Fall Winter Fashion Formula #3: The Power of Color

January 23rd, 2009

Omiru Fall Winter Capsule Wardrobe: #3
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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sometimes all you need is a splash of color.  You don’t have to have a technicolor closet to have some fun with color.  Against a backdrop of neutrals, it’s amazing what a small dose of color can do.  Here’s a fashion formula that shows you how to dip your toes into the world of color:

1. Start with a neutral foundation.  Here, we paired a crisp white tuxedo shirt with a pair of cuffed grey pants.
2. Layer on some more neutrals: a shawl collar sweater vest in taupe and a black sailor style peacoat.  Note how the oversized buttons on the sweatervest echo those on the peacoat.
3. Accessorize! A black and grey checkered scarf finds itself at home with the neutral palette of the outfit, but a pair of cherry red slingback heels gives these neutrals a kick in the pants.  The result? A sophisticated outfit that gives a nod to your playful side.

How do you wear color?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Ready Made Outfits, Women

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ashley  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 5:36 am

    That outfit is absolutely fabulous! The best part is that I already have all of those pieces in my wardrobe. I’ve been a loyal browser of your site for about a year now and must say that I adore your taste. Perfect!

  • 2. Sal  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 9:42 am

    So true - sometimes, a little dab will do ya. I had a style consult with a client recently who had blacks, browns, and grays almost exclusively. We got her some red patent Mary Janes, a few colored camis, and some bright tights - and now all she has to do is incorporate ONE colorful element to look pulled-together!

  • 3. rb  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    I carry a colorful handbag or incorporate color into my jewelry. I do the bright shoe thing when it’s not black opaque tight season.

  • 4. Mimi  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I love red shoes

  • 5. SoSyked  |  February 5th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Love you tips! As someone who dares to wear stylish things but just doesn’t know how to pull them together affordably I can really appreciate sites like this! LOVE to know where you got those brown boots with the little bow ties on the side???

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