A more appropriate title for today’s post might be ‘Style in a Wind Tunnel.’ Natural light always provides the best option for capturing images for the blog, but sometimes mother nature laughs at that effort.
I’ve been addressing long-range retirement plans on the blog this week. The look for today is from the “Use It or Lose It” rack. I continue to purge the things I rarely wear or use. Books, home decor, kitchen gadgets, and sets of china, serving platters and cookware, furniture and rugs, are among the items that have found new homes recently. High heels, handbags, jackets, jewelry, and other rarely if ever worn items will also be on their way to new homes soon.
I have mentioned before that I am avoiding wearing black near my face during the day. Although I no longer purchase it, black is still well represented in my wardrobe. A dramatic scarf, silky white tank, and a bold silver necklace from French Kande work together to put the black duster cardigan in the background. The full leg dressy pants are slim fitting through the waist and hip area which balances with the slender shape of the long duster. The classic shape and size of the structured bag is in harmony with this look and complements the tweed texture of the pumps. As always I consider a few tips when getting dressed rather than hard-and-fast rules. Fashion should be fun so allow yourself to experiment.
Scale and balance are significant factors in design, whether it be decorating your home, designing a building or putting together a look for the day. Some of the tips that I try to keep in mind as I get dressed are below.
1. Balance the size and shape of the bag with my silhouette, not just the color.
2. Slim fitting top with full shapeless bottoms.
3. Wear long flowing tunics only over ‘skinny’ bottoms.
4. Long straight lines over a large bust. V-necklines, long scarves, or long necklaces.
5. Hair volume balanced with body size. (When I have short hair or a smooth tight style, my body seems more significant.)
That fabulous necklace here was a gift from my friends at French Kande. I am wearing it with a necklace extender here. The scarf is from my site here. The tank, duster and pants are from White House|Black Market a couple of years ago. The shoes are from J.Reneé last year. The handbag is one I offered on the site but they have sold out several times. I will try to get more of them.
We spent part of last weekend in Asheville, NC at the Grove Park Inn. The weather was perfect for enjoying the fall color.
The three photos above were snapped from our table by the window in the Blue Ridge Room during Sunday brunch.
We enjoy sitting in The Great Hall, sipping a drink, talking and watching people. Autumn lasted for such a brief time this year. We are anticipating snow this weekend.
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