Monday, June 3, 2013

Color Chic, Dynamic Color Duos: Cobalt + Stone Khaki

Combining bright colors with color basics, like neutrals, is a great place to start if you are intimidated by matching hues or looking for alternative ways to style unique colors; when paired together, cobalt blue and stone khaki (two shades you probably already have in your wardrobe), can give you a dynamic way to infuse color into your ensemble.
1.  A. Byer -Ruffled Placket Blouse
2.  Attention -Pinstripe Skirt

With it's rich jewel undertones, cobalt blue has been swirling around the world of color for quite a few seasons now.  If you a treading lightly into color, chose and understated item in this bold hue; this cobalt color is already an attention getter, so try a tank, t-shirt or classic button down that can be worn under a jacket.  If you looking for a fun way to style this electric color, try it one of the seasons hottest trends, ruffles (1).

Khakis are a neat, clean cut alternative to business attire for men, and can be that way for woman as well.  The stone khaki color (sometimes in a shade known as pumice), gives your khakis a warm weather update.  Chose khakis that are in a traditional silhouette to keep your look professional during the day, as with this pencil skirt (2), or in a modern cut, like a cropped pant, for a chic weekend look.
1, 2, 3 Chic!

1, 2, 3 Chic!

The third element I used to style this color duo, are these Annora wedges by Lumiani.  With their exotic, raffia-woven, chic-geometric design, dramatic-cutout vamp and sleek ankle-strap, all in a bold cobalt and demure stone khaki, the overall look of the ensemble is dynamic from head to toe!

How I Styled It?
My general rule for style is, "Chic is simple!"; and sometimes the most understated of pieces is what enhances one's style.  Khaki is a staple in most wardrobes, and a khaki skirt is a must. I like the casual material in a refined silhouette like a pencil skirt, achieving a happy medium between dressy and relaxed. For today's 1, 2, 3 Styling, I chose a cobalt blouse I have had sitting in my closet for quite a while.  Finding it tricky to style it because of the smocked waist (sometimes this type of waist can add inches to a waistline), I decided to tuck the smocked hem of the top into the tapered waist of the pencil skirt, thereby creating slender waistline   The shoes were just the icing on the cake; I had every intention on purchasing these beauties in black, but when the size wasn't available, the cobalt blue was my next logical choice, and aren't they a stunner! SN

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