First, she starts with her version of a neutral -- say, a turquoise, black, and yellow plaid skirt. Then, she combines that piece with other patterns (like stripes, paisley, or polka dots) in whatever colors strike her fancy.
She's unencumbered by rules. Who needs matching socks? Why not combine florals with stripes? Such freedom! Such inhibition!
Then there's me: a woman who's passionately drawn to the color gray, a woman who's apt to build every outfit from the ground up with a white tee shirt and a pair of jeans. So, let's start with these basics -- these neutrals of adulthood -- and top them with a yellow cardigan.
A note about this cardigan: I hesitated due to the color. I mean, yellow? Mustard yellow? Won't yellow make me look sallow and sick and jaundiced? But something about that cardigan spoke to me, whispering sweet promises of fashion possibilities.
What if I could wear it with more than just a white tee shirt?
I started simply by adding a printed scarf to the white tee shirt. Please note that this is the first time I've dared to wear anything with an animal print, unless you count that bad decision in sixth grade when I frequently left the house in a neon, zebra-striped sweatshirt. (Come to think of it, the entirety of sixth grade was one extended bad decision.)
Emboldened by the animal print, I thought that a splash of color would be nice, which led to this purple ensemble with a flowing, flowered scarf. Combining colors from the opposite side of the color wheel (say, yellows or oranges with blues or purples) can work well, and the scarf, which highlights both sunny yellow and deeper purple hues, helps to finish the look.
What's your favorite combination? Let me know your thoughts!
Have you missed a Friday post in February's Focus on Fashion Series? Just click the link below:
Focus on Fashion: Breaking Out the Blazers
Focus on Fashion: One Skirt, Three Ways