The growing emphasis on sustainability in wardrobes is a great incentive to look for new ways to combine the pieces we already own into outfits we love to wear. That’s the focus of the next 6 weeks in our subscription online community LOOKING GOOD TOGETHER. I’ll demonstrate examples of the week’s formula and Community members will post outfits of their own for mutual inspiration. I want to share a quick sampling here…
The easiest – and arguably most versatile – formula starts with a color-matched (usually neutral) bottom garment and under-layer top. We call that a Color Column. The PLUS is a contrasting over-layer and linking accessory. Here’s an example starting with a navy blue column – unexciting on its own, but downright magic for building outfits!.
Try on or lay out your Column and layer on a jacket, cardigan or other topper from your closet. Then add a linking accessory — a scarf, piece of jewelry or anything else that contains both colors from the outfit. Rinse & Repeat.
In this example I’ve added a polished cardigan sweater in a blush color reminiscent of the Pantone color of the year – Peach Fuzz. I added a navy and blush floral scarf, worn in a style shared by one of my subscribers, Jean, from Corpus Christi TX. Using a silky square scarf about 22″, fold it in half on the diagonal then in half again. About 2-3″ in from the doubled corner, stitch (or insert a pin) perpendicular to the fold. With the “tails” to the underside, drape the opening over your head and allow the body of the scarf to drape gracefully to the front.
I ended up finding 24 outfits in my current closet based on a navy color column. What neutral will you start with and how many outfits can you develop? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments below.