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Matching colors: what to match and how to match

Personally, I think, color matching is a tricky area for reasons that I am going to discuss here. This post also aims to provide a general guide of how to match colors if you decide to do this. 

One of the classic situations: you need to dress up for an occasion and  you find a red bag and a red pair of stilettos to match the color. At first glance it looks like a perfect match but once you arrive to the location, you feel that it looks strange. But why?!

First, this situation is called “anti-effortless chic”. In addition,  matching shoes with bag is a very outdated idea. I am not saying you can’t do this. You can, if you are aware of it and have enough sense of humor to go out looking as if you have spend a lot of time in front of the mirror :)) 

Another situation is when you see a very cool little red bag but decide that you have nothing to match it at home. You opt not to take it just to spend the whole afternoon regretting. But why?!

This is because your intuition tells you that you don`t have to match your little red bag with anything to look chic. Just wear it with jeans and shirt. Done. 

 

Now, how to match then? Here are few advices that one might found helpful:

  1. Match unusual items like earrings with shoes.1521435487898-2
  2. If neutrals, I do match shoes with blouse or jacket. It often gives a finished look but without overdoing. With brighter colors it becomes tricky.IMG_7963
  3. Pick matching tones for a better siluette. The trick is, however, to pick very different textures – otherwise the outfit will give an impression of a poorly and tastelessly matched look (nothing to do with effortless mess !!!).
  4. Match colors of bag and shoes if they contrast with each other stylistically ( one is sporty, another is office ).

Have fun matching!

 

 

 

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Lets talk about pink and red

Even if you are tied from pink outfits of your little daughter, it is hard to resist a temptation and use this super bright combination in your outfits. It is very trendy (although not the main official according to Pantone) SS18 color combo and even fall collections have some traces of this bright, rather “sprinish” outfits ( just take a look at fall ready-to-wear Dice Kayek). At the same time, many will object that this combo is too bright and unnatural. To wear or not to wear, here I solve this question.

The very first rule that can be useful once it comes to color combination is to check the nature. Looking at the beautiful orchid flowers, it is amazing and obvious how often red-pink combo can be observed and how natural it is. So, if your concern is to go with natural colors – go for it without hesitation!

The next question is how to wear it in everyday life? Getting one pretty dress means that you ll wear this piece once, maybe twice. And then everyone knows, this is the same dress. Does not really sound that practical. I suggest getting two different items and once in a while pair them together. For my office look, I wear red coat ( that can be all worn in multiple combinations with greys and blacks and navy) and fuchsia pink pants that similarly can be combined with other colors. This way, you invest in many looks and get many variables instead of one non-exchangeable combination. If you are concern about the outfit being too bright, use darker shades and one item that can be removed in the office ( like coat).

Have fun with coloring your inter season days:)!!

 

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Why velvet track pants are the edgy and multifunctional pieces of the wardrobe worth investing into

Although velvet track pants are rarely the first choice, it is worth having a closer look at this item.  The reasons: it serves multiple purposes and can be adapted to a variety of outfits. Moreover, it is a stylish and comfortable alternative to jeans. The only caveat is that velvet might add volume to the widest curve of the body.

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With a budget styling in mind, I typically look for items that have the potential to be incorporated into several looks and cover multiple life scenarios.  Perhaps, jeans are the best examples of such bottoms that can be worn with stilettos and sneakers, with shirts and sweaters. Here I would like to argue that velvet track pants have the same potential and a fresher look. Pick the berry-colored velvet (navy, bordeaux, or deep green). I also think that light colors like golden and sage will work as well. Velvet gives a “green light” to chic combo with high heel without making “track pants- heels” combo looking funny. Here is a little remark: yes, I am well aware of the trend to wear track pants with heels, but agree, that it requires a very careful paring and most of combos do not fit to everyday life. However in case of velvet track pants, the quality material waves the awkwardness of this tricky combination. On the flip side, the pants are sporty, and this fact upgrades sneaker-track pants look and makes it suitable to combine with fur or a woolen coat. From accsesories perspective, a wide range of bags, from clutch to sport bags can effortlessly complete the look. Thus, depending on the context, track pants make your evening outfit or workday look comfy. Good luck!