Hello ladies! Today I’m finally sharing another Winter Classic outfit for our second annual Winter Classics DFMD style mini-series. The biggest problem with this style series is that it is coldddd outside! Ha! So the weather doesn’t always cooperate with me getting these photos done. But a couple of days ago I braved the icy temperatures to photograph this oh so classic camel and grey winter outfit. I hope you love it as much as I do.
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Here’s how this works. Through February I’ll be sharing a series of modern winter outfits that are very classic in composition, coloring and garment selection. I’ll be creating outfits strictly from the items in my closet as inspiration. Yes, I’ll still be sharing new fashions here and there for the next couple of months, but The Winter Classics posts will give you outfit inspiration for which you can just “shop your closet.” I am linking to items that are available and substitutes for those that are not. But I also hope you get plenty of inspiration to work with what’s in your wardrobe already.
Wearing Camel and Grey this Winter
I’ve long admired the combination of camel and grey on others, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it myself. Just this year I added quite a bit of camel to my wardrobe. So I thought it would be a good time to try this very modern color combination.
Now I have had my camel coat for a little over a year. And this one is not currently available, but I’ll try to find others to include in the shopping widget at the end of the post. Of course, you can always flip the colors on the different elements in this outfit. So a grey coat over a camel sweater would create a similar effect.
Anytime we combine two neutrals it can seem a little scary. But most neutrals work really well together if present them boldly and with confidence.
And the reason grey and camel look so lovely together is that they’re both often presented in similarly soft hues with medium to low intensity. In fact, I think one of the keys to creating this look is to keep the contrast in intensity low to medium. So I’m wearing garments and accessories with low and medium intensity, none with high intensity. Thus the contrast is low to medium. For more information on working with contrast in intensity to create cohesive outfits, check out this blog post or the following video.
Another key to combining two neutrals such as camel and grey (or black and navy, brown and navy, brown and black, etc.) is to include at least two garments or accessories in each of those neutrals somewhere in the outfit. That could be within a print or in solids, as I’ve done here.
Creating cohesive, interesting looks like this one is one of the benefits of having a pared back color palette and then filling your wardrobe accordingly. At first I had planned to create this look with my grey v-neck sweater and my navy slacks. But then I realized I didn’t have a coat in either grey or navy. That makes sense because I’ve just recently added navy to my wardrobe and haven’t decided if I want to invest in a coat in that neutral yet. But you can see the dilemma it causes when you just add “all the colors” to your wardrobe. We really do much better and become less frustrated when we select a few neutrals and stick with them.
While you could create a similar look using camel and grey in different garments, I do think one choice I made is quite significant. And that is my choice of wearing shoes in the same color as my pants. My steel grey booties paired with my grey slacks (most similar I can find) create a long line of color for the best proportions.
And I bookended the look by adding a grey cashmere snood around my neck. Isn’t it so elegant? I neglected to take my gloves with me. The only grey gloves I own are fingerless, so I probably would have opted for my black gloves.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Winter Classics post and got a little style inspiration from it. How will you shop your closet for a similar look? Remember, you could create similar looks with jeans or skirts, too. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Blessed for My Day
I’ll be honest, I bristle when other people hold me or my kids to a higher standard because my husband is a pastor. And really I do believe such double standards are not biblical. But I have to check myself when I start huffing and puffing at people’s expectations because there is indeed a higher standard…but it’s not set by other people. It’s set by God.
You see the truth is that God calls ALL of His children to a higher standard. We are told simply, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” To be holy means to be separate, called out, unique and at the absolute highest standard. Our conduct and thoughts and attitudes are to be like God’s. We are not called to be holy because we are married to a pastor, the daughter of a civic leader or a Sunday school teacher. We are called to show the world a correct reflection of our Father in heaven. Today let’s examine our lives, not in the light of other people’s expectations, but in the light of God’s glory.
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16