At the beginning of the five-day fall fashion challenge, each participant was asked to raise their hand and solemnly swear - okay, not really, but promise - that they would not buy anything until the challenge was over. No matter how inspired you feel, don't jump the gun!
And even though I am one of the image consultants in the group, I decided to do the challenge, too, for fun. So mentally, I made the same promise. And then, this happened...
Dreaming of Olive
So, olive is the suggested fall trend color for y color type to focus on, and I already have olive in my fall capsule wardrobe. Several times over.
But I don't have an olive duster. So as I went through my current wardrobe, and the color palette I have in mind for fall, I realized that I wouldn't need to buy much. Maybe an olive cardigan, and an ivory top with thicker fabric than the one I have for summer.
And having decided that, I got a little itchy. I knew I could wait.
But I also knew I would be going to Wal-Mart to shop for groceries.
And it wouldn't hurt just to have a peek at what they have t offer, right? On the other hand, let me be honest! Their inventory turns over faster than I ever expect.
I have gone back more than once, only to find that the top/cardi/whatever was gone. So the truth is, I knew that if I found it and it fit, I would probably buy it.
And sure enough, they did have an olive jacket. But it was not a duster; it was a zip-up hoodie. Still, I decided to try it on. And I picked one more item I thought might work.
But Here's What I Bought, Instead
Y'all, I wandered all over the store, trying to find a mirror! The dressing rooms were off limits, but I wasn't going to just buy it and hope for the best.
So I tried to remember where else they had mirrors. The shoe department? Nope, that one was gone.
Finally, I found one - guess where - on the mirror aisle! I'll know where to look first, next time, right?
The verdict - the hoodie jacket was too boxy/bulky, and I just didn't like it. But the other thing I chose was a straight up winner! I felt like it fit me as if it was made for me.
And so, it came home with me!
What was it? And animal print cardigan duster. Love it!
And, as you can see, it will go with all of my other fall color palette colors: olive, burnt orange, dark brown and ivory.
But I did break my promise. Want to know why? Unlike the other participants, I know what's coming.
And I know it will fit right in with what comes at the end of the challenge.
Still not too late to join!
See you tomorrow!
My Gamine Daily Uniform
Doing the Spring 10x10 Challenge gave me a rather intense focus on each outfit I wore. And that was deliberate so that I could figure out what worked and what didn't work, practice creating gamine outfits & try to create ten outfit formulas I loved, that I could wear during the warm seasons.
Though I didn't create the perfect ten, I did create several workable gamine outfit formulas, and while doing so, discovered two ideal gamine daily uniforms.
Gamine Elements for Each Outfit Formula & Daily Uniform
During the challenge, I discovered that my plus-sized spring capsule wardrobe & each gamine outfit formula needs to have a fitted base, vibrant color, fabric that holds its shape, color contrast and pattern or print mixing. They seem to be the most important gamine elements I need to incorporate for my plus size signature style.
The outfit formulas, themselves, are...
(1) Asymmetrical cardigan + fitted tee + leggings + scarf.
(2) Fitted, striped tee + floral neck scarf + leggings.
Do you have a daily uniform or two?
See you next time! Stay tuned for Wordless Wednesday & Friday's infographic on plus-sized gamine style elements.
How to Get Started with Color Blocking
Recently, a reader said she wasn't sure where to get started with color blocking, but liked the idea of it. This post is my answer.
I suggest starting from scratch, for anyone not sure what kind of color blocking will work for you.
Try a lighter color with a darker version of it, like my own favorites: light olive plus a medium olive. Then, maybe two different colors, but not far apart, like camel and coffee brown. If that works well, then, try that brown with the olive.
If they all work, you can feel free to experiment a little more wildly.
If not, stay with the level of contrast that seemed to work best.
Have you experimented with color blocking?
See you next time!
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