ACCESSORIES REPORT: Coral Coordination

Accessories Report

Years in advance Pantone chooses colors for the seasons. This year the fashion gods have handed us “Radiant Orchid” as the stand-out color from the Spring 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report, but there are a few colors that remain staple for seasons regardless of the calendar. White is always a summer necessity, warm brown tones are always fashionable in the fall, and black reigns supreme in the winter (or for some of us all year round). Coral is one color that seems to come back into play every spring and this Fashionista shows us how to create an outfit of coordinating corals using her accessories.

Perhaps the most striking thing about her outfit is her ability to blend winter accessories with a spring/summer top. Her high-low blouse is light and airy, perfect for warm summer days. However, the chunky scarf creates a mix of textures especially with its colorful tweed design. The intricate pattern of orange, pink, brown and white ground her warm day outfit for a windy day in The Plains State. For even more contrast with the light weight top this Fashionista threw on a heavy gold chain link necklace and bracelet. A great way to wear thicker accessories is to pair them with a feminine and breezy outfit. It will help to off-set the masculine or oversized look by going in the opposite direction.

A quick look to the floor reveals that she didn’t stop with the color matching up top. Her sweet ballet flats are yet another shade of coral. To avoid looking too matchy-matchy, try mixing different shades of a single color in one outfit. With her extra pink toned shoes this Fashionista nails the trend. Unfortunately it can sometimes be tricky to not look like you were dressing without the light on. Separating the similarly colored pieces with a neutral item like denim, white or black will help to combat that. In addition to her jeans, this week’s Fashionista added another neutralizing element with her brown and tan cross-body bag. Instead of looking sloppily put together you will appear completely in control of the color wheel!

Don’t be afraid of mixing colors that are just one or two tones different. Even in nature the most beautiful flowers are not perfectly shaded. Let your styling ability and natural beauty shine through this spring by mixing a shade or two (and maybe include Pantone’s Radiant Orchid).

Spotted: In the Cedric Charlier Resort 2014 collection, the models show off a tone-on-ton ensemble including jacket, clutch, and skirt.


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