Friday, July 29, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Fifteen

Today's Soft Autumn Thoughts...

Yesterday, I got some feedback on my outfit that the shirt seemed cool and the pants seemed warm, and not in harmony. I had not thought so, but it reminded me that for the neutral seasons, you are a mix of warm and cool in your coloring and can repeat that mix with your outfit.

You can tie it all together with jewelry or a scarf or other accessories, and I may have needed a little more balance than my earrings, watch and bracelet gave me (a brown-and-camel scarf would be wonderful, wouldn't it?), but it can actually be a good thing to wear both warm and cool as long as they are not in sharp opposition.

Ideally, you could wear anything from the soft autumn palette together, and it is a mix of warm and cool colors. But soft autumns need low-medium contrast, so it would be better not to do two colors that create a lot of contrast (see my example of what not to do)...

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...

Unfortunately, I think today's outfit is also an example of what not to do. That is partly because I have only washed that new J. Jill magnolia tank top once, and partly because the brown lace cardigan contrasts too much with it. Soft autumn does have this pink, but it is much softer and more muted.

I have just ordered a taupe cardigan from Old Navy that I want to try with this same tank (after a few more washings) & skirt, and see if that works a little better.

Brown lace cardigan from Roamans
Magnolia tank from J. Jill
Maplewood skirt from Lands End

The Soft Autumn Palette...

(photo credit: Jane Rekas, Expressing Your Truth)

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