Posts Categorized: color

Reader Request: Adding a Third Color

color triad

Reader Jill had this question:

I would love some advice on how to add a third color to an outfit. I just bought a turquoise and brown suit, and I love the colors together. But the jacket needs a cami or top under it, and I don’t know what color to add … and I’m thinking I would carry that color to shoes?

Great question, and one with MANY answers! Let’s start with the scientific one.

Consult a color wheel

I’ll be straight with you: The chances of me, myself, doing this approach zero. Color wheels make me itchy, just like music theory makes me itchy: I’d rather make choices with my gut than be constrained by rules about how to make artistic decisions the “right” way. HOWEVER! Not everyone is wired that way and I know that clear systems with comprehensible rules are absolutely invaluable to many. So, if you’re looking to add a third color to your outfit, you can definitely work with the color wheel. The graphic above is from this post about color schemes that does a spectacular job of explaining why some work and others don’t. This one will help if you’re dealing with neutrals, since brown and gray are shades and tones. read more

Originally posted 2015-07-14 06:12:06.

Transitional Season Cheat Sheet

season transitional dressing

Whenever the seasons shift, the vast majority of us find ourselves fumbling through our closets, plagued by doubt, unsure if we should dress for the current season, the coming season, or some bizarre hybrid of the two. Because transitional seasons are confusing. Do you dress for the weather or the season?  When do you rotate the coming season’s items into your active wardrobe? How do you look chic and timely when the temperature and time of year are clashing?

I’ve covered a lot of this ground before in previous posts, but I thought I’d boil it down into a quick cheat sheet: read more

Originally posted 2011-08-25 06:19:47.

Black for Summer


A few folks have mentioned that they’d rather learn how to summer-ize black clothing than omit it entirely from the repertoire. So, here are my tips!

Bare a Bit
Already Pretty outfit featuring COS layered dress, Antelope sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Jealous bag, bib necklace

Every woman has her own comfort level with skin exposure, so I’m not gonna manufacture some dumb rule about how bare to get. BUT! Imagine if this dress hit at mid-calf and the sleeves weren’t scrunched. Even in lightweight materials, that much coverage might seem too heavy and dark for summer wear. Balance with your own preferences, but remember that black works best in summer when balanced by a hint of skin. read more

Originally posted 2010-07-12 05:02:00.