Cotton candy and Jordan Almonds RULE! At least it seems that way for Spring 2012.
Pastels are THE newest color story of the season. This is a bit surprising because designers are usually allergic to them. Most seasons ‘sophisticated pastels’ is an oxymoron. But when it comes to fashion, no rule is EVER written in ink. There are actually some pastels palettes out there that look pretty grown up this season. Here’s how to wear them and still maintain a level of sophistication.
Go easy: Sample the candy but don’t overdo it. A little bit of sugar goes a long way. Pastels look best when they’re anchored with neutrals like white, black, khaki, chino, sand, etc. It ‘toughens’ them up a little. Generally pastels head to toe is not recommended.
Go dusky: Dusky pastels are ones that have been neutralized by adding some level of grey to the color. Most everyone is familiar with greyish blues. The same greying dye techniques can also be applied to other pastel colors. Eileen Fischer often does this with her washed linens.
Go darker: Technically darker pastels are referred to as mid-tones. But all “mid-tone” means is that the color is darker and more saturated. Mid-tones look best when they’re not too clean and sweet.
Go with what works: If you’re been watching any of the awards shows right now, you’ve seen how breathtaking evening gowns can be in pastels and saturated mid-tones. The caveat here is while a 20 something starlet looks ravishing in a rich lilac gown, a 50 something star may end up look like the mother of the bride (we call them MOB colors in the industry…).
Go Whiter: Pastels can be lightened to look almost white. White paint colors are a great
1. DVF Flyaway Daria Top $265.
2. FKG Aqua Prosperity Bracelet.
3. FKG Yellow Jade Longevity Earrings.
4. Talbots Flyaway Ruched Top $60.
5. FKG Turq & Green Mermaid Necklae $79.
6. Talbots Seasonless Wool Cement Sheath $159.
The shelf life of a white shirt is different than that of almost any other color. If you’re a stickler for crisp whiteness, you already know that you cannot keep a white shirt looking good long enough to wear it out. Regular replacements are necessary.
For spring 2012, designers delivered some of the cleanest most clever updates ever on the white shirt. Here are some favorites. I also put together my BEST tips for keeping a white shirt looking crisp and white for as long as possible. You can read it HERE.
1. Neiman Marcus, St. John Collection $395.
2. Talbots Tunic $49.
3. Thomas Pink, Beth Shirt $185.
4. FKG Black Lava Wrap Bracelet $48.
5. YSL Poplin Peasant Blouse $895.
6. FKG Gautama Pearl Bracelet $54.
7. Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade $248.
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MORE tis for Wearing White: No one needs to see your underwear! Even under white.