Finally- after nearly a decade’s absence – the beautiful earthy browns are making an appearance in stores this Fall. Chocolate, Caramel, Camel and Sand are in the spotlight … and not exclusively for women with warm coloring. See mix-match options for a cool Chocolate-based wardrobe HERE. And read on for more ideas …
These displays – just two from a dozen or so at Neiman Marcus’ Water Tower Chicago store last week – illustrate the luxurious effect this color family can impart, and the ease with which the various values complement one another. Also notice the skin-related prints – a classic accent that can give any wardrobe an on-trend update … a topic for a future post.
Chico’s beautifully illustrates the elegant effect you can get with monochromatic mixes of Camel/Caramel enlivened with value and textural variety.
One caution though: as wonderful as Camel (or its cooler, temp-neutral cousin, Sand) is on a blonde woman, this monochromatic approach can turn her look into a “blonde blob”. Much better to add a darker neutral or an element of color to punctuate that pale color, plus a linking accessory to complete the story.
Here’s an example with the teal Deco Cardigan from Cabi over a Camel shell, using an art deco necklace (pun is accidental) as the link. Or for a woman with even warmer coloring we traded the necklace for a patchwork print crinkle scarf – both from our inventory. (Ignore the dated Camel mock-turtle top; it’s an oldie I keep just for illustrating the warming/softening capability of Camel.)
Silver-haired gals should “Just Say No” to this Brown/Caramel/Camel/Sand color family, but just about everyone else can personalize it to flatter their individual coloring. How will you give your wardrobe a fresher-upper with earth tones this season?