Posts Tagged: pattern

How to Wear Eye-searingly Bright Colors

Big, bold brights are on the docket for spring, and I’m guessing that scares the PANTS off some of you.  And even if you don’t care about trends and are, therefore, still in possession of your pants, I’ve got some tips for ways to wear fabulously bright shades without looking like a Rainbow Brite doll.

TAMP ‘EM DOWN WITH DARKS

Yes, I love to wear intense, bright red right next to my face. It is my favorite color, after all. But in this outfit, I’ve paired it with a dark navy dress, which turns that blaring brightness down considerably. Utilize dark jewel tones, deep blues and navies, or really any deep shade to tamp down your brights. read more

Originally posted 2011-03-15 06:32:40.

Reader Request: Styling Difficult Colors

tricky colors

Reader Ruth submitted this question in a comment:

What do you wear with ‘difficult coloured’ or in this case ‘difficult plus white’ coloured clothes? I recently bought a skirt from Boden which is bright orange and white. The model is wearing it with a light blue shirt but that looks rather random to me. Her shoes are orange too, but you know that in reality they would be a different orange. So what do you wear with something two-coloured without it looking random – especially if it is a shouty colour that doesn’t go with its near neighbours (unlike say greys or blues which often go well together). I was really dull and settled for a white t-shirt and black sandals on first wearing. But I think it is a general problem with clothes where there is no way to pick up the main colour. It’s always somehow difficult as well to incorporate clothes which aren’t your ‘core palette’. You might feel adventurous, but they just don’t go with anything.  read more

Reader Request: Style Tips for Pale Skin

Styling tips for pale skin

Reader Annabeth popped this question into the suggestion box:

Tricks for working with extremely pale skin. I’m very, VERY fair – to the point where, when I go without makeup, total strangers ask if I’m not feeling well. I’ve adopted the strategy of playing up my paleness rather than hiding it, but would always be happy for more tips about that.

I’ve written before about my own marked paleness here and here, but didn’t offer any style-related pale-girl tips. read more