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Color Coordinate With Adjacent Colors

Color Coordinate with Adjacent Colors
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It’s easy to keep it simple with monochromatic or duochromatic outfits.  But don’t limit yourself when it comes to color.  We present an example outfit that’ll help broaden your thinking when it comes to pairing colors.  Here, we’ve paired two neutrals (white and brown) with three colors: aqua, blue, and yellow-green.  Note that the three colors, though distinct, still work together as a trio.  Why?  They’re adjacent colors on the color wheel.  Blue sits next to green, which in turn sits next to yellow.  The aqua color combines blue and green, while the addition of the yellow-green color brings us all the way from blue to yellow.  Here’s how to get the adjacent color coordinated look:

1.  Start with a blue tunic top and a pair of white jeans. Note how the oversized tunic contrasts with the skinniness of the jeans.
2.  Layer a contrasting color tee under the blue tunic.  We picked yellow-green, which sits close to blue on the color wheel.
3.  Continue the color wheel progression by filling in the gaps.  We chose an aqua handbag to bridge the gap between the blue tunic and the yellow-green tee.
4.  Finish off the look with a belt and sandals, both in brown leather to contrast with the blue in the tunic.

How would you color coordinate?  Share your style with us in the comments!

3 comments July 23rd, 2009

Anguilla Long Striped Tunic

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We’re loving the bib-front top, the skinny stripes, and the adorable kangaroo pockets.

$32.99  at Ruche.

1 comment July 23rd, 2009

Snag Summer’s Adorably Offbeat Look from (500) Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer
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Though film is a big influencer on fashion, we don’t usually dish about the crossover.  But every once in awhile, we’re so bowled over that we have to share our film-driven inspiration.  Our favorite film from the Sundance Film Festival, (500) Days of Summer, finally hit theaters last weekend.  An offbeat coming of age story disguised as a romantic comedy, the film tracks Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) in non-linear fashion through 500 days of their relationship and subsequent breakup.  We’re pining after Summer’s adorable but slightly offbeat look.  Here’s how to get it:

1.  Build your palette around the color blue.  We started with an adorable cap sleeve blouse with bow detailing in a light blue, and a drapey woven skirt in a deeper shade of blue.  (Yes, that’s the same skirt as in the How to Make Sophisticated Style Unstuffy post–isn’t it versatile?)
2.  Cinch your waistline with a deep brown belt, to complement all of the blue in the blouse and skirt.
3.  Finish off the outfit with a pair of cap-toe slingback flats (note how the bow on the flats echoes the bow on the blouse) and a long-strap purse in a gorgeous grey.

How would you get Summer’s adorable but slightly offbeat look?  Share your style with us in the comments!

10 comments July 23rd, 2009

Eyelet Pintuck Blouse

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This blouse is the fashion embodiment of feminine summer style. Give it a fresh look with a pair of tailored shorts.

$24.50  at Alloy.

3 comments July 23rd, 2009

How to Wear Purple

Purple for Men
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No matter how popular the color becomes, purple still tends to strike fear in the hearts of (some) men.  Dust off your worries of wearing what some may consider a feminine color–and remember that purple was worn proudly by men before it was co-opted by the fairer sex.  Here’s Omiru’s primer on how to wear purple for men:

1. Start with a basic foundation: a fitted button-down shirt in white, and a pair of grey jeans.
2.  Layer on a purple cardigan, allowing the white of the button-down to shine through.  Note the grey cuffs on the cardigan, which tie in nicely to the grey jeans.
3.  Finish off the outfit with a brown belt and loafers.  The brown contrasts nicely with the purple; together, they all feel richer.

How would you wear purple?  Share your style with us in the comments!

4 comments July 21st, 2009

Solid Rayon Drawstring Tank

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The drapey bow on this drapey tank turns an ordinary top into one that draws eyes.

$40  (sale) at Tulle.

Add comment July 21st, 2009

5 Sophisticated Style Steals Under $50

What do we love about summer?  Gorgeous style at a fraction of the price of heavy winter clothes.  Well, that, and beautiful weather, outdoor concerts, and beach bonfires.  Get dressed for less, wherever summer is taking you.  Here’s five sophisticated style steals, each well under $50:

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Paisley Tunic Dress | $40.50 at Alloy
Toss on a low-slung belt to roughen up the look of this pretty paisley dress.  If it’s too short, add a pair of skinny pants underneath.

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Pleated Vest Dress | $24.80 at Forever 21
Grab a sweater to cover up your shoulders, and this pleated vest dress goes to work in a cinch.

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Textured Gauze Bow Neck Top | $40 at Tulle
The vibrant purple color and the oversized bow on this top make it a standout.  Pair it with navy (as shown), with a brown handbag.

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Francine Floral Slub Tunic | $19.80 at Forever 21
We’re digging the gorgeous orange, tan, and yellow pattern on the deep navy blue.  Pair it with a pair of white jeans and heeled sandals for a chic beachy look.

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Daisy Dots Eyelet Tank Top | $28.99 at Ruche
Pair this eyecatching fire-engine red top with a pair of deep navy jeans to do red, white, and blue in style.

8 comments July 20th, 2009

Boyfriend Blazer

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Wear this oversized blazer with a ruffly blouse for a masculine-meets-feminine look.

$59.90  at Alloy.

2 comments July 20th, 2009

You Said: Yes to Orange

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pintucked-crochet-top_071909We asked: Would you wear The Color Orange?

You said:  Yes to Orange, with a 75% to 25% vote.

Style tip? Orange–especially a deep blood orange–is one of our favorite colors, year round.  But during the summer, the vibrant orange should get even more play.  Pair your bright orange with dark blue jeans for an easy, color coordinated look.  Or try it with grey for an edgier, rocker girl look.

Next question: Menswear vests are all over the place this summer.  They’re a great layering piece, and they don’t suffocate you in the summer heat.  But they’re not for everyone.  Tell us, would you wear a Vest?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Pintucked Crochet Top | $17.80 at Forever 21

3 comments July 19th, 2009

Pintucked Drawstring Tunic

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Pair this voluminous drawstring tunic with a belt (to cinch it in) and a pair of skinny pants for a classic big-over-small look.

$19.80  at Forever 21.

2 comments July 19th, 2009

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