Hi ladies! Im Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee! I am over here visiting the Lulus blog to break some fashion rules and answer some important fashion questions! Such as, can you really have ‘too much of a good thing’? Just curious because I’m the kind of girl who could wear red, pink and ivory every single day of the week and never ever grow tired of it. Maybe it’s my affinity for Valentine’s Day or just girly hues, but I instantly feel more “me” when I’m donning some pretty pastels!
When you think about those 1980’s monochromatic suits or the way the 90’s had their way of wearing purple on top of purple on top of purple (only to be paired with… a purple!), you start seeing a trend: Too much of something is never good! Well I’m here to throw caution to the wind and help rewrite some of the old fashion faux-pas rules.
I’ve never been a matchy-matchy kind of girl. More often than not “my thing” is wearing every pattern conceivable and still trying to pass it off as “acceptable.” Instead of going crazy with the florals and the dots and the stripes, I decided to keep it simple for this task: an eye-catching print on the skirt of my Cherry Parfait striped dress, and then everything else I’m wearing is taken directly from that (except that fun necklace!).
My rules may or may not work for you, but why not just give it a shot?! Here’s how I (try to) keep from looking like a monochromatic clown:
1) Make sure you have one statement piece in your ensemble. In this instance I’m working with a fun, bright red dress with a playful pattern of stripes on the bottom. The rest of the dress’ torso will undoubtedly scream “Oh hey! Look at me! I’m here!”, so make sure you know what is screaming and what is supporting.
2) Whatever clothing is immediately touching the statement piece should be a toned down version of it. I wanted to keep it fun and playful with this outfit so I opted for a pale pink blazer. This very same hue is found in the skirt of the dress so it works. Yes, a pink blazer is far from “neutral” but it’s so toned down in comparison to the bright red that you can get away with it.
3) If you’re going loud with the main piece of your outfit, keep the rest minimal. I opted for an ivory wedge (an even more diluted hue to pink), a red bow in my hair (to draw the eye up), and a turquoise and red necklace just to add a bit of zest!
I think it’s important to keep at least one small piece as a “pop” item, such as this necklace. It still has the red in the stone so it ties in, but the blue is so vibrant against the other colors.
It’s easy to go straight to a bright red lip for this outfit but I decided to keep it neutral with a natural pink lipstick and I alternated my nails with the bright red and gold! My tattoos tend to do most of the accessorizing for me so they instantly bring more color to the outfit. By wearing a blazer and some tights I was able to tone it down, still look classy, and make it Autumn/Winter appropriate! Feel free to go bare legged or swap the blazer for a vest or cardigan for a more Spring/Summer feel!
This outfit is totally something you could wear to a wedding, girls night out, or a date! The choices are endless! Except maybe bike riding… I tried it and while it worked, I’d maybe switch out those shoes! 😉
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See you on Wednesday for my next post where we will we examine another fashion faux-pas!