Posts Categorized: color

Reader Request: Summer Style Minus a Tan

summer style for pale skin

Reader Karen sent this request via e-mail:

I would love to see a blog post about dressing in the summer without a tan. I think you do a great job for yourself! It would be nice to see some ‘rules’ for looking great with pale skin when everyone else is wearing styles and colors that complement tanned skin so well. Top of the list in my experience is to avoid khaki bottoms or any color that blends with pale skin rather than contrasts. I’m sure you have more ideas!

Many of you have naturally dark skin tones or do the self-tanner thing, so much of this post may seem irrelevant to you. But my first suggestion that pertains to dressing pale skin during the summer? Applies to everyone. And I mean everyone: read more

Originally posted 2011-06-28 06:03:03.

Reader Request: Accessorizing All Black

how to accessorize black outfits

A few weeks back, I got this inquiry from lovely reader msmeta:

My question is about livening up a basic black wardrobe. I have a lot of really nice, classic pieces — sweaters, pants, jackets, leather and even a couple of dresses — that I enjoy wearing and that make me feel comfortable and even chic. But I know I’m playing it much too safe with accessories: basic silver or gold hoop earrings and necklaces, and some fairly conservative scarves.  How can I get out of my rut without calling too much attention to my middle-aged self? read more

Originally posted 2008-11-06 07:13:00.

Reader Request: Seasons vs. Weather

transitional season dressing

Jori dropped me an e-mail with this question:

What to do when the fashion season and the weather can’t seem to agree? Now that it’s April, we’re all excited to wear some of our springy clothes – but here in New England, the weather this time of year can be warm and springy one day but cold and wintry the next. It feels wrong to go back to wearing winter clothes on those cold days, even if it’s probably the sensible thing to do for comfort. So how to make spring clothes work on non-springy days? Of course, this issue isn’t just about spring either. How can winter fashions be deployed in warm-weather climates? Or summer fashions in places like San Francisco where mid-July days can be foggy and downright chilly? read more

Originally posted 2011-04-20 06:14:23.