Monday, March 12, 2012

The Quest for an Easter Dress, Part Two

The Quest for an Easter Dress...

You'll remember from last week's post that I am on a mission this month to avoid the disaster of last year's Easter experience (because my outfit was just that awful) and along the way, I'll share some tips about how to find the Easter dress that's right for you.

Choose the Right Contrast

Contrast refers to the differences in color value or intensity. A monotone outfit would be low in contrast, but wearing a white shirt and a black pair of pants would be high in contrast. Medium might be a brown pullover and camel pants.

But you also can consider the amount of contrast created with your skin and hair. There are shades of brown that are not good shirt colors because they are too close to my own skin tone and thus, do not create enough contrast.

Keeping your ideal level of contrast in mind (I need medium) will help you choose a dress or outfit that flatters your coloring. Watch to see if you disappear into the outfit or if it seems to overwhelm you. If so, it is either the wrong color or the wrong level of contrast.

My Tentative Choice for Easter (So Far)...


Once again, I have tentatively chosen an Easter dress and matching cardigan, this time in much better colors!! But my concern is that there will be so much of that color that there may not be enough contrast. Could that have been part of last year's problem, too?

I have ordered the ensemble and when it gets here will try it on and see what I think (and, of course, report back here to tell you guys). It needs to match up with all the criteria, including this one.

Now, you can wear monotone or tone-on-tone and still create medium contrast, at least in theory, because you can wear a color that is at medium contrast to the color of your skin. But if you are covered in that color, will there be enough skin showing to create it?

If not, I will try adding brown accessories. Or maybe, switch out the cardigan for another color. But that's why I need to check these things out while there's still time.

How about you? You decided what to wear yet?

I am linking up today with Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style , to MomTrends for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.


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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! LOVE the color choice for your Easter dress. I think it would look amazing with turquoise jewelry. What do you think? I probably need to read up on finding my best colors...because I normally don't wear red and many say it looks good on me. ha! I just wear what I like and what luck the thrift stores provide. Hope you will drop in again.

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    1. Hi Sherri! Thanks for visiting me. You know, someone else was just talking about combining orange with turquoise. I am going to give that some thought. I agree that red looks good on you!

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  2. I honestly can't remember the last time I bought an Easter outfit. I always just find something in my closet a little nicer than what I'd normally wear to church. I'm inspired now to get one this year.

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    1. Oh cool, Cam! Well, I did a little bit of searching in my closet but I just wasn't sure anything in there would do the trick. And last year's outfit was a "what's in my closet?" find and that did not turn out so well, to say the least!!! Thanks so much for dropping by to say hello.

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  3. That outfit is really pretty and the color would be great on you. I like the idea of a dress and matching cardigan for formal occasions (like a wedding for example) and a contrasting cardigan for a more casual look. For me, it depends on my mood, the occasion and the feeling I want to convey.

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    1. That's what I was thinking, too, Ann, that it would be good as a more formal look! And that makes me reluctant to have two different colors. But I'm worried about looking matronly. *shrugs* We'll see!!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing with Visible Monday, Jeanine! I really am enjoying your blog, and I do like the outfit you've picked for Easter : >

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    1. Thanks, Patti! I was glad to discover it. Thanks for hosting it and thanks for dropping by to say hello here. Glad you're enjoying the blog!

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    1. Thanks, Megan! It's good to get a "yes" vote. And thanks so much for dropping by to say hello

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  6. That color is delicious, but feels a bit like fall to me. Decisions, decisions...Thanks so much for sharing your style on Monday Mingle.

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    1. Well, it's actually their spring release (J. Jill), probably their version of Pantone's tangerine tango, but most of the colors you see me wear will remind you of fall, because that's my season. :)

      Thanks for weighing in and coming by for a visit!

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  7. Ooh, I like the color you've chosen for this year! But I think accessories would be important with a monotone look like last year's or this year's. A BUNCH of silver toned jewelry might have rescued last year's look.

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    1. Hi Terri! NOTHING would have rescued last year's look, but I will keep that in mind for this year. :)

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  8. Beautiful color! I learned my Easter lesson from last year's last-minute scramble myself. I already ordered myself a dress from Modcloth.

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    1. Thanks!! Those experiences do teach us, don't they? LOL! I appreciate your dropping by for a visit. Hope I get to see your dress.

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  9. The colour looks great Jeanine,and this colour looks great on you to:)

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    1. Thanks, ClaireJustine! I appreciate that.

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  10. I haven't decided yet, but I need to get on it! Love your dress choice!

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    1. Hi Kristin! Well, I often need to have things altered and figured I'd better start early, LOL. Thanks!! Good luck with your search.

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