When I was first told that black and white should only ever be paired with each other, with gray, or with brown, I balked. Talk about a seriously constraining little guideline! And I still don’t totally buy it: Both black and white can look amazing with cool brights, patterns, and in carefully-crafted color mixes. But over the years, I’ve found myself gravitating toward color-on-color mixes and keeping the neutrals mainly to themselves.
Since mixing colors and creating color-free outfits can feel incredibly daunting, I thought I’d share a few tips for finding successful color mixes.
Originally posted 2012-03-29 06:31:56.
No two closets are organized in the same way. Even closets that have identical fancy organizing systems installed are going to be used by different people with different needs and different ideas of what should go where and why. And as someone who has tried many different ways of keeping my own wardrobe in order, I’ve realized that just about every tip for making your closet more functional has pros and cons. Don’t believe me? FINE! I’ll prove it.
Keeping everything visible
– Forces you to see the depth of your wardrobe
– Allows for spontaneous inspiration (colors, patterns you otherwise wouldn’t have thought to combine)
– Can help prevent accidental acquisition of doubles, triples, etc.
– In the case of decorative options (using your hats as wall decoration, etc.), can warm up your rooms and add personality
Originally posted 2014-01-21 06:41:33.
Reader Alyson e-mailed me this question:
I have seven black dresses in my closet. Seven. I remember purchasing two of them and I think I have inherited the rest. Two are what would be consider shirt dresses with long sleeves, one dress with cap sleeves, and four are sleeveless. Only one has embellishment of any kind in the form of lace around the collar. I have no idea how to wear these dresses, more importantly what to wear with them. Part of the problem is that I live in tropical, sunny Florida. They’re great work wear but I’m just at a loss.
Originally posted 2013-11-07 06:11:11.