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I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so excited about something new that I want to do ALL THE THINGS and do them RIGHT NOW! But I'm also in a season where I realize that slowing down and taking a breather is a good thing. It's Spring and the sun is shining here in Southern California...I need to remind myself to soak it in and experience renewal rather than just relish in the rush of daily life.

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I’M AFRAID TO WEAR COLOR

I’ve been in a bit of a quandary lately over my wardrobe. I stand in my wardrobe and yes, while I like everything in there, once I put something on, I feel unfinished. And don’t even get me started on accessories!

I subscribe to a couple of style blogs for inspiration and many of my friends do weekly wardrobe posts and sometimes after reading them, I scratch my head. I honestly don’t know how to get where I want to be…or if I can even explain it.

First of all, I think I’m afraid of color. I told my friend Julie once that I’d bought something new and she said, “let me guess, it’s black.” This conversation took place about a year ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I also have a coworker who compliments me every time I wear a certain green top or a pink sweater and I’ve begun to think it’s because I wear color so rarely that it really makes an impact.

When we were in Sweden, I was very limited to my clothing options. It was cold, I didn’t want to bring a huge suitcase, and I wanted layers that were versatile. I was pretty happy with how I packed, but then I glanced over at my sister one day and realized that I liked what she was wearing WAY more than what I had on; my mom even sported more color than me.

Now  in all fairness, my sister and I have pretty dramatically different coloring, but she had on a wide array of color for most of the trip…and I had on a wide array of black. The day we hit the Stockholm Grand Hotel for tea, the only color I had on was a royal blue tunic. I still like that outfit, but wonder if I could have styled myself a little differently.

But maybe all my black isn’t really a problem. Maybe I tend to like a more conservative and sophisticated color pallet. I’m just not sure. But what I do know is that I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about fashion lately and I feel like my next renovation project might not be on my house, but on my wardrobe.

What are your thoughts on fashion? How do you choose your wardrobe and what are some of your FAVORITE outfits?

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  1. I’m the opposite. I rarely buy neutrals. Almost everything in my wardrobe in color. Sometimes, I think I need to buy a few basic pieces that I could mix and match more.

    Sounds like we should get together and combine tastes. :)

  2. You can start slow by adding in accessories that are colorful. Like jewelry, scarves, shoes. As you explore with accessories you’ll slowly see your personal style emerge and know what you really feel good in! Sometimes adding one “unexpected” thing is all it takes to feel finished. <3

  3. ooooh! Can I help? Seriously, my readers have been asking to see a closet makeover! The thing is, you can wear a sophisticated, conservative color palette and incorporate other colors besides just black. I seriously have a lot of ideas for you, more than i can write in a blog comment. We’re the same age, I’ve worked in a very professional environment so can relate to your need to look polished, and I think I walk a good line of simple/stylish and can help push you out of your comfort zone a bit. Lets’ do it!

  4. I have always favored blacks and grays, but I’ve been trying to branch out of my comfort zone with color. Although, I’m holding off on the spending spree until I get these pounds off. Taking. For-evah!

  5. i have a similar problem. the majority of my closet is shades of black, gray and white. in fact I have a whole drawer dedicated to shirts of those colors. simply because I know its easy to throw on and will go with everything! in the last few years though i have managed to incorporate a bit more color in and sometimes I’ll throw in a pattern just for fun! I’m in the slow process of re-vamping my closet as well and am definitely seeing a pattern of what my “style” really is.
    What I will do if I feel like I’m wearing too much black & gray (as I did whilst pregnant) is add some color to my makeup routine. a fun shadow or eyeliner to add the missing pop so even if my accessories are simple I still have some color somewhere.
    I hope you take Andrea up on the offer – can’t wait to see the results and if you want tips on how to incorporate color into your makeup routine let me know! I’d love to help!

  6. I’ll bet that you’d look great in HOT PINK!! I wear alot of black pants – but almost always wear something bright to go with – and usually get a compliment! Give it a try!

  7. I, too, wear a lot of black. It’s just a great neutral. I think as long as you have at least one POP of color (like your tunic, but not like a boring white tank top), you’re okay.

    Just out of curiosity, though, can you share your fashion blogs that you follow? I’m always on the lookout for good fashion blogs. I love Kendi everyday and a few others, but I want more! :)

  8. Like you, I worked in a very conservative environment for years, with mostly men, and I wore neutrals and darker colors because I felt like I had to to be taken seriously. If you WANT to add color — if you look at color in stores and other people and think, “I want some of that for me,” — then do start with a few basic layering pieces and accessories that you can mix in with your neutrals. I found the article while searching for an on-line link to InStyle magazine’s April 2012 issue which has a great spread on which colors go best with each neutral. I couldn’t find it online but maybe you could grab a copy of that magazine and feast your eyes on that.

    In the meantime, check out this page.

    http://www.academichic.com/2009/02/08/fashion-101-how-to-combine-colors-neutrals-with-a-pop/

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