Hello, and welcome to Dressed for My Day! Susanne and I are kicking off our brief spring collaboration, Styling Spring. I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you enjoy this three-day series. We’ll both be posting spring outfits with styling tips today, Wednesday and Friday. Today I’m sharing how to create a column of color beneath fresh spring hues.
One of the easiest ways to create a slenderizing silhouette is to utilize a column of color underneath an outer layer in a contrasting color. This styling technique also elongates, so it’s perfect even for you gals who are shorter than me (I’m 5’8″)
To do this, simply wear a coat, jacket, cardigan or kimono over one contrasting color head to toe. My head to toe color here is black, but you could achieve the same slenderizing effect with white, navy or any other color that looks beautiful on you.
In my new style series for 2019, Building a Wardrobe that Works for You, I’m encouraging us to select and stick with just a couple of neutrals (black, grey, navy, brown or camel – your choice!) long term. I’ve decided to narrow my wardrobe neutrals to black and navy. Of course I can still wear white. (And you may see me style other neutrals for the purpose of this blog. But my personal wardrobe has been narrowed to these two versatile neutrals.)
I received this lightweight high/low hem sweater in my most recent Trunk Club trunk and instantly fell in love. It’s soft and easy to wear, draping nicely over the body. I’m wearing a small, so it’s true to size. It’s available in several other pretty shades.
My wonderstretch pants are also a favorite. They came in a Trunk Club trunk last fall and I’ve worn them almost weekly since then. They have such great stretch, but they’re also crisp and keep their shape beautifully. They’re also available in a dark navy. They may be a little pricey, but I know I’ll be wearing these for years.
Finally, make sure you keep your shoes the same color as your top and bottoms for the most elongating effect. My black pumps are a great find from Target. These shoes are affordable, but also comfortable and classic.
Now, to create that slenderizing effect with your column of color (whether it’s black, white, navy or whatever), simply wear a hip length or longer coat, jacket, cardigan or kimono over it. I’m wearing my pretty pale pink trench coat that I styled in this post originally with jeans. I generally wear mediums in coats, but this one is a small and fits perfectly.
I just love pale pink with black. For some reason it makes me think of Audrey Hepburn. Did she wear that color combination in a movie? This blush pink is definitely hot, hot, hot this spring and summer. I’m seeing it everywhere. And most of us can wear it beautifully.
In my 9 Keys for Building a Wardrobe that Works for You, I also talked about signature colors. While you might want to limit yourself to two neutrals, you can select 3-5 signature colors for your functional wardrobe. And your signature colors can be personal favorites, ones for which you receive lots of compliments or the current color trends.
Pink is one of my signature colors, but another trending color that I’m collecting right now is true green.
You can see that this column of black looks just as lovely under my willow green boyfriend cardigan. It’s just a different look for a different day. But that’s the beauty of creating a wardrobe that works for you…one built with classic essentials in a limited number of neutral shades with pretty “now pieces” in your signature colors sprinkled in.
For both outfits, I kept accessories to a minimum, preserving that column of color. I just added a tortoise shell necklace I’ve had for years (similar – tortoise is still trending big!) and simple tiny hoop earrings. I carried my truffle colored satchel (similar) with the pink coat and my leopard print foldover clutch with the green cardigan.
What column of color do you like to wear under an outer layer? Or do you have any questions about this styling technique? And have you decided on your two neutrals or your 3-5 signature colors? I’d love to hear from you today.
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Be sure to visit Susanne!
Don’t forget to visit Susanne to check out the spring outfit she’s styling today. Susanne began blogging about the same time I did and we’ve really enjoyed taking this journey together. We talk on the phone occasionally and text back and forth. It’s so good to have someone who speaks your language! Anyhow, I just love this gal and her style. So check out Susanne’s spring outfit and tell her I said “hi!”
Blessed for My Day
Are you a saint? Well, you may not feel like one some days, but you still may be one. The Bible teaches that a saint is simply a person who has been set apart by God for the purpose of sharing the grace of Christ with others. It’s a person who has chosen to live a life that reflects the goodness and glory of God.
If that still sounds holier than thou, reflect on the fact that the apostle Paul called every person in the churches to whom he wrote a saint. If you are a Christ follower, God desires for you to live a set apart life that reflects His grace and truth to the world around you. How will you do that today?
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. ~ Philippians 4:21-23