Three Ways: Colored Pencil Skirts
Aug 9, 2011
Last week, I asked you for ideas for the Three Ways posts. Several of you asked for tips on how to wear colored pencil skirts. And since you specified the colored skirts currently available at J.CREW, I thought we’d start there.
When you’re wearing color on your bottom half, you have two choices: bold or neutral. Do you want to ‘go big or go home’ with more color? Or do you want to break out the neutral pieces and balance out the color?
Since pairing a bold skirt with a neutral, basic blouse is fairly simple, I thought we’d focus on the bolder side of the colored pencil.
This skirt is in a color called ‘flame,’ it’s a vibrant orange-red. Pairing the skirt with a patterned blue blouse and a coordinating cardigan softens up the rough edges. Toss in a nude wedge and a stack bangle to complete an end-of-summer look that is right on trend.
I really like these bangles. They’re sold individually, but meant to be worn in multiples. They can also be engraved to suit, so they would make a great gift. And they’re an interesting shape that you don’t see every day, so you could wear them on their own as well.
Last season, DvF offered a gorgeous combo dress that was a dynamic purple on the bottom and a punchy coral on the top. For this outfit, I recreated that color palette using separates. Add in a neutral shoe (you don’t want to overdo it with such bright pieces), a gold clutch and a cool, but affordable, gold earring and you’re all set for a late summer night on the town.
Yellow is a tough color for a lot of people. Their instinct is either pair it with neutral colors (white, navy) or other shades of yellow. Neither instinct is wrong, but I like to do something a bit unexpected.
Here, I added a lavender blouse, which is a nice compliment to the deep yellow. And if this blouse had sleeves, I might just stop there, throw on a belt, and call it a day. However, this is a sleeveless blouse, so I want to cover up.
Setting aside that this jacket is linen, grey is the best neutral color to pair with this skirt. Switch out the lackluster, flaccid belt and add something with some more structure. Then add a coordinating shoe.
To finish off the look, add a dark green purse and a dark amethyst earring. If this all too much color for you, you could buy an amethyst sweater or emerald sweater to wear with the skirt and still maintain the integrity of the palette.