Friday, August 17, 2018

How to Dress Monochromatically

The Challenge
The challenge today should be "trying to get decent photographs", ugh!  I was trying to get a black background to get an inverse shot of the inspiration piece, so started my photos at my front doors.  Because of the glass, the reflections were all over the place!  Next, I thought I'd stand of front of greenery and have a "dark" background.  That wasn't bad, just not the look I had hoped for.  In the end, I threw up my hands and headed for the garage door!  Too bad I don't get paid for this--ha!  

[This post should have gone "live" last week.  I was away taking my daughter to school and it didn't auto post, so I thought I'd leave it for this week.  #newbloggerproblems]

The for-real challenge is joining the ladies at Style Imitating Art hosted by Jen at Librarian for Life and StyleSalazar from 14 Shades of Gray and (this week) Daneal at Living Outside the Stacks.  Deanal has selected Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.   Here is the regal Madame X (Virginie Amélie Avegno).

I decided this would be the perfect time to discuss dressing monochromatically and/or tonally.

My method of dressing monochromatically or tonally is to throw everything on in the color you are going with and see what happens.  It's been my experience that it turns out well most of the time.  When it doesn't turn out, it generally has to do with proportions.  With my outfit, today, I would probably not wear these pieces together.  Since the pants already have a lot of fabric, the top and cardigan add more on top.  I would prefer a trimmed down top half, and I'm sure you would, too.  We're embracing it today, though!

Below is the closest photo in my estimation.

The Details
For this challenge I decided to select Virginie's hair and use its color as my interpretation for this outfit and the straps of her dress inspired my jewelry selection.  I really wanted to use black or the golden beige as background, but it wasn't meant to be.  Included are my current love, Eileen Fisher pants, Lucky Brand top, Chico's cardigan (over dyed red, previously it was a sherbet-colored orange), Clare V. clutch.  

The Takeaway
As always, head for your closet!  What is your favorite color?  Or, what colors do you seem to keep buying?  Start layering them on!  You could always go a 100% matching route, but I think there's a little more interest if the colors have some variance.  One word of caution, if it looks like you tried to match exactly, but the colors are "off" you may have to redo your look.

Another Layer for Tonal Dressing

Outfit Details
Lucky Brand Tank (Plus), Eileen Fisher Lantern Pants, Chico's Cardigan (similar), Leopard Pumps (similar), Clare V.  Leopard Clutch (less expensive option)

 Stay Fierce!  Kim
Linking with:  Start the Week StylishCreative Mondays Blog HopHow I Summer, Visible Monday, Style With a Smile

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Faux Kimono Using a Scarf

When Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style and Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge decided to host a Good Buy/Goodbye kimono event, I wanted to join, but didn't have a kimono.  Whatever to do?  Fortunately, I saw Jodie's (A Touch of Style) post on Styling Summer Clothing.  On it, Charlotte was featured with a scarf used as a kimono.  Perfect!  Scarves, I have.

The Details
This scarf was found on eBay this spring.  It was chosen because of the colors, however, in the photos the blush appeared ivory, at least it is a happy accident and a Good-Buy.  The colors are so lovely!  If you would like to see how you can copy the look, check out this video:  Turning a Scarf into a Kimono Vest.  I decided the DIY Distressed Bermuda Shorts would be a great addition and I really liked the contrast between the brown top and lighter color scarf/vest.  

Since I noticed that I had a farmer's tan from my recent Weekend in Detroit, I added a pink t-shirt for Photo Op No. 2.  

The Takeaway
Where there's a will, there's a YouTube video!  Ha ha!  Scarves are so versatile--take a look at what you have if you need an outfit accent of some sort.  Use other bloggers and YouTubers for inspiration.

Outfit Details
Scarf , J. Jill Linen Top, Sanctuary Pink T-Shirt (similar), Leopard Belt (similar), Sarto Leopard Sandals (similar), Necklaces (similar and similar)

Stay Fierce!  Kim
Linking with:  This Blonde's Shopping Bag, Nancy's Fashion Style, Fun Fashion Friday

Monday, August 13, 2018

Eyelet Top & Tiered Skirt Clashing Colors Pt 4

Welcome to the final week of How to Wear Clashing Colors!  I'm referring to clashing as red/orange/pink/purple that seem difficult to combine in outfits with confidence.  Today for the last post, I will be using orange and purple.  Once again, using the same depth of color in both pieces.  I didn't realize I had so much orange!  If you've missed the previous posts, here's where you'll find them.

Part 1 How to Wear Clashing Colors (Red and Orange)
Part 2 How to Wear Clashing Colors (Pink and Orange)
      Part 3 A Tropical Top and Bamboo Handbag (Orange and Pink)

This eyelet top is one of my favorites found at Anthropologie this spring.  It's so easy to toss on and it has a dressier vibe to it.  The sleeves are unlined and the front hem is scalloped (the back is plain knit).  The skirt is past season from CAbi.  It's ponte with a tiered front.  The mix of berry/purple and rust/orange/turmeric is one of my favorites and I combine them often.  

Keep exploring the combinations of orange/red/purple/pink and see what you can come up with.  Remember you will have an easier time succeeding if you keep the color depth (lightness/darkness) the same.  Once you get used to it, you may just become addicted to all of the things you can put together.

(Gratuitous Awesome Hair Shot)

Outfit Details
Top (similar), Skirt (via eBay), Handbag (similar), Necklace (similar), Bracelets Various Alex & Ani, Shoes (similar)
Stay Fierce, Kim
Linking with:  Fake Fabulous, Start the Week Stylish, Creative Mondays Blog Hop, How I Summer, This Blonde's Shopping Bag, Nancy's Fashion Style, Fun Fashion Friday,
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