapidly becoming something of a workday uniform. How did I live for so many years without a single dress in my wardrobe??  The top two dresses are from Karina Dresses, both are “Megan” style. I really love these dresses. You can’t beat them for comfort, ease and flattery. If you haven’t perused the online shop recently, they’ve recently added a lot more styles and fabrics! And don’t forget to use discount code FEMM30 for $30 off any full-priced dress.
Realized as I was editing photos that my glasses were crooked, which makes me look demented. Note to self: check photos more closely before putting the camera away. 

I bought a new remote for the camera this weekend, when the first cheapie one stopped working after less than two weeks. New one is smaller, but much more persnickety. By the time I took this picture, I was getting rather frustrated trying to get it pointed at the right angle to get the shutter to fire.

This sweater dress and leggings are from Eileen Fisher. Dress here. Scarf is from J.Crew, last year. I was hoping they’d offer this style again this year so I could pick up in another color, but no luck.

And speaking of color…
On Saturday I took the plunge and had a Personal Color Analysis done by a SciArt trained consultant, Julia Dupps of Wish Wardrobe Consulting. I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, but kept feeling that the colors I was choosing were missing the mark. The PCA is a two hour process. You’re seated in front of a mirror with two full-spectrum lights, and wear a grey drape and shower cap to eliminate the color influence from clothing and hair. This is all about the impact of colors on skin and face. Through a process of elimination she compares the effect of various color drapes on the skin. What was amazing to see is how certain colors can make one look splotchy and tired or conversely smooth, creamy and vibrant. I was shocked to see that the warm, yellow-based colors I’ve been wearing are NOT the best for me, after decades of believing that my skin tone is warm (peach, which I’ve always thought was one of my “best” colors, turned me orange and emphasized my brown discolorations). Turns out my coloring is neutral to slightly cool, though there are some warm influences. My “season” in the SciArt system is Light Summer, and I’m delighted with the colors in this palette…lots of greens and blues, a soft merlot, a few purples and pinks. So look for more color in coming months. Some good news: many of the taupe and lighter grey neutrals I’ve been accumulating the last couple of years are right in my palette, so my wardrobe foundation is still wearable with my new colors. What’s also interesting, is that a couple of pieces I’d bought recently despite believing they “weren’t my colors,” turned out to be spot-on with colors in my new Light Summer palette! I feel as though I’m seeing everything with new eyes, and am really looking forward to incorporating and wearing these fresh colors.
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  1. December 6, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    Love love love the sweater dress and leggings look, and j’adore the way you put it together with the scarf and boots.

    (I think I need to do more of this. It’s so hard when you’re of the petite persuasion!)

  2. December 7, 2011 / 12:42 am

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  3. December 7, 2011 / 12:45 am

    Pseu, we love those boots, lady! Thanks for featuring Karina Dresses, and we hope your readers love them as much as you do.


  4. December 7, 2011 / 3:21 am

    Oh my gosh! You are really making me laugh! Your poses are a kick. I love the way we midlife sorts take this on, in contrast to the 20-something bloggers.

  5. December 7, 2011 / 10:58 am

    I had a Sci/Aart analysis done this summer-and I turned out to be a Cool(True) Summer. You are right-when you see those drapes the impact of the colors really pops. Unfortunately my wardrobe is/was almost all Black/white/red and brights. At least I also had a lot of grey, which is now my base. And my step-daughter is loving all my reds and brights that suit her so much better!

  6. December 7, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    Interesting to hear that getting your colors done is coming back. I remember the old ’80s system (I’m a summer). I always wondered why it fell out of favor when it was so clearly helpful.

  7. December 8, 2011 / 3:29 pm

    Love Angry Pseu! Maybe you should print that one up for work.

    I am so overly invested in your color analysis results; this will be exciting.

    I remembered loving you in a bright light blue scarf and when I went back to your archives I found two (stopped there!). Monitors vary but both seem fairly in line with what I know of SciArt’s Light Summer.



    And with all your greys surely you have plenty that are that neutral warm/cool mix, right?

    Stopping self now…but happy experimenting!

  8. December 8, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    @laurieann Yippee! Another LSu! I’m drawn to colors in all palettes, but really love the brightness and lightness of these colors. A lot of my grey and taupe neutrals are already in this new palette (whew!) so I’m starting off with accent pieces like scarves and cardigans.(BTW, if you have an Ann Taylor near you, they have a scarf in the color Glacier Lake that’s *stunning* and right in the LSu range.)

  9. December 8, 2011 / 6:36 pm

    @BigLittleWolf Thank you! It’s been tough to find sweater dresses that don’t overwhelm our small frames. This one is simple and soft enough to work.

  10. December 8, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    @LPC Thanks! I figure if nothing else we should have a pretty solid sense of humor about ourselves to get us through the next half… 🙂

  11. December 8, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    @Trish That’s wonderful! I’m so happy to hear about other peoples’ PCA’s and that they’re happy with their new palette. Isn’t it amazing to see the different effects the colors can produce?

  12. December 8, 2011 / 6:43 pm

    @Closet Coach The new color analysis systems have come a LONG way since the 80’s, and seem to have much more precision, too. You’re right, it’s very helpful!

  13. December 8, 2011 / 6:49 pm

    @Vix Heh, thanks! I remember you saying on one post that you thought I looked better in the cooler colors. The smaller scarf in the second link is right on with my palette, as are a few of my silk scarves! (The scarf in the first link is passable, even though the blue is more saturated than my palette.) I do have a few greys and taupes that are spot on, but some of the greys are darker than optimal (but still wearable). It’s so great to have this color blueprint going forward. I think it will help me make much better decisions. Thanks again for your example and encouragement!!

  14. benson
    December 11, 2011 / 5:14 am

    just started posting a few fashion pics and can’t believe how difficult it is to acheive a look I like! Lucky you have a remote–I will have to try that in the future.

  15. Zuzu's Petals
    December 30, 2011 / 1:25 am

    @déjà pseu

    I am a TRUE Summer! Mr. Petals turned out to be Light Summer. Needless to say I have been having fun with sales and our fan decks. J. Crew loves me. I even bought new sunglasses and shoes and leather and …

  16. Zuzu's Petals
    December 30, 2011 / 5:02 am

    @déjà pseu Luckily no new makeup was required; it seems I have a pretty good eye for which colors flatter me, better than some of my choices in apparel, which leaned toward Soft Autumn. Maytee had asked me to bring all of my makeup to my PCA, which she compared to my fan, pulling aside my best colors. She also created Maybe and No piles, and she has a finely attuned eye because when I re-tested the Maybe items at home, I had to admit they weren’t great. I left the No’s with her so I wouldn’t be tempted to try to make them work.

    As a true cool season, I can handle no warmth, the way you or my husband can. It explains why I could never manage to make brown eyeshadows look good, no matter how hard I tried. I’m fine with that–in my gut I always knew it. According to Maytee, no cool color can be cool enough, as long as I stay within the harmonies (value, chroma) of my fan. My second best season was Light Summer.

    I’ve been off the last couple weeks, so I will have to catch up and see what kinds of new outfits you’ve been finding!

  17. Karen Stauss
    February 17, 2012 / 12:49 am

    I recently had my PCA done by Julia Dupps also. Would love to discuss with you but cannot seem to find an email address to contact you.

    I’m KStauss2004 at yahoo dot com

    Hope to hear from you soon!!

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