Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A True [Color] Story


Last Wednesday, we began discussing color in wardrobe building, specifically building around a color story. I love it when people give real examples of how a principle is applied, so I'm going to do the same here. I am currently planning my transitional and warm weather wardrobe, partially because I have the winter blahs and partially because I'm building on a budget. I have a cool complexion, so I have chosen white and black as my neutrals, dark gray as my dominant color (though gray is actually a neutral), and light pink and camel are splitting duties as my complementary color. 

My two primary sources of inspiration for this color story are the Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 RTW collection (see the first pic below) and the basics that I have already in my wardrobe. Many of the basic neutral pieces are from previous seasons; some I have picked up over the winter by shopping the sales. I am still looking for more pink to add color. The images below are representative of pieces in my actual wardrobe, to help you visualize the possibilities of the color story (i.e. my pink platform sandals are from a department store, rather than Prada, and my leather tote is from Banana Republic, not this $430 version from Alexandra Satine).

Also, on an aside, this is a good time to talk about reading the runway. You may think that the wardrobe I am working on bears similarity only in color, but there is more if you look carefully. Notice that the models are wearing fitted jackets, not dissimilar from the black blazer I purchased last spring. Notice the heels with platforms. I couldn't find an exact image, but the platforms I purchased at the end of the season actually have more of a heel and a thicker strap (closer in appearance to the ones in the Dior show). Some of these similarities actually occurred subconsciously, possibly a bit of proof that fashion really is "in the air." 






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What do you think of this color story? What's your story?









3 comments:

  1. Love the grey and pinks! Do you have web/blog recs for more style guides for winter and spring fashion?
    Thanks,
    Margo

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    1. Let me think, Margo... Maybe I'll put some links on the FB page.

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  2. I love this combination, Mary!

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