The whole pink family — light to darker — is a fashion favorite at the moment, and its versatility makes it a favorite every season for me and for my client work. We don’t typically think of this blush tone as a cool-weather option, but just see how beautifully it really can work …
This set – a cotton blend ruched tank top and lightweight linen-blend cardigan – were wonderful all summer with pale-wash or off-white denim on the bottom. And now my darker bottom garments and weightier accessories carry them right into cooler days. Possibly the most obvious pairing is pink + gray.
It was fun to play the refined vibe of the sweater against the more rustic tone of distressed, faded black jeans and chunky suede ankle boots. I found the silver wire-wrapped rose quartz pendant at my local craft store. Instead of wearing it on a chain, I gave it some extra heft by rolling a chiffon bandana on the diagonal and sliding the fabric tube thru the generous bale (technical term for the hook-on part) and tying it behind my neck. Repeating the bottom color at the top of a look keeps the visual impact of the outfit vertical and “eyes-up”.
For dressier occasions, I can trade the jeans for a heather gray ponte pencil skirt, tapered from hipline to hem for figure flattery and elongation. If you sew any part of your wardrobe, this is the easiest project ever, using the Magic Pencil Skirt from Pamela’s Patterns and tapering an extra inch (at least). If you are buying a pencil skirt or already own one, it is TOTALLY worth the time and trouble to have your tailor do the job.
Gray tights and suede pumps create color continuity below the waist and the more refined, silky scarf repeats the outfit colors while easily anchoring focus near the face. A nude leg would be a slightly dressier, more traditional look; I like the tights for cozy warmth and a definitively Fall statement.
As they say in the infomercials, “But wait! There’s more..”
Pink + brown might not be the most obvious pairing, but with a linking accessory it falls right into place. I built two outfits with the same 3 pieces – the pink set and a brown ponte pencil skirt – and used the accessories to define a dressier look and a more rustic version.
Nude hosiery, a brown mock-croc kitten heel pump, narrow metallic-finish leather belt and silky scarf in brown + pink + pale blue define an elevated look. Obviously I could substitute a narrow ponte pant and skip the legwear. Because the color temperature is slightly less cool than some of our combos, I opted for bracelets (and earring, not shown) in a gold/silver mix.
For the more relaxed look I traded in opaque brown tights and ankle boots, a chunkier belt with a hint of Western silver hardware, and a larger crepe scarf to wear over one shoulder and caught in front by the belt – serape style.
Can you play with your paler colors to create cool-weather combinations in your own closet?