LOCATION: SANTA MARGHERITA, ITALY
You see the woman walking towards you, “I love what she’s wearing” you think, quickly trying to decipher what exactly it is that makes her look so chic.
This simple afternoon on the Italian Riviera ensemble has multiple style principles occurring -- fabric, neutral colors, the waistline, the neckline, the skin tone, the accessories.
In the flash that she’s passed, you’ve likely not catalogued them all, or maybe none in the visual overwhelm of loveliness.
These aren’t rules as in “don’t break them”, they’re principles as in “use these as your secret weapons if you so choose”.
If you don’t know them, you’re not necessarily doing anything wrong, you simply don’t have your full range of motion. My desire is for you to stretch out your arms to the full breadth of possibility when it comes to what you wear.
One example in this ensemble: Yellow.
“Love it, can’t wear it” think most women. Myself included for years. But I believe you can wear almost anything you want, you just have to wear it in the right way.
Three ways to pull off any color:
1. Try different hues. Not all shades of yellow are created equal. Be you fair, olive or dark skinned, blonde or redheaded, some look more lovely or more like you’re slightly seasick.
2. Wear it away from your face. A skirt, shoes, purse.
3. Pair it with a color that flatters you, which is why I’m wearing a beautiful turquoise necklace.
[ top: thrifted, longod // skirt: vintage, brooklyn // necklace: street vendor, italy // shoes: dsw // photographer: erin + gabri // location: santa margherita, italy ]
Now yellow is not the secret to happiness or chicness. It’s simply today’s encouragement that you can wear more than you think, you simply need to understand the principles at play, and learn some secrets from your personal stylist.
Life’s too short to not wear all the colors in the rainbow, if they make you happy.
Stick with me and I’ll teach you when it comes to your style, in the words of Obama, “Yes we can”.