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Defeat Your Unflattering Color

Joe Fresh tee (SIMILAR); skirt (no longer available) (SIMILAR / on sale); Brian Atwood pumps via Gilt; Zara clutch; Marc by Marc Jacobs aviators; red beaded bracelet c/o Leah Alexandra; Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster bracelet; Hamsa bracelet c/o Dotted Tusk; gold bead bracelet c/o Accessory Auctions; Michael Kors watch; two gold vintage bracelets; red stone DIY bracelet.

I hope this post greets you before you are all packing up for your July 4th holiday weekend! This is one of my favorite, favorite outfits that I’ve shot this summer. Oh the patterns – and the color you will not see me wearing very often – orange.

I’m not sure why, but orange and I have a difficult relationship. (Everyone has a color they don’t like on themselves, right?) I’ve found that I just cannot wear it… unless it’s paired with something else. Something else that will take the focus off of the orange up against my skin – a color that will neutralize it’s unflattering quality.

I’m about to get all graphic design on you here. Take a look at a basic COLOR WHEEL. My unflattering orange is across the color wheel from blue, a color I’d like to think is rather flattering on me. Orange and Blue are complementary colors – They neutralize each other. Wear them together. If you hate how a color looks on you, pair it with it’s opposite. And once you do that, don’t be afraid to throw in another color in smaller amounts.

In this case, red was just the right accent color for my orange and blue. I used my red, Leah Alexandra bracelet to bring out the red stripes in my skirt. (A skirt – which btw – began as a pencil skirt that I had shortened and taken in. A seamstress is a budget shopper’s best friend.)

What do you think? Are you ready to conquer your  most unflattering hue?

Photos by Brei Olivier

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  • Reply Think Twice Style

    I feel you on the orange– I rarely wear it bc it doesn't look good on me either. I'll have to try pairing it with blue next time, though!

    July 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply

    Very interesting tip! My second-to-worst hideous color is yellow. But I look fine in purple… I actually paired a chartreuse skirt with a plum colored top a while ago and it worked! I had no idea about the theory… I just liked the bold contrast. But my MOST hideous color next to my skin is black, which is unfortunate, because it's such a classy color (or non color?). I guess a scarf around the neck could help, or a mega necklace?

    July 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Halie

    Your hair is stunning. Love the outfit.

    July 9, 2013 at 5:09 am
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