Knowing that I started blogging with an incomplete understanding of the principles involved, part of my strategy in posting reruns on Thursdays is to clean some stuff up, clarify the concepts, and correct where I was wrong. Like in this case (originally posted October 23, 2007).
I found it amusing, when considered alongside what I said here, that Bridgette Raes just posted Why You Need a Green Handbag (my apologies for not providing a link, but my linker appears to be broken and I cannot devote any more time to it right now). But I have no problem explaining the ideological discrepancy:
Within one’s inherent color palette, the greens will harmonize with the other hues”
As I move more fully into the color component of styling, I am super-excited about the potential for the custom color palette. For example, I just did one which ended up being six parts one palette, three parts another, and a single stick of yet a third, but blended into a beautiful, harmonious whole.
Recently it occurred to me that green, while an easy color for many to wear, doesn’t necessarily lend itself to mix and match. A quick trip around the color wheel reveals why:
- yellow: too 1960s. Not bad if you’re young and you throw in white.
- orange: resembles the autumn landscape. Do you want to look like a deciduous forest? To approximate a single tree, pair green with brown.
- red: at best, red & green are reminiscent of 1990s interiors; at worst, a color-challenged Christmas. Pink is sometimes doable, but grass green and pink is too young and sweet for me to wear.
- purple: throw in the right shade of brown and it works.
- blue: safer than most other color combinations. Just wear your green sweater with blue jeans and everything will be just fine.
- green: when combined with hunter orange, two or more greens make a perfectly coordinated “sport” ensemble.
Which leaves the neutrals:
- black: the hag chorus in Little Women is wearing mostly green and black.
- grey: finally, an option that seems current!
- white: a better choice for Christmas outfits.
- metallic: ditto the above.
Which leads me to easy ways to wear green. In a print.
Or as an accent.
How do you like to wear green?