Friday, February 11, 2011

My First Friend Friday: Color Wars

Basket of Scarves
1. What color dominates your closet?

Black, but only barely.  I have a lot of color in my closet, but I have a little more black than any other color.

2. If money weren't an issue how would you change the color emphasis
in your closet?

More orange.  No, really.  For example, if I had the money, I would purchase pretty much everything on this post by Ashley at Hearty Chic.  As it is, I’ve purchased a few items for spring/summer and they’ve all been orange.

With so many shades to choose from I think there is a shade of orange out there for everyone.  But most people don’t wear it.  Poor neglected orange…

3. What is your mantra about mixing colors?

It’s the same mantra I have about mixing patterns – I love a challenge!  Mixing colors can be daunting, but I like to experiment.  Does it always work?  Absolutely not, but I’m okay with that.

I like tried and true color combinations, but I also like to try unexpected color combinations.  I don’t usually mix more than three colors (colors, not neutrals) in a single outfit though.  It’s not a hard and fast rule, but for me, more than three can feel busy and unintentional.  And I think that style should be intentional.  I think style is intentional.

When I mix colors, I try to look as though I purposely selected those colors, those items, to put together.  Not like I rolled out of bed and before I turned on the light grabbed whatever was at hand and wore it. 

4. For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits?

I try to have at least one piece with color in an outfit, usually a scarf.  Okay, usually an orange scarf.  But, I’ve also incorporated color with jewelry, tights, shoes and even pants.  That’s the great thing about color, depending on how much or how little you want in an outfit, you can find an item of clothing or an accessory that provides just the right amount. 

And I think even just the smallest pop of color with an all black outfit elevates that outfit.  Take an all black outfit, add red earrings and the outfit just got a hundred percent more interesting.

5. Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color
into their wardrobe?

Let’s see… Jentine at My Edit because her color combinations are often unexpected and I like that.  Linda at Little Tin Soldier does an amazing job combining brights, which can be difficult; but she pulls it off.  Sal over at Already Pretty – she is FEARLESS when it comes to color.  And Lyddie at Chic on the Cheap is pretty fearless too.

Happy Friday!

Gracey