- Sources of Inspiration
- The Fine Print
- And Whatnot
- Red Cardigan: Vintage Michael Kors, mommed
- Black Jersey Dress: Ann Taylor, endlessly remixed
- Black Tank: Gap maternity, via gap.com
- Printed Silk Scarf (as belt): Vintage Burberry, mommed
- Brown Tweed Flats: L.L. Bean
Oh man . . . can it be spring already? We alternately suffered through and enjoyed the teasing weather all weekend, tempting the fate of sunny but slightly-too-cool-for-comfort days by putting in new plantings and shivering a bit through long walks before finally retreating for a serious basement cleanout and homework on Sunday afternoon. We woke up to a noisy storm this morning, but the rain seems to have tapered off . . . just in time for me to spend the day in the library and in what is seriously the coldest seminar room in history.
I’m balancing these competing meteorological demands, as well as those of a long and busy day, with removable layers built on bare legs and flats. I’m keeping things interesting, though, wearing a boldly (floral!) printed scarf as a belt, and mixing this pattern with the smaller-print tweed on my shoes. It’s not nearly as bold a pattern mix as the one I wore on Thursday, but it added a little more visual interest than plain black flats would have. In addition, despite my love for mixed neutrals, I know that black and mid-range brown can be a harsh contrast, so the tweed (and the visual separation of my bare legs) helps “blend” this mix a little more smoothly. And while it really is still the same dress, I’ve had to add a modesty cami under its surplice neckline, as it’s now a bit too va-va-voom for a day when we’re talking about the regulation of sexuality in the workplace!
I was flipping through the new issue of InStyle this weekend, and came across an interview with the guys from Proenza Schouler which taked about ways to wear spring’s bright colors trend (they were far less thorough than the academichics were on this topic this weekend!). Interestingly, they recommended wearing bright colors against black as a way to “manage” these spring brights, particularly at the office. I was surprised by this advice. Maybe it’s just the stuffy old person in me, but nothing says terrifying freshman year of college flashback to me like the idea of a woman in a bold orange/turquoise/pink top and black pants, and it’s hard for me to see how this kind of bright-against-black pairing could look either tasteful or professional, or do anything other than make them look brighter! Giving credit where credit is due, though, I’m giving their advice a try today, but with a color combination that, for me, is much more familiar: bold tomato red against black. I’m softening the abruptness of this contrast by using the floral print scarf as a bridge, but it still feels a bit . . . juvenile to me, somehow. Any suggestions?
How are you wearing brights for spring? Can bright-against-black look grown-up enough for work, or is it too youthfully exuberant? What’s your go-to neutral for pairing with spring’s searing shades?
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